The newest in a sequence of tie-in video games primarily based on Sword Art Online (a preferred novel/anime sequence a couple of brooding teen’s adventures in a VR MMO), Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet has rolled out onto PC at present, worldwide and alongside the console model.
Based on the second season of the anime, which traded up its sword & sorcery MMO setting for an action-oriented sci-fi sport, Fatal Bullet guarantees mild party-based JRPG adventuring paired with a shooter-style fight engine not fully not like Mass Effect.
Released in parallel with its console model, and developed by Dimps (the workforce behind Dragonball Xenoverse and a thousand different first rate licensed titles) Fatal Bullet places you within the sneakers of a hand-made protagonist, enjoying out a narrative that runs roughly parallel to the occasions of the anime sequence. Despite the MMO theming, the sport is primarily a solo RPG, however gives the choice to go surfing to play 4v4 workforce deathmatch towards actual human gamers, or co-op boss fights in events of 4.
In addition to tussling with alien monsters and robots of various sizes and shapes, Fatal Bullet leans into the thought of enjoying a digital MMO by having your occasion cross paths with rival teams of (simulated) PVP’ers that can use cowl, revive one another if knocked down and so forth. It’s a pleasant idea and an fascinating technique to spherical out enemy selection and conduct, though for these wanting a pure sci-fi shooter expertise with out being reminded of the game-in-a-game conceit, it might be a bit disappointing.
Reviews of the PS4 model are rolling out elsewhere, and the sport appears to be comparatively effectively acquired, though on no account a basic. Perhaps one to look out for within the gross sales if you happen to’re a fan of the sequence? Still, it’s good to see main publishers bringing out titles like this concurrently worldwide and throughout a number of platforms. It lastly looks like we’re getting away from the darkish ages of gaming, divided by oceans.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is out now on Steam & Humble for £40/$50, and there’s a £20/$25 season pass protecting DLC for the remainder of the 12 months, though I shouldn’t must remind anybody that it will be very foolish to purchase that till we all know precisely what the contents embrace.