SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris dropped two new trailers today. The first (at the top) is a quick montage of action from the game combined with appearances by some of the many characters you’ll encounter. It’s set to an upbeat Japanese pop song that frames everything really well and manages to not spoil the story. Even if you’ve seen the anime, it’s a nice refresher.
The second trailer (at the bottom) lacks some of the pizazz, but it provides some very interesting details about the gameplay. The features trailer starts by showing the avatar creation tools. Beyond building your basic avatar in the computerized world of SAO: AL, you’ll be able to further customize your character with different armor and weapons.
Crafting seems pretty important to your experience. As you are running, jumping, and climbing to explore the game world, you’ll collect items to forge powerful weapons and armor through smithing. Accessories can also give you some abilities when equipped, and these can be crafted as well. You’ll collect ingredients for food that gives your characters a powerful buff.
The game is also placing importance on your relationships with other characters. Perhaps taking a page from Persona’s book (not a bad idea), you can earn social points to build stronger bonds with the other characters and learn more about them. The trailer shows a gauge that can be filled to reflect your relationship, and it shows the other character’s attitude towards you. It’s a mechanic that requires you to pick the correct response, and it can’t hurt to have allies who share a deeper bond.
SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris is bringing some interesting ideas to the usual anime game, and it should make it a much more fleshed out experience. That experience is coming to the PS4 on July 10th, and it tells the first part of the Alicization arc in the anime. If you want to watch the second part, it will start airing on July 11th.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.