Analysis of Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2. Pure Heavy Metal 2D

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2
Written by Kamran Haider

Highly recommended update for Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator and an essential fighting game at the same time. Arc System Works has adapted to the new times by selling Rev 2 as a downloadable update, which seems to have justified less work than in previous extensions of the study commanded by Daisuke Ishiwatari. Good or bad? Analysis of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2.

It can be difficult to add something else to what I said in the analysis of the first Guilty Gear of the Xrd family, but the reality is that Arc System Works never ceases to amaze with each addition. With the premiere of Revelator, Xrd did nothing but improve, and with Rev 2 they have done the same, giving solution to small problems of the game system and granting new tools that will allow you to continue taking advantage of what is undoubtedly the best Fight video game of the present generation.

However, Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 may be a product that adapts perfectly to the sense of update, and although the changes and improvements made are patent from the second one, we are not facing a major change that can be detected by a stranger to gender or franchise. The good news? That the miracle has worked: after years demanding it from Arc System Works, the company has decided to sell Rev 2 simultaneously as an independent game and as an expansion, saving good money if you have Revelator on any of the three platforms that were released.

The decision taken by the editor when it comes to accommodating new ways of selling her work seems to have given her wings to put on the shelves one of the shortest extensions that are remembered in the franchise’s history. Beyond the changes made to the characters and the additions cited in terms of the arcade mode and the fighters who did not have that mode in the previous video game, in Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 everything remains almost the same as in Revelator. In other words: Rev 2 in an expansion dedicated to expanding and leveling the roster of protagonists, updating the game and allowing fans to remain up to date.

Bloodstained lineage

Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 fixes some debatable elements of the game system, but unlike in other important updates of the series, it does not bring great news. Of course, you still have the elements that have made the series great again after many years wandering in the two dimensions of the XX delivery. The newest thing to the naked eye is in the visual, adding new cameras and angles that make the conclusions and entrances to the battles more spectacular. As it happened in Revelator, the developer has taken a step back with the unworthy Danger Time, and now it is more a delicious anecdote than an annoying addition.

The two main novelties are in the already extensive staff of 25 fighters: Answer and Baiken. The first is a totally new character in the franchise, is the deputy of President Chipp Zanuff, and is a kind of ninja secretary who keeps checking his phone during the battle; the second is one of the most mythical fighters of the game, which debuted in the original PlayStation Guilty Gear in the late 1990s. Although many lamented his absence in the original Xrd, the wait was worth it, since the samurai is better than ever.

Guilty Gear has not stopped expanding its universe with dozens of paths since the franchise debuted in 32 bits, and although the story of Rev 2 is the same as that enjoyed in Revelator, a small conclusion has been added that adds a new data to the already delirious plot of the series. The fishing system, which allowed you to spend money from the game in exchange for content in the form of images, music or avatars for the online, has improved by adding the possibility of buying the extra content separately paying a little more. Luckily, what you got in Revelator can be retrieved in Rev 2, so you won’t have to fish again.Bloodstained lineage

Technically, a game like this has rarely been seen in 2.5D.

As for multiplayer, everything remains as spoiled as ever in Arc System Works. Already in BlazBlue Central Fiction, I highlighted the great work I did with the lobbies and game rooms, but it is that in Xrd they have decided to improve until the NetCode of the game. Games with Spanish barely have a 2-frame delay, an optimal figure to enjoy online games. A delicious game environment where you can meet other Guilty Gear fans from around the world and enjoy epic battles.

Fatal Duel

The new Rev 2 seems somewhat soulless, right? Don’t get me wrong: there are two types of players who are going to enjoy the game and I think that if they like the genre, the new Guilty Gear is essential for both of you: if you are the user who has been breaking faces with Sol Badguy since the premiere of Xrd Two years ago you need Rev 2 to stay up to date and be able to compete with the last game; If you are one of those who have not yet approached the Guilty Gear franchise and you are a lover of the two-dimensional struggle, you are in luck, because everything that Rev 2 has is going to be new for you. It is an essential then, a video game that would easily reach 9.5 in an independent analysis.

Why would it be 9.5? Easy: there is no fighting game on PS4, PC or Xbox One that brings together playable concepts as refined as Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2. The franchise touched the sky with Accent Core a few years ago, but its developers have been smart enough to contribute a new way of playing that, despite maintaining the style, opens its spectrum to new players willing to enter the Guilty Gear franchise. Not content with planting 25 incredible characters and reinventing the technical bases of the series, it offers a tutorial that is the envy of the genre: a developer has never shown so much fervor to invite its users to enjoy their game.

In multiplayer, everything is still as spoiled as always in Arc System Works.

Training Xrd is synonymous with having one of the best battles you are going to live at the controls of a fighting game today. Technically, a video game like this has rarely been seen in 2.5D: the work the team does with Unreal Engine 3 is incredible, and if the appearance on PlayStation 4 and PC is surprising, imagine what it means to play the title in also very optimal conditions on PlayStation 3. The sound is the house brand: impeccable heavy-metal and melodic rock melodies that become instant classics of the genre. You do not like them? No problem: you have an extensive catalog of classic songs from the series that you can unlock and use in multiplayer. To your liking

I understand that the previous statement clashes with the conclusion of the analysis and the final note, but I think that everything good and necessary to understand the concepts of Xrd was already said in the first review of the game in 2015 and that here we have just gutted Rev 2 as an expansion, not as an independent work. That Arc System Works is able to update the content and improve it with each extension is very good news for fans, but when assessing an entry like Rev 2 it would have been difficult to understand if, as has been usual in the series so far, we would have pretended to buy the complete game again.

Arc System Works has been modernized, yes, and that is good for our pocket, but it may not be so much to engineer new content in future installments of the series. And if I say Dust-loop, Isuka, Atomiswave and you know what I mean … Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 is more Guilty Gear XX #Reload than Guilty Gear Accent Core, but just as it happened with the premiere of Reload in its day, after trying it, you won’t want to go back to XX.

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A new addition in the story mode, the arcade modes absent in some of the Revelator characters and the debut of Answer and Baiken are the main novelties of Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2. If you want to continue playing the title of the fight, it will come to mind get the expansion; If you have not yet had access to any of the two previous chapters of Xrd and want to try the Guilty Gear franchise, congratulations, you are facing one of the best fighting games of the present generation. Destroyed!

  • The great work is done with Baiken. I deserved to be in Xrd
  • Necessary adjustments in some game fighters
  • The online does not stop improving. Good-by Arc System Works
  • An improvement for one of the most amazing fighting games on PS4, PS3, and PC
  • Short of novelties if we compare with other similar expansions
  • The fishing system has improved, but it is too random
  • The online lobby can be confusing if it is full of users

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