Publisher: Bandai Namco
Platforms: PC, PS4
Genre: Action RPG
JP November 1, 2017
NA November 3, 2017
EU November 3, 2017
AUS November 3, 2017
What is .hack//GU Last Recode?:
.hack//GU Last Recode is an HD remaster of CC2's action RPGs .hack//GU Volume 1: Rebirth, .hack//GU Volume 2: Reminisce, and .hack//GU Volume 3: Redemption, which all originally released back in 2006-2007. This remaster includes higher resolution 1080p graphics, more detailed textures, improved shadows, better anti-aliasing, a new cheat mode, a retry feature to restart a battle when you're defeated, various balancing changes, and more! In addition to this, a new fourth volume titled Reconnection is included detailing a new story of Haseo's return to The World in the hopes of rescuing his friend Ovan.
What's it about?
After his friend Shino is killed in-game and sent into a coma in real life by the mysterious Tri-Edge, the Adept Rogue Haseo logs into The World R:2, the 2nd revision of the popular VR MMO, to hunt PKs (Player Killers) in order to gain strength and track down him down.
Q: Weren't there four games that took place before GU? Why didn't they remaster those? Do I need to play them in order to play this?
A: The four games before this one were the IMOQ quadrilogy. While its pure speculation, CC2 probably didn't remaster those because they didn't age as well and would require more significant changes in order to be up to modern standards. In addition, the GU games take place in 2017, making an HD release this year for them the perfect timing for it. While some ideas from IMOQ carry into GU and some references take place, the GU games are completely playable on their own without prior knowledge of those four games.
Q: What about the anime Roots? Do I need to watch that first? I heard its a prequel.
A: While Roots is a prequel to GU, it is not necessary in order to understand and enjoy GU, and in fact spoils some twists in GU.
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