So..the 4th game in the .Hack series is out. How wonderful if I actually wanted to play it.
I was wondering then, how do you people enjoy games like .Hack? I'm not trying to be mean, but what really made you want to get through all those games so far? Infection was enough for me, when I played a small bit of Mutation, and saw close to no difference (graphics were a small bit better) I ended my connection to the games probably forever. I love a good storyline, and I enjoy a few good plot twists or a unique setting, but it seems a small bit arrogant to think that people will come back to exact same game with no difference except for a few touch-ups here and there. I wouldn't be making this topic and the series wouldn't be bothering me so much if I could just hate the damn thing. If it was just a bad game, in essence, I could forget about it. But I want to find out what happens in the storyline; I NEED to know because it interests me that much. So, it's either going to some guide or whatever and getting everything ruined, or dragging myself through that god-forsaken "World" through dungeon after semi-meaningless dungeon. Neither of which I want to submit too, so either way, I lose.
What's also bothering me is all the crap I hear about Xenosaga. From Desh mostly, and it doesn't surprise me to know that I'm just the one to squabble over personal prefrences, even though nothing good is likely to come out of it. It's fine really, since the Xeno games or the epitome of a love it or hate it game, that's not the thing that's really bothering me, is the fact I hear more bad things about it then about .Hack. If Desh thinks Xenosaga is bad, I'd almost pay him to play through the .Hack series straight through, the problem is, he might even enjoy it (even though that makes a small amount of sense to me). But, I mean, come on all I hear is: "It's just a movie." "It's so boring." "It has such a shallow ending." I could say almost the exact same thing abbout .Hack. It's like I'm in another dimesnion, it's like when people say Kill Bill is a terrible movie and don't even mention stuff like Bad Boys 2 (well..not like it was BAD or anything).
People say .Hack would've been a better game if it had all been put in one package. I disagree, it just would've been a more affordable game if it had been priced 50 bucks and put on the shelf with all the games in it. It still would've bored me to death with it's sheer repetitiveness, the .Hack series has done the one thing I never thought a game would: it's turned me away from a good story, heck, I got a ways into Galerians:Ash before giving up and that didn't bother me as much as .Hack. In one package, in 2 discs, or in 4 seperate episodes it doesn't matter. I would still be getting the same thing in a way. The problem with the whole matter is that Bandai for some reason wanted to push it out at such a speed that they didn't really have time to fix anything. The major redeeming factor for the Xenosaga series is that it has the time to listen to what people say is wrong with it, and fix it. I have to wait a year for it, but it might be a much better game than the first episode was. Of course, if it doesn't, and they just changed some of the graphics, then I'll be a bit angry with the whole matter. It seems to me that by pushing the games out like that, .Hack'll just die out and fade from memory while Xenosaga will be more or less livelier.
(I noticed, no one I've meet feels the same way about the .Hack games and the Xenosaga games. At least no one I've met has)