Sword art online: hollow realization deluxe edition


Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization picks up shortly after where the last game left off, as Kirito lớn, Asuna, and all their friends migrate to a new game called Sword Art: Origin to lớn partake in the closed beta. They’re enjoying the game, often pointing out its similarities lớn the original Sword Art Online (just, y’know, without the real death part) and things are going well until Kirito runs into lớn a weird NPC girl with no name and seemingly no real part to lớn play in the broader game world. Charmed by her pure và kind demeanour, the team takes her under their wing và name her “Premiere”, but things quickly grow more interesting as they take her on quests & discover that perhaps she isn’t the ‘nobody’ NPC that she first appeared khổng lồ be.

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For those of you that find yourselves tired out by an overabundant story in an RPG, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization may prove to lớn be a rather taxing experience, as portions of the experience border on becoming more of a visual novel than a game. When story beats are triggered, it can often lead to almost comically long cutscenes that can last north of fifteen minutes at a time. Aside from a few instances, the vast majority of those cutscenes are spent reading through extensive sầu dialogue (acting as a sub for the Japanese voice actors) as character portraits flash on và off the screen, occasionally changing expressions as the conversation calls for. Those of you that don’t want lớn be bothered with these scenes can btia laze through them by simply holding down the ‘L’ button, but even then, it can sometimes be a fair bit of time before the figurative controller is put bachồng in your hands and you can continue the adventure.


The Japanese voice acting for these scenes works well và features some strong performances, but the writing itself leaves something to lớn be desired. Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization plays host khổng lồ just about every cringe-worthy and tired anime trope that you can imagine, và while this isn’t strictly surprising given that the source material is a popular anime, it can nonetheless drag down one’s enjoyment as pervy humour and eye-rolling events unfold left và right. No joke, there is even a girl who frequently refers lớn your character as “Daddy”. All of this can be argued as being part of the charm, however, & the personalities of various characters from the show come through consistently. Just be aware that Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is just about as ‘anime’ as anime gets, for better or worse.

As a game about an MMO, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization goes to great lengths lớn replicate the feel of a largescale RPG being played by thousands at a time and it mostly manages lớn get it right. The main town – inventively called the “Town of Beginnings” – contains all the standard equipment shops & wide-open rendezvous points one might expect, along with some more scenic locations in which you can take a partner on a ‘date’. The world itself is comprised of a series of levels which each contain several interconnected areas packed khổng lồ bursting with monsters khổng lồ fight and grind for loot drops, treasure chests, emergent mini-quests, and terrifying trùm creatures. It’s the little details that really tie it all together, though, such as other parties of NPCs running through the world much like your own, fighting their own battles against monsters & making call-outs as a real team would.


Battle uses a live-action system a bit like the one employed in YS VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, in which you simply slash away at enemies right there on the maps until either they die or your buổi tiệc ngọt wipes. Of course, this wouldn’t be a pseudo-MMO without an enormously busy UI overrun by toolbars, so your skills, special attacks, và items can all be accessed via a toggleable bar that can pack up to lớn 60 different actions at one time. For the most part, you can get away with just using a much simpler four actions bound lớn a quiông xã thực đơn – most of the enemies and bosses you encounter don’t require such extensive sầu min/maxing – but the depth offered in combat is certainly welcome.

See, it’s not just about whacking an enemy with a stiông chồng for a bit until you win. Every hit builds up a multiplier that affects how much damage the enemy receives, but with the caveat that the multiplier resets if you let up for too long. Moreover, your tiệc nhỏ members will frequently make call-outs asking for a certain skill or attaông chồng to lớn be performed, and if you time these things right, it can mix off devastating combos that all but vaporize the thing you were fighting. Through dynamic elements lượt thích this, combat is infused with some much-needed energy, as it becomes a deft dance of balancing skill cooldowns, damage multipliers, và friover call-outs in equal measure. Outside of the (free) DLC endgame content and a handful of bosses, making full usage of the deep combat is hardly ever required or even requested, but having that high potential skill ceiling is nonetheless nice for those that want to get the most out of that later, harder content.


Character growth is handled through a rather confusing array of interconnected skills, which the in-game tutorial hardly bothers explaining lớn you. Using any one of the nine main weapon classes will naturally grow your proficiency with that weapon, passively earning you skill points that can then be spent on a variety of skills related to lớn that weapon as your proficiency with it increases. However, every now & then you’ll unlock a ‘class’ skill that has its own skill tree which can only be furthered by having that class skill equipped. This also has an effect on your buổi tiệc ngọt members, whose growth you’re given limited control over as well. The các buổi party member can equip any class skills you’ve unlocked and progress their own growth in that skill tree, và you can then phối how frequently or infrequently you want them to lớn use each action. Affecting this lớn some degree, too, is their emotional state, which is represented as a series of various sized bubbles that can be either encouraged or discouraged in battle.

A key shortcoming here and, unfortunately in the rest of Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, is the laughable effort made at explaining key systems & functions to the player. This is an incredibly in-depth and complex RPG in many parts, and while there’s an effort made to explain certain things lớn the player, important elements are often left out of the tutorials that leave sầu you scratching your head & wondering what the heông chồng this abbreviation means, or why a cấp độ that should be increasing is remaining stagnant. It’s not exactly rocket science, so experimenting around with menus và trawling through the infinite wisdom to lớn be found in mạng internet message boards can help to clear up some of the fog, but Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization"s failure to lớn communicate the importance of certain gameplay features makes much of the first ten to lớn fifteen hours a slow & confusing time for new players.


Similar khổng lồ this, there are certain times in which the confusing systems are made even more difficult lớn decrypt due to lớn hokey game kiến thiết that makes simple things unnecessarily complicated or irritating. For example, if you’d like to check up on a các buổi party member’s emotional state or change their class skill, you’d think that you could do so by going khổng lồ the ‘Friend’ tab in the menu and selecting their name. In reality, you have sầu lớn walk up lớn them on the maps & initiate conversation, pulling up a sub-menu that’s inaccessible from the main menu. To make this worse, buổi tiệc ngọt members don’t automatically follow you when you’re in town, meaning you have to lớn look all over town and spkết thúc five or ten minutes doing something that should only take a few seconds. Going off of this, the town bafflingly doesn’t feature the mini-bản đồ that’s present everywhere else in Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, so if you need lớn talk to lớn a specific character to lớn progress the story, you have sầu khổng lồ spend extra time running around looking for them, sometimes checking some areas multiple times because characters move about of their own accord. It’s annoying things like this that can drag down the pace and kill one’s enjoyment of the game, as it becomes more trouble than its worth khổng lồ fumble around with problems that few other RPGs have sầu.

It’s a real shame, too, because when it isn’t being needlessly frustrating or confusing, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization has more than enough content to lớn keep any longtime RPG người happy for dozens of hours. Though the sidequests can often be standard fetch quest guff, there are several sprinkled in that possess some genuinely interesting stories or objectives that help to lớn build out the game world that much more. And, once you reach the end of the main game, all the previous versions’ DLC becomes playable, adding new challenges, dungeons, & quests to lớn the game lớn make for a meaty postgame. Topping all of this off is a multiplayer mode that can bring Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization another step closer khổng lồ being an actual MMO, featuring both co-op & PvP modes that aren’t as robust as one would like, but nonetheless add some extra value lớn all the other content. Make no mistake, if you have the patience to lớn get past the rougher parts of the game up front, there are potentially hundreds of hours to lớn be sunk inkhổng lồ Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, và that kind of meaningful nội dung and extensive sầu replayability deserves khổng lồ be commended.


From a graphical perspective, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is no slouch either, possessing a clean & surprisingly detailed art style that looks fantastic whether you’re playing docked or portable. Character portraits in cutscenes are brightly coloured và wonderfully expressive, và when running through the game world, you’re treated lớn detailed and surprisingly realistic environments with long draw distances & high-resolution textures galore. It’s clear that a lot of time was put inlớn making these environments feel lượt thích living ecosystems in many ways, và the sizable scope that they present just serves to lớn remind one of the kind of ‘trang chính console’ experiences the Switch can make real when on the go. The only thing dragging all this down is the sub-par performance; it’s not terrible by any means, but there are many points where Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization struggles to hit that 30FPS benchmark and the dropped frames prove sầu khổng lồ be noticeable.

At the over of the day, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is the kind of game that you probably already know if you’re interested in or not. This is an anime-inspired, in-depth RPG that comes with all the trappings, good & bad, that your mind associates with that mô tả tìm kiếm. Fans of the show and of complicated RPGs will no doubt find plenty khổng lồ love sầu here in the likable characters, complex character customization, & frantic battle system while those who would consider themselves to lớn be unfamiliar with RPGs or the anime will no doubt be put off by the uneven, sometimes cringe-worthy writing, lachồng of effective sầu tutorials, và general tedium present throughout the whole experience. We’d give sầu Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization a recommendation overall – this is a good, quality RPG – just make sure you bởi a bit of retìm kiếm in advance khổng lồ confirm that it’s what you’re looking for.

Good 7/10

Scoring Policyreview copy provided by Bandai Namco


Mitch has been a tín đồ of Nintenbởi ever since he got his start on the GBA in 2005. When he"s not busy playing games or writing, you can find hyên down at his local MMA training facility learning how to punish the unrighteous.



Tue 11th Jun 2019

One important question, is it censored like happened in that update for the Japanese PlayStation release a few years ago or is it uncensored like the English version of the game?



Tue 11th Jun 2019

Earth has done it! I"m dead now! You really shot me through my organs. I am getting Xbox One S khổng lồ play Phantasy Star Online 2. However, I am going khổng lồ continue to play my Nintenvì chưng Switch with the games I have sầu. You all tore me apart!

Tue 11th Jun 2019

I played this game on the PS4. It’s the weakest SAO so far from the games I played. The story is incredibly boring and can be summed up in one sentence. The affection system is as tedious và repetitive sầu as Hollow Fragment’s. The battle system is needlessly complicated và repetitive. The music forgetable. All in all it’s a game designed for fanboys và fangirls.

Wed 12th Jun 2019

It"s fun. It"s not going khổng lồ change the minds of any of the SAO haters out there, but for those who like SAO and want a relatively decent game based on it, this does respectably well.

I took a blind chance on it because SAO is popular enough that I thought the game would be at least okay & it"s been better than okay. I"d hotline it "Good". I think 7/10 is a perfectly reasonable score.

Though the fact that the SAO games are in a separate, alternate timeline from the anime, with some events at different times, và certain characters still alive và others having met much earlier - did throw me way off. You might want to read the wiki to lớn see the differences.

Wed 12th Jun 2019

Too much khổng lồ play. If this had come out for the Wii U I would be all over it. Too many good rpgs to buy & play though.

Wed 12th Jun 2019

I watched the first season of the anime and that was enough for me. I don"t know why, but something turns me off when it comes lớn anime about being inside of an MMO...an increasingly popular sub-genre that I just find unable to dedicate any sort of interest in.

But this đánh giá makes the game sound quite meaty và worth diving into lớn for hours on over. I lượt thích a nice & long, depth-filled game... hmm.

Wed 12th Jun 2019

I’m not saying SAO doesn’t have it’s fair giới thiệu of anime tropes, but just to lớn clarify, the girl who calls Kirilớn “Daddy” genuinely thinks of hyên as her daddy, & as Asuna as her “Mommy.” Just thought I’d clarify this, because it’s not as bad as the reviewer makes it sound. As a daddy myself, I found this part of the story khổng lồ be quite touching.

Wed 12th Jun 2019

I actually love this game, definite buy for me. However, I have sầu an issue with this Review.

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Did this reviewer just compare Ys 8 to lớn SAO Hollow Realization? LOL. The games play NOTHING alike. *Ys you control all attacks, SAO you only control skills*Ys has skills mapped to lớn buttons, SAO you have lớn go through a menu*Ys you bởi vì rolls similar lớn DS, but quicker. SAO you use bachồng step và side step.*Ys you gather materials lớn make new weapons & armor, SAO you gain weapons through chests, battles, and towns. *Ys you pause the game lớn use items, SAO it"s real time.

So tell me, how is SAO HR, ANYTHING lượt thích Ys 8?

Answer: It"s not. Please Nintenvày life, get someone who plays a lot of Jrpgs lớn Đánh Giá Jrpgs. This person doesn"t know what they"re talking about, and it also sounds like they don"t even know the lore of SAO.

Dualmask SAO was basically the anime that popularized the MMO anime genre, so it was there before it became old.

Panoptinhỏ To be fair, if you aren"t familiar with that storyline, this game doesn"t vày a good job of explaining that detail.

zip If you actually played Hollow Fragment, you would know Fragment is MUCH worse than H.R.Worse combat, worse graphics, bad frame rate in areas, worse AI, worse story, worse music. You can hate on Hollow Realization, but it is a much better game than Fragment in almost every single way

Morrow Well, you’re wrong.

I Platinum’d Hollow Fragment on the PS4 và while it has technical shortcomings, the overall experience and story are far better than Hollow Realization’s.

zip I nearly beat Fragment, but there"s no way I could platinum that trash. Realization is way better, so I think you"re wrong. It"s a matter of opinion dude, but Fragment has way more issues than Realization, & that"s fact. Preference is opinion though.

Dualmask That"s fine. SAO isn"t for everyone. For example, I think One Piece is awful. Yet that"s the most popular anime and manga on Earth.

Wed 12th Jun 2019

Thanks for mentioning that the game targets 30 fps! I appreciate that kind of detail being spelled out.

Dualmask Ghost in The Shell is a great one. The Boondocks & Ghost in The Shell were my favorite adult animations khổng lồ watch when I was younger.I don"t care for Ghost in The Shell anymore, but I don"t think it"s bad by any means.

Wed 12th Jun 2019

Sorry, I hate it when stories in đoạn Clip game adaptations specifically and deliberately break the original canon.

BulbasaurusRex it doesn"t break the canon, it"s just meant khổng lồ be it"s own story that branches off from the anime. It"s a lot better lớn get original story in games. If it was an exact copy of the anime, there would be no tension. You would know exactly how everything turns out.

LetsGoSwitch I don"t hate SAO or these games. I think both the anime and these games are awesome. Sure, they have sầu their flaws, but what doesn"t? I think the good outweighs the bad, but that"s just my opinion. I think it"s funny how everyone thinks if you like SAO, you haven"t watched many anime. I watched like 300-400 anime, and I still love sầu it.

Wed 12th Jun 2019

Oh please... Anything except Sword Art Online games... (They had enough because it doesn"t make sense)

It doesn"t matter if the original story is up to lớn 14 Episodes for only just 1 Season, But going beyond like GGO is something like "This is NOT a SAO Story". (I like Sinon"s appearance và her character, But Kirito"s story is dropping down khổng lồ the thrash.)

The more WORSE Story than a garbage is "Alicization", The Episode 10 of it will going khổng lồ make people really angry. (Ronye & Tiese are kết thúc up very bad, They were abused by Raios and Humbert.)

Morrow Yeah when I first saw SAO, I hadn"t seen many anime and I really enjoyed it. It wasn"t perfect but it wasn"t as bad as the haters make it (SAO abridged is still better) but even now, I still enjoy it

Morrow I know, but if I remember right it was censored on PS4 before Sony went crazy, và only in nhật bản which is why I was wondering. Of course I hope its uncensored like moste Switch games.

Morrow Of course a branching timeline that doesn"t exist in the original light novels và deliberately contradicts canon events is breaking canon!

There are plenty of ways of including original stories that while they may not be technically canon can still (mostly) fit within the original timeline as if they were. The "One Piece" & "Naruto" games occasionally vì it rather well.

BulbasaurusRex You are basically playing the anime with the Narulớn và One Piece games. There is very minor differences in story from the games lớn the anime. The only Narukhổng lồ game I know of that breaks away from the anime is Naruto: DragonBlade Chronicles---which is actually my favorite Naruto lớn game. Because it"s entirely it"s own original story.

I don"t want khổng lồ play the anime, I want lớn play original stories.

tobibra Are you talking about lượt thích spa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp scenes where it covers full nudity? Full nudity (showing nipples, genitalia, bare ass, exc) automatically makes it an AO, Adults Only, rating---basically, a sex game. That stuff will always be censored on consoles, because sex games aren"t allowed on console platforms.The annoying thing is, this AO rule only applies to lớn Japanese games apparently, because stuff lượt thích The Witcher 3 isn"t censored at all.

Morrow I would"nt say full nudity, you don"t see her nipples or genitalia anyway. In the Japanese game they gave her a swimsuit anyhow.

Originaly added a links khổng lồ a video about in Youtube but I removed it from this post in case someone would think that was too much. Never know and I don"t feel like running that risk tbh.

tobibra I looked it up, so I know what scene you"re talking about. That was only censored in Japan, not over in the US. If you live in Japan, maybe get the UK or NA version? As far as it being censored in the JP. version on Switch, you might want to lớn look it up. Someone should have sầu answered that by now, since it"s been out for a bit.

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Morrow I know it was only for Japan on PlayStation, thats why I asked in my first post if the Switch version got that or not. I don"t live sầu in nhật bản, I live in Europe. I were just hoping Bandẻo didn"t use the censored version outside of Japan this time around, thats all. I know Switch games in general is not censored, but just asked to be safe

tobibra Oh, you don"t have sầu to lớn worry about that. Unless otherwise mentioned, if US version is uncensored, the UK version usually is too.