Original COMPLETED Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi Virtual Reality

The Earth is changing. Aliens invaded, bringing with them social upheaval, advanced technology and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game. A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. And Alan can't wait to play. Soon though, he realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Start: Enter the Game ago
Tutorial? What Tutorial? ago
The Tutorial Starts! Or does it? ago
Is this the tutorial? ago
Tutorial, Start! ago
The First Step of Survival ago
Barely Surviving ago
The Key to Survival: Upgrades ago
Risk Management ago
Mistakes ago
Revelations ago
New Beginnings ago
Arc 2 Start! Back to Reality ago
The City ago
Finding the Undercity ago
The Labyrinth ago
Guild Assessments Day One ago
Basic Combat Assessment ago
A Surprising Assessment ago
Final Assessment? ago
Old Hangouts ago
Progress ago
Moving 3.1 ago
Introductions 3.2 ago
Running in Circles 3.3 ago
Not a Chapter (Hiatus) ago
Hacking? 3.4 ago
New Challenges 3.5 ago
News 3.6 ago
The Gam3: Opening Moves Official Release! ago
A Hacking Good Time 3.7 ago
Announcing thegam3.com! New chapter can be found there. ago
The Academy 3.8 ago
The Academy 3.9 ago
The Academy 3.10 ago
The Academy 3.11 ago
The Academy 3.12 ago
The Academy 3.13 ago
The War 4.1 ago
The War 4.2 ago
The War 4.3 ago
The War 4.4 ago
The War 4.5 ago
The War 4.6 ago
The War 4.7 ago
The War 4.8 ago
The War 4.9 ago
The War 4.10 ago
The War 4.11 ago
The Abyss 5.1 ago
The Abyss 5.2 ago
The Abyss 5.3 ago
The Abyss 5.4 ago
The Abyss 5.5 ago
The Abyss 5.6 ago
The Abyss 5.7 ago
The Abyss 5.8 ago
The Abyss 5.9 ago
The Abyss 5.10 ago
The Abyss 5.11 and Earth’s Gambit Release! ago
The Abyss 5.12 ago
The Abyss 5.13 ago
The Abyss 5.14 ago
The Empire 6.1 ago
The Empire 6.2 ago
The Empire 6.3 ago
The Empire 6.4 ago
The Empire 6.5 ago
The Empire 6.6 ago
The Empire 6.7 ago
The Empire 6.8 ago
The Empire 6.9 ago
The Empire 6.10 ago
The Empire 6.11 ago
The Empire 6.12 ago
Epilogue ago
Sacrificial Pieces is now out on Amazon! ago
2020 Update ago

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This is a well written story.  The grammar is good and it seems very well put together.  I expect great things for this story.  I bet it hits the top 50 before the next 10 chapters come out.

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Really interesting premise, with the right mix of classic ideas and new themes.

Definitely a must read for any sci-fi fan

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Let's start with the basics: grammar and voice are good, didn't really spot anything beyond the occasional typo.

The worldbuilding is complex, mostly logical, lots of factions with clear goals and a well defined place in the system.

Characters are well put together as well, they tend to have actual motivations, personalities and presence.

Now, to the negatives.

The story. The pace is pretty much all over the place, seemingly changing based on how much time the author can dedicate to the fiction. Point in case: the end of the "Abyss" and later on the "Empire" arcs. These came out after a significant hiatus, and simply feel like the author forced things into a higher gear, basically jumping to endgame level events pretty much leaving out expected content. And these endgame events don't even seem to be a logical conclusion to everything that was happening. No, they seem to be the equivalent of a gigantic axe that can simply cut off complex plotlines at an arbitrary point, forcing a rather hasty (currently declared as) volume conclusion. Didn't even manage to finish the Empire arc.

Small grievances, beware the spoilers. 

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Good story, terrible ending

The story is very good until a certain point where everything goes downhill and just gets worse and worse until the ending which is the worst of all. My opinion on this might change when the story continues, but the author seems to have written themselves into quite the corner.

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Brilliant but the MC is probably its greatest weakness

The story and universe are incredibly well built. It draws you in and makes you believe that it's all real. However even for how good it is the MC is this stories weakest link. He is supposedly some kind of epic gamer in his past yet in the story he is virtually useless. He cant make his own decisions or even really think for himself. He constantly hesitates and says or does the most idiotic things possible. He wastes an unbelievable amount of time contemplating things as if the enemy will wait for him to finish his thoughts. By all evidence the real main character should almost be EVE since she is the one actually playing the game well, making smart choices, and taking action with Alan just there as her body. I'm surprised people haven't just taken her away from him cause she is, in all likely hood, more useful. Lastly though is the pointlessness of the characters class skills. He has specialized himself towards being a sniper yet only once in the story does he actually USE a sniper rifle or even do what a sniper is supposed to. So far the entire story has been about him and two pistols in  close combat, this begs the question of why have him have any sniper skills at all. Even the author keeps bringing up that he is a sniper yet they have done absolutely nothing with this information whatsoever.


So overall the story is everything you could hope it to be but the MC's apparent sniper build going to complete waste and his lack of any real form of common sense along with his reliance upon his AI really drags the story down. 

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The Game ia an amazing and unique story. it's well thought out and introduces new concepts in an over saturated genre, it's both stylish and well written. i do, however, have one problem with it. the MC is is SOO annoying. he's apparently a genius who created his own A.I but is so indecisive and dumb that he annoys the shit out of you. i understand that he was written to be a shy typical gamer, but did you have to make him so irritating? don't believe me?? count how many times he says "um" or "uh", it will piss you off. The main character doesn't even think for himself, he relies on his AI or the supporting characters to make the decisions.

screw Alan, the AI should have been the main character.

despite the MC I am still a huge fan of this story. I just have to read it in small doses to prevent the rage from building up.

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Absolutely Fantastic SciFi

This is a very imaginative story.  It has an enjoyable storyline with realistic characters.  The world building is wonderful and very vivid.  I am really looking forward to more.  The way the story is set up leaves so many options.  It is absolutely massive with limitless potential.  It wonderfully blends magic, scifi, VRMMO, aliens, and more!  This story is among the top on this site and one of the top 2 scifis.  


I am so happy that there are increasingly higher quality stories with original and diverse backgrounds.  With the way things are going, the potential is very high.

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Great and then took a nosedive

The first 4 arc were pretty good, the first part of 5 too, but then it just took a straight nosedive... don't waste your time on this

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The Best Sci Fi on this site

The Gam3 is currently the best sci-fi on this site.


The universe  described in the story is truly unique and has a lot of potential. 

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I love everything in this story but the Main Character, I repeat I detest the protagonist. The author made the densest motherfucker the lead character in his novel. The world building is 4 stars, character development at least a 3 star, the protagonist is written well, but I still irrevocably hate him. Naive and foolish, and never learns. Because of this, the plot moves at an inch crawl. And our Protagonist never makes an improvement, getting by merely on stats improving. Making combat and training arcs redundant. Overall, its a good read, but not satisfying.