- The gameplay mechanics keep things fresh and interesting for a long time and the amount of depth that they have is very good indeed.
- I found the story to be very good and the best thing is that they managed to keep me invested throughout my time with the game.
- In terms on content there is a huge amount for you to sink your teeth into and the amount of customiation present can be off the charts at times.
- The presentation side of the game is something that I enjoyed quite a lot. The visuals and sound design combine together to create a very immersive experience.
- I was a little disappointed with the combat that was present in the game and unfortunately I never connected fully with the combat.
- Unfortunately the game suffers with a few technical issues every now and then and whilst none of them are game-breaking they can still be very frustrating.
- There is way too much grinding present in the game and when you combine this with the constant loading screens things do become tedious.
All in all the RPG genre has another release in the form of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet and at times it can provide you with some very enjoyable moments. Unfortunately it does suffer with a few shortcomings and this does stop the game from being included in the higher echelons of the RPG genre. The gameplay has a number of different mechanics in play at the same time which is what you would expect from an RPG, and these mechanics mostly hold up really well throughout your time with the game. My biggest problem with the gameplay though is that it is very grindy and that can make things become tedious especially when you include the huge amount of loading screens as well. In terms of content the game has a vast amount for you to get to grips with and you will without a doubt sink quite a few hours into the game because the amount of customisation you can do is absolutely fantastic. Something that disappointed quite a bit with this game was the combat that was present. I just felt that the combat was lacking in certain areas and it felt boring a lot of the time, but thankfully at least the shooting mechanics were up to scratch though. If you like a decent story that keeps you invested throughout then you will enjoy the story that’s present in Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. I found the story to be very interesting and it immersed me into the gameplay extremely well. Despite the game suffering with an array of technical issues I did find that the presentation side of the game ticked a lot of boxes for me. Thankfully the technichal issues aren’t game-breaking but they do cause frustration, but I will say that if you look past these issues then you will find that the visuals and sound design do a great job of creating an immersive experience at every turn. At the end of the day Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is kind of stuck in limbo at times because the problems it suffers with are not present in the top end RPG’s so that means there are quite a few RPG’s out there that are better than this game. Don’t get me wrong this game is far from being bad and fans of the genre will find more than enough enjoyable aspects that will satisfy them a great deal, it’s just that I don’t find this to be as interesting as some of the other game’s in the genre. That being said Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet does however do enough to warrant a recommendation from me.
I rate Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet 7/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Dimps Corporation
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date (Xbox One): February 23, 2018