Sword Art Online Hollow Realization Review Roundup: Is It Worth Buying?

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Sword Art Online Hollow Realization Review

Bandai Namco?s Sword Art Online Hollow Realization has just been released for its Western fans. Its fans will finally be able to enjoy the pseudo MMORPG experience through this Sword Art Online game for the PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita. However, is this game worth buying?

Reviews so far

As seen on the game?s Metacritic pages on PS4 and PS Vita, Sword Art Online Hollow Realization has good reviews so far. PlayStation Lifestyle gave the game a 70 out of 100 while Hobby Consolas gave it a 78. Below is the verdict of both websites:

“Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is anything but hollow. There is an almost unbelievable amount of story content, with side stories piled high on top of that.” – PlayStation Lifestyle

“SAO Hollow Realization is an interesting MMORPG Simulator that fans of the saga will like. The Japanese voices and the ambience are its strengths, but its complex battle system and the modest variety of missions and enemies can subtract interest.” – Hobby Consolas

The numbers of reviews aren?t that many yet, so it?s not a reliable source of fair opinion?and consensus at the moment. Players seeking to buy the new Sword Art Online game may want to wait for more reviews to come out to help them decide.


Despite being a Sword Art Online title, Hollow Realization is intended to recreate the feel of a regular MMORPG. Players will definitely enjoy the fantasy scenery and bustling hub towns in the game. However, there will be relentless grinding and repetitive battles to gain levels or items. Players are supplied with different party partners and weapon types to generate variety for the player to choose from. Nevertheless, the MMORPG gameplay tends to become extremely repetitive and may warrant players to be patient for the rewards. However, Sword Art Online Hollow Realization offers a pseudo MMORPG experience, so Bandai Namco may have mitigated the grinding to palatable levels for its fans.

Sword Art Online Themes

Sword Art Online Hollow Realization will be set in Ainground and will be similar to Aincrad from the original series. However, Ainground is a large stretch of flat land instead of a floating tiered tower of 100 floors. Currently, it?s not known how deep the connection between Ainground and Aincrad is. Players will be able to find that out if they exhaust Hollow Realization?s content.

Additionally, Sword Art Online characters like Kirito, Asuna, Silica, Klein, and Sinon are going to be in this game along with the original ones. Players have a choice to fully customize Kirito to make him look different. Players can choose to look like another character but will still have to follow Kirito?s story in the game. Stay updated with more Sword Art Online Hollow Realization news here on The BitBag.

Also read: Sword Art Online Hollow Realization: Hands-On Impressions At ESGS 2016

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