Ok so i knew this wasn't the original hack but none the less i bought it in anticipation fo a great anime with a lot of action but with enough storyline to keep me entertianed. There is a good soundtrack to the series the opening theme one actually becoming a favourite of mine.
So a break down of the storyline is a character joins the "World" and is killed straight away (lol right?) but he is told he has a gift and so you follow the main character (avoiding names incase you don't wish to know them just yet) he is recruited into a clan which is looking for an item in the game but he gets close to a clan member who then gets killed in game by the mysterious "Tri-edge" a player killer who kills players but they become unconcious in the real world.
Now this might sound like the anime for you and yes it has good story to it etc.. the reason for 3 stars? It works out that this series is entirely filler... there is hardily any action an of which is brief and scarce to say the least so much chatty chatting going on all for what? For the series to end on a cliff hanger and requires you to watch a seperate movie which then ends the storyline.
Basically my advice is to buy the movie (.hack//G.U. Trilogy [DVD
]) depending on whetehr you can get a well priced one of course, as the start of the movie trilogy runs through the story of the roots series in about 20mins and is quite accurate as a result of the complete filler, and this movie trilogy has all the good action love story and awesomeness all wrapped up. Obviously there was gonna be a downside... it's only in French with English subtitles which is a pain if you can't stad reading text and watching at the same time.
The simple conclusion of this essay? Buy the linked product and not this if u hate filler.