Data Hacker: Initiation sets the stage for the Datastream saga; an epic series of tales revolving around the possibility of virtual realms existing beyond our current reach. Once the bridge is crafted, everything will change.
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Release Date: Jul 21, 2014
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April 20

Data Hacker: Reboot has Transitioned to Retail!

Wow! Confetti! Amazement!

I just wanted to write to you today to let you know that Data Hacker: Reboot, the third title in the DH series featuring new characters, settings, overhauled graphics and battle system... is now live in the Steam Store!

Feedback from players has been very, very positive. I look forward to adding yet more (free) content to the game in the coming weeks.

If you've been waiting for this day, as I have, it's here!

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February 14

Reboot now live on Steam's Early Access!

In an effort to polish the game as we continue to develop it, I'm happy to announce that we've launched Reboot on Early Access!

Check it out!

"Time, Space and Parallel Universes collapse and merge, tethered to threads of reality and sustained by a paradoxical power source. Nothing is impossible - it is time to become a Data Hacker."

Time to take on an entirely new cast of characters as they fight for survival (and their own inner demons) in the small fragments of remaining reality. Featuring entirely overhauled aesthetics, combat and class mechanics, Reboot is shaping up to be pretty awesome indeed.

Hopefully, you'll join us on the journey. Prepare yourself.

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“Definitely a very pleasant surprise ! rich, intelligent and terribly addictive! Do not hesitate, for sure a great game, thanks for this nice stuff :)”
10 – Desura - Danteros

“Has a great story concept and it's well written.”
9 – Desura - Jamier

“All in all, I really have had a blast playing this and I'm eagerly awaiting the followups”
9 – Desura - Sabin1981

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About This Game

The beginning of the Datastream saga...

Set some years in the future, following a global economic and social crash, Data Hacker Initiation follows Jay; a retired hacker in search of vengeance. Jay is a prolific player of Online World: the escapist's dream game in a backwards-future, until an ironic case of mistaken identity, whereupon he is banished from the refuge that he so loved.

Enraged, Jay seeks to re-enter the game with a new agenda: wreak havoc for the administrators and key-holders of Online World. Little does he know; he is about to enter upon something great, and terrible- a twist that nobody saw coming.

Just what lies behind Online World?

What is its true purpose?

Initiation features-
An original, intricately crafted narrative,
Monster and player hacking!
Around 25 hours of core gameplay AND new game+
Trioarch, the addictive featured trading-card game!
Over 50 class archetypes, with over 180 unique skills,
Real choice. Will you fight for the players of Online World, or will you seek power only for yourself?
Load your progress in Corruption...

Data Hacker: Initiation sets the stage for the Datastream saga; an epic series of tales revolving around the possibility of virtual realms existing beyond our current reach. Once the bridge is crafted, everything will change.

Don't forget to vote for the sequel to Initiation on Greenlight!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Card capable of 1024 x 768 pixels or higher desktop resolution
    • Hard Drive: 320 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Basic Sound Card
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
This is like if you took the tedious boring stuff that nobody liked about the original .hack// games and then threw it into RPGmaker. Don't play it, play .hack or an actual mmo game instead.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
144.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Edit: Steam lies. I imported my save file from the DRM-free version. My actual playtime is a hair under 28 and a half hours.

I will preface this by saying I am a child of the 8 and 16-bit console eras, so I have always had a fondness for RPG Maker games.

I got this game originally through a free game bundle, along with the second game in the series, Corruption. To be perfectly honest, my favorite game by that creator is Fantasyche: Mike, which the creator is now giving away for free. It's more of a standard fantasy RPG, but I'm a sucker for the kind of plot it has.

+ The music is delightful. I paid backer rewards for Reboot to get the soundtrack, but even the version in the game files themselves are quite nice, and a number of tracks are going right on my music player.

+ The atmosphere is well-developed. The game is quite successful in evoking that MMOJRPG feeling.

+ The story gripped me.

+ Trioarch is fun.


- Grinding. It is not quite as bad as other games, if one uses, say, the Arena, but data hacking can initially get kind of tedious. That said, it''s worlds better than, say, Final Fantasy VIII's "draw" system.

- Skill cost seems a bit high early- and mid-(?) game. I've taken to grinding the Trioarch tournament repeatedly so I don't have to worry about it.

- The random item mechanic can be both a positive and a negative, but it is listed as a negative here because most people are not obsessive save-scummers - that is to say, people that save and reloads until they get the outcome they want. The only constant items seem to be the key items, certain quest rewards, and the items given to you by in-game trades.

- The variety of enemy "mobs" in the in-game dungeons could be increased, and I was disappointed there weren't as many people to trade with. Given the scale of the game and the sheer number of NPCs, I suppose this one can be forgiven.

Final thoughts:

For US$5, it is totally worth it, if you enjoy RPGs or the story grabs you. The developer has been nothing but pleasant and even kind to me, and he's been more than receptive to bug reports I have filed, though I've only counted two as of this steam release, and given the massive update that was rolled out, I'd say that's quite something, especially given that one bug is a minor annoyance you have to look for and the other one is a lovely exploit.

This is a lovely game that would be made even better by an in-game bestiary, hint hint cute pony eyes.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Data Hacker: Initiation is the first volume of three already released games in the same universe (last one's in Early Access). I must say since the moment I saw this game on Steam it intrigued me and I ended up buying it. And how I enjoyed it, the story is solid, with a few "loop holes" here and there, a Matrix-like tale of a world that is destroyed beyond hope with Humanity escaping to this Online World, an escape from the apocalypse. It's a typical RPG made in RPG Maker and one con I share with Data Hacker: Initiation is the use of some default tyles from the program, but nevertheless, the soundtrack is quite good and fits into the various scenarios you'll encounter throughout the 14-15 hours of gameplay. I must say, if you are looking for a RPG to play, this is the one to go with, being low priced and all. I have initiated my progress, onwards to being corrupted.
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32 of 48 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2014
=Full disclosure=

I'm an original backer of this way back during the first campaign and I've already put well over 20 hours into the backer version before it hit Steam, thus my low playtime count as I've only just activated this today.

That being said; this is one of the rare few RPG Maker titles that I genuinely wanted to drop money on. It's fun and engaging and harkens back to the PS2 legendary series Dot Hack. I've had a blast playing this in the past and I'm looking forward to a replay once Reboot Initiative is ready to go, the new art style and enhanced atmosphere and mapping look great, and I know Ross - the main developer - has been busting his ♥♥♥ on the trilogy so far :) I do have to question the two negative reviews below, however, as they seem highly unfair. Games have bugs and issues, that's just what happens in development, but when it comes to indie devs they actually LISTEN to your feedback; so if you have any troubles, such as rare showstoppers or even just an impassable tile in some random dungeon, please.. take to the forum and report it! Leaving negative feedback on the game, especially on LAUNCH DAY, is really harsh and does more harm than good.

As a backer of the Kickstarter, I've been privileged to watch the game grow through the development process and it's been really enjoyable. You can really feel that a lot of love and attention to detail went into this project and while there's a fair amount of RTP present, it has been put to great use. The scenario of "Online World" is great, with an engrossing plot and an enormous amount of areas to explore and do battle in. Character customisation is extensive and the ability of Jay, the main pro(an)tagonist, to hack his own avatar and generate his own customised class is unique and enjoyable. What sets this game apart from others is the inclusion of the Hack ability, which allows you overwrite the code of enemies, granting you bonuses against them - or debuffs against your party if the hack fails, and even new and unique items as rewards.

Being able to hack enemies and gain Cores for use as currency, or even combinations to access new areas, is extremely satisfying - especially against tough foes. You can even use the Hack ability to hack other play characters, which you can do to acquire new members for your party, or even just massive amounts of experience points/cash for bolstering your existing one.

Audio and Visual wise, it's mostly standard RPG Maker, but NRG have put great attention to detail and the use of both custom and standard visuals in order to create the Online World. I have to say though, not once did I feel like the visuals were a detriment to the game, RTP or not, and the atmosphere itself was brilliant. Far better than a lot of other cut'n'paste - expensive - commercial RM titles, that's for sure. The custom soundtrack is especially enjoyable though.

All in all, I really have had a blast playing this and I'm eagerly awaiting the followups now. Good luck New Reality Games!

The showstopping bug has since been fixed (same day as release! Like I said; indie devs listen!) so having negative reviews up just harms public opinion of what is a truly great RM title. It's indepth, has an enormous world - worlds, for those familiar with Dot Hack - to explore and with the overhaul coming it's only going to get better. Good luck to everyone playing and I'll see you in Online World \o/
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
71.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I have very mixed feelings about this game, but I think it’s better than a lot of the RPG Maker junk cluttering Steam, though it’s also not as good as a large number of freely available RPG Maker games out there. I didn’t mind finishing it, but I loathed some parts of the game (core hunting, specifically). There’s also a new game + mode, apparently, and I’m not too thrilled about the prospects there. If you want a TLDR, you just read it - if you want to know more, I’ll start by discussing what I felt was poorly done in the game, then finish on the positive notes.
(Also, item farming spoiler below.)

The first real issue that I want to bring up is that the plot makes itself scarce. The game sort of hinges on being a simulation of an open world where the main character has no idea what’s going on (in a style similar to .hack and its game series), but that makes for very little character or story development. I’m pretty sure most of the game’s story-related dialogue would fit on 3-5 pages, depending on your font choice. It really reminded me of playing .hack on the PS2 because you really don’t get much back-story… but .hack had the breadth of the manga and anime to draw from, where this game sort of leaves you in the dark because you know nothing about the world going in.

Another flaw, or host of flaws, is the lack of polish that the game has in certain areas. To be fair, there was actually a massive graphics overhaul done on this game and it did make it much easier on the eyes… but it made it the spots in the game that were missed in the respriting effort and the quirks caused by bad QC during respriting much more apparent. For example, you can often find NPCs that are a few pixels misaligned on their sprite sheets, which causes floating pixels around them while they walk. Additionally, a number of the sprites weren’t updated to the larger side afforded by the graphics update, so they look *really* out of place when they show up.
There are also a number of typos in item descriptions and even one in the battle status ailment prompts. It’s pretty off-putting.

To wrap up negatives, I’ll bring up what is probably a personal issue brought on by my playstyle in both .hack and Data Hacker: the data core collection. I didn’t really spend a lot of time hacking enemies in this game (or .hack) when I realized that you don’t get experience for battles afterward. In .hack, there’s always the possibility of grabbing an interesting piece of equipment, but you usually just get data cores. In Data Hacker, all you have to look forward to are data cores. When Jaque, a main character to the plot, tells you to sell him your cores the second time you meet, it even makes collecting them seem pointless unless you need money - I can see people that haven’t played .hack making that mistake. But I digress. Farming for cores is time-consuming and rather boring. I spent several hours trying to locate a good dungeon to grab the final “Tz” cores from with any regularity when it came time for their use. In that vein, to anyone who reads this:
Core Farming Dungeons
AlZo Dungeon, second floor near the two doors: Al, Zo, Ki Cores
ZoTz Dungeon: Ma, Ge, Tz Cores

But, now, on to the good: this game is playable. If you like RPG Maker games, Data Hacker doesn’t disappoint because it’s very clearly an RPG Maker game. There are some interesting tweaks to the engine and some clever uses. Even a minigame (which I did manage to lock up the game with - don’t walk up to the tournament NPC from his right side) that’s… pretty similar to that card game from FFVIII. The creator obviously put a lot of work into it and, as long as you don’t focus on things you might want to nit-pick, you should be able to see this game standing quite a bit higher than many of the RPG Maker titles out there.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
As far as RPG Maker games go, this one is pretty top-tier.

The story is coherent, there are multiple (two) endings that affect the story of the sequel, there is quite a bit of customization in party composition, and there are a fair number of side-quests. There is also a New Game+ mode that changes up quite a few loot drops, and adds a few new encounters and bosses.

The developer is also prompt with addressing reported bugs and issues.

All of that said, there are some drawbacks. Around half way through the story can turn into a grind-fest for items needed to unlock essential dungeons, if you haven't been hacking and stockpiling these items beforehand. There are also a number of fights where the difficulty curve goes fairly insane without much warning - this is especially true of some fo the optional content of NG+. It is also very easy to fall into the "hacker" ending through sidequesting, without really realizing it until the end.

I would recommend it on story alone; it is reminiscent of the .hack series, but taken quite a bit further in the sequel. The combat is decent, fairly standard RPG fare that is spiced up a bit with a decent number of classes for your AI companions. With two endings, and a number of items and companions that cross over between playthroughs - and some that are only available in the second playthrough - it has a bit of replay value.
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2014
First let me state that I have put many hours into Data Hacker - Initiation pre Steam release

I know many will simply say "Oh look...another crappy RPG Maker game" In my opinion that is not he case. New Reality Games has done a great job with RPGM and and did a great job with Creating an imersive and compelling world. If you have ever been a fan of JRPG's "DO" give this game a try.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
Simulating an Online world, but playing with "other Players" is almost nonexistent. (Even if you find someone - they dont really matter. And they won't even care if you hack the whole game while they are in your party)
And that's only one of the minor points which could be better.
While the game is pretty good, there is much potential wasted in simulating the "Online world"

The story itself is uniqe, and not in a bad way.
The characters are likeable, well maybe the dept of the characters are sometimes a bit shallow.

The battles are repetive. Usually a map has 2 different enemies. Welcome to the slaugther.
The hacking is kept simple. I think the whole "hacking" idea is much improveable in the game. Hacking other People doesn't really give you anything. (some exp, some gold, horray. If you go hunting monsters you'll get the same or more exp in the same time). Hacking Monsters it is then (and Town Guards -I like those guys)

The bosses are good and hard. This is not one of the games which you can breeze through easily.

Good and plenty of sidequests, which tell own stories in the online world. Liked them.

the card game in the game suxx - a big no go for me. Maybe because i don't really know how to play and always lose...
But then there never was any explanation how to play this silly little gimmick.

Sometimes i miss explanations in the game, like the card game or the grow ribbon and how it works.
Also you get a quest journal so you can read up on active quests. I didn't know until i found it in my inventory... :p

Would i recommend the game ? Yes. This is despite some flaws a pretty good RPG. For 5 Euros a definitive buy.
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16 of 32 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2014
Please bear in mind, I am writing this review after only a short time in the game.

Now: I remember, on the PS2, there was a series of games called dotHack that had a similar premise. I tried it and could never get into them because I felt the interface was poorly implemented (in the first one, at least).

This series seems to have a similar idea, but the interface stuck with the old-fashioned, turn-based combat standard to RPGMaker, so it works better. So far, so good!

Edit: After discussing with the dev and other gamers, it turns out that F1 -> reduce screen flickering will resolve the screen tearing issues I encountered.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
Data Hacker: Initiation is an old school RPG with a well written story. For the most part the graphics/audio are what you'd expect from an RPG Maker game but that isn't necessarily a bad thing especially if you're a fan of classic 2D RPGs. If you are a fan of the genre then this is a game well worth checking out.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Data Hacker: Initiation is a RPG Maker game that goes the extra mile. That's rare enough to mention.
It is focused on content and story. The writing is good bringing a strong plot, humor, and wits.

I have put many hours into Data Hacker : Initiation pre Steam release. I replayed the start to be able to write this review. Yes it is not the strongest start you may have, especially if you are familiar with dotHack, SwordArtOnline or LogHorizon. However the game builds its own unique and engrossing story and will keep challenging you.
And it takes a few gibes at the last decade of MMORPG on the way.

The main developper, Ross, has been funding the Datastream saga through kickstarter. he has a very open and reactive approach, that allowed a very high level of polish in his games.

Hacking can be a dangerous chance game, but it delivers appreciable rewards for the challenges it may pose.

Although DH:I relies mostly on standard RPGMaker assets, the OnlineWorld rendering has a strong atmosphere.
The soundtrack is enjoyable, but I prefer the one in the second installment of the saga, Data Hacker : Corruption.

Overall I recommend the Data Hacker games to any JRPG player ready to let their imagination work a bit instead of relying purely on their graphics card.
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14 of 29 people (48%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 29

Since the developer and his fanboy didn't like my review, I spent a little more time with this game to satisfy them.
After spending 80 minutes with this game (damn, what a waste of time that was), I decided to change some stuff in my review. To make it easy to understand for everyone, I decided to make a pro/con list.

Positive aspects of this game:

- The music (I really liked it, even if it was the only thing about this game!)

Negative aspects of this game:

- NPCs run through walls (they really the first town, the second NPC you see....starts run to north...if you follow him, you will see, that he runs through the wall next to the door)

- Enemies on battle screen are not the same as on world screen.

- Really boring story (at the beginning, no real intro, no innovation...just plain: Hey, let's tell a online-game story in an RPG...most ideas are stolen from other games and/or animes)

- Tutorials are hidden in form of mails on the ground.

- Boring graphics (Houses just look like crap, characters are looking nearly the same except skin colour, I have played SNES games, that looked thousand times better than this one.)

- Fighting menu (many chooseable types of attacks with no content, if it is not available, then cut it out, until it is available - really annoying)

- Tons of grammar and spelling mistakes .... (The intro picture says, that the title is Data Hacker: Initation <--- that word doesn't exist - commas are missing totally and this from people, who actually come from UK)

- I am sure there was more stuff, that was crappy about this game, but wasting more time with this review is not really necessary, I think!

BTW. @NewRealityGames: Talking about expensive pixel artists, after earning over 1000% more money, then planned through kickstarter, is just an ugly move! And criticising me for giving your game a bad review is just embarrassing. Even after spending 70 more minutes with your game, I still think, that it is still not worth the money. It's boring, not really creative and contains not enough self made content to be worth a buck! You don't like that review? I don't care, because it is not for you. Instead it is for the people, who think about spending their hard earned money for this altogether pasted piece of software!

Old review:

Thought about playing this game, while watching a nice movie on the desktop.
But I couldn't! Why, you ask?
Because this game forces to center on the desktop, while in windowed mode.
That's annoying!

Another thing, I didn't liked, are the animations. You see clearly a chicken running at you, but instead of a chicken you get another bird as an enemy. Weren't there enough sprites in your RPG Maker or have you just been too lazy to make your own?

I can't and won't support this game in any way. There are dozens of really good free games made in RPG Maker. This is not one of them. No, the maker even wants 5 € for this game.

And the worst part about that is, that the people in europe got to pay even 12% more for this game.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
I absolutely love the old school RPG style games. That being said, Data Hacker: Initiation really goes the extra mile to get you deeply immersed in the story line too. It's not all "click.. click.. click". There's humor, there's intrigue and there's fun! It's really a well rounded game. Just be careful when you start playing... make sure you have several hours to spare, because you lose all track of time very easily! =)
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
Disclaimer: I played the game some time ago (right after the kickstarter for the second game in the series) so the game will most likely have changed a bit since then.

Anyhow the game I played had an interesting concept that I think for most part was well executed. Especially story and setting wise it worked very well. I was rather engulfed by it.
The combat was okay, but I actually stopped playing roughly 10-20 (can´t remember) hours in because of an insane spike in the powerlevel of a boss, I had no chance of taking it down.
But from my experience, absolutly a game I would recomend, it´s not the best RPG-maker game I have played, but it´s well worht the money, especially if you think the setting is interesting.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
69.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Before the new update came out my review said this:

"An rpg with a great story, but it's only about farming exp.... "

Now i say this

The game feels much better with the new update. It's more easy to get the credits and more easy to defeat some mobs and get the exp. The new area "The summit" was really fun to solve the puzzle behind that new area. It's more easy to get the Trioarch cards now has they are spread across the map in treasure chests in Strife and Leonhart. The bored part of the game was removed, farming Data Cores. "The summit" area rewards you with cores for doing the puzzle. The story is still the same, a great story. Right now i'm playing the New Game + trying to get the good ending so i can advance to the sequel. "Data Hacker: Corruption" The game has a few easter eggs, until now i only found three, i wonder if there are more.

The game devs are great and hear the community to try to make "Data Hacker: Initiation" a perfect game for anybody to enjoy.
Thank for hearing us and making "Data Hacker: Initiation" a game that anybody can enjoy! :D
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Didn't know what I was getting myself into at first... but this game really is good! (at least it has been :P)

The story isn't bad either and the gameplay is quite fun, in a way it adds a nice touch to combat where you either decide to kill the monsters for exp and loot or hack them for datacores which you can sell for gold.

All I can say is, if you enjoy RPGs and/or geeky computer stuff like hacking and etc then you will most likely enjoy this game as well :)

Single player MMO, and because of that, I don't really expect to run out of content any time soon :P

Get it, you won't regret it ^^
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
109.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
reminds me alot of .//hack series,i recomend this game for all who likes dot hack series
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
So only one hour in, and I am really enjoying this storyline and game concept.

I personally have never really enjoyed an MMO designed game, and given this is a single player RPG based around an MMO gaming world, I find a very strange fascination with the blended storyline.

Not a single thing has disappointed me so far. Perhaps I'll play a little more while I got a minute.
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
haven't played it on steam yet, but it was a good game before when i tried it out.

love the fact that we can take different paths and little things like whether to hack someone or not.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
great game very adictive will be interested in reboot only problem after 2 hr i get stuck in nether and teleport thing says disabled like nooooo
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