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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
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Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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90 (Jul, 2003)
Overall, this game is an improvement upon the first. If you liked the first one, you will not be disappointed with this game, and if you had some complaints with the first one (like not being able to race Grunties in town...), then they are probably cleared up in MUTATION. If you are into .hack already, or even just thinking about getting into it (*cough*playINFECTIONfirst*cough*) then MUTATION won't disappoint (*cough*unlessmaybeyoudidn'tplayINFECTION*cough*).
Just RPG (2003)
Finally, Mutation, like Infection, moved the enduring .hack storyline forward, but ended with a jolt that, put me on the edge of my seat. I eagerly await the next game in the series, Outbreak, to be released on August 5, 2003, where, as Bandai has suggested, I expect major plot events, all leading to the climactic end in Quarantine.
Netjak (Jun 06, 2003)
This is honestly one of the shortest reviews I have ever written in recent memory. There really isn’t much to say, except for, go read the review of .hack Vol. 1. Apart from a couple of performance and AI tweaks, it is the same game over. That didn’t go over too well for me, but the story included was strong enough to keep me interested. I could have fluffed this thing out, but I would only be restating what everyone already knows from the previous game and would do a disservice by writing out the entire story and spoil the game for everyone. Still, this is a good choice to pick up if you are interested in continuing the story of the .hack universe.
83 (Jul 03, 2004)
Da auch in Japan nicht all zu viel Zeit zwischen den Veröffentlichungen der einzelnen Teile lag, ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass .hack 2 sowohl die Qualitäten als auch die Mankos nahezu unverändert übernimmt. Das bedeutet, die Offline-Simulation einer Online-Welt ist spielerisch immer noch genau so überzeugend, wie die Grafik mit wenigen Ausnahmen immer noch am Rande der Durchschnittlichkeit wandelt. Und auch wenn man mit generischen Charakteren, die zwar in etwa dem erreichten Level am Ende von Teil 1 entsprechen, aber nur mit Minimalausrüstung versehen sind, als Neueinsteiger viel Spaß haben wird, entwickelt die facettenreiche Geschichte erst nach Abschluss von .hack – Infection ihren Reiz. The World-Einsteiger bekommen nur unzureichende Hintergrundinformationen zu den Figuren und den Geschehnissen des Vorgängers. Als konsequente Fortsetzung ist .hack Mutation für alle Fans des Kult-Universums aber jeden Cent wert.
GameSpy (May 05, 2003)
It may sound like I'm being overly critical. After all, the score up at the top of the page is a nice one. But I only hurt you, baby, because I love you so much. .hack is fast becoming one of my favorite series for the PS2; its mixture of cool story and viscerally engaging RPG gameplay is hard to beat. Despite the large number of RPGs for the system, there's nothing else like it, and judging from the popularity of the anime series and the first game, I think that lots of you agree with me. With Mutation kicking up the story and gameplay a much-needed notch I became totally addicted to this game. The addition of a sprinkling of some truly excellent boss battles throughout the game helped a bunch, too. Even so, Mutation did devolve into some really obvious padding towards the end. Thought it was clear I was near the climax, some grin-and-bear-it fetch questing suddenly became priority number one.
RPGamer (2004)
It is strongly recommended that RPGamers curious about the .hack project check out Infection before any later volumes, as this game was obviously meant for veterans of the first installment and doesn't really aim for the newbie crowd. This is especially true considering that the game is bundled with volume two of the .hack//Liminality OVA; those who didn't see the first volume will have almost no idea what's going on in the second. As a game, Mutation uses Infection's formula more effectively and presents a more exciting piece of the series' plot. Basically, those who liked the original will probably enjoy this game, while gamers who were discouraged should stay away.
Gameswelt (Jun 25, 2004)
Die Story der Saga wird in '.hack//Mutation' sehr gut weitergeführt und entfaltet langsam aber sicher ihre ganze Vielfalt. Leider wird spielerisch und technisch ein identischer Aufguss des recht ordentlichen Vorgängers geboten. Trotz der netten Bonus-DVD bleibt somit ein fader Beigeschmack.
PlayFrance (Jun 17, 2004)
Vendu comme son prédécesseur en compagnie d’un DVD recélant l’une des OAV, .Hack : Mutation plaira indéniablement à ceux qui ont appréciés la première aventure. Ceux-là peuvent se jeter sur cette suite les yeux fermés, elle ne les décevra pas : le concept est toujours aussi efficace, le scénario toujours aussi intriguant et le gameplay toujours aussi riche et complet. En revanche, il est fortement déconseillé de se procurer le jeu sans avoir d’abord touché au premier jeu tant l’adaptation s’avère difficile. Néanmoins, il serait dommage de passer à travers cette série atypique qui donne un bon bol d’air frais au RPG sur PS2. Un bien bon jeu !
RPGFan (Aug 11, 2003)
All in all, anyone who braves this second installment of .hack will discover that it is nearly identical to the original in every aspect. Of course, the game can be commended for at least finally taking the plot in some direction. Role Playing Games aren't about glamorous gameplay or unparalleled graphics, nor are they defined by their unmatched soundtracks; these facets are merely benefits to a game. When a story surpasses any other and is accompanied with characters capable of truly touching the player, those other factors can be tolerated. With .hack, the promise of its maker's genius shining through does just this. Most facets of the game cannot claim perfection. In fact, very few can allege to be any fun. However, as far as video game experiences go, .hack is undoubtedly unique and worth the time of any player looking to take on the challenge of this anti-formula RPG.
AllRPG (Jan 03, 2008)
I do not want to try and be unfair by saying this game is not fun. I did enjoy the first one, and I continue to enjoy this game as well. I also believe the next two can prove to provide an entertaining experience. The game itself is still worth playing, but because of how identical it is to its predecessor, you definitely should keep in mind whether or not you would like to spend some cash on a game that does not provide more variety to your video game library.
RPGamer (2004)
Is it worth the current $50 asking price? Like Infection before it, it's doubtful that Mutation is worth that much. Nevertheless, it is a small improvement. Fans of the series will gladly consume this and the next two titles, Outbreak and Quarantine, when they are released in August and November, respectively. This game deserves at least a rental, if only for the sake of finding out what all the buzz surrounding this series is about. For true fans, Mutation may not be a massive revelation, but it is enough to whet their appetites for more.
70 (Jun 17, 2004)
Un point de moins pour ce Mutation (note qui restera stable, a priori, pour les épisodes suivants) qui n'en demeure pas moins un bon petit Dungeon RPG. Je me permets cette légère baisse car ayant terminé le premier épisode, j'ai vu de façon plus précise les divers problèmes qui régissaient parfois ce titre. Cependant , Dot hack // Mutation garde l'originalité du premier épisode et devrait remplir son rôle qui est avant tout d'étoffer un scénario plein de promesses. Pas mal de défauts certes, mais faisant jeu égal avec moult qualités et une ambiance amenant fraîcheur et originalité. On ressort finalement satisfait de l'expérience et là est le principal.
Despite its shortcomings and lack of replayability, Mutation is another solid title in the .hack series. It can really only be recommended for Infection veterans and those willing to commit themselves to the entire saga. Hopefully the remaining two installments will reward those willing to continue with a good climax to one of the more original RPGs yet.
GameSpot (May 05, 2003)
Subsequent installments in the series will again allow you to export your character data, continuing on from where you left off. And hopefully future installments won't merely offer more of the same random hack-and-slash gameplay along with another 15-20 hours' worth of story that doesn't really go anywhere. The first .hack game featured a great premise and gameplay that didn't live up to the promising conceit. With Mutation, Bandai didn't even try to improve on a game with some obvious shortcomings, and at this point it seems the developer will be content to drag out what seems to be a skimpy storyline across two more $50 installments. From a technical standpoint, Mutation is every bit as good a game as Infection was before it. But even if you really liked Infection, you probably won't like this second installment as much, since it's just like the first, minus the originality.
63 (Sep 14, 2004)
I actually liked the first Hack. Because of the original and interesting story you almost forgot that the game was a standard RPG. Could the second part in this trilogy compete with the other RPG’s or does it lack new ideas?
Legendra (Mar 30, 2008)
Un petit jeu sympa, qui suit bien la ligné du précédent, même si le côté dungeon-RPG aurait pu se voir exempter de bon nombre de défauts. Cependant .hack//Mutation doit être pris dans son contexte de "trait d'union" entre le premier et le troisième épisode, .hack//Outbreak. On aurait pu s'attendre à une évolution technique ou encore quelques ajouts dans le gamelay, on restera donc sur notre faim. On note que dans la boîte du jeu, on peut trouver le second épisode de .Hack//Liminality.