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Review: .hack//G.U. Last Recode

November 16, 2017 1 min read

.hack//G.U. Last Recode is exhausting. It's a collection of three full-length games bundled together with a fresh coat of paint and an all-new fourth chapter. That's a lot for one package, but like any long journey, finishing the series often feels like more trouble than it's worth.

Last Recode's allure is hard to deny. The .hackgames once cornered a space in the niche JRPG market. Their connected vision of an all-encompassing, seemingly endless online game called The World captured audiences some years ago. Today, however, even with better graphics and streamlined systems, all four G.U.chapters feel woefully outdated. Haseo, the series' recurring protagonist, and his game-crossing adventure to save The World feel like remnants of a pre-digital era.

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