Life Mission


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Life Mission – a game that has become reality.

What started out as a virtual reality game, after being suspended out of the blue, has turned into a reality. The perks are amazing and real – where points can be used to buy precious metals and cures for terminal illnesses. But so are the consequences. Death in this new reality game…is just as real.

Our MC was one of the best players of the virtual reality game. But will he be able to become the best in this new version?

Who will die and who will survive?

Resident Evil-esque later in the story

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New N0r rated it
November 22, 2019
Status: --
The story is very interesting, but the writing doesn’t do it justice. I want to know what happens next, but I just can’t get past the shallow characters and redundant explanations.
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Attolis rated it
May 26, 2016
Status: c74
It seems to be an interesting story though I can't seem to be able to get into it for some reason.

Edit: I've read it. It's actually quite good. For some reason I didn't like the beginning of "Field of meat" (I think) but after I got past that it became one of my favorites.
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Blisfulloblivion rated it
June 13, 2016
Status: --
This story has a similar vibe as Evolution Theory Of A Hunter and GANTZ. The style and characters are closer to EToaH but the setting is more like GANTZ. The first chapter is a bit confusing and the following three chapters set up the story and MC. By chapter 5 the story picks up, this is when the MC enters the 'reality' version of the game. I would suggest readers hold off until then to make their decision concerning the story. The protagonist is a famous Gamer who has just... more>> completed a previously undefeated boss mission just before giving up gaming. Not long after, the games servers are suddenly suspended and a new 'reality' version of the game is released. Unconcerned, the MC logs on so that he can finish selling all of his gear before he permanently quits. But once logged in he is suddenly in a life or death scenario featuring the now real monsters from the game! And he is not alone, gamers all over the world are now able take deadly missions in this new reality game and while the rewards are great the dangers are immense. To die in the game is to die in real life. Follow our protagonist as he strives to stay ahead of the pack and reap the rewards for fighting in this new reality.

The reality game in the story is similar to Resident Evil in that an A-virus created mutated monsters that can evolve. Gameplay is like XCOM in that individual missions are taken and reward points are given upon completion that can be spent to upgrade gear. The horror aspect is light as the story is narrated in a detached manner from the MC. This could change as the story progresses. (Edit: as of chapter 25 the horror aspect ramps up.)

Loving the story so far. Could be considered sci-fi survival horror rather than gamer. Really curious about where the plot is going. The way things have been set up there is obviously a lot more going on in the background. So glad the updates are daily. <<less
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kari rated it
July 28, 2016
Status: v2c45
Damn... this is a good read! I wish there were many more chapters but I'm hoping the awesome Translator will finish it sooner or later :p

The reasons why I love this novel:
1. People are more realistic. They do not feel or act scripted! well done author Mong Yeon!
2. hello!? gaming affecting reality in bad-ass \\ (^^) // Story's great!
3. many novels get annoying cuz the MC wants to be a hero or dumb sh*t they do cuz of some girl... our MC here is definitely more likable
4. NO HAREM!!!! NO ROMANCE!!! NO HAREM!!! wait I think I said harem already... hehehe

Anyways... bottom line is that this... more>> novel is definitely good. Worth a 4 to 5 star no matter what! <<less
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Varno rated it
August 16, 2017
Status: c15
This story suffers from execution. The writing is sloppy, even though the characters are believable. The writer always seems to get in his own way; in a situation where it would be appropriate to describe the environment he's busy describing emotions, so we'll get an enemy walking from behind a wall, we didn't know existed.

There are so many ill timed info dumps in this story it ruins any tension that could be built up. Let me give an example. During fights we get descriptions of equipment, instead of a first... more>> hand look of a fight for life. This is a huge mistake in a action novel. Action should always come first, I want know his foot placement, which hand he's swinging. I want to know where they're fighting, because these things make it easier to picture the situation and if the story executes these things essential to their genre wrongly or in the wronge order and in even in a disruptive manner then this story cannot be anything more then mediocre.


Edit: update. I've read up to chapter 42, I wanted to know if it got better, it didn't. But I did notice more problems. The story isn't focused on the main character enough, I've read so many chapters and the impression I have of him is he's a decent person, so not Chinese.

This would be a great story, but the writer is bad at telling it. It's like listening to someone tell a joke with a stutter; the prose in this story is so f*cked up it'll probably leave you confused or with a headache. This story is recommended to anyone who reads mtl, maybe they can decifer to enjoy it. 2/5 <<less
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askrack rated it
June 21, 2016
Status: --
ok, I usually look for game elements as my main tag in any novel, but a sprinkle of brutality? All the better.

Here is why I will recommend this novel to others, it shows a realistic side of the humans in a non-realistic world and that is from my own 10 years of experience in gaming, for example :
-young people can be better than old people in games, same in every game, yet they get looked down on
-you care about yourself first before you care about others, unless they... more>> are your team
-best players hate losing more than anything
-snobs who think they are the best WILL ALWAYS RUIN IT FOR OTHERS

-how the others would go for the last shot to kill steal just for points ?


I think this is enough to prove that the author is realistic, aside from that there is the most refreshing trait of the novel, THE MONSTERS CAN THINK AND DEVELOP, aaaaaaaaaah finally not 1 dimensional monsters which dies every time after saying "KAAAAH" or some understood language. One more thing is that even though the MC is a bit forgiving, he isn't fighter of justice or "helper of the ones in need".

Overall, there are so many refreshing aspects of this story, totally worth the read, especially since the translators are doing a neat job, you won't wrinkle your brain trying to understand it. <<less
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8Psycho rated it
June 21, 2016
Status: v1c150
Pretty good story. Session shooter game turned real. Opportunity of joining life-threatening missions for rich rewards is open before humanity. MC is likable? Okay

There quite was few times I felt author about to make really boring plot twist, but almost always my expectations were 'disappointed'.

Minus one star because of 'Human factor' as always. Humans acting stupid as if they have no Self-preservation instincts. All important personas, who was famous in the game are nobles, rich dudes, royals, mafia children; all women are beauties, of course. Come on, where such people... more>> have time to play? <<less
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sobimask rated it
June 23, 2016
Status: v2c34
This novel is pretty good. May be its because of the VR version the MC doesn't seem to be so repulsed by death.. human death in the reality version. overall its a very good read.. its very much like gantz.. except yo can choose missions... the the MC is way cooler
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Cultivation Gremlin rated it
November 22, 2017
Status: v2c57
The premise of this story is very interesting and the characters seem to have some amount of personality (as far as I managed to read anyways). In fact, the only reason this novel didn't get one star from me is because the overall plot and characters were fairly interesting. My two main problems with this novel, however, are its terrible execution and writing.

When talking about execution, the plot and scenarios are all over the place. One moment the characters can be speaking to each other, and in another moment there... more>> is a monster attacking. That doesn't seem like such a strange or abrupt scene change, right? It usually wouldn't be if the author has any control over the flow of their writing. Unfortunately, this author clearly does not. These scene changes are so abrupt and jarring that it simply leaves readers more confused than anything else.

As for writing, I'm not sure if it's an issue with the translator or the author themselves, but it's just terrible. Tenses are all over the place and a lot of sentences are just plain choppy. Honestly, it feels like reading a slightly better version of a mtl. I even skipped way ahead to the latest chapter posted (which is chapter 175 at this time), and the writing hasn't seemed to improve at all.

All in all, the most I can give this novel is 2/5 stars. It's entertaining enough to waste some time, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a serious read. <<less
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Urthallux rated it
August 19, 2017
Status: c160
The story in the beginning is kinda all over the place but after a while when the story gets more and more complicated it is quite interesting to read. Oh yeah in the novel "Battleshoot" is Battlesuit... It took me 80 or so chapters to figure out how stuff works... lol

... more>>

It's interesting to see that there is 3 of him in this world and all of them walks a different path but they are kinda helping eachother in the shadows. I am looking forward what happened to his companions and what the hybrid (half mutant/half human) him will do.

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FiltyIncognito rated it
September 4, 2018
Status: c218
Although the story is interesting, the translation work is nearly incomprehensible in parts and the plot armor is as thicc as the disability-cart riding fatties of the USA. Although the tone of the story isn't as childish as the usual worst abusers of plot armor, it derails from realism just as badly. The author is frustratingly frequently inconsistent from one part to the next, and has a poor grasp on science and combat despite the heavy sci-fi and combat theme. And that's separate from the plot-armor issue or fictional gratuity... more>> of the sci-fi theme.

This novel just feels like a teen sci-fi/fantasy author making an attempt to enter the more mature market but failing due to incompetence and an insufficient level of education. <<less
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sleed rated it
October 30, 2017
Status: c180
Initially, I didn't start this novel with the expectations I have after so many chapters but bit was fine the missions sometimes changed dramatically but it went enough the MC didn't really moved or semed interested in what we happening to the world it looked like it was just going to be about level grinding.

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All of this changed dramatically and exponentially when he received a notebook from a demon.


The story soared to the skies.

I have it a second chance because I was sick and tired of the novels so passively mediocre. What happened was like something was created. Really it become story interesting from chapter 45 onwards, I didn't belived it could really happen but it did.

This is the first time a novel becomes super interesting super fast.

Not a submissive good guy (who has trouble and freezes thinking outside conventional values obcesed of the way other people looks at him, nor a cynical worn. Neither a convectional middle of the roader.

He is not super independat hero but the novel it's really what I was expecting it to be I just had to read it a little more.

If you want to have a novel that binds your mind to movement of the feet and

This is not a novel for the concrete bound mentality. If you want to understand were the conflict is, in a particular situation you have to keep thinking rationally; what are the things that could happen, why that is and what do you know and how do you know it. If you take the passage of time uncritically as the given, human action as just happen to have "happened"​ you are not going to enjoy this novel. If you're​ seeking to read a novel that shows everything like the ones you have read before this is not for you. If you take the end result of a long sequence of though as the given, then regard it as self-evident or as an irreducible primary while negating is preconditions the Novel it's not for you.


forces you think outside simple feet movement, mentalities were it's the only they can think or they don't care to see past feet movement you won't enjoy the experience.

This Novel is not a large series of monologues but you are expected to keep the context at hand

What the novel is focused on is the management of information in real time action; of what do you know and how do you know it. The particular state of the hands and feet on each attack are largely omited unless substantial to a battle abstraction.

The structure focuses on facing new dangers while retaining past battle abstractionss in mind, wich are Challenged​ when and were appropriate and in the most rational conceptual level; it's not going to teach you to fight mutants but shows you and some times describe the fight but what counts it's the experience of the fight and integrate into the current state of the plot-theme.

This is not a concrete bound novel.

I don't like the novels that fail to understand what's what really matters in the fight, they take the fight as a irreductible primary and can't get past concrete movements of hands or feet.

it's like their mind can't hold one battle abstraction, like if it were shackled to physical movements.

Such novels end up being a tome of physical movements, overly lengthy descriptions of the environment and​ an avalanche of specific hits and description of sound waves. Easily forgetting that I'm here for the plot. What is most fustrating it's the fact that they describe the entire fight even with the most vain of the fights. Such novels fail to exercise the two basic requirements for a conceptual mentality; focus and selective attention.

they only understand what's in front of them and don't have the capacity of independant imagination/metaphysical recreation; so they want to be spoon feed.

This does not happen here. Maybe in the very first chapters but after the start generally battles are conscise, and your can skip some parts without losing much substance.

This novel is about the journey/exploration AND it's destination, reacting thoughtfully to unexpected situations. NOT about the concrete rocks they happen to pass. This requires a long range mentality.

At the start however the author presents lots of information but we are given little incentive to care, looking back it's worth, it's going to be useful to know. Still I agree it's not an optional way to present but it's worth it.

I was disappointed initially; because it looked like the story was going to go in a really cliche manner, but, I was plenty times surprised as in the Novel actually was doing things I forgot could be done and basically to events to be meaningfully progressed and presented.

MC is the most close of what I have seen​ about common sense rationality in Asian novels; he won't be a disappointment.

The only issue I have regarding the Novel in itself is that at the start the protagonist really just cares about points and that's largely why I dropped it until chp 30 long time ago. But the story changes really fast from chapter 45 onwards I think, I don't remember really but the event happens Maximum at chapter 80. And the story simply becomes so worth the reading from chp 45 onwards.

Reading this is like putting on a space helmet, zipping on the suit and be in for a good interesting adventure, but suddenly getting off the ship and getting fully expecting some real events always with interesting repercussions that are interconnected and full of strong and conscise challenges, only the strongest and bravest of men can succeed.

The conflict is real and build ups are good and more intricate at each stage ; very very good dramatizations and exelent characterizations​.

Cross the dark space and expect really unexpected and fun events, this universe is totally an end in itself.

Leaving the Earth's orbit you'll see shadows moving in the craters of a moon, but not for pure terror anf the feeling of emptiness or hopelessness ; a brave interconnected adventure in the name of profit Wich turns into an explosive exploration of reality.

Definitely an accomplished novel. It had all the elements most novels with big premises lacks/drop and excels in how it combines them.

It's interconnected, it has a complete structure and dynamic plot.

It evolves and each step gets better.

I was disappointed in the start because the MC didn't have any clear conflict or convictions but as the novel progressed he started to look for the 'why' and 'what for' he is doing what he is doing and the nature of the missions.

The delivery of expectations it's always top noch.

The plot ability it's like sex. He doesn't save it till he's old like Japanese not he gets trapped in the same abstraction as the bast majority of the Chinese.

Each mission it's interconnected and adds to the whole of the story.

Really past chapter 45 it's where things did leveled up.

The initial chapters also have some element that gets unexpected and steadily it changes until it solidifies. <<less
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Buffelephant rated it
August 30, 2016
Status: c28
Apocalyptic and video games mixed into one. If you liked terror infinity, arena, and the evolution theory of the hunter; than life mission will probably be something you will enjoy. The characters have a lot more freedom than the characters in terror infinity.
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ZhaWarudo rated it
August 30, 2016
Status: v3c84
The other reviews already tell you this is similar to other popular novels which started with Terror Infinity.

I find it most similar to Virtual Shooting Online! Don't know it? No wonder, because it's an old fanfic on RR which the author is ashamed of for some reason (to me it's awesome and the name is intentionally lame). Now for the story, it's about a life and death virtual game which somehow mixes with reality. People are not forced to play it but it becomes a kind of law of the... more>> jungle world so they have no choice. So... they buy awesome weapons and new technologies to kill monsters, upgrade themselves to become cyborgs - not yet but it seems that's where it's heading and good news, characters are not 2D! <<less
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ballster147 rated it
October 17, 2016
Status: c108
Good novel with good pacing although the theme is sci-fi post apocalyptic world and modern world running in parallel the explanation is not tedious unlike other novels that takes up the whole chapter and the following to explain things. As of now there's no unnecessary introduction of useless characters that makes the novel more enjoyable although there's a little amount of minor characters showing up the author still use them later on which is better than inserting another worthless name. The pace of story is good if not a little... more>> bit fast where story arc or current mission only takes few chapters.

The only thing that lacks is the MCs relationship development which is pretty much dull or uninteresting due to little amount of conversation which is mostly consist of him and his pda

The novel is a mystery and adventure where you want to know how and what really happen to the world by following the adventure of tom sawyer lol this novel MC and a little bit gore. <<less
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sakirol rated it
October 25, 2017
Status: v2c61
The novel is enjoyable. It's a generic 'survival game' type of novel with good pacing and decent variety of adrenaline pumping survival missions thrown your way. It has few descriptions. The majority of the writing is simple dialogue or action, making it feel like a 'junk food' type of novel. I like junk food. :) The downside is that the logic that the characters use is downright moronic, and you're left with nothing but eyerolls. Examples below:

    • MC personally wanted to scout teammates for the 'rank up' mission from Lvl E to D because it was a risky mission... but then decides to join a group of random players without having talked to them before.
    • Person's sister is in a mission where they could die at any mission and need urgent help. MC decides to take over 2 hours to make a decision...
    • MC knows super OP people, but doesn't ask for their help on embarking in life-threatening missions

All in all, it's a fun read though it has some execution issues.
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Guymaioh rated it
August 12, 2016
Status: v3c70
I'm really enjoying this novel. The premise is simple, and the backdrop is easily grasped and the story has a good tempo. I think the only issue I have it with the link back to reality as I feel it falls short of what is happening in the virtual world turned reality. However, I'm thoroughly enjoying this. If you enjoy stories that include survival, human nature, body modification, upgrading and strategy - this is for you.
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DarkD rated it
September 18, 2019
Status: --c127
Well written story that's severely damaged by unrealistic characters and a mediocre translation. I'm going to be pretty negative here, but honestly the series is pretty readable. Just some annoying facepalm moments, but nothing that's made me drop the novel yet. I'm actually really into the system in this series.

The characters are predictable and make you facepalm with how inhuman they seem. I don't mean inhuman as in evil, I mean inhuman as in it feels like aliens are masquerading as humans.

Heavy Spoiler Warning

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minor spoiler warning - So 36 people who achieved the highest level in the virtual game all go on to become the strongest people in the real life version as well. They've already clarified that their fitness in the game does not match their fitness in real life. So the idea that the same people would rise to the top is beyond ridiculous.

For example, I used to play a game called Settlers online in the beta and I was the top player for awhile. I achieved that because the previous top ranked player quit playing. I also had a lot more time to play games back then and playtime makes a big difference there. Then there's also all the people who woulda been good, but never played. Games just don't work like this novel is making them out to.

Secondly, this is one of those authors that seems to believe that people are either "good or evil" and that good people will do everything in their power to do good and evil people will just always be evil. It's a really hollow and disgusting worldview I never liked in Asian culture.

All of the people who were evil PKers in the game went on to become murderers in the real life version. This is just insulting really. PKers kill other players because they like PVP or because they like to annoy people. That does not translate to murderer... To just throw them all together like that is disgusting.

Thirdly, the author seems to have PTSD confused with Schizophrenia. PTSD means you relive traumatic events or you become really negative or you have trouble sleeping. It's rather benign from an outsiders perspective and it's more a problem for the person suffering it. I'm honestly shocked at how bad this author's knowledge is on the matter. PTSD is closer to depression than "going insane" like this author seems to think it is.

Now let's get to the translation. The whole thing is translated into somewhat broken english that is "kinda" readable. You can ignore it pretty well, but it gets REALLY annoying when something important is being explained. You'll interpret the sentence one way, then it'll be completely contradicted a couple of sentences later and then it goes back and forth. Three pages later, the context makes it clear what happened, but it's a terrible mess of a translation.

For the longest time you'll hear the protagonist talk about how he needs "battle shoots", but it isn't for a LONG ass time until you realize that this is a horrible translation. He means to say "battle suits".

I honestly don't know if it'll ever get retranslated either. Korea is becoming harder to find translators for since they're actively stopping translation whenever someone tries asking for permission. If you are a korean translator, DON'T ASK... They all say no. Korean translators and legal translations are mutually exclusive. Don't bother.

The further into the story I get the more pissed off I am with the translation. There are times I'm pretty sure the translator skipped a chapter and there are times when he jumps from saying "Item A cost 50 million points" to "I bought Item A for 50 billion points". Trying to follow the details is just not possible with this bad of a translator. Like the sentences are readable, but the guy just doesn't care. It's like a speed translation.

Finally, there's an issue with the story. They have this annoying repetitive element that doesn't make sense. So the protagonist is like the best ranker in the original game and he keeps getting lucky breaks in the real life version that lets him skip ahead and attempt missions with gear and abilities a rank higher than other people. However, he never keeps this advantage. The other players always catch up quickly then he gets a new shortcut to a higher store. He's done this three times as of my current chapter. I thought it was cool once, twice I didn't notice, three times I'm annoyed.

How is the protagonist the best when he gets three lucky breaks but loses his advantage every time. Not to mention, this basically means he's had a three point handicap and still is just breaking even.

Super spoiler here

So I'm pretty far in the novel now and if what's been revealed as the "motivation for Life Mission" is true, this is the dumbest plot ever. So, a super advanced alternate Earth that's far in the future asked the question "who would win, humans armed with our technology or super powerful mutants." This question bothers them so much that they decide to create an apocalyptic virus that obliterates an entire world full of BILLIONS of people turning them into canibalistic mutants. Then they take a second world and arm them and tell them to kill the mutants for points. That's the plot, they killed billions of people just so they can play "humans vs mutants" in real life.

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Hopeless rated it
July 13, 2019
Status: c279
This is garbage through and through. I hesitate to say it is the worst Korean novel I've read so far, but only because there are plenty that are just as bad as this.

Plot holes everywhere. For the sake of potential readers, I'll limit myself so as not to spoil.

The biggest of which: every Lifer had to survive the tutorial by themselves before they could become part of the story in any way, which makes 90 percent of ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING that comes afterwards completely incoherent.

If you're completely useless, you died in... more>> the tutorial. If you have no idea what you're doing, you died in the tutorial. If you rush into $hit just because, you died in the tutorial. If you're not smart, calm, and able, there is literally no way to get through the very first step.

There's no need to mention the more tangible plot holes that happen every other chapter or so, because we usually at least get a token effort from the author -which basically amounts to: yes, I know this doesn't make sense but I will unilaterally deny it, so there- so we at least know that the author is not retarded enough to have missed them.

But apparently, he IS retarded enough to put what amounts to a garbage filter right in the beginning, yet proceed to ignore it ever since. <<less
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May 15, 2019
Status: c279
Read the whole thing. Enjoyable read but...

The characters are bland, including the protagonist and supporting characters.

The antagonists are bland. There's nothing to feel attached to, they're mostly quest a, quest b, target a, target b

The thing I liked is the story's setting. Honestly, nothing made about the characters interest me and I feel the story could have continued even if they die or replaced with others including the MC. What kept me reading is that I want to know what will happen to the worlds they're in and to the... more>> mission. Satisfactory ending even though the final fight for the climax didn't move me in anyway.

Wanna know what happend?


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Emraldfire rated it
April 3, 2019
Status: Completed
I'm not one to write reviews but no one has a review on the completed story. I feel the same as most of the other reviews in that the story is 5/5, but in the last 30 chapters it really degrades as the ending feels really rushed and its seems the quality of the story feels worse as a result. It's still not worst thing I've read and is still worth a 4/5

So if you wondering if its worth a read now that its finished, I would say that it... more>> is. <<less
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