SWORD ART ONLINE Last Recollection Review (PlayStation 5)

For this SWORD ART ONLINE Last Recollection Review, we play a game that is based on SWORD ART ONLINE’s War of Underworld anime arc, a new story unfolds with tough challenges that await our beloved hero, Kirito, and his new friends. Players will unmask the Dark Knight and find out if Kirito and the crew will survive the relentless battle against the forces of the Dark Territory!

SWORD ART ONLINE Last Recollection Review Pros:

  • Beautiful Anime graphics.
  • 14.51GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Japanese voice with English subtitles.
  • You get the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
  • Based on the War of Underworld Anime arc.
  • Controller settings – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, rebind controls, and lock on type.
  • Message settings – message speed, window display, auto page turn speed, and font size.
  • Three difficulties – story, normal, and hard.
  • Bonus rewards for having previous game saves.
  • Awesome Anime-style cutscenes.
  • Action RPG gameplay.
  • Third-person perspective.
  • Fully voiced characters and interactions.
  • Conversations can be skipped fast forwarded, paused, and auto-scrolled.
  • Multiple choice encounters and questions.
  • Opening combat tutorial.
  • The whole game takes place in the underworld.
  • MMO-like presentation.
  • The compass at the top of the screen helps guide you as it shows mission markers and places of interest.
  • Full 3D game world with 360-degree camera control.
  • Light pillars act as save points and fast travel if they are not broken.
  • The map fills in with points of interest as you find them and the first time you see them you get a reward.
  • Objective Complete keeps banging up as you play and shows earned cash and EXP.
  • The game is split into chapters.
  • Moves at a really fast pace and combat is just if not faster.
  • Skill palettes are the actions and abilities on your attacked wheel in combat and can be edited for each team member, even when in battle.
  • Shops will have stock that varies in price and rarity in the different parts of the underworld.
  • Equipment gear is your load out for – weapons, clothing, cape/accessory, and a talisman. But it does allow you to mix and match like adding in other clothing options.
  • Every bit of equipment affects stats.
  • You can equip new equipment straight from the shop buy menu.
  • Chests can be found and come in three flavors – brown (normal), blue (special conditions), and red (clear all enemies).
  • The main story along with many optional side quests.
  • You can play how you want amd the game gives you a lot of freedom.
  • The map fills in as you play.
  • Shiny objects can be found on the floor.
  • You can sell unwanted items.
  • There are 100s of save points around.
  • Topography stones can be found and they uncover the map area for you, display hunting quests, treasure chests, and places you haven’t visited yet.
  • Full quest management and selecting them have them pinned to your screen. There are four quest types – main, sub, episode, and hunting.
  • Grapple points are scattered around and you use these to climb or swing to new areas. (works as a button press and not equipping the gear).
  • The camera view can be changed with the sliders for combat, movement, and Command phases.
  • The game world has many secrets, verticality, and open space to explore.
  • You roam the world I a party and can hire and fire them as you go, you can also swap between them to control a different character.
  • Trial statutes are optional but they always house a set scenario and big rewards.
  • Enemies can be seen roaming and you can throw an item to initiate a fight or do it the old-fashioned way. There is no loading when entering combat.
  • Command mode lets you pick a party member and give them an order. Bringing up the menu pauses the action.
  • The nice emote fills members’ SP and fills up the ability to use Command mode.
  • Perfect dodges in battle slowdown time.
  • You can fill up an enemy’s break gauge to stagger them and leave them open to more damage.
  • Puzzle elements.
  • You have a transmog area of the menu so you can wear whatever you have acquired both armor and weapons and it’s just for cosmetics.
  • Earn EXP and level up to increase your stats and get a cool rank-up notification above your character’s head.
  • Counter attacks to deal huge damage.
  • Plays as a single-player offline MMO.
  • The skill tree is where you put points into new skills or upgrade existing ones.
  • Skill points can be earned from fights and also leveling up a character.
  • Large-scale natural disasters can occur that change the game world and block paths and can even make different monsters appear.
  • Disaster quests trigger when a disaster appears and you use this info to try and fix the disaster.
  • Powerful seals can be found and they have their own palette, these typically affect the world or a disaster.
  • It’s a game that you can play in short or long bursts.

SWORD ART ONLINE Last Recollection Review Cons:

  • A lot to take in, especially with the combat and item management.
  • Slow starter with a lot of cutscenes and interactions.
  • No English voice choice.
  • Takes a while to get used to the speed of the game, especially movement.
  • You get so many items that it becomes a real chore going through and seeing if it’s any good.
  • The objective complete screen is good at first but it soon outstays it’s welcome.
  • Not always the fastest loading time.
  • Areas are marked off but you can easily trigger a loading screen.
  • So many invisible walls. easy to stumble into difficult fights.
  • Combat can get very mashy.
  • It’s not always easy to know when and how to heal party members both in and out of combat.
  • Item text from in-world pickups can be overly long and require way too many button presses.

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SWORD ART ONLINE Last Recollection:

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Developer: Bandai Namco

Publisher: Bandai Namco 

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factory - 8/10


Sword Art Online is a beautiful anime-style game with a download size of 14.51GB. It’s based on the War of Underworld Anime arc and offers three difficulty levels – story, normal, and hard. The game is fully voiced in Japanese with English subtitles, and it moves at a really fast pace, especially during combat.

However, the game has a slow start with many cutscenes and interactions. There’s no English voice choice, and it can take some time to get used to the speed of the game, especially movement. The game provides a lot of items, which can make item management a bit of a chore. The objective complete screen, while useful at first, can become overwhelming over time.

The loading times are not always the fastest, and areas are marked off but can easily trigger a loading screen. There are many invisible walls, and it’s easy to stumble into difficult fights. Combat can get very mashy, and it’s not always easy to know when and how to heal party members both in and out of combat.

Despite these issues, Sword Art Online offers a rich gaming experience with many secrets to discover and a vast world to explore. The game gives you a lot of freedom to play how you want, making it an engaging addition to the franchise. Having this as my first entry I can see why it is so highly regarded and has made a fan out of me. I like that it is a single-player leave me alone MMO game and has bags of loot and DMC-style combat. A fantastic entry.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!