About This GameTake on the role of Kirito, the hero of the popular Sword Art Online anime series, and explore an expansive fantasy world alongside attractive companions!
From the base of Ark Sophia, a town located on the 76th floor, try to reach the 100th floor of Aincrad and explore the Hollow Area!
Strategically take down tough enemies to survive in this harsh world. Chat with your companions in real time while taking part in active, strategic battles!
- Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- Processor: Intel Core i3-2100, 3.1 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.2 GHz
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 / AMD Radeon HD 6870
- DirectX: Version 11
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Storage: 30 GB available space
- Sound Card: DirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset
Thats enough said about the story before I say too much.
The gameplay is very easy -and addictive- but requires a good set of strategy and management to exploit to its fullest. Simply button maching can get you through the early levels but later you will begin to see a lot of "DEAD END" (game over) screens if you play that way. Therefore play close attention to the info the game provides.
The game is loaded with content, im almost 50 hours in and I aint even at 25% I believe. This game is definitely one for the long playthroughs. You can switch between 2 area’s, depending on how much challenge you want. The easy area is Aincrad which you will need to beat to finish the game. The second is the Hollow Area, which is significantly more difficult, but with better rewards. Though for story reasons I recommend beating the Hollow Area first, as the new original character Philia will then appear in events in Aincrad. And if you happen to dislike how Kirito looks or the weapon he uses, you can fully customise him at the beginning and retrain him with all kind of weapons. Although you probably are going to stick with the Dual Blades anyway……….
One of the downsides of this game is that it isnt very graphically impressive (exept for the cutscenes and eventslides). this is understandable though as its a 5-year old game that was ported from the Playstation Vita.
Another downside is that the controls are can be a bit hard for a left-handed person, and there are also a few bugs from the port. Not being able to trigger some events without a controller for example.
All-in-all is SAO:RE:HF a very decent game for its price tag. And the sheer amount of stuff to do will guarantee that by the time you finish this game, you got your money’s worth. And its sequel, SAO Lost Song will probably be out on steam by then.
Now if you’ll excuse me…….
I am going to say it right here and now this game is SUBBED NOT DUBBED. This game is the first out of 5 SAO games. It is the best one out of them all with the 5th one Fatal Bullet coming in a close second. The story is very well done, the game play is alot of fun and it had a good amount of content to it, the game did the anime justice.
Story: The story, dialogue and characters were all written very well. The main story tied into the anime perfectly, and because I felt the 1st season of the anime was the best one I was quickly enthralled by the story of this game, wanting to know what would happen next. I wasn’t disappointed in that department. The characters, dialogue and side stories were written very well. I was constantly either laughing at the humor, smiling at the cuteness, or intrigued by the mystery/drama. I never had a frown on my face concerning this department.
Gameplay: You can customize Kirito’s avatar to your liking and even change his fighting style. I chose the katana blade myself. The sword skill animations all looked different and were appealing to the eye to watch. The rpg element was done right with being able to change the characters armor and weapons and their appearances changing along with it. When I leveled up and changed my gear I actually felt stronger. Leveling up your friendship with your allies allowed you to change their armor and weapons and command them to change their fighting style, as in offensive, defensive, support or to do what they feel is best. It gave leveling the friendship meaning even if it felt unnecessary. The blacksmithing system was hit and miss enhancing weapons worked great, but crafting them was terrible, the stats you got were some what randomized I had to reload my save like 20 times to get the stats i wanted. The action was pretty fast paced. The boss fights were big and epic, they fight like a true raid boss fight. If an ally npc died, they actually died in game reducing the strength of the assualt team making the next raid boss harder. Staying true to SAO lore. Another thing they put in that was also true to SAO lore is if you delt the killing blow on a raid boss you get bonus loot.
Music and Sound: No issues.
Cons: There are only 4 cons worth mentioning, but they aren’t game breaking.
1) The Friendship system. You mostly level your friendship from talking to your friends but they are so badly translated that what they say doesn’t make sense. Also you are either supposed to agree or disagree with their statement by hitting 1 of 2 buttons but you don’t know which button does what. Also sometimes it’s hard to tell if a statement is good or bad.
2) You can acquire 4 unique armors for each of the main female characters by encouraging them to fight a certain way like offensively, defensively, support or all around and when the grid for that fighting style maxes out they get that armor. The problem is the game doesn’t explain clearly how to do that or what action your complimenting boosts what area.
3) The crafting of weapons, the random bonus stats you get as well as how much of that particular stat you get.
4) The amount of side quests you get from well lack of a better term useless npc who constantly message you for help. You get a dozen new ones messaged to you ontop of the
4-6 main quests you have to do every time you beat a level. The extra side quests start making the game feel repetitive and like its dragging on a little 3/4 of the way through the game.
I liked this game alot but then again I am a big SAO fan. It is a must play for that crowd. If you aren’t a fan of the anime and can get passed the 4 flaws I pointed out I honestly think you would enjoy the game. If I had to rate this game against the rest of the SAO games 1-5, 1 being the best, I would put it as….
Story/Dialogue: 1, Fatal Bullet coming in 2nd
Characters: 1, Fatal Bullet coming in 2nd
Gameplay: 1, Fatal Bullet coming in 2nd
Pace/Length: 2nd to Fatal Bullet
Replay/Repetitiveness: 2nd to Fatal Bullet
The story is not that bad. Pretty good and enjoyable. Harem too…
Fighting in this game is easy to learn, hard to master. And I gotta say, playing as Kirito on lvl 100 is straight up cheating like XD.
Overall, this game is good and SAO fan should try this game 😀
You can also play this game in First Person, just in case you want to look Asuna’s face up close. Or maybe grab Sinon’s hand for no reason 😀
Combat in this game may be very simple, and enemy is easy to defeat. Fighting enemy that level higher than you is more balanced than normal enemy. I don’t hate it actually. You just need to know how to combat properly, not just spamming in front of enemy and doesn’t know how to use switch. And let’s be honest here. If you’re a SAO fan and expect a great gameplay and great story, I don’t really recommend this game because you’ll get bored easily. Try playing AW vs SAO or maybe SAO Fatal Bullet if you want a great gameplay and story. If you’re a SAO fan and want to try SAO game but don’t have much money, try this game. It’s not as great as higher SAO game, but it’ll give you enough SAO experience. It’s cheap and affordable. Don’t expect great thing on this game 😀
MORE MORE EDIT:
If you thought that this game is repetitive and always use the same move, please note that you can also use a different style of fighting. For Example, Dual Wielding. means you use 2 One Handed Sword. You can also use One Handed Sword, means just use 1 Sword to fight. Or maybe 2 Handed Sword, Dagger, Axe and many more. Every fight has their own sword skill, so you can upgrade them when you level up or your ally level’s up. You can play this game on your own style 🙂
It’s fun, for me REALLY addictive, combat are simple, easy to learn… Overall it’s a great game.
The only bad thing about this game to most of the people is the graphic but I have no complain about it cause my PC is not that good.
That’s all 🙂
I’m no good at English so sorry for any incorrect sentence…
– Dynamic gameplay
– You can play the game in your own play style with countless of skills/weapons available
– The game has a skill tree system where you can unlock sword skills for different kinds of weapons
– A lot of things to do, there’s so many side quests where you can keep yourself occupied
– You can dictate how the story goes. There’s the Aincrad story (which starts easy, but progressively gets harder) and the Hollow Area story (more difficult enemies and bosses to fight, but very good if you want to level up quicker and get better loot) that eventually interconnect with each other as you progress the game
– There is a lot of interaction you can do with the other characters
– Good story/VN
– Anime tropes
– It can be somewhat grind-y, especially if you want to rank up your bonds with the heroines
– Odd level design – for example, they place insanely overpowered enemies on some locations but they’re easily avoidable + as you go up the the floors the game tries its best to make unique challenges in order to progress through
– Enemy AI can be… weird sometimes.
– Camera movement can get awkward and weird
Overall, though, the cons don’t really bother my whole experience of the game, and I was actually surprised how good this game was. As a person who likes and is a fan of this series, the game definitely didn’t disappoint. Get this game if you’re a big fan of SAO.
The gameplay might be hard to grasp first, but you can easily get used to it the more you play. I recommend you use a controller when playing the game.
*Additionally, you don’t have to watch the whole anime (season 1 at least) seeing how this alternate storyline is an original storyline, but it helps if you want to understand the context of the whole game
**Philia best girl.
***The game actually explains why Leafa/Suguha and Sinon are in the game.
(tweaked the review on 22/2)
(tweaked the review on 12/3)
It’s not as polished as the later games, being a port from a previous generation of consoles, which is why I’d say to play this first. You might have trouble coming back after playing Lost Song or Hollow Realization.
It is, however, a good port and delivered without excessive levels of DRM to assault their customers with constant demands for reauthentication. Definitely worth picking up, and priced low enough that it shouldn’t even be a question if you’re planning to get teh other two games.
Sword Art Online is an RPG game that takes place in an alternative time line to the series. We start on floor 75 and work our way up in order to complete the game and to finally escape the death game. You will play as Kirito regardless of customization or you changed your gender to female.
– Interesting concept of an SP version of an MMORPG
– Port runs smoothly and no crashing.
– Each main heroine has affinity, so you aren’t forced to be with Asuna.
– Each floor isn’t too long, nor too short.
– Multiplayer to play with 3 possible friends through the hallowed area.
– First game to include Strea.
– Different outfits for heroines.
– Uninspiring & simplestic combat
– Much more free roam in hollowed area compared to the story mode.
– Multiplayer crashes if you include anything that isn’t steam’s basic fonts
– Enemies in general are very easy to defeat, the game feels more balanced if you are fighting enemies that are 30+ levels above you.
I can understand that this is an old game comapred to the more newer launches of SAO games we’ve been getting on steam. But even though this game is actually in Ainclad, I simply cannot recommend it. The combat is just too simple and the difficulty for enemies & even bosses on your level is laughable. if you want a Sword Art Online game I’d sooner recommend Accel World vs Sword Art Online or Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet. This is really a cheap alternative to the newer & more polished games.
1. Dynamic gameplay
2. Various weapon types, and skills that available to use once it has been unlocked (like common RPG’s)
3. User can decide how the story goes, but the ending is obv the same
4. Anime graphics ofc
5. Offering new game with advanced difficulty (for ppl who doesn’t enough of this game yet).
1. Sometimes will get boring of the usual cutscenes when you cleared a floor like "yaaay" and other temporary happy cutscenes.
2. Environments like plains, dungeons, caves kinda have repetitive style on each floor
3. AI’s have some lack of logic in movement or in battle
Yeah you can enjoy this game to "kill" your time -Kirito
Now we just need Lost Song 😀
*Edit: Here comes Lost Song!!!!