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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 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. 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
  2. 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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  3. Sep 29, 2014
    10
    If you're a fan of the SAO series, this is almost the perfect game! If you're not a fan... but enjoys a good rpg/adventure game, you will loveIf you're a fan of the SAO series, this is almost the perfect game! If you're not a fan... but enjoys a good rpg/adventure game, you will love as well! Great game for a handheld! Expand
  4. 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
  5. Sep 5, 2014
    9
    If you enjoy the anime you should have no problem with this game. I was really hesitant to buy this because I read so many complaints aboutIf you enjoy the anime you should have no problem with this game. I was really hesitant to buy this because I read so many complaints about the translation. I had only seen a few episodes of the series and with each episode I was pulled closer to buying the game. I don't find the dialog to be as bad as people let on. There are typos here and there and some grammar issues. But if you look at this as being a simulation of a MMO guess what? Those games when dealing with other players are full of bad grammar.

    The combat system is unique and takes some getting used to. The tutorials are important. The game guide is important. Again, in a real MMO there is a level of complexity that takes time to master. The story and characters are great. The emotions are well animated and the underlying Japanese dialog adds feeling to the game.

    The dating sim is a bit strange. The chat bubbles come across as nonsensical but it is a minor part of the game and it is easy to pick up on response patterns to get through it. I don't think this part of the game was intended to be actual dialog but more like thoughts or emotions coming across.

    Overall the game is fun to play and hard to put down. It does play more like an MMO at times and I enjoy that aspect. I find myself getting the same level of enjoyment as I did with Persona 4 Golden.
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  6. Jan 7, 2015
    8
    Im sure this game would have been 1000 times better had i actually watched the anime before playing the game. That being said this is an EPICIm sure this game would have been 1000 times better had i actually watched the anime before playing the game. That being said this is an EPIC title for any vita owner. The world is HUGE, the characters are many, the graphics are top notch and the combat system keeps you engaged (especially if you don't like your '0' button as your gonna beat it like it owes you money). There is also a small dating sim element that feels for organic than the traditional 'scale walls of text to get the girl'. Your also not confined to being with Asuna, tho the story assumes you are and makes you feel a little greasy if your going for another girl.

    On the negative side however, this game suffers from a translation that would make Ar Tonelico 2 look like it came off the desk of a university professor. Avid JRPG gamers such as myself might read this and ask 'how bad can it possibly be? Ive played many poorly translated games and they don't really bother me'. trust me, you will understand. Other than the occasional frame rate drop while there are many NPC's on the screen or landing yourself in an area WAAAAAAYYYYY out of your level range (and thanks to cannon this happens fairly often) there is little else to complain about with this title.

    over all wicked game deserving of being in your library.
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  7. Jun 5, 2015
    1
    Do NOT waste your money on this game, the game is in Japanese with English subtitles, however the text might as well be gibberish and half theDo NOT waste your money on this game, the game is in Japanese with English subtitles, however the text might as well be gibberish and half the time you wont understand what they're talking about. The battle system is engaging but poorly optimized. With encounters ranging in levels 70 to 150 in the same area (many times right beside each other) you can easily die in one or two hits. There is absolutely no coming back from the dead, you or your companion dies its game over. No way to manually save (it auto saves EVERY time you load into a new area). Total wast of money unless you are a mega fan of SAO and don't care if the game is actually decent. Expand

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