I won't spoil much here, and I'm going to give my views of this game, and as a fan of both shows. If you are fan of either show, then thisI won't spoil much here, and I'm going to give my views of this game, and as a fan of both shows. If you are fan of either show, then this game is worth checking out. That said, is it worth $60? I say it depends on how big of a fan you are. If you have seen every season and the movie for SAO, then it's worth it. They brought in a major character and outfits from Ordinal Scale. If you are into Accel World, then it's worth checking out since it's the first major adaptation they have done in 5 years. Furthermore, they bring in characters beyond the one season of anime since the books are still being published.
In fact, they are characters from the books which aren't even published out West. They truly treat each franchise with respect, and they didn't make it another Kirito focus game where everyone else feels like a side kick. In fact the story provides solid air time for all major characters from each show. One key note, but I'm still playing the game and trying to beat the main story. I've put in a lot of hours to warrant a solid review since I've unlocked most characters and have advance into other parts of the world.
I'm going to explain the story a bit, but the only spoilers I'm mentioning is the opening scene and explaining a few characters from Accel World since they are less known. The beginning of the game begins with Kirito, Asuna, and Yui. A warning message comes up indicating emergency server maintenance, and Yui begins to act weird thinking something is wrong. Kirito and Asuna lied about logging out, follow Yui, and this immediately things start go crazy around them. After following Yui they encounter Black Lotus and another major character who is the antagonist, and is nicknamed Persona. In the middle of this Yui gets captured/trapped, and after the introduction and confusion on who is ally and foe Black Lotus and Kirito put down their arms realize they need to work together.
Meanwhile the world of Alfheim rapidly changed with the town becoming a cyberpunk theme place, and around the open world there are red and distorted skyscrapers and modern buildings populating the landscape. This is when elements of Brain Burst, the main game in Accel World, are merging with Alfheim which is the main game world of SAO. Along the way they begin to search for their friends and answers, and eventually the roster of playable characters expands tremendously. I believe I almost got every playable character but one or two 15 hours into the game, and the current roster sits at around at least a couple dozen so far.
Fortunately many characters get a decent amount of air time, and you can switch between any of the playable characters at portals, and some of the characters have their own side missions only available when you play as them. Unlike past SAO games from my experience they just make it mostly about Kirito, and that's it. In fact the story 15 hours in is mostly about the trying to save Yui, and figuring out what is going on with a lot of dialogue for all of the major character which include Kirito, Black Lotus, Asuana, Silver Crow, and even some of the side characters participate often including Sinon, Lisbeth, Cyan Pile, and the Red King to name a few.
The story is mostly presented like a visual novel with still shots of the avatars talking to each other, and the voice acting is good. That said, the voices are in Japanese and it's sub. The only major complaint are some cutscenes have the sound is missing when swords/weapons clash. Otherwise, the presentation is good.
Next is gameplay, and it's good. It's less stiff from previous games, and thanks to Accel World characters the combat feels fresh since their characters have different abilities and don't use swords. In fact it's more hand to hand combat with them, some have guns, and most can't fly. They rely on high jumps, and engaging in attacks in mid-air with their enemies. It takes a little time getting used to the jumping, but once you do it's fun playing the Accel World characters. Having a mix of characters from both words and their combat styles is fresh, and in my view the best out of the SAO games.
Finally the last part is the world itself. It's mostly from Lost Song with a face lift. That is fine and all, but the graphics engine is out of date. It shows, and the only graphical impressive thing is the characters look great. Especially the Accel World avatars who are sci-fi and not fantasy oriented. Sadly though the world is bland, and while it's cool seeing skyscrapers and Brain Burst elements throughout the maps, but the world needs a new game engine and makeover.
Overall it's a good game, and a must buy for fans of either series. It's not perfect since the camera angles can be wonky, and the graphics are outdated. Yet it's arguably the strongest SAO game, and Accel World is finally getting some deserved attention since it's very underrated in the anime world.… Expand