|Genre: Fighting - Platform: PS3 - Release: June, 2012 (Japan)|
|The "The World Edition" also comes with mini-posters, art booklets, and more.|
Since it's a fighting game, your focus would rightfully be on multiplayer, which Versus does have. All characters are unlocked from the start (although there are only eight) and there is both online (ranked and unranked) and offline multiplayer available. Unfortunately, the online community is pretty much dead, so you'll be hard pressed to find an opponent. Thankfully, the single player story mode is also quite good. Rather than simply being a series of battles of increasing difficulty, each fight also has optional missions or preset conditions which reward you with unlockables when completed. These missions are usually stuff like beating your opponent while in exceed mode, getting a certain hit combo, finishing the round within a certain amount of time, or breaking stage objects, and they help to keep you on your toes. After a fight, comments from the fake people watching your fight appear all over the screen, marveling at your skills. If you get enough comments, you'll also unlock support items and new weapons which can help decrease the difficulty of certain missions if you get stuck. There's a story that goes along with the battles too and periodically interrupts with a cutscene, but, from what I could tell, it's not really anything too interesting. If I had one complaint about the single player mode, it's that one of the characters is never playable, making them unique to multiplayer.
If you've been sucked into the mysterious world of .hack for the story, don't get your hopes up for any engaging plot here. If, on the other hand, you want to fight with your favorite characters, and your favorite characters happen to be one of the eight available (two of which are original to this game/movie combo), .hack//Versus might be worth checking out. There's not a whole lot to it, but what it does have is quite fun and deeper than it appears. I like it. As an import game, you shouldn't have much trouble playing if you don't know Japanese. You'll just miss out on the story and will have trouble figuring out the missions and support items, which aren't really necessary anyway.
For another importable PS3 game, check out Boku no Natsuyasumi 3!