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  • Summary: The SWORD ART ONLINE: FATAL BULLET Complete Edition includes the main game, three DLC packs, the expansion "Dissonance of the Nexus," and bonus in-game items. Now on the Nintendo Switch™. Your choices are heavier and faster than a bullet. Create your own character and log in to Gun GaleThe SWORD ART ONLINE: FATAL BULLET Complete Edition includes the main game, three DLC packs, the expansion "Dissonance of the Nexus," and bonus in-game items. Now on the Nintendo Switch™. Your choices are heavier and faster than a bullet. Create your own character and log in to Gun Gale Online, a world of guns and steel, where a chance encounter partners you with a rare support AI called ArFA-sys as you both are caught up in a tempestuous story of fate. Experience the thrilling battles of a third-person shooter (TPS) together with the story and progression of an RPG in this first-ever "TPSRPG" from Sword Art Online!

    Customize your avatar and master a wide array of weapons and skills!

    Choose from over 30 playable characters in online PvP, ranging from Alice and Eugeo from "Alicization," season 3 of the SAO anime, to Eiji and Yuna from Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 23, 2019
    78
    This hybrid title between role-playing and third-person shooting loaded with fanservice lands on Nintendo Switch with all its additional content but with many of the same problems present in the previous game.
  2. Aug 19, 2019
    75
    Fatal Bullet isn’t the best entry in this franchise, but it is a very enjoyable game. On top of that, we get a couple of interesting new features for the Switch, which makes it a good addition for Nintendo’s hybrid console.
  3. Aug 18, 2019
    60
    Go into Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet – Complete Edition expecting solid third-person shooter mechanics and you’ll be disappointed. You’ll be disappointed if you go into it expecting excitement and fun from the outset, too. Initially it’s a hard game to like, let alone love, but those with patience and an interest in trawling dungeons for the best loot might just find themselves sticking with it until the end. Whether or not they’ll remember the experience they had with it in years to come is questionable, however.
  4. Aug 18, 2019
    50
    Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is one of the stronger outings for the series in a video game format. However, it’s still bogged down by heavy-handed and often thematically troubling melodrama that’s delivered at a glacial pace and prefers to eschew the potentially interesting aspects of the world it depicts in favour of stereotypical male heroics, teenage matters of the heart and questionable attitudes to its female characters. Beyond this, and judged solely as a game, the combat of Gun Gale Online itself is a rather bland, clunky and repetitive experience – albeit one with a ton of customisation options and modes of play to engage with. Fans of Sword Art Online will already know whether they’re into this or not; for everyone else, it’s a pretty tough sell that doesn’t really manage to do anything it attempts well enough to earn a recommendation.
  5. Sep 5, 2019
    50
    As a “Complete” Edition, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet offers tons of content in a single package. Yet, its bland combat and repetitive universe won’t have much appeal unless you’re a really faithful fan of the series.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 18, 2020
    8
    Looking at this as a standalone set apart from the SAO IP we have a solid 3rd person shooter that rewards a little patience and exploration.Looking at this as a standalone set apart from the SAO IP we have a solid 3rd person shooter that rewards a little patience and exploration. The game feels like some of my favorite PS2 JRPGs. Pacing of the game is fair, combat is satisfying once you understand the controls and this is a great port of a good game. Factoring in the source material it's a competent enough story and very true to the feel of most SAO stories. The big wins here are customization, replay value, and the relatively open world with a hub. Highly recommend even to fans unfamiliar with the series. Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2019
    6
    Non posso confrontarlo con l'anime perchè non lo seguo, il gioco ha una trama decente ma è sviluppato grossolanamente, con un combat systemNon posso confrontarlo con l'anime perchè non lo seguo, il gioco ha una trama decente ma è sviluppato grossolanamente, con un combat system sufficente ed una grafica scarna. Mediocre nella sua totalità Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2021
    6
    I recently bought it on Switch during a 75% off sale, and this is what I got for my money:

    -A very enjoyable, gameplay-wise fluid, quite
    I recently bought it on Switch during a 75% off sale, and this is what I got for my money:

    -A very enjoyable, gameplay-wise fluid, quite unique mix of third person shooter (with gyro aiming with a decent amount of options) and action rpg. Decent,nice, but still limited character customisation for two of the many characters that can join your party, and lots of looting and weapon customisation.

    -A lot of trying to be interested in the "story", but even if I had prior knowledge of the characters and lore, I doubt that the way it's presented and the lack of depth and abundance of slow-paced melodramatic yet very static conversations between loads of characters standing around, each having their pointless lines,.. would have ever managed to hold my attention. Luckily most of that can be skipped. But even then, it may take a while (and a lot of loading screens and "skip, yes" confirmations to actually get to the next gameplay part.

    So basically, as an action rpg third person looter shooter, it's a great experience, really. Everything else had me bored or frustrated (when for example, you die immediately after skipping countless conversations, sitting through countless loading screens, only to see you're back in town and have to wait-skip-wait-skip-wait-skip-wait all over again, only to maybe fail again. The part I'm specifically referring to is optional though, yet arguably the most "interesting" part of the "plot").
    Short version: great gameplay, terrible piece of media, overall depends on what you're looking for. I wanted a tps arpg, and the demo and sale convinced me to buy this one on Switch, and I'm enjoying it as just that, nothing more. Had they left out everything "more", it would have been a better game for it, in my personal opinion. But I can't speak for anyone else, let alone a fan of the series.

    Technically, it works. No more, no less. It doesn't look good, nor does it look really bad, and I had no other issues. The times the game "rebooted" by itself, were actually part of its "story", as it is about a VR MMORPG environment, in which things happen (that I won't spoil) that get "the server" corrupted and every player -you included- kicked out, so while it was weird when skipping most of the dialog, it was actually a nice touch. Just "log in" again, and the story picks right up where it was, with the players discussing what may have gone wrong.
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