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
Transcendental Mechanic
超神机械师
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reader-casual
New reader-casual rated it
July 8, 2019
Status: c900
Personally, I feel this novel is very 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.

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, and Abilities system, they are largely self-explanatory. The world 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. 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 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 few chapters and keeps your expectations up so that you pick up the new chapter, and the humor randomly included in chapters serves to keep you from getting bored while reading the 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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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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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, asshole/shameless MC, and extremely arrogant characters. <<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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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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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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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 s*xual 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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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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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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Aogiri
Aogiri rated it
February 22, 2019
Status: c130
I really love this novel and up to now it's my favourite novel outta there.

The main character with his unique character and way of dealing with situations makes this novel interesting and funny and keeps you wanting more of it.

But I still have a Problem with this novel. Since I started reading this I'm not able to find books or novels that are on a similar standart - and have aside form 'The Legendary Mechanic' not much stuff left to read.

Just joking. If you like cool battle Scenes combined with... more>> an even cooler MC - up there's the button for chapter one. <<less
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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 sh*t. 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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IRainstorm
IRainstorm rated it
May 23, 2019
Status: c915
Pretty good novel I have to admit, the author has more imagination and flexibility in his writing than most Chinese authors out there for sure, at the start of the novel we get thrown right into a suspenseful scene where MC freedom is on the line and I appreciate that sense of urgency.

The world building and system of powers of the novel are its strength, we get a wide variety of abilities, a gigantic universe that we slowly discover with the MC neither too fast or too slow growth, I... more>> will give a lot of praise to the author ability at creating new main lines and subplots every game update and also for giving the enemies some wits and not being completely dumb like most other CN

The bad sides I would reproach to the novel and that annoyed me is character development, its severely lacking and you can sense it if you binge read like I just did in the past week, most of the principal characters are hollow and rarely the author shows some of their personality potential but its so few and far in between ; just a few lines every 20 chapters isn't enough, its disappointing especially as we grow to like those characters but fall short and their presence disappear after a few chapters like most CNs, also the MC is already stuck in this reality for a few decades and he still treat everyone like NPCs when he should know better, , Lackey, Melo Aurora, Hila, Dragon Seat etc are supposed to be the MC friends, he spend months or even years in their company and we don't see the bonds they share, maybe its there maybe its not, we don't know because the author doesn't write any more than a few lines now and then, anyhow its pretty depressing how times flies in their world and MC is as lonely as ever, without much consideration for NPCs other than their worth in the future version and how they can help him survive, help him survive for what, if hes stuck in this game reality for the rest of his days then whats the point of surviving if he doesn't consider it real and acknowledge NPC as people, call him The Legendary Sociopath and it would work, the author wrote it weirdly and poorly but as its his first novel maybe he can learn from it and improve in the future.

On a lighter note I understand the lack of romance and often encourage it cause most authors don't know to handle so its not a problem for me but the author is throwing too many hints and teases, he should decide on romance or no romance *shrug*

Anyway I give this novel 4 stars despite the lack of character development because I'm a sucker for good plot, vast and original world building, rational sense of growth for MC characteristics, a variety of powers and strong OP enemies without face smacking involved, the fights gave me a "Zombie Knight" feel (probably because of ashes ability) and all thats enough to entertain me, and like some other review said, this is probably one of the best transmigration CN novel we ever had so far *cross fingers for a good ending* <<less
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Tempter
Tempter rated it
March 31, 2019
Status: c814
Originally started reading the translation of this a few months ago. Although the whole "Game world with players" wasn't really my thing I found myself enjoying this novel way more than I was expecting. MC is smart enough to take advantage of what he knows, plot armor doesn't come off as SUPER thick but like most novels it is there.

After catching up to the current translation I was even willing to suffer though reading the machine translation and honestly 100% readable unlike some of the garbage out there. As... more>> the novel shys away from the usual cultivation terms the translation comes out legible. Very few times did I ever go "wtf does that mean?" <<less
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Berkyx
Berkyx rated it
December 2, 2018
Status: c347
Startup was great but afterwards its become unintresting and boring also MC is too much OP because of spoiler

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Spoiler

he can sell skills to players with the exp as currency therefore he has nearly unlimited exp as long as he can get the advancement learning (think as secondary classes) he can full his level of his advancement later he again looking for that advancement and they are not hard for example for his 2nd advancement he just went to a bar and asked bartender for his deceased brother's notebook and that was it...

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Blackrabbit0634
Blackrabbit0634 rated it
November 28, 2018
Status: c191
I must say that it's really not that good. IIRC MC used to be a "Yorozuya" so he does odd jobs which makes him more of an all-rounder so expect him to be good at almost anything from stealing, conning, manipulating, assasination, infiltration & so-on. And as you can guess MC is not one honest guy he's more on the grey side.

What I don't like about this novel is that even though MC is transmigrated into the game MC's attitude is only like a player with only 1 life, I'm... more>> not expecting MC to overly cautious but he just kinda rubs me the wrong way as he's pretty much treating everybody as a disposable NPC then suddenly being nice from time to time what is he a tsundere? I'd like for the author to just focus on the MC entirely as some NPCs have background stories which makes me feel weird as sometimes I forget that they are all just a bunch of data not living humans.

As of now other than getting stronger MC has no other goals which is kinda boring, like atleast make-up some kind of goal to strive forward this is not a SOL novel, like aim for being a pirate king or one piece etc. Even if it can't be realized atleast there is some kind of specific goal.

Also as of chp191 there is no possibility of romance or anything remotely similar as MC stated that he's not interested in women/men/humans.

There are also a lot of info dumps at the beginning which I suggest just skimming it as it's not that really important, even now I skim the histories, skills, abilities, blueprints etc. Yet I can still follow the story without a problem. <<less
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Loosergirl
Loosergirl rated it
November 27, 2018
Status: --
Pros:
Fast paced
Sci-fi setting instead of cultivation

Cons:
Page long status screens
MC takes X damage from guns and keeps going while evil goons are one-shot killed (unless bosses)
It is set up for the MC to seem smart but the evil goons are stupid

Conclusion:
Think of it as a gaming novel.
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crossfire92
crossfire92
May 31, 2019
Status: c316
What would you do if you woke up an NPC in the video game you were a former master player in?

What would you do if your game system still existed and you had the opportunity to grow stronger? What if you only had one life? How would you act?

These are the questions that our MC, Han, faces in the first moments of awareness. It is these questions we see answered from the rest of the story.

A lot of people say he's 2d in personality. But I feel like he's a... more>> gaming nerd that is terrible at expressing himself. On top of that, the author doesn't talk about feelings. Ever. Emotional states besides high tension situations involving battle don't really exist.

What we end up with is an MC who kicks butt, makes great machines and grows as fast as he can. He slowly discovers how he can utilize the "players" to increase his chances of survival in this world.

Spoiler

Looking back, the author was probably having Han act as he did and rush getting strength mainly because almost everyone on the planet dies in the original timeline because of a virus. It's the major plot point currently being discussed in chapter 300+. Han literally doesn't have the option to live a peaceful life. And so he doesn't. He makes the choice to become as strong as he can as quick as he can.

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