Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Reviews

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is ranked in the 10th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
David Jagneaux
Top Critic
5 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2020

Fun combat and decent characters aren't enough to save a convoluted story, terrible pacing, and tons of performance problems.

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6 / 10
Aug 19, 2020

Ultimately SWORD ART ONLINE: Alicization Lycoris takes too long to get to the point both in its combat and story, leaving the player disinterested before it even really begins. There is a good game here if you do commit to it, with some great character and world design, enjoyable combat, and interesting game systems, but it's just not worth the slog to reach it.

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7 / 10
Jul 18, 2020

Not ever did I think the game was downright bad or poorly made, but rarely was I taken or impressed by anything going on from a story or gameplay perspective.

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IGN Italy
Top Critic
6.7 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2020

A lot of problems for an RPG made and enjoyable only for Sword Art Online fans.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2020

An enjoyable RPG with some pacing issues, Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is a lot of fun once you get to grips with its combat and leveling systems. The decision to lock multiplayer behind 10 hours of content is baffling, but once you unlock it you'll have a good time exploring the MMO-like world with friends.

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Jul 10, 2020

People have been waiting for years to finally get what could be considered a really good Sword Art Online game, but the fourth time is certainly not the charm for developer Aquria with probably the most disappointing attempt yet due to the overall squandered potential in Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris.

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3 / 5 stars
Jul 23, 2020

Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris features many compelling ideas, but its technical foundation needs more work.

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70 / 100
Jul 24, 2020

At its launch, Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris suffered from a lot of game bugs that certainly put off players, especially given its high price tag.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2020

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is a mediocre game, ambitious but incapable of realizing its vision, plagued by an inadequate and lazy realization. Only for the most dedicated fans of Sword Art Online.

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4 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

A broken mess in almost every way. Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris doesn't deliver on it's promised product. With so many technical issues it's hard to imagine anyone with the patience to get through the game. Alicization Lycoris should have been the crowning achievement in a beloved franchise but instead, it ends up being the worst title in the Sword Art Online franchise.

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Jul 14, 2020

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris will certainly be a welcome addition to the gaming series as it’s the only one to follow a portion of the original story.

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5 / 10
Jul 10, 2020

A poorly structured first half, questionable gameplay design, and ill-conceived introduction of mechanics aside, Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris also suffers from numerous technical issues and performance drops. There are moments that will entertain you, but these are few and far between and you're left to contend with bothersome frustrations time and again.

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7.2 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

‎Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is a more "exclusive" game for fans of the saga, although of course, everyone can enjoy it in the same way; but he should have the minimum knowledge of the characters and the plot. Unlike previous installments, in this one it does not "refresh your memory" and omit the different important events that have been happening until we reach where we are today. ‎

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6 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2020

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is not the title we were promised. Torn apart by a recurring dualism that contrasts originality with loyalty, the simplified management of the party with the excessive woodiness of the combat system, and so on, Bandai Namco's new proposal is constantly looking for its own dimension.

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6.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2020

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris boasts one of the most fun combat systems I’ve seen in a SAO game to date, replete with a nice selection of weapon types and playstyles to boot. It’s just unfortunate how that fun combat is gated behind an unevenly paced narrative that tends to overstay its welcome at times — and I’m a proponent for more storytelling in games. The game won’t be for everyone. Folks who are willing to break through its wall of text, however, will find some great action hidden behind all that exposition.

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6 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2020

Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris attempts to revamp the franchise and breathe new life into it, with very polarizing results.

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2 / 5.0
Jul 29, 2020

Aside from fans of the series, there aren’t many this game could be recommended to unless they’re looking for a flawed and boring ordeal.

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3 / 5.0
Jul 10, 2020

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris does little to step beyond using Sword Art Online to sell this experience. It's poorly optimized, looks, at best, okay, tutorials have little forethought, subpar gameplay, and questionable effort was put into this experience. As nice as the Alicization experience is, there is nothing in this game that motivates me to play it over simply watching the anime or reading the source material. It's unfortunate, as these games could really be engaging and have so much more to them than we've seen with this and other releases.

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TechRaptor
Top Critic
2 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2020

Between the elongated dull story, the boring and monotonous gameplay, and frequent and in your face technical issues there is little to redeem Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris. Fans of the franchise will want to avoid it, and those interested in a bad game won't even be able to get a laugh out of it.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2020

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycaris offers a compelling experience, but only forgiving players will ever get to fully enjoy it. Others may be frustrated by its strange design flaws.

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