Guilty Gear -Strive- (PS4, PS5, PC)

While Street Fighter 2 is probably the most recognizable one-one-one 2-D fighting game series, there are plenty of others that have made a name for themselves over the years.  With its anime styled characters and rockin’ soundtrack, Guilty Gear is just one of those series.  Now the newest entry is out for PS4, PS5, and PC (reviewed on PS4 here).  Is it any good?  You’ll just have to read on to find out!

Gameplay is pretty much like any other one-on-one 2-D fighter.  Use joystick movements and button combinations to whittle down your opponent’s health, and whoever runs out first, loses.  If there is one way to describe this game, it’s big.  Characters are Texas-sized and take up the whole screen from top to bottom!  No wasted space here.  Even the words that pop up that tell you if you countered or whatever are huge, but they are in the background so they don’t get in the way.  Another amazing thing about the game is how they seamlessly blended anime cartoon intros and special moves with the game itself.  It’s hard to tell when the cartoon ends and the fighting begins.  Probably the closest thing to a playable anime I’ve seen.  While I’m not a fan of the heavy metal soundtrack, it’s full of quality vocals and I can understand why people like it.

Game modes in the menu include Offline, where you can play Arcade Mode, vs. CPU, and Survival in single player.  You can also do two player couch mode, or practice in the Dojo with a tutorial, missions, or training.  And of course, there are plenty of online match modes as well.  The story mode is just a full blown anime movie series that you can watch.  They used the computer models for the characters, similar to something like RWBY, but it looks way better here.  I’m not too terribly interested in the Guilty Gear story, but if that sounds like your thing, you’ll enjoy this.  You can also edit your online profile and view your collection of artwork and stuff.  In this mode you can go fishing, but all you do is just spend points to unlock new things, so I was kind of disappointed with that.  I was hoping it would be a full blown fishing mini-game!  You can also change settings and buy stuff at the PS Store.

There were a few things I was disappointed about in this game, though.  I don’t know if it was because of the characters I picked, or if the huge size of the characters were playing tricks on my eyes, but everyone felt liked they moved a little too slow for my tastes.  Also, and this is just a personal preference thing, but a lot of my favorite characters were missing from the roster.  Granted I imagine they could show up in DLC later, but for now all I got was May (who I like because she fights with an anchor and summons dolphins), and I-No (who has a cool hat).  But they changed Faust to be a zombie now so he’s a lot less silly and more scary, so I didn’t like that.  One new character that I did like was Giovanna, because she has a ghost-wolf-monster-dog thing that helps her fight. But yeah, other favorites like Jam, Baiken, or Dizzy are missing here.  And finally, the game is just too darn hard.  Even on the easiest difficulty selection, I couldn’t beat the last boss, if I could even make it that far.  The final boss is really cheap, too, and siphons your energy for his own every time he hits you.  So yeah, this game is definitely not for fighting novices.

Kid Factor:

Guilty Gear -Strive is rated T for Teen with ESRB descriptions of Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Violence.  It’s a fighting game, so of course it’s violent.  The last boss sprays a lot of blood from his sword somehow, but it’s still very cartoony.  Some bad language is used in the subtitle text, and some of the female cast wears somewhat revealing outfits.  Reading skill is a must as everything is subtitled as vocals are all in Japanese.  Because of all this and the high difficulty, I’d say this is best for teens and older players.

One Response to “Guilty Gear -Strive- (PS4, PS5, PC)”

  1. the characters do look great though.

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