Hands On: Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is a technical mess on PS4

Alicization Lycoris is a technical mess on PS4

The latest Sword Art Online game, Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, was released today on PlayStation 4. We have a copy of the game to review, but we haven’t played enough of it yet to make a final judgment. However, we felt it was worth doing a quick Hands On review just to let you know that the game, in its current state, is no good.

Fans of the bestselling novel and anime series have been waiting for this release, and as fans of previous titles like Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment and Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization ourselves, we had reasonably high hopes for this release. new adventure. Unfortunately, our time with the game so far has been little more than a drag thanks to how poorly it runs on Sony’s system.

The action role-playing title targets 30 frames per second on PS4 and PS4 Pro, but it struggles to keep things steady. In built-up areas like cities or dense forests, the frame rate can drop off a cliff, resulting in very choppy images. Additionally, drops can cause shocking input lag, leading to scenarios where it’s difficult to just try to pick up items off the floor. During the fights, it is a disaster.

The problem here is that the game isn’t even pleasant to look at. Many textures are very low resolution and the world is unfortunately static. There’s no weather effects, there’s no day/night cycle – there’s no discernible reason why the game is running as badly as it does. We can only assume that the product was rushed out of the gate, despite Alicization Lycoris being delayed in April.

Right now the game is a mess. But even if we disregarded the myriad technical issues, we still wouldn’t be convinced of the overall quality of the title. Cutscenes buzz over and over as the camera does its best to give us the most boring angles imaginable. Silly, sometimes frustrating fetch quests are absolutely everywhere. Losing a fight against a sudden, super-powered enemy or boss can cost you hours due to the game’s archaic save system.

In short, we are really disappointed. Alicization Lycoris seems to have some interesting ideas, and the combat is kind of fun when the framerate doesn’t drop into single digits, but we’d recommend staying away from this one – at least until a much needed performance fix is ​​released. .