The Legendary Mechanic

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What do you do when you wake up and find yourself inside the very game that you love?

What do you do when you realize you that you have not only become an NPC – you have even been thrown back in time to before the game even launched!

What will happen when our protagonist’s two realities coincide?

Han Xiao was a professional power leveler before his transmigration. Using his past life’s knowledge, Han Xiao sweeps through the universe as he prepares for the arrival of the players. This is definitely not your typical transmigration novel.

Associated Names
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Siêu Thần Cơ Giới Sư
TLM
Transcendental Mechanic
超神机械师
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  5. Give it a try (no romance)

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Piknos
New Piknos rated it
March 19, 2020
Status: c1200
An above average novel, the author has created one of my favourite novels on this platform. While it is built around the typical reincarnated into a game world scenario, it handles the story in a logical way. There isn't any of the usual betrayals by friends, waking up to their surroundings or any world-ending beauties. It really is just a normal gamer who was dropped into a game.

World building is a huge part of the novel, we get to understand the various powers in the world and how they relate... more>> to others. There also isn't any single entity that is made out to be a straight up enemy just because. There's always a reason behind the founding of each organisation and the MC goes on to explore all of that. Plot in the beginning is progressed through quests, though that does fall away quite a bit after the MC becomes more powerful leaves his world. His autonomy increases a lot across his journey, which allows for a great degree of freedom in where he can go and what he can do. Much like gaining power in real life. The only issue I have is how the game developers in the original Earth don't notice an npc going and doing things that aren't in its' programming, though the issue is hinted at in later chapters.

Overall I can't recommend the novel enough. <<less
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Bruticus
New Bruticus rated it
March 5, 2020
Status: c1193
A lot more exciting in the beginning when the MC was weaker. A number of interesting milestones happens, such as taking a direct hit from a space battleship's main cannon (while nearly dying from it) because two higher ranked characters just could not kill him (due to a certain ability), turning an enemy into a friend and overcoming pretty ridiculous odds/enemies when you keep in mind the start of the novel.

Later on, when he is really powerful (SS level), he's a lot more into political considerations, scamming really powerful people... more>> and trying to lessen damage for a certain future event and thus his battles' are mainly beam spam from a robot army or using transformer style combiner tactics where individual robots combine into cybertron/unicron sized mechs (he did learnt a few martial moves including a thinly disguised hadoken).

This slows down the novel and slides into a more interaction style writing later on

Still overall, this is a good novel to read if you're the type who don't mind or can skip pass the occasional paragraph of stats <<less
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DevianT
DevianT
December 26, 2018
Status: c769
OK so this novel is fun to read and quite fast pace which is good but starting will be hit with bunch of stats sometimes with each time main class breakthrough upgrade like every 20 level gap?The rate of release of raw is average one per day (as sometimes author sick and some emergency) But most importantly SMH the translation......

When you first read it, you will think it's good and the words per chapter is short but actually NO! They cut bits here and there like each sentence few words... more>> and I start doubting that they actually MTL first and when those incomprehensible words in MTL can't translate or make sense they just cut it off and voila edit it....

Utterly disappointed like why the PADORU you cut here and there and sometimes even the whole short paragraph.... You think what?As long no one read the raw and compare it's safe? Although sometimes jokes or humour will lost in translation. Tsk tsk a great novel but shame on the translator laziness

Ah by the way anyone wanna know the short life/bio of MC before he become NPC is at beginning of chapter 2 (quite short) and MTL ver. is readable not some incomprehensible things you would see if you MTL KR novel <<less
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DeePO
DeePO rated it
December 3, 2018
Status: c381
This novel WAS a great read for about 100-ish chapters. Then, in my opinion it started getting downhill. Let me list some pros and cons

Pros :

    • Great Start
    • Logical, Calculative, Shameless Mc
    • A cast which is actually decent
    • A Great start
    • MC is kinda in the grey side of the moral compass, which means he's willing to do anything that benefits him, which I like
    • It's fast paced
Cons :

    • As stated by the comments above, the MC basically gets handed XP from the players, and leveling up just becomes secondary now
    • He's really OP, as of now I don't really see the MC fighting as if his life is on the line or anything like that, the only one he has too worry about is the A grade threats, He's a B grade powerhouse now
    • The novel has infodumps occationaly, but is not overly annoying like some other novels (Im looking at you MGA or ATG)
Neutral :

    • No romance, the MC isn't interested in anyone.
    • The sci-fi
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tides
tides rated it
April 28, 2019
Status: c800
The story of a person who is transported int the mmorpg he's playing, but several years before it starts and as an NPC.

however I find the mentality of the MC to be weird. He is aware that he is an an MMORPG and has become an NPC, so there will be no romance because he doesn't want to be in a relationship with other NPC.

this causes him to become very selfish and often gets his "friends" who are NPC in trouble. Any NPC who treats him well will find themselves... more>> in trouble because of him since he just doesn't care about them. for example, one of his teammates who helped him take orders for his crafting services ended up in deep debt due to his disappearance, while another who helped him at the very start is left wondering what happened to him, again due to his abrupt disappearance. not to mention that he later returns, but the only purpose for his return is to steal tech from her family.

his relationship with players is also weird. he uses them as a source of income and gathers a group of players who will eventually become the best. their relationship however does not become anything more besides that of a business relationship, partly due to how the players think that the MC is an NPC.

the MC also not seem to have any "goals". the goal for the first 400 chapters/first arc is just to take revenge and get strong. the 2nd arc is to help his group of players take part in the world tournament and his preparations to go into space, and later the 3rd arc, is the galactic arc.

He does not seem to want to bother finding out a way to return or find out what happened to him. it seems like he is playing the game as an NPC, yet is a special existence due to how he thinks that he is a "player who turned into an NPC".

most of the MC advantages come from how he is aware of which npc gives the most OP skills and he actively works to get them, or of him going to dungeons/place where the treasures are. in short, the only cheat he has is his knowledge of future events yet he progresses so much faster and gets more exp from all of the players, partly due to the one year advantage he had when the game was offline.

i would say that the start of the novel is very promising, which is why you would see all the 5 and 4 stars review. however the MC's insistence to "isolate" himself from all the NPC because he is human, and then isolate himself from all the players because he is an "NPC" makes the novel tiring to read and disappointing.

what we have here the MC running around the entire game, breaking all the plots because he knows everything about them and getting all of the OP skills yet never makes any notable relationships with anyone.

sadly, this just becomes tiring to read after the first few major arcs because you know the MC doesn't care about anything besides getting stronger and all he will probably be at the end is just a notable NPC... <<less
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timma
timma rated it
January 27, 2019
Status: c792
It's good. No relationships. Only tiny bits of nationalism every 200 chapters.

Worth giving a shot. The MTL is okay.

Read a lot of web novels and took a small break, this was first one I read after starting again. So it's has unique qualities that kept me interested. Fast paced. But not too fast. Only qualms is I wish MC developed relationships outside of who can be useful to him
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Jatron
Jatron rated it
January 18, 2019
Status: c77
The story has recurring bits of homophobia and misogyny that aren't really funny. Calling women over 50 potatoes comes, and the drastic reactions to anything potentially gay dampen my enjoyment.

Author hamfists rivals and motivations for the MC

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Spoiler

MC flees to a band of gypsies and had 2 of his guns stolen by a greedy teenager. Notices some are missing, gets them back, but then decides not to count them until after he spent 3 hours travelings. Entire carivan dies just so the MC/readers can get some revenge porn. He kills his 'rival' but then gets resurrected over some BS reasoning.

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~4 chapters where the majority of it is just reciting his inventory, weapons are overly/unnecessary detailed as well. Obviously just there to pad the word count.

There's a feature where a mechanic can obtain random blueprint by combining subskills at the cost of XP. For example combining Basic Programming and Basic Weaponsmithing gives the chance to learn the blueprints for an automated weapon. Except for the first time, the MC has gotten the blueprint he wanted every single time since despite having only 1 luck.

The MC isn't likeable and hasn't really formed any close bonds with the NPCs so far. NPCs are fairly one dimensional, also has it's fair share of canonfodder.

The MC has proven to not be likeable, either to the reader or the NPCs. He hasn't really made any deep connections with anyone, though the NPCs being largely one dimensional likely affects that. The MC does do things that are mildly funny.

Decent enough read though the standard Chinese webnovel tropes ruin what could've been a great story. Talking about canonfooder, faceslapping, a**hole/shameless MC, and extremely arrogant characters. <<less
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Gayle
Gayle rated it
December 22, 2019
Status: c580
Storytelling

Comments

  • This novel follows the familiar "protagonist with a game system and foreknowledge of future events" trope. It plays out in the usual pattern of the protagonist using his foreknowledge to constantly gain new skills and equipment.
  • The novel takes place in an mmorpg. The protagonist is a former player that somehow entered the game world and became an NPC. This means that on top of his game system and foreknowledge, he also has the ability to give quests to players and isn't held to the same restrictions as players.
The... more>> Good

  • There is a decent variety of scenarios and the protagonist hops from one adventure to another at a rapid pace. There is very little downtime. None of the scenarios are new or creative but they are varied enough to keep things fun.
The Bad

  • The plot itself is uninteresting. There is nothing intriguing about the protagonist's adventures. It is pure power fantasy. The entertainment comes from watching the protagonist constantly grow more powerful and succeed at everything. The author uses clunky and obvious foreshadowing for future events that doesn't leave much for the reader to wonder about.
  • World building is done via info dump. Whenever the protagonist enters a new place with a background relevant to the plot or discovers some secret that is meaningless without context the author just dumps information on the reader. It makes reading feel like homework that is required to understand the story instead of entertainment. The worse part of this is that sometimes these infodumps don't actually matter. You get a bunch of information dumped on you and then it rarely if ever comes up again.
  • As you read about the protagonists battles, a certain question might come to your mind. The protagonist uses machines to fight. Many of these machines requires him to learn knowledge from others in order to build. So others possess the same knowledge he does. Not only that but it is explicitly said that there are more powerful mechanics than the protagonist in the galaxy. Mechanics on the level of a calamity. And mechanic fighting styles are none to the point that the styles even have names. But if that is the case, why are all of his opponents surprised by his mechanic abilities? It makes sense on his relatively underdeveloped home world but even when he enters space people are surprised that he can deploy robots or repair them using electromagnetic energy. He is the protagonist so there are many abilities he possesses to shock and amaze opponents. But it really doesn't make sense for that to apply to many of his standard mechanic abilities which the story never claims to be unique.
  • As is usual with protagonists with a game system, the protagonist gains a continuous stream of new skills and equipment. However, many of the skills the protagonist learns in this case are passive stat boosts. Stuff like "x% damage reduction" or "x% weapon damage". Early in the story, the author provides damage numbers so the reader can somewhat see these skills working. But as the story progresses this becomes less frequent and so the benefit of the skills become increasingly invisible to the reader. The protagonist also suffers from the usual problem of gaining so many skills that he can do everything. He is a mechanic so you expect him to fight with machines. He does this. But sometimes he is also a sniper. Other times he is trades punches and kicks with characters specialized in melee combat. The author claims that the protagonist has weaknesses but somehow his supposed weaknesses never actually impede him much.
Characterization
Comments

  • This novel has the usual two dimensional characters that most webnovels do. Other than some defining trope or gimmick, there is little to differentiate one character's personality from another.
The Good

  • The protagonist does not care about s*x or romance. This spares the reader a lot of the cringy s*x and romance scenes that you see in a lot of webnovels.
  • While most major female characters come to be fond of the protagonist, the author never explicitly has them fall in love with him. Some of them see him as a comrade, some as a savior, some a mentor, some as a friend but at least in the first 500 or so chapters none have fallen in love with him.
The Bad

  • The protagonist himself doesn't have much personality and where he does it is inconsistent. Is he grim and strong willed or cavalier and playful? Depends on the chapter. Is a reasonable person who only kills when he has good reason or someone who kills whenever it would let him look cool? Depends on the chapter
  • It seems like less effort is put into male characters in comparison to the female ones. The author doesn't give any of his characters much attention but the male characters seem particularly neglected. They are either an enemy that underestimates the protagonist, an ally that idolizes him, or a nobody that is jealous of him. The "player" characters are different since they regard the protagonist as a NPC and sometimes fool around like players do in video games but they are absent from the story as much as they are present.
  • The author seems to be unable to describe an adult female character without using the word "sexy". Occasionally when the character is mentioned again he will give the reader a friendly reminder that the character has, in fact, remained sexy since the last time they appeared. Compared to some other authors that write in this way, this author at least tries to rein it in a bit so that while it comes off as unnecessary and lazy pandering it never gets to the point where female characters just feel like s*x objects.
Translation

Comments

  • The translation is hosted on Qidian's english website, Webnovel. Com. Webnovel only allows you to read so many chapters for free, which irritates many readers.
The Good

  • The translation is of decent quality. It never becomes unreadable. The grammar makes sense and there are no untranslated words.
The Bad

  • It seems that there is more than one translator and the translators haven't agreed to use the same word translations. It would be one thing if you have say a hundred or so chapters using one translation and then another hundred or so using another. The problem is that instead of blocks like that the translators alternate with each chapter. So sometimes you have a character that appears in a series of chapters with his name alternating from one translation to the the other each chapter. If the reader doesn't pay close attention they might not even realize it is the same character being talked about until it is made obvious by context. This is annoying and it stands out.
  • Most of the time, translator's notes are presented as footnotes. But, perhaps becomes of the multiple translators I mentioned above, sometimes they will be stuck right in the middle of a paragraph. This can be aggravating for people who like to be immersed in what they are reading.
Final Thoughts
The Legendary Mechanic is an entertaining story. It doesn't have any literary merit and it won't move your heart. There are no interesting plot elements or memorable characters. But the author only makes flimsy attempts at those things. What he focuses on is writing a fun power fantasy about a man making machines in a scifi setting. And I think he succeeds at that. <<less
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kkgoh
kkgoh rated it
December 24, 2018
Status: c315
Iron Man meets Legendary Moonlight Sculptor!

A fun easy read for those who enjoy RPG-type novels with a healthy dose of comedic meta-references on the transmigration and VRMMORPG genres. Rather than the usual fantasy-only theme, it's thankfully partially sci-fi based, so think more Mass Effect.

EDIT: Down-graded rating to 4 stars, the story structure becomes rather bad after chapter 200+, author tries to start too many parallel plots that don't work and ends them very lamely. Translation quality is only going downhill, and since NU is a translation site, I weigh more on the English version. The jokes just aren't enough to sustain poor planning (just like Virtual World: Peerless White Emperor). MC gets excessively OP.

The novel (and MC Han Xiao) doesn't hesitate to lampoon his own genre, especially since he's... more>> a veteran nerd/weeb. Han Xiao is a self-serving troll but steps up when he has to, kinda like Deadpool-lite while occasionally breaking the 4th wall. You can really see the author's nerdy trivia knowledge of sci-fi/gaming come alive in the novel (think "Ready Player One"). It's refreshing to see an MC that embraces his inner nerd, much like the j-novel "To Be a Power in the Shadows".

Descriptions and translations are hilarious, you can sense they definitely had fun with it. I read both the Chinese Raws and the English translations. The translators summarized quite a bit of content which causes chapters to be unusually short, maybe out of laziness, but they got the gist of it and are grammatically accurate at least.
Spoiler

""What the hell, why am I the only one SAO-ed?"

"Han Xiao did not have anything in particular against any group of people. He respected people's hobbies and interests. These two men before him were simply two lonely hearts who had no way of releasing their pent-up frustrations. Over time, their common bond developed into something special..."

"Division 13 may have been powerful and mighty, but one could never have enough new weapons.
The research department is always allocated with the largest cut of the budget, yet those useless fools only know how to create useless crap like double-sided sticky bombs, curved guns that don't work at all, and fake nipples to hide poison needles! They even have male and female versions!
The covert ops department had borne a grudge against the research team ever since two of their agents were self-poisoned due to a 'wardrobe malfunction'."

Some are my own translations, you can see the similarities to LMS:

... on the player forums.
"I've been randomly transformed into a tentacle monster, requesting help on changing my race, urgently waiting online!"
"WTF, I wanna be a tentacle monster too, let's trade places!"

"Art is an explosion!" - Guess that reference. Also used in "Forty Millenniums of Cultivation".

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Side characters are varied, funny and interesting, though they tend to appear briefly, similar to LMS. Which is in-line with the feeling of a massive universe and trillions of people.
Spoiler

A tsundere old man NPC who happens to be a key character, a greedy girl-next-door workshop mechanic, players who are game-immersion fanatics, an absurd amount of people who mistakenly assume MC is gay/beastie/necro/etc... the riotous cast goes on.

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There's no apparent romance for the MC so far, nor does there need to be.
Spoiler

Several female side characters express an interest in the MC but he disregards them in pursuit of powering up. Even MORE female side characters treat the MC with disgust/disdain and are only respectful of his abilities/reputation and nothing else, which is how it should be!
It allows the focus to be on the plot development. A good example of a similar novel where things went wrong with a female distraction was "Forty Millenniums of Cultivation". I daresay that the awkward female lead kinda ruined the story.
Han Xiao's background was always a power-leveling nerd and he enjoyed it, nothing wrong with repeating that here.

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Some reviewers have made complaints which are actually somewhat legit:
(1) Heavy technical info dump and somewhat broken leveling system
In later chapters, this becomes more and more unbearable as author tries to extend word count. 3 or more paragraphs can be used to explain a very simple idea (e.g. why players might enjoy a certain activity sponsored by MC). Author relies on excessive use of Chinese idioms... for multiple paragraphs.
MC becomes unreasonably OP from harvesting of XP, until it becomes just a pointless number. Multiple chapters devoted to re-re-re-emphasizing how much XP MC gained.

(2) Lack of a goal
Trying to survive while power-leveling WAS THE ORIGINAL GOAL. He transmigrated and was put into life-and-death situations from the get-go, and there's always a threat of being assassinated hanging over his head.
But it's pretty obvious MC overcame that past Chapter 200 and nothing could threaten him. It's been 100 chapters and I don't know what his new goal is, apparently just to become more OP which is NOT a goal.

(3) He acts like he only has one life
Because he ONLY HAS ONE LIFE! It's literally written in the 1st chapter. He's not sure if he's a player, because he has both NPC characteristics while having some semblance of a player interface. He can't take the chance that he'll be revived if he dies. Would you?
Spoiler

More importantly, the world he's in ISN'T DATA like SAO. It's hinted that this was a highly advanced game operated by a whole series of quantum-mechanical systems. The game appears to have melded different dimensions, blending players with a real alternate universe. Both sides appear to retain their properties, players see it as a game, NPCs see it as their reality. The NPCs themselves are amazed that Players appear to come back alive (respawn). This was briefly explored in another novel, "Reincarnator".

After coming into contact with other players, he confirms that he's an "NPC" that just happens to have a partial player interface. i.e. MC is uniquely straddling both worlds.
He's able to award missions like NPCs, and players can't recognize him as a player.

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One major complaint/plot hole:
The different political factions and long term missions that the MC signs up with becomes unnecessarily complicated and conflicting. When things come to a head, it doesn't always make sense.

Spoiler

MC's battlesuit/style is very unique. Despite the ability to change his facial features with the help of a mask, it's obvious to everyone who he really is, so it doesn't make sense when MC pretends to be someone else. MC also decides to work for a variety of organizations (main neutral faction, minor warlords, etc), but adopts behavior that are contradictory to almost all of these organizations.

Same thing with a long term Hidden story line mission, which was an alternative to the 2 Main story lines on his starting planet. It was supposed to be a major deviation running concurrently with the Main story lines, but became completely pointless when author realized he couldn't link the different plot lines together.
Author realizes it was a conundrum, then lamely decided to just conclude the first 2 Main story lines, then pick up the Hidden line afterwards and gloss over it. POOR STORY STRUCTURE.

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darthpsykoz
darthpsykoz rated it
February 21, 2019
Status: c69
At first, it seems like a typical regressed/reincarnated into game world type story. However, what makes this plot unique is that the MC is literally in the game as an NPC after his "rebirth", that means that the players are still around. The interaction of the MC with the players makes this novel really unique & exciting! The mechanic class also makes the combat system interesting. Currently, this has become my favorite ongoing Chinese novel.
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boredwayfarer
boredwayfarer rated it
February 21, 2019
Status: c312
I'd rate it 5 stars if not for one problem, the world building sucks. This is a game, yet the devs don't do anything at all when everything is going to shit. The MC destroyed so many main storyline, kill off many key characters, all these before the games official release! This causes many quest/missions to be unbalanced, yet there is no action or nerfing? If so, I don't see why the author needs to introduce this as a "game".

Otherwise, interesting story, quite fun read

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Ok I've read the raws further, and most of the reviews were right in saying he should NOT be able to gain exp this way. It ruins not only the game mechanic that shows how little the author cares about consistency in world building, it ruins the whole story where everything ends up becoming pointless, since he max out all the skills and class levels easily. With such huge flaws, giving it 3 stars is a testament that at least some parts are still enjoyable <<less
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Eriht
Eriht rated it
December 31, 2018
Status: c775
Dear reader, when I'm writing my opinion there are 775 chapters at the time. Protagonist is intelligent, cunning and cunningly able to use his knowledge, while not abusing it as much as in other "game" novels. Another strong side of this work is that every arc is influenced by already existing ones and author gentle comb them into tight coherent refreshing novel. To be fair it is highly interactive world, where NPCs have their own independent lifes in realistic universe. And players are undying cancer of cosmos.

As side note machinery... more>> system is not OP/Strongest/etc but most versatile one, where you use knowledge and moneys as fuel.

11/10 in my opinion, enjoy your read. <<less
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StormHawk
StormHawk rated it
November 26, 2018
Status: --
I’m loving the story so far. Like many popular novels, this one grab your attention and keep you awake unlike cultivation novels where you have the MC making pills and crap. And the fun part is the anticipation for the ‘players’ to join the world. Plus many ways for development and it give me the feel of playing Red Dead Redemption 2 where you decide what path you wanna take (even tho the endings are the same).
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Seregosa
Seregosa rated it
May 14, 2019
Status: c284
This is one of my current favorite novels. The author is just about never repetitive, the world is interesting, the mc's adventure is understandable, there is no romance at all and he has clear goals on what he wants to do.

Instead of just repeating the same scenario over and over again which is so common in chinese novels, this novel just goes from one situation to another, never the same. It's quite exciting to see his journey and everything he does. While there are some info dumps, these info dumps... more>> are generally interesting and important information, things that readers WANT to know, there are just a few ones that could've been left out, like stat dumps for enemies that doesn't matter which happened once or twice.

The only things I don't like about this novel are

1: the MC is a smoker and believes it's the coolest thing in the world, the author goes out of his way to show us the MC smoking at any moment he wants him to act cool. Guessing that the author is a chainsmoker. Meanwhile, any reasonable person knows that smoking is the opposite of cool and that no one wants to be close to a smoker that smells like sh*t and harms others with his secondhand smoke.

2: There are some slight racism and the patriotism is too heavy. It's really no big deal because it's mainly guiled racism and nothing malicious like in other novels, the MC won't treat others differently just because they're from another country. The MC himself also doesn't care about any organization, so the patriotism isn't an issue either, it's just quite weird when he still feels so much patriotism for a country he's no longer part of, why care so much more about a country you will never go back to and have no relations to anymore? Then there's the fact that he makes sure to put heavy emphasis on where a player is from, like mentioning he's from europe or he's from america and then making every country have their own planets even if people from other countries can join another planet, he also mentions how some people are "spies" from their respective countries, really? What would you spy on? What color the grass is on another planet? The players share pretty much all information on their own and there are no inclinations from the "spies" that they actually try to infiltrate big guilds or something like that. But, as I said, this stuff is very, very mild compared to what we usually find and the MC himself is rarely the cause, so it's all fine. It's an issue, but not something to the level of reducing my enjoyment.

Spoiler

I feel like the whole player thing was done quite well. Based on the clues given, it gets pretty obvious that this isn't actually a game world. There are far too many things that makes it impossible. My guess is that the VR capsules and computers needed to power them are actually provided by some intergalactic super civilization, perhaps the most powerful (or it's just a supreme being/god, who knows), and so is the interface, that they're actually "projected" with a physical body into other worlds with the help of the "VR" capsule, it has been mentioned that technology similar to this does exist. Let's face it, every single character on the entire planet has their own lives that goes on even when people aren't there, every single one has thoughts, feelings, emotions and goals and the history is great and has all the details that would amass throughout history, so does the technology. They're as human as they get, they also get surprised when these immortal players show up. The players are even forbidden from speaking about things that would reveal their true identities, it gets automatically censored and exchanged with gibberish that makes people think they're mentally ill if they try to reveal anything, as if someone could keep track of exactly what every player wants to say and then change it...

So, yeah, if you don't like the idea that it's a game, don't worry, it's quite obvious that it's not a game, it's a real world, it wouldn't surprise me at all if earth is just a tiny planet somewhere in that universe, perhaps used as an experiment by some greater power

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All in all, I really recommend this. It's quite fresh and unique and never really gets boring. I was quite sad that no more chapters had been translated. Looking forward to the rest of this novel. Cheers.

One last thing, don't expect romance and don't expect the MC to care about others and build relationships, be it as friends, lovers or towards some faction. It's just not going to happen if we're to judge from these 284 chapters and his future plans. Hell, it would ruin the novel if he changed this part about himself. If you go into this wanting that stuff, you will be disappointed. <<less
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shinikage
shinikage rated it
October 4, 2019
Status: c499
Basically read about a chinese power leveler exploiting a game NPC´s and its players as an NPC, from giving quests to make the players work for him, sell low level items to take the money they receive from doing quests to also teach them basic skills to take the experience they receive for his own use.

Lootboxes and DLC´s included
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psi.havoc
psi.havoc rated it
September 29, 2019
Status: c422
Actually it would have been a good read but I just cant get past the its ridiculous plot.

The MC was transported into the game he was playing as a pro but as an NPC and does things that are messing with the main story line of the game and nobody in the game company gives a fck about it. Like for real, what kind of game company would just sit back and let this "BUG" in the game as it is and do nothing? I would understand if he was... more>> transported into the game and the game world became real, then he can do whatever he wants in it and get away with it but he was transported into a game that is being played by REAL people in the REAL world and nobody is being weirded out by this "BUG". Not the game company who wrote the actual story of the game and programed it nor the other players of other countries, besides China, that are being left behind in the game because of him. I mean people would report this to the GM or something since the MC was sticking like a sore thumb with all his actions in the game and it is affecting the balance of gaming experience of players. There was no explanation whatever to justify this in the story and I just cant accept such lousy plot.

Fantasy stories are fine and can be as magical and miraculous as they can get but I think that it should always have a sense of "realism" or should I say logic in it for readers to be engrossed in it. It needs to be "believable". But this is just me.

You can still enjoy this if you ignore what I pointed out. 3/5 stars. <<less
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Xenomuncher
Xenomuncher rated it
August 20, 2019
Status: c436
Okay so I've noticed alot of people complaining about stupid stuff so I'm going to tell them why they are wrong!

  • People complain about how the romance is non-existent and the reason for that is due to every second being valuable the reason why is below
  • Spoiler

    that the Galaxy is incredibly powerful in comparison to the MC he was either a C or B grade superhuman meanwhile there where much more powerful enemies out there e.g DarkStar so he couldn't waste a second or he would be killed with ease that and as mentions players are allowed to murder npcs and romance requires commitment

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  • Next thing people complain about the exp thing (not going into detail to avoid spoiler's) the main reason is because he needs to be stronger than players so they don't try to kill him
  • Another people complain about is him killing 'key npcs' but really they aren't that key at most he's derailing chances for players to get stronger which is good thing for him
  • People also complain the MC is scummy but when your in his situation you either can be scummy or be killed that and what's so scummy? Him scamming players? Well they are playing for fun or for a job they can't perma die! Him killing npcs? He has to do anything to grow stronger they give him xp he only does what benefits him! That is the only way to survive in that Galaxy!
That's all I can think people are complaining about not sure tho
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reader-casual
reader-casual rated it
July 8, 2019
Status: c1200
Personally, I feel this novel is extremely good, and has a logical series of events and you get to know the ins and outs, key characters and cause and effects of each events while going through the story, and the humor included randomly in the chapters is quite refreshing (at least good enough to make me chuckle) .

A story about a man who takes over the body of a dead man in a game world, in the past life he was a professional power leveller, in this life he is... more>> an NPC Mechanic. Long-time readers will agree that the MC has no explicit goal but he does have short-term goals, like while the story was running in his own planet his goal was to get stronger and fly off the planet into the stars because he knows that there will be a planet wide catastrophe coming, when he makes an intergalactic mercenary group his goal was to gain as much EXP as possible before the players disappear from the game world during an edition update so that he can save the EXP to use in case of emergencies during that time till the players come back, etc. (Edit: the MC does have a long-term goal, not mentioning 'cause its a spoiler)

Personality wise the MC is calculating, humorous, shameless, and does not have a sense of justice like most heroes, and is not at all interested in romantic relationships, the only woman who has actually been confirmed to have a romantic interest in him is Super A grade ability user, (long legs) Emersy. There is no romance even between the side characters. The personalities of the side characters are well defined and each have their own stories and their own lives and reading the novel you'll feel that the author wrote it in a way that you'll feel that the MC becomes only a chapter in the side characters' lives rather than feeling that the side characters exist only to be a chapter in MC's story.

The world is a world consisting of all types of systems of powers with their own advantages and disadvantages, but of course the MC is able to make up all the shortcomings of his profession while boosting the advantages (a very common joke you'll come across is a reference to how the MC as a Mechanic is more damage resistant than a Martial Artist of the same level, even though a Mechanic is supposed to be similar to a Magic Summoner in terms of damage resistance), the systems mentioned are Martial Dao, Magic, Mechanic, Psychic and Abilities system, they are largely self-explanatory. The world (universe) consists of civilizations where all types of superpowers exist and not even the players' ability to resurrect after death is considered unique. It is mostly sci-fi type of world with spaceships and mechanical fortresses the size of planets and stars. The world-building is very detailed and have no major gaps where you feel inconsistency or you feel that there are there are a lot of unresolved questions on how the game world works.

The story develops from one arc to another and yes many characters in MC's life become irrelevant after each arc and some continue to be relevant in the successive arcs however for those characters that become irrelevant the author gives a proper closure to them or in case they might have an appearance in the future the author gives a foreshadowing. The story is written well and is not like some novels where you have to read twice to comprehend what the actual meaning of the words put together in a paragraph is.

Overall the story grabs your attention every new chapters and keeps your expectations up so that you pick up the new chapter, and the humor randomly included in chapters serves to make you chuckle while reading the already enjoyable story, there are not too much fillers and you'll feel that the story naturally flows from one chapter to another without any abrupt change in it.

Give it a chance you'll most likely enjoy it! <<less
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0000000
0000000 rated it
December 22, 2018
Status: c765
One, the MC levels up real fast because he cons Players out of their main and sub quests and selling "cheaper than other NPCs" but still expensive items, skills and japtems to them. In his own words, he is providing them compensation by giving them skills and items that are normally hard to get due to repetitiveness and tedious works. He also somehow managed to tie Players into his own army by giving "freebies" (things that the Players will get eventually)

Two, he is a lightning bruiser thanks to having... more>> both NPC and Player system aiding him. He is able to get NPC boss like health while maintaining Player's ability to level up fast. He is basically KOTB, EOSP or SSN MC, except he spams robots instead of undeads. A buffed summoner if you will.

Three, no romance, MC can and will kill enemies no matter genders, nice.

Four, there is humor, MC can and will make a sexual remarks to guys and girls no matter how inappropriate the time is. Also, he somehow does not possess the Lucky Factor by most MC NPCs, he does have the Player system which is a bigger cheat. <<less
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xchronicles
xchronicles rated it
November 28, 2018
Status: c17
A layman's review:

Story is good so far, the transmigrated to the game trope but aside from that everything is unique for me.

MC is rational and smart- know when or who to kill, uses his brain and strategize, doesn't offend every villain out there. MC is OP but that's within the limit.

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Spoiler

What I like the most is that MC is considered as half player half npc since he is still within the leveling up system's scope but he could troll players and gave them quests but rewards should be from him.

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Villains are so-so but fortunately no excessive and nonsensical face-smacking scenarios.

Can't say anything about the maths (since I suck at that) and the production, guns (no clue about this) but it's pretty well researched.

Least thing I like is that everything goes within the MC's will. Although some things deviates from the MC's original plan, he can cope up with that quickly and poof everyone is killed and he won. Pretty bland for me but that's the trend right now right? Lol.

Will edit the review once I read further! <<less
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AskPlays
AskPlays rated it
February 20, 2020
Status: c1175
Very good novel all in all.

But. It does have quite large periods of downtime where it isn't very enjoyable to read. This is largely offset by the great world building and funny cast of characters surrounding the MC. I have gotten very far into it and I must say the beginning (0-200 chapters) and about from the about 800 chapters+ have been the best parts. That isnt to say 200-600 was boring, the MC was just too weak to be of any significance too the current scope of the world... more>> (at the time, he does introduce the world graduly making it bigger) and meeting too few influential characters.

5/5 in my book. (Still ongoing btw, author uploads 99% of the time daily so expect lots to be translated) <<less
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Aryan-18
Aryan-18 rated it
September 29, 2019
Status: c496
Let me just get it straight (5 stars)

This novel is hella lit...... let me tell you why

  • Korean style writing.. if you have read some of the famous korean novels (Emperor of solo play, Seoul stations necromancer.. etc) you know its about witty comedy, intriguing interaction and great plot build up
  • Main character, hell yeah thats exactly a reason why I like this novel... the main character is an outrageously amazing personality...... and also the fact that he is lucky & at the same time unlucky
  • Something new, and thats truly something which I loved about it because its a whole new concept..... MC is literally an NPC of a game.... goddamn
Well don't drop it
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