Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

released on Apr 24, 2014

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a Japanese role-playing game based on the Sword Art Online light novel series. It is the second video game in the series. The game has over 100 recruitable characters which can be chosen to accompany the player in the game's dungeons. Gameplay combines elements of a MMORPG—albeit in a simulated fashion as it is not an online game, though it does include limited multiplayer via ad hoc for up to four players—as well as elements of a dating sim. The game takes place in the same continuity as the prior game in the series, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, which exists in an alternate storyline from the Sword Art Online anime storyline. The player controls the main character Kirito, who has been trapped in a MMORPG where dying in the game will lead to his death in real life as well. Part of the game is actually a high definition recompilation of Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, the original game in the series released for the PlayStation Portable, including all content of "Floor Clearing" from the previous game with the addition of new unexplored "Hollow Area" of Aincrad.

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I don't know how one manages to take a concept like SAO and just suck all personality whatsoever out of it. It's criminal really.

This seemed more of a VN rather than an RPG game. I wouldn't recommend this game but the CG and the side stories are good for people that are fans of the series. but as a game, not really good

This was a meh way to make you feel like you were in SAO's universe, mostly cuz of its gameplay. Also the English translations were literal lol-worthy.

This was honestly pretty fun. I never got around to actually finishing it due to its length, but it's a pretty fun single-player MMO. The mechanic of being able to have your AI companion behave a certain way by praising specific actions enough times until they sort of reclass was REALLY cool (also their outfit changed!). The Hollow Area being one big open area with really dangerous enemies was also pretty damn sweet. The wide-array of weapons you can use shocked me. In this, you aren't just stuck with Kirito's usual dual swords, but 9 different weapon types (Scimitars are excellent btw). The English translation is, very clearly, machine translated and made for some pretty amusing dialogue at times. There's also "pillow talk" CGs that are some decent fan-service. I did not at all care about the story, because it's SAO, but the girls are still cute and I was able to mostly ignore it. Lisbeth is LisBEST.

Picked it up on impulse when it released on PS4 since it was so cheap. I didn't like SAO at all prior to that, but the game is so wildly ambitious, constantly trying things it just knows it can't pull off, and ultimately gets enough right that I love the shit out of it.