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.hack//Mutation is the second in a four-part game series. It is a single-player RPG that "simulates" an MMORPG (such as for example EverQuest), starring a protagonist named Kite. You can get member addresses of other character and attempt to call them to in game to see if they are on-line to join you in a quest. Like standard MMORPG games, it has many side quests, lots of weapons and armor, a trading system for equipment among other character and the ability to move between different servers. You also have message boards and e-mail to communicate with other "players". The second chapter offers better AI control of other character's, additional items, more characters, access to more servers / areas, and a few other features. Characters from the previous game can be imported, and current characters can be saved for use in future installments.

The story continues after the events of the first game. Kite's friend is still in a coma and he still hasn't found out why. The story deepens as the hacker Helba and the game administrators both start getting involved with Kite. The admins are not happy with him but can use his help to investigate what is going on. The question on what happened to Aura at the end of the first game still gets deeper and new elements concerning the beta version of “The World” (originally called "Fragments") are resurfacing.


.hack//Mutation: Part 2 PlayStation 2 The login screen for 'The World'
.hack//Mutation: Part 2 PlayStation 2 The game starts in the Highland City of Dun Loireag where Black Rose is organising an expedition to the dungeon of Chosen Hopeless Nothingness
.hack//Mutation: Part 2 PlayStation 2 This is a shot from the game configuration screens showing the controller settings
.hack//Mutation: Part 2 PlayStation 2 'The World' is an online game so the game simulates a gaming terminal with mail, news and other functions

Promo Images

.hack//Mutation: Part 2 Screenshot
.hack//Mutation: Part 2 Screenshot
.hack//Mutation: Part 2 Screenshot
.hack//Mutation: Part 2 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • ".Hack Vol. 2 Mutation" -- Common title
  • "hack // Akushou Heni Vol. 2 " -- Japanese title
  • "dot hack mutation" -- Common name

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User Reviews

Nothing more, nothing less Jacob Gens (1123) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Critic Reviews Jul, 2003 9.04 out of 10 90
Just RPG 2003 87 out of 100 87
Netjak Jun 06, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpy May 05, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPGamer 2004 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan Aug 11, 2003 70 out of 100 70
AllRPG Jan 03, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 18, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot May 05, 2003 6.7 out of 10 67
Legendra Mar 30, 2008 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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etempest (1083) added .hack//Mutation: Part 2 (PlayStation 2) on Jul 30, 2003