It’s time to keep marching along! You’ve caught up with the first post, right? This time, we’re going to dive deep into the story of the first series of .hack games. While I’ll go light on the character arcs, aiming to focus on the story beats that’ll help you understand the universe best going into .hack//GU, there will nevertheless be massive spoilers for the first four .hack games ahead! Hit the jump at your own risk!
Monthly Archives: October 2017
We’ve talked a good bit about the .hack//GU remaster and what makes the series so special, and that post got a fair amount of traction. However, it also meant I’ve been fielding the question, “won’t I be lost in this story?” quite a bit. Thankfully, as I mentioned in the last post, the individual story stands on its own. However, there is a lot of nuance to be gained by digging deep into the story, and the shared world of .hack spans across not only games, but novels, anime, manga, and movies. Its density can be very daunting, but luckily the .hack//GU Last Recode release includes the Terminal Disc, a story summary that covers just about everything that came before the GU series. But y’know, some people don’t feel like watching an hour or more of videos before digging into the game. Some people would like to get started early. Some people just prefer reading to writing.
Well, I’m happy to oblige. What follows is a brief history of the .hack universe. I won’t be going as deep as the stories themselves do in the interest of keeping this readable. This should leave you with a good feel for the state of the world of .hack before diving into GU, but I won’t be delving deeply into individual characters and their arcs. But if you want an introduction to the series, well… this is one. This is that thing you asked for.
As you might guess, this contains massive spoilers for the original .hack series and its surrounding works.