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  • Summary: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a Role Playing Game based on the novel, manga and anime, Sword Art Online, and reflects the charming characters and breathtaking environments from the virtual reality world called Aincrad. In a simulated Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing GameSword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a Role Playing Game based on the novel, manga and anime, Sword Art Online, and reflects the charming characters and breathtaking environments from the virtual reality world called Aincrad. In a simulated Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game setting, players find that they are captured within the game and must explore and defeat enemies until they reach the highest floors of Aincrad to beat the game and free themselves from the fantasy world. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Aug 22, 2014
    88
    Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment transcends its license to become a truly engrossing portable role-playing game. Unfortunately, this lengthy adventure is far from perfect, with problems ranging from bad translation to simplistic missions. But none of that gets in the way of one of the most ambitious anime games ever constructed.
  2. Aug 26, 2014
    80
    A great combat system alongside an abysmal translation make this one very mileage-may-vary.
  3. Aug 19, 2014
    75
    This is a big, ambitious game, and like any big, ambitious game, there's some stuff that goes wrong, but a lot more that goes right. And with all that right stuff…well, that's what makes the game so worth playing.
  4. May 23, 2014
    70
    The combat feels slick, the design mirrors the anime really well and there's enough content to keep you going for weeks. Just know that the experience starts to drag after the exciting opening levels.
  5. Aug 20, 2014
    70
    If you’re a fan of Sword Art Online then this is a must buy, with it’s alternate reality separating it from the series.
  6. Sep 9, 2014
    60
    It’s unclear whether or not I would’ve enjoyed this title much more if I were an avid fan of the series, but since I can only speak from my perspective alone, I will say that it was a difficult one to enjoy with a myriad of rough spots that were impossible to ignore.
  7. Aug 19, 2014
    30
    Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment isn’t just a bad game. With its awful story, tedious combat, and inexcusable translation, it’s an out and out insult to anyone who might buy it – fans of the series especially.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    The only problem this game has is the translation. Everything else in it is a dream for Sword Art Online and MMO fans. The game feels like anThe only problem this game has is the translation. Everything else in it is a dream for Sword Art Online and MMO fans. The game feels like an MMO, with FREE DLC and FREE Content Updates, there is a ton of stuff to do. The combat is amazing once you get used to it and the story is what all SAO fans wanted, to complete the remaining 25 floors of Aincrad and beat the game.
    But that's only infinity moment, this is two games in one, the Hollow Fragment story is even better. New characters, returning characters. Truly a game fit for fans of the series.
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  2. Aug 19, 2014
    10
    If you're a fan of the series this is a fantastic game, comes with a HD remake of the first game previously only released in Japan, so you areIf you're a fan of the series this is a fantastic game, comes with a HD remake of the first game previously only released in Japan, so you are getting 2 games in one! Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2014
    10
    Great game! love the story, and has over 100 hours of play. it would be my favorite game if it wasn't for the horrible translation butGreat game! love the story, and has over 100 hours of play. it would be my favorite game if it wasn't for the horrible translation but besides that i love this game, cant wait for a sequel Expand
  4. Aug 21, 2014
    10
    Hey folks! It's the Banana King here ready to write a small review for the wonder virtual world of death we all know and love in a game calledHey folks! It's the Banana King here ready to write a small review for the wonder virtual world of death we all know and love in a game called Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. So just peel banana, sit back, and enjoy the review. Let me start off by saying, the English is not perfect. I can read it and understand it just fine so it doesn't really bother me. The combat is actually really great. YouTube kind of made it look like a pile of monkey poo, but when I actually played the game it was a blast. As a fan of the anime as well, I can say this game is pretty awesome.

    The only thing I didn't approve of is adding characters like Suguha and Sinon into the story since they show up after Sword Art Online. The fact that they are put in the Sword Art world is pretty weird. The menu screen is also really nice because it looks just like the menu the users in the anime had. The graphics are beautiful and are even better if you view them with the first person camera mode. I will tell you one disappointing factor though. You do not actually explore the cities on every floor. Just floor 76. The other floors just show an artwork piece of the city. You can go dates with other characters as well and develop a close bond with them. There's just so many features on this game.

    If you want to find out more you should check out some other reviews or buy the game! You really should buy this game if you are a fan of the anime. You will simply love it. I give this game a 10/10. This is TheMonkeyKing signing off. OO OO AH AH!
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  5. Aug 20, 2014
    10
    awesomesauce... insert the good parts others have already said, yatta yatta, ditto and all that. love the game.awesomesauce... insert the good parts others have already said, yatta yatta, ditto and all that. love the game. ................................................ Expand
  6. Aug 22, 2014
    8
    Solid game with a horrible translation and an utterly useless tutorial. The game has a rough start thanks to it literally being akin toSolid game with a horrible translation and an utterly useless tutorial. The game has a rough start thanks to it literally being akin to starting off a game 3/4 of the way in. You already have a high level and a decent selection of skills (although the glitch in the game that caused everyone to get to the 76th Floor wiped out a fair bit of them and made it so your weapons are only so powerful). If you spam the O butten then the combat will be slow, but when you dig through the skill system you'll find a large variety of attacks that will have you chopping through enemies rather quickly and make bosses less of a "grind until easy" fight and more of something that can be completed with proper coordination.

    The game does a great job of putting you in the shoes of a player that has progressed 3/4 of the way through a game. You start out at level 100 and surrounded by lvl 75 enemies on floor 76 or level 85 enemies in the first hollow section. Other characters will vary. Asuna and Klein are just a few levels short of Kirito whereas other characters that weren't part of the Assault Team are far lower and you'll need to party with them and help them improve their levels if you want to bring them along in parties. You'll be overleveled for the first few floors thanks to how much excess leveling the Assault Team characters did to help ensure survival, but it won't take long for the game to catch up to you.

    Yes, it's rather fanservice-filled if you decide to do the dating element (required for the platinum trophy and advised for gearing reasons), but it doesn't take away from the core game. I would honestly give this game a 10/10 if it wasn't for the poor translation in the Aincrad sections and I hadn't had to look online to learn how to speed up and smooth out what seemed like horribly slow and clunky combat.
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  7. Mar 26, 2015
    5
    It has all the voice acting and the visuals are stunning, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. I was hoping it would add to the SAO story butIt has all the voice acting and the visuals are stunning, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. I was hoping it would add to the SAO story but it actually detracts from it by creating an alternate reality and redoing the ending to the first season and then randomly adding in characters from later in the series that don't belong. It's like a bad fanfic. The translation is sloppy as well. Expand

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