Hack to the Future - Netflix
In this competition inventors pitch their handy innovations that range in creativity: from devices to help you pack to the perfect selfie light installation. Only one can be the winner & have hack glory in the Hack galaxy!
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Hack to the Future - .hack//G.U. - Netflix
.hack//G.U. is a series of single-player action role-playing games for the PlayStation 2, developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Games. The series contains three games: .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth (再誕, Saitan, lit. “Resurrection”), .hack//G.U. Vol. 2//Reminisce (君思う声, Kimi Omou Koe, lit. “The Voice that Thinks of You”) and .hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemption (歩くような速さで, Aruku you na Hayasa de, lit. “At a Walking Pace”). As in the previous .hack games, .hack//G.U. simulates a massively multiplayer online role-playing game as the player controls a character who starts playing it. The story focuses on a player named Haseo who hunts a player nicknamed Tri-Edge who defeated his friend Shino and left her in a coma in real life. Haseo comes into contact with other players who know of Tri-Edge and wish to stop him. The reason for Shino and several other players falling into a coma is connected with AIDA, a mysterious computer anomaly that infects the characters. During the release of the games in Japan, Bee Train produced an anime titled .hack//Roots that tells Haseo's first days in The World. The series has also been adapted into a manga, a light novel and a CGI film. Critical reception to the games has been lukewarm with reviewers commenting on how the developers dealt with the issues regarding the previous .hack games and the execution of the storyline across the three titles. The first game got higher scores, critics praised the addition of new gameplay features while parts from the story have been labeled as fillers. A remastered trilogy, .hack//G.U. Last Recode, was released for the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows. It was released in Japan on November 1, 2017 and was released in North America and Europe on November 3, 2017, making it the first time the //G.U. series was released in Europe.
Hack to the Future - Reception - Netflix
The series has received a lukewarm reception, but positive sales figures. CyberConnect2 announced that sales of the .hack games exceeded 2.8 million combining both the first .hack series and the .hack//G.U. series. Patrick Gann of RPGFan recognized the development team's efforts to address the problems of the first .hack series, succeeding in some respects and failing in others. Like the first series, .hack//G.U. goes to great lengths to preserve the illusion of playing an online game, through in-game message boards and news reports, and Gann found that these elements gave more depth to the future world he was experiencing. He found fault in the formulaic progression between dungeon, checking email to find the next dungeon, but the battle mechanics were a marked improvement over the original series. Although the graphics were “spectacular”, Gann criticized the limited and repetitive dungeon designs. In his review of Reminisce, Gann noted the relatively good quality of the voice acting, but called the translation script “hit or miss”. Minor changes to the battle system, such as being able to change weapons at any time, made Reminisce's combat more exciting. While Haseo was criticized for his immature personality in the first game, his development in following games has been praised. He concluded in Redemption that, while not perfect, the three-part format of the series was relatively more worth it than its previous iteration. Redemption has been praised for its new gameplay featuries although writers lamented that they became available late in the game. Meghan Sullivan of IGN described the series as an overall improvement over the first series but complained that the Avatar battles were boring and a missed opportunity for a “very cool feature”. She also suggested that the storyline could be streamlined by allowing e-mail access within The World. Despite deriding the “filler” story of Rebirth, Sullivan found Reminisce to be much more enjoyable due to its more mature storyline. However, she found the new Crimson VS card game to be as “pointless” as the Avatar battles. The overall sentiment conveyed by multiple reviewers was that the new games would appeal to fans of the series, but would have been much better if released as a single game.
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