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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

Bandai Namco Games
Nov 6, 2016 - PlayStation 4, PC, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

16%

Critics Recommend

IGN
6.7 / 10
GameSpot
5 / 10
Destructoid
7.5 / 10
TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
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8 / 10
IGN Italy
7.9 / 10
IGN Spain
7.2 / 10
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8 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

A lot of effort was clearly put into Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, because almost every aspect of its gameplay has an underlying set of properties and nuances to come to grips with. While I usually love that kind of complexity, here it rarely felt meaningful or even coherent. Paired with a story that lacks the stakes and urgency of the source material, it leaves Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization feeling pretty tepid aside from its enjoyable combat.

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Sword Art Online is built on high-stakes drama and a compelling premise--Hollow Realization delivers on neither.

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I feel conflicted about Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, because while it’s never been more interesting to play as a game, the fact that its narrative is typical of latter-day Sword Art Online stories has actually become something of a liability. A bolder story, one that took more risk, established a better sense of stakes, or even did something other than tread water would definitely not be Sword Art Online-like, and would make it much easier to recommend to people outside the show’s fanbase. As it stands, though, Hollow Realization remains a Sword Art Online game, for better and worse.

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The only real problem that Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization has is that it’s a little too steady and a little too laid-back. The premise is that this is Sword Art but without the death, and really without those stakes, and with its tepid narrative, you may begin to question why you’re grinding through so much of the game. That being said, this is the best digital rendition of Sword Art Online thus far, and goes a long way to capturing the essence of the show – warts and all.

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This new installment of the Sword Art saga comes to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita with brand new gameplay and great graphics that will be entertaining for the fans of the saga.

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is a good JRPG. It's made with diligence, dedicated to anime fans from which it's drawn, but also suitable for simple lovers of the genre.

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A game sustained by its combat system and its attractive history, although it is so much repetitive.

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With it being the first SAO game set outside the anime, it does a good job of creating a new story, even if it takes some time to get going.

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