Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is the first fighting game I have played that has released additional content on its own.
When I first saw the release of this game, I was shocked they were releasing a second title not even a year after the UK release of the first. The more I read about it, the more I started to understand what I was getting. So, to clarify: REV 2 is being sold as two things: if you don’t own the original Rev game (why the hell not?), then this will give you the full game, whereas if you do, then you’ll receive two new characters, with new moves, balance changes and a whole host of new episode videos as well as new story content.
Last year, I scored Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- a healthy 9 – none of what they have done would change that scoring for me. However, a year on and after playing a number of fighting games within that time period, I can categorically say that Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 1 and 2 (as it is just additional content) is the best beat-em-up I have ever played.
Unfortunately, as mentioned in my first review, this game is definitely made for the master race of beat-em-up gamers and I couldn’t really feel or notice any of the balance changes that they must have made. Saying that, whilst you are playing and having as much fun as you are, you really don’t care.
Secondly, all the episode and movie add-ons they have released are cool, but I couldn’t get emotionally into the story, hence they don’t particularly add much for me. The biggest problem I had with the story is the complexity of it. I mean, I watch anime shows more than most, but goddamn, Guilty Gear is baffling!
Really, for a player like me, what I am reviewing here is two characters: Baiken and Answer. Baiken was the first player I used. Turns out she is a actually a woman, but you will notice that while she has a very manly face, she also has a fantastic rack. If you have read my previous review, you will know that all the women in the game are blessed with certain perks. She has been a character in a number of Guilty Gear games, so most of the series lovers will be happy with her new inclusion. She was a secret character in one of the previous titles, and who has a decent range of moves, but I found her often not attacking and that annoyed me. Bear in mind, I’m not a particularly talented player of this, but I am damn good at button-bashing and she didn’t want to attack enough.
Answer was the opposite whilst playing with him. When you button-bash, he smashes people up! He also looks pretty cool and loves to carry round a business card, and loves to speak on his magic headset. He has a nice variety of combination moves and was one of the players with which I could actually complete the game in normal mode.
Overall, what you need to ask yourself is – if you are not a fan of the anime, is it worth spending the money on the two extra characters? Personally, this was well worth it for me because it got me playing the game again. As stated earlier, this is the best fighting game on PS4 by a country mile. Therefore, if you don’t own this game, you definitely need to buy it. It didn’t offer me much new ,but this game could do anything, it is that good.
Thanks to the Youtube channels featured for the gaming footage.
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 out now on PS4. Click on the packshot for the full-size version.
- Publisher: pqube
- Players: 1-2
- HDTV options: up to 1080p
- Sound: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
I have been a video game player since 1993 and a music fan since I can remember. I studied Film and Journalism at university and ended up becoming a Primary School teacher. Video games changed my life and sent me on the right track and have stayed with me ever since.