After all the missteps, I’m left wondering how good Fatal Bullet could have been if it hadn’t been a Sword Art Online game. From the forced intrusions of Kirito to the lack of risks taken in its design, Fatal Bullet exudes potential but fails to capitalize on the unique Gun Gale Online setting. There’s story DLC planned for later this year, which might improve on the underwhelming plot here, but it’s a ways off yet.
Overall, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is perhaps the best Sword Art Online game thus far. While the game’s setting does detract a bit from the visuals, the gameplay and overall world of Gun Gale Online more than makeup for it. The gameplay of Fatal Bullet was simply fun, and though I would relish the opportunity to play a standalone Gun Gale Online title, Fatal Bullet has definitely filled that gap for the time being.