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Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 Review: A Simple Xrd Revelator Expansion

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Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
Source: Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 in-game screenshot

Arc System Works’ Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 feels extremely similar to the previous Revelator entry. Only few gameplay differences can be found between the two versions, which is expected for an upgraded version of the previous Revelator entry. However, players should still buy this game if they want to get the latest Guilty Gear entry.

Gameplay

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2’s characters feels largely similar to the previous version, albeit, they do have new moves as expected of a new version release. Some changes like Sol’s advancing heavy slash attack and Axl’s Thunder Shadow Chain simplified input are results of Arc System Works’ major update changes in its fighting games. This practice can be seen in other Arc System Works fighting games like Blazblue, Under Night In:Birth and Arcana Heart. These minor changes aren’t bad as this has been the norm for fighting games, though it feels underwhelming. Rev 2’s similarity to Revelator will make old fans adjust easier and newer players shouldn’t be too afraid of digesting “many changes” in this title.

Story

Unlike Street Fighter and Tekken, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2’s story doesn’t concern grounded martial arts battles but more of a larger-than-life shounen anime plot. The main characters, Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske and their allies group up to stop the plans of a villain who wants to end the world. The story events from the previous Revelator entry are revisited in a long flashback upon starting story mode. However, the story picks up on the previous game’s climax and continues the story from that. Arc System works doesn’t change the storytelling formula, but it stays entertaining nonetheless.

Graphics

Since the first Sign entry, the Guilty Gear Xrd series was made on Unreal Engine 4. This allowed the series to have highly detailed anime characters with readable inscriptions. Guilty Gear Xrd also has dynamic camera that enables the camera angle to rotate to style up a finishing strike. Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 still has its charms but not much can be seen to showcase the technology in its gameplay. The game only has two new characters: Baiken and Answer, which do a decent job in delivering a cool aesthetic. However, nothing too groundbreaking can be felt from these two characters.

Price

Rev 2 is actually available as an upgrade for the previous Revelator entry. This explains most of the tangential content between the two versions, like its beginner-friendly tutorial, great visuals, and really just every piece of content save for its gameplay. Somehow, the game isn’t unfair as it allows veterans to save money with a medium amount of additions instead of buying it as a full game. Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 is also available as its own standalone copy in retail stores, making it feel like a “Complete Edition” with something extra.

Verdict

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 preserves, more than innovate, the series’ quality. If you liked the game’s predecessors, there’s simply more content you can enjoy in this entry. 

Pros

  • New Characters
  • New Balance Changes and Character Moves
  • Not much has changed (Comfortable to fans)

Cons

  • Not much has changed. (No groundbreaking features that push the title to higher limits)

Final Score – 7/10

Note: This game was reviewed on a standard PS4. The copy of the game was purchased by the reviewer.

The Bitbag is a contributor for OpenCritic, one of the leading games-only aggregate site in the industry. A pool of other Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 reviews can be seen here.

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