Retro Wrap-Up: .hack Edition

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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I’ve been watching Sword Art Online lately. So far, I think it’s like .hack//SIGN, except not nearly as obtuse or stupid (bring it on, fanboys). But then I’m reminded of the .hack games, which I kind of do want to go back and play. I’ve only played a little bit of it before I decided to trade it in, for some reason. But, I digress. The Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) has decided to show you the English commercial for .hack//Infection in this week’s Retro Wrap-Up.

Here are the highlights of this past week.

In an OpRainfall exclusive, AckkStudios announces that Two Brothers will also be coming to the PlayStation Network.

Namco Bandai announced that Tales of Xillia 2 will be given an international release! Get excite!

In addition, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles will feature both English and Japanese audio.

Hailee Kenney talks about the development of Naoto Shirogane in Persona 4 in this week’s Building Character.

Final Fantasy VII is now available on Steam!

In addition, Square-Enix announced that you can get Cloud Strife’s outfit and sword as a pre-order bonus for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, taking the lead character’s development to her logical conclusion.

Nomura also shares some more details about Kingdom Hearts III’s graphics, including the Luminous engine and the Kingdom Shader tool.

Daymon Trapold talks about how Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga made him the gamer he is today in this week’s Operation Rainfall Origins.

Don Mattrick leaves Microsoft to join Zynga’s ranks. And nothing of value was lost.

Justin Graham reviews Roujin Z in this week’s Anime of the Past review.

Sadly, Warrior’s Lair for the PS3 and Vita has officially been cancelled.

Ubisoft still continues to praise the Wii U, but states it’ll be focusing on the Xbox One and PS4 for now.

Brad Williams reviews The Night of the Rabbit for the PC.

Takashi Iizuka, the head of Sonic Team, stated in an interview that Super Mario Galaxy was an inspiration for some of the levels in Sonic Lost World. As if that wasn’t already obvious.

Atlus’ parent company recently registered a domain related to Persona 5. Hopefully, this will lead to an announcement regarding that game.

There’s also been an update regarding the rehabilitation of Atlus’ parent company, Index Corporation.

Atlus also dropped the price of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers to $29.99 on the eShop this week for those who haven’t purchased it yet. The sale will last until July 14th, so take advantage of this deal while you can.

On the subject of Atlus, the Downpour Podcast crew talk about the company, along with having discussions about the Final Fantasy series, Tails Adventure, music in both video games and anime, and much more in this week’s episode of The Downpour Podcast.

Finally, Nintendo stands firm on its stance regarding region-locking. However, the campaign to get Nintendo to drop this practice is still ongoing.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.




  • Ryan McConnell

    whoa whoa whoa
    you DID NOT just say sword art online was better
    and you DID NOT just say that .hack// anything was stupid right?
    You better bring it on, because .hack is a major inspiration of mine, and is much deeper and carefully constructed than sword art online could ever be.
    Where’s the other guy here that did the review on .hack// a while back?
    You just opened up a can of worms you shouldn’t have opened

  • ScienceNonfiction

    Wow! I remember watching this commercial on TV way back when! I remember thinking it looked really cool. In the end I never got the game though. I wonder if an HD collection of the original 4 .hack games is possible.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    .hack was awesome. Perhaps ironically, I’d say .hack was by far the more intelligent of the two series. I loved SAO, but it isn’t in the same category as .hack. It’s all about the action and flashy characters, whereas .hack was more methodical and subdued. They each have their charm, and I don’t think either outweighs the other (though one has more mass appeal, which isn’t necessarily a good thing).

  • Jeremy Collum

    Honestly, I’ll concede that SAO’s anime makes a lot more sense than .hack//SIGN without having to look into any of the material beyond the anime series. However, .hack//SIGN to this day has some of the most amazing music to grace any anime ever. I don’t think there is any other anime where you can just listen to the OST and as vividly visualize the world as you can with sign’s OST. Simply put the soundtrack to that anime is actually on par with some of the great video game soundtracks out there. At least that’s my two cents. 😀

  • Vallen

    Sword Art Online is crap. Its non original and has nothing going for it other than pretty animation. .Hack//sign delivered a better story with better characters more than a decade ago. And if you wanna argue that it has better visuals and better fights, then my response is Fate/Zero–A show that shits on SAO in terms of visuals and has action scenes that are far more superior than what SAO could ever deliver (not to mention a much more mature story). You just started beef with lots of people by insulting the .Hack community on purpose…