Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (ソードアート・オンライン -ホロウ・フラグメント-, Sōvì chưng Āto lớn Onrain: Horō Furagumento) is a Clip game for the PlayStation Vita based on the Sword Art Online light novel series. It is the second video game in the series, the first being Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, the nội dung of which is included in Hollow Fragment. The game was released in nhật bản on April 24, năm trước, North America on August 19, 2014 and Europe và Australia on August 20, 2014.

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A "Director"s Cut" edition of the game titled Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment was released on PlayStation 4 within North America, Europe, nước Australia, và the Middle East in July & August 2015, & was released in Japan in November 2015. This version comes with new features, including an online play mode, additional bosses, the ability to play as a female character, amuốn others.

Hollow Fragment was succeeded by Sword Art Online: Lost Song, which was released in năm ngoái for the PlayStation 4 & Vita.

Gameplay

The game has over 100 recruitable characters which can be chosen to accompany the player in the game"s dungeons. game Play combines elements of a MMORPG—albeit in a simulated fashion as it is not an online game, though it does include limited multiplayer via ad hoc for up khổng lồ four players—as well as elements of a dating slặng.

Plot

The game takes place in the same continuity as the prior game in the series, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, which exists in an alternate storyline from the Sword Art Online anime storyline. The player controls the main character Kirikhổng lồ, who has been trapped in the titular virtual reality MMORPG where dying in the game will lead khổng lồ his death in real life as well. Part of the game is actually a high definition recompilation of Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, the original game in the series released for the PlayStation Portable, including all nội dung of "Floor Clearing" from the previous game with the addition of new unexplored "Hollow Area" of Aincrad.


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Development

The game was released on April 23, 2014 in Japan và May 29, năm trước in Taiwan, Hong Kong, as well as some Southeast Asian countries with Chinese và English subtitles. It had also been announced that the game would be localized into lớn English and released August 19, năm trước in North America & August trăng tròn in Europe and Australia. The American/European/Australian release will be digital download only. The game also received an update adding content extending the game"s play time by 30 hours, including new areas, gameplay, and costumes, while also raising the level cap from 200 lớn 250. The game also features costume DLC.

Reception

The game sold 145,029 physical retail copies within the first week of release in Japan, topping the Japanese software sales charts for that week, slightly outselling its predecessor, Infinity Moment, which sold 138,180 copies. By July 2014, it outsold the previous game"s total copies sold domestically, which is roughly 200,000 copies, & sold more than 280,000 copies in Japan by December 2014. The game was the top-selling digital Vita game on both the European region and North American region PlayStation Store in August & September năm trước, which added up khổng lồ more than 450,000 copies sold worldwide as of December 2014. Of these, approximately 90,000 copies were sold in Asia, và 70,000 copies were sold in North America.

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The game received a Famitsu reviews score of 32/40. An import review by PlayStation Lifestyle gave sầu the Japanese version of the game a rating of 9/10, noting that the game provides plenty of hours" worth of nội dung and has no obvious performance issues which affect the gameplay experience. The Asian version of the game which was localized into lớn English and Chinese was noted by The Straits Times khổng lồ contain various localization errors, such as grammar and spelling mistakes within the subtitled dialogue; nevertheless, the game was given a Reviews score of 8/10. The production team is said lớn be aware of the problems regarding the game"s English translation & it have sầu been stated that its sequel would be translated differently khổng lồ produce a better translation.

Following its release in the west, the game received mixed nhận xét. It has a score of 67 out of 100 on Metacritic. IGN awarded it a score of 5.5 out of 10, saying Sword Art Online"s excellent combat is marred by a juvenile romance system, a horrible translation. Destructoid gave the game a rating of 7/10, noting that the game is solid và provides a fun experience, however may lachồng replay value, while Gaming Age gave sầu the game a "B" score, praising the game environment và mechanics, although noting that the camera controls feel flawed. PlayStation Universe awarded it a score of 5.5 out of 10, saying "Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will only offer the most enjoyment khổng lồ hardcore fans of the franchise that are willing to slog through the uninspired, tedious gameplay to lớn get khổng lồ the ample bạn service on offer." GameZone gave a rating of 8/10, praising the amount of nội dung available within the game. Twinfinite gave sầu the game a 4/5, criticizing the steep learning curve sầu and the dialogue translation, while finding the combat and game design to lớn be positive, while Attachồng of the Fanboy referred to it as a solid RPG experience as long as one can look beyond the game"s minor flaws. However, Hardcore Gamer rated Hollow Fragment a score of 1.5 out of 5, referring khổng lồ it as a "bad game... the most debased, pandering garbage Japan has to lớn offer... (a) rushed, broken, & imbecilic excuse for software" with "awful story, tedious combat, & inexcusable translation."