I never got into .hack as a series, but as a kid who grew up in that late 90s/early 2000s anime wave I'm familiar enough with the property. Now's probably a good chance though to jump back into the .hack fandom considering Bandai Namco announced today .hack//G.U. Last Recode- a PlayStation 4 (and PC) remaster of the first three .hack//G.U. RPG games- will release later this year.
.hack G.U. Last Recode is described as the "definitive .hack//G.U. experience" which collects all three .hack RPG titles (Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption) into a single package complete with 1080p resolution, 16:9 widescreen, and 60 FPS. Bandai Namco also promises some additional balance changes and additional features which the company will detail in the coming months.
The .hack G.U. games on the original PlayStation 2 are currently very expensive online with Amazon selling the first and second games at $199 USD, and the third game at $129 USD (at the time of this writing). Thankfully, the new collection means that people won't have to spend an obscene amount of money to experience all three games.
.Hack is a Japanese multimedia series that spans beyond just video games, producing manga and anime adaptations. The series takes place in a fictional MMORPG known as "The World". Although I didn't get into the .hack fandom at the time, I know enough to appreciate the way the series tackles its MMORPG premise at a time I consider to be one of the apex's for online gaming culture. There's a similar premise in the more modern anime Sword Art Online (which I also haven't seen), but .hack to me feels like it retains a more classic, 90s cyberpunk sensibility I look forward to revisiting.