The latest update on Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, coming to PS Vita on April 24 in Japan, offers details on the game’s area management, pseudo multiplayer, Original Sword Skill System, attack types, and dating.
Find the lot of information below.
A mysterious sphere area for managing the “Hollow Area.” There is a console in the center of the room that seems to have access to some kind of data. From here, player can move between various areas. Various systems useful to adventurers have been installed on the center console. There are many hidden special areas, and you can access multiplayer from here, too.
Through multiplayer, up to four people plus four partner characters (for a total of eight characters) can play together, but there is also a single-player multiplayer mode, as well. By selecting partners you’ve become friends with in the game, they can participate in a pseudo-like multiplayer. It might also help your partner and other characters level up. You’ll be able to adventure with anyone you make friends with in-game, including Klein, Kibanou, Aaron, Brahams, and others. You can bring along up to three additional “players.”
Original Sword Skill System
By fulfilling specific conditions within administrative areas, Kirito can pull off techniques that are known as “Original Sword Skills.” Doing so entails stringing Sword Skills together that in turn enable him to remember attack patterns that make these Original Sword Skills possible. As cool-downs can occur after using Sword Skills, good timing is required in order to string Sword Skills together and avoid limitations. But since the timing is designed to be strict, it’s a system primarily designed for advanced players.
The timing for stringing Sword Skills together is indicated by a purple light that appears around Kirito’s body. Triggering a Sword Skill within that window of time enables you to proceed to the next skill without any cool-downs and the only limit on how long you can keep going is your SP gauge; so long as you still have SP, you can continue attacking in this manner.
Burst attacks can provide new openings and opportunities. If you time your Burst Attack well, you’ll activate the effects of a Just Attack. If you succeed, you’ll see a special spherical effect. Individual attacks made during the Just Attack state hit at their maximum power and can trigger other special effects.
During battle, if you time your step right and avoid contact with the enemy, a Just Side Step will occur. During the effect, you’ll be invincible and not take any damage. Additionally, it’ll fill up your Burst Gauge.
Like the Just Side-Step, if you time your back-step right during battle and avoid enemy contact, a Just Back-Step will occur. During this effect, you’ll also be invincible and recover your Burst Gauge.
During battle, you’ll get various proposals from partners in the form of a message at the top left corner of the screen. Other than Sword Skills, you can perform switches and stun enemies through partner cooperation. Taking up Sword Skill proposals from your partners and executing them will enable the both of you to team up and perform Sword Skills together, among other things. Abiding by their suggestions will also strengthen your bond with your partners.
During dates, you can deepen your relationship with a partner character through conversation. When you see a yellow bubble pop up over your date’s head, the chance for a date conversation opens. During conversation, an effectiveness gauge will gradually increase, and when it reaches the maximum level, your Ambiance Level will rise, which will give you access to holding your partner’s hand and carrying them. Sitting in certain areas will also trigger special intimate conversations.
Communication: Sleeping Together
By meeting certain conditions during dates, Kirito can bring a partner character to his room and lay with them. Here, the two characters will lay together and engage in further date conversation. If you stir up the mood, you might be able to see some heart-pounding events.
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