Hacknet is a terminal based hacking simulator video game for the PC.
Hacknet revolves around a notorious hacker that goes by the alias of Bit, who creates a security system, Hacknet-OS, that can find and exploit vulnerabilities in every system. When he is mysteriously murdered, his automated failsafe activates, sending instructions to a single person (you) to ensure that the system does not find its way into the wrong hands.
Using a wide array of terminal commands and specific hacking protocols, Hacknet teaches the player how to complete a series of core missions but does not hold their hand. The world is open to explore and features multiple branching pathways and secrets to discover. Players will need to be vigilant when covering their tracks, and careless decisions may come back to haunt them.
--Side Note: All of your decisions can have consequences. It is also vastly open world. There is no specific route (to me at least) to the end of the road.
So as it turns out, I remember playing this game a really long time ago, while it was free on Desura. I don't own this game on Steam (yet) so most of this review could probably be outdated.
I was very surprised by how difficult yet almost easy it could be, and the multiplayer was a sight. Granted, my friend shied away from the game since it seemed a bit too realistic for him to be comfortable around, so I didn't get to enjoy much of the multiplayer as I could.
The gameplay is something I consider very basic, at least for the common computer expert. The terminal commands are based or actual Unix commands to provide a sense of immersion within the game. You start out with only a few tools that can get you into someone's pants, but then you begin to start building up a mass of programs that can help you crack the safe open. It gets difficult to keep track of them after a while though. The urgency levels that are displayed (as evident in the trailer with the bright red flashing lights) are a good stressor and I've always found it to be an enjoyable feeling to see what it's like to live as one of them newfangled Anonymous script kiddies.
The graphics are.. well, there's not much to say in terms of graphics. With this kind of game, the only thing you can really note is how bad or good the UI looks, and damn does it look fancy. I've no idea what half the stuff does most of the time, but it certainly does make hacking look a lot simpler than it really is, since in real life, none of this stuff would've been able to help you and it would take a lot longer than thirty seconds to exploit a system. Or shorter. Depends really.
The story is interesting enough as a hook for the gamer. Mysterious hacker dies, leaves you with his digital dynasty to uncover the mystery of his killer and whether or not the system is really capable of such things. It could be a lie, it could be anything, since we don't actually know Bit throughout this story other than the messages that he leaves behind through e-mails. In the beta, the story was cut off abruptly because it wasn't exactly finished yet, but I do plan on playing it soon to update this review. Maybe.
The soundtrack was rather bland, I have to admit, but they probably fixed that too.
Anyways, I'd say that it's very fun, with all of the secrets and easter eggs you can find laying around people's computers. It can sate those who want to mess around with backdoors and all that shit without the consequence of being arrested (probably (^:). There probably wasn't a point in reviewing an older version of this game, but I still implore that you at least give it a shot.
Desura Page (Free! But Also Outdated!)