Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

Rating Summary

Based on 60 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

10%

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IGN

Top Critic

5.9 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2018

Fatal Bullet isn't a bad game, but it didn't hold my interest for very long. It's fun to be surrounded by familiar faces from the anime series, and I could see glimmers of depth in Fatal Bullet's combat and upgrade systems. However, the poor story pacing and the repetitive nature of exploration dragged it down. While it's a good change of pace for games based on SAO, it still lacks the polish needed to really stand out.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2018

Despite the rough edges, Dimps' work is easy to like if you're a Sword Art Online fan hungry for something new to advance the franchise with. Though ultimately held back by the jank, it's definitely worth checking out, if for nothing else than a welcome change of pace and setting.

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7 / 10
Mar 1, 2018

For fans of the anime, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is a great use of the license that brings some welcome changes to the series. There are still the recurring issues of pacing and a number of technical flaws that diminish the rest of the game's achievements, but this hopefully sets a new benchmark for the franchise going forward.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2018

Fatal Bullet is a conservative game that could have take more advantage from the Sword Art Online universe. However, it is a great game and is suitable for those who love the anime.

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7.4 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2018

SAO: Fatal Bullet has many great features both in gameplay or interesting characters, amazing boss battles and good soundtrack, but in contrast made a somewhat boring story in the first 30 hours, but it starts to improve after that, and I wished if the world design was more interesting and the artificial intelligence of your classmates are very bad, but in the end if you're a fan for the series, you'll obviously love it.

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6 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

Dimps Studios could have gone further with a brand like Sword Art Online. Fatal Bullet has a too classic design and, finally, the previous video games are more fun and original than this third person shooter-JRPG. Its main attraction is in the cooperative missions.

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7.8 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

A good tie-in of the originale anime series, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is a solid JRPG, a bit repetitive and with the difficulty not well balanced.

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5.5 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

A slow start to Fatal Bullet makes way for some great gunplay, but that peters out as derivative dungeon design and bullet sponge bosses take hold and throttle the life out of it.

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60 / 100
Mar 8, 2018

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, for somebody only remotely aware of the source material, is an enjoyable game with interesting tricks in design held back by an otherwise intrusive plot. Somebody who loves the source material will think the game deserves a higher score, and somebody who hates the source material will think the game deserves a lower score, but that's ultimately what holds the game back from being something successful; it wants to be the anime, not a game. And as a game about an anime about a game, it seems like a missed opportunity.

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Ken McKown

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Fatal Bullet isn't going to light any charts on fire, but for those looking for a different take on the genre, it accomplishes what it sets out to do well.

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