Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet
Developer(s)Dimps
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
SeriesSword Art Online
EngineUnreal Engine
Platform(s)PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Release
  • JP: February 8, 2018 (PS4)
  • WW: February 23, 2018
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: TBA
Genre(s)Action role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is an third-person shooter action role-playing video game developed by Dimps for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows based on the Sword Art Online light novel series. It is the fifth game in the series and is the successor to the 2016 game Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization. The PlayStation 4 version were released in Japan on February 8, 2018, with a worldwide release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on February 23.

Taking place in the virtual reality MMORPG (VRMMORPG) Gun Gale Online, Fatal Bullet features an alternate timeline to the canon in the light novels and anime.

Gameplay[edit]

Unlike past installments, Fatal Bullet features the usage of firearms in battle,[1] though other weapons like Kirito's photon sword are also available. As the player progresses through the story, they can also unlock the ability to dual-wield a gun and photon sword in a similar manner to Kirito.[2] A third-person shooter and role-playing game hybrid, players can level up and gain skills as the game progresses. While fighting, players are provided with a wire that can allow them to quickly move around; although the wire is not in the canonical Gun Gale Online, a Bullet Line system – which serves as an assist in defending the user – is included in Fatal Bullet.[3]

The game features multiplayer, which allows players to form four-man cooperative parties or fight against one another in four-on-four player versus player (PvP) matches.[1] In PvP deathmatches, players are split into Alpha and Bravo teams, fighting each other in addition to computer-controlled enemies.[2]

As in previous installments, the player can engage in bed conversations with other characters; as Kirito, one can do so with those in the canon, while the protagonist avatar has such dialogues with characters from the game universe.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

Fatal Bullet takes place in Gun Gale Online, a VRMMORPG that was introduced in the second season of the anime.[1] Following the events of Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, GGO was released by Zaskar following the advent of The Seed.

The player creates their own character, who joins GGO alongside their friend Kureha. During the story, the pair meet ArFA-sys, a humanoid AI, along with the rest of the main cast.[5] In contrast with the light novels and anime, characters like Asuna and Leafa are present in GGO.[1] Other new characters introduced in the game include Basalt Joe, a powerful player who frequently challenges the protagonist to claim ArFA-sys,[2] Zeliskam, a strong yet friendly player who also has an ArFA-sys, and Itsuki, a strategist and sniper with a preference for using traps like land mines.[6]

The final chapter of the main campaign also offers a branching ending based on player choice and provides a third ending, called "True Ending" as the canon ending.

Series author Reki Kawahara supervised development of the game's story.[1] As the game progresses, the player can switch to Kirito Mode, which allows them to play a different storyline.[6]

Development[edit]

The game was announced on August 18, 2017. Developed by Dimps, Fatal Bullet runs on Unreal Engine 4;[1] a Siliconera writer described the gameplay as bearing some similarity to Freedom Wars, another game produced by Dimps.[3]

Fatal Bullet is the first in the SAO series to be available on Xbox One and PC,[1] the latter being downloadable through Steam.[7]

Reception[edit]

The game received mixed reviews.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Romano, Sal (August 18, 2017). "Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet announced for PS4, Xbox One, and PC". Gematsu. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Introduces Basalt Joe, And The Gun & Sword Weapon Type". Siliconera. February 2, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Sato (August 18, 2017). "Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Is Basically SAO Meets Freedom Wars In A Third-Person Shooter". Siliconera. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Wong, Alistair (January 25, 2018). "Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Lets You Take Half Of Kirito's Heroines For Yourself". Siliconera. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Kemps, Heidi (March 2, 2018). "SWORD ART ONLINE: FATAL BULLET REVIEW". IGN. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet details original characters, Kirito Mode, Asuna's Clothes Quests, more". Gematsu. December 21, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Green, Scott (August 18, 2017). "Bamco Blast Off Shot With "Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet"". Crunchyroll. Retrieved August 18, 2017.

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