Sword Art Online novels and anime series became a mega-hit due to its premise. You are trapped inside a video game, and the only way out is to finish the game. Kinda like the new Jumanji movie.
Sword Art Online Integral Factor for Android and iOS is based on the same Franchise, and we have very high hopes for it.
Sword Art Online had other games built around it, however, Bandai Namco has taken a different approach with this one.
Instead of playing as one of well know popular characters of the franchise, you will be playing as one of the many anonymous players trapped inside the game.
The story it tells is the same that fans would already know, yet in Sword Art Online Integral Factor, it is told from different point of view, which the fans will find very refreshing.
In the game, you come across well know characters such as Kirito, Asuna, and others. However, if you want to make it to the end and beat the game, you will need a guide.
That is what this article is about 🙂
Let’s get to it!!
Starting with the controls
Ok, there is not much to talk about the controls. These are the basic controls you will find in any third person perspective game.
The virtual thumbstick is on the bottom left of the screen, and to look around you just need to tap and drag anywhere on the screen.
Pinch zoom in-and-out is also available.
The Combat buttons are on the bottom right and the minimap is on the top right. To expand the map you can tap on it. And you obviously need to the map to reach your next quest.
The Hamburger icon will give you a popup menu which is made to seem like the character is accessing the in-game menu, which is pretty cool. Here you can check your status, quest info, and even find your friends.
The in-game communication bar is at the bottom, which gives players three options. Say, Party and Tell.
“Say” is for chatting with anyone available, “Party” is for chatting with people you are grouped with, and “Tell” is for sending a private message.
It’s time to fight!
The combat in Sword Art Online: Integral Factor is very simple but very clever. And we like that a lot.
The big button on the bottom right corner is for attacks. It is very simple to use, you just walk up to an enemy and attack.
By holding down the button, you can continuously attack.
The four buttons surrounding the main attack button are for sword skills. And as you guessed it, you have to earn these special attacks.
Using them strategically will inflict more damage on your enemies, and after using an attack there is a cool down period before you can use it again.
The “Switch” button on top of the skills buttons, is the most powerful skill available to you. The “Switch meter” fills up as you do damage to your enemies, and once it is full, the icon will start to flash.
Same as the other skills, you can wait for the right moment to unleash this power for maximum effect.
The orange weapon icon helps you switch between weapons. This is something you need to do as your weapon of choice will depend on the type of enemy.
You need to identify the vulnerabilities of your enemy and choose your weapons accordingly.
For instance, if all the skills in your current weapon are cooling down, you can switch to the next weapon where all the skills of that weapon will be available to use.
You will not need to use these tactics in earlier stages however, this will be really useful when it comes to boss fights later on.
The “Dash” button is also very useful to avoid attacks.
Taking care of your partner
As you progress in the game, you will eventually meet a character who will serve as your partner in crime.
Her name is Koharu, but you can change her name to whatever you want.
She will be your guide and companion and will help you in battles. She will also assist you in “Switch” attacks.
However, for her to be more effective, you need to equip her with the right tools. Skill, shields etc…
To do this you need to go to ‘partner’ inside the main menu.
Note that your partner will not be available when you are in a ‘party’. You will need to depend on the other players in the party to cover your six.
Sword Art Online: Integral Factor is a free to play mobile game. However, there is an option to purchase skills.
Through orders, you can buy skills that teach and train you on how to use them.
These skills are taken from the Sword Art Online characters, which is available in different rarities.
These skills are also specific to different weapon classes.
The available weapon classes on Sword Art Online: Integral Factor are sword, axe, rapier, shield, club, spear and club.
In order to purchase “orders”, you will have to use the games’ Premium currency “arcana”. Currency can be obtained in a variety of ways within the game, such as completing achievements.
Sword skills are a completely different thing. These skills you will need to collect for the four slots you see on the interface. You can also unlock bonus stages with these.
Every time you level up, things such as attack level and HP also increases. This is the best way to improve your characters’ base stats.
The more enemies you fight and quests you complete, your character stats will automatically go up.
Everything else in the game, including skills and weapons, will have to be improved using the material you find inside the game, and also from the Common currency “col”.
Enhancing skills and abilities can be done by visiting the towns’ blacksmith. This is not very hard to do as the menu will tell you what is available based on the material you have.
Once you have an item at max level, you can “bump” it up to the next tier of rarity, which makes the weapon more powerful.
In order to do this though you will need to collect a lot of material and a lot more col.
Good things are not free you know.
Share the fun!
At the end of the day, Sword Art Online Integral Factor is an MMO, and it’s a lot more fun when you play with other players.
Don’t get me wrong, solo play in the game is also fantastic, but nothing like sharing the fun!
The game makes it really easy to form a party and do quests together.
To do this, go to the main menu, tap on the fourth icon to open the party menu
Here you will be able to look for parties searching for other party members.
You can either join a party or use the option to ‘party recruit’, to obviously recruit players.
Here you can set a level range for players and also set a password so that only the people you want can join.
If you made it to the end of this guide, then congratulations! You have a better understanding of SAO Integral Factor than most people.
Hopefully, this will be enough for you to reach the final level and beat the game.
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