Last year, Sammy
developed a game for the PlayStation 2 entitled: Guilty Gear X. This game proved
to be one of the best 2D fighting games for the system at the time. It has tons
of characters, special moves, stages, and a very nice presentation. This year
Sammy has unleashed a sequel named: Guilty Gear X2 upon the gaming world. Will
this game top its predecessor, with better characters, smoother frame rate, and
more modes? Read on to find out!
The story is a continuation of the previous games: "The last international
fighting tournament was held in 2180, and Justice, the worlds most powerful
Gear, was finally defeated. Since the gears leader was destroyed, the other
Gears were easy to hunt down and eliminate. The world was finally free of the
obliteration that the Gears brought, or so they thought. Several months later,
there were numerous reports of new Gears that are operational. People were
frightened about another ferocious Gear on the loose. Soon, an announcement was
given out "whoever brings about the demise of this dreadful Gear shall be
rewarded with the lofty sum of 5,000,000 World Dollars!" Now that the time has
passed since the last tournament, what new obstacles will each of the characters
There are several modes of play in the game: Story, Arcade, Survival, Metal of
Millionaires (M.O.M.), VS, Training, and Mission Mode. Story mode gives players
an actual plot to the entire game. Players will get all the information on the
relationships and the origins of all the characters. This is a really good idea
to implement this in the game since many fighters are sparse on an actual plot.
Arcade mode lets players control a character through the game, fighting until
they face the end boss. In survival mode, gamers play a king of the hill type
game, each time they beat a character, and the next one will be even stronger.
The game ends when gamers defeat all the enemies or they get terminated.
Metal of Millionaires is similar to survival mode, but there is another gauge at
the bottom of the screen, a Medal Gauge. The gauge moves up and down depending
on how many combos players can perform on their opponents, the higher the gauge
is the more points players receive at the end of the round. VS mode is where two
humans can fight to see who the best player is. In training mode, gamers will be
able to learn all of the characters deadly combos to become the most effective
mode is the hardest mode I have ever come across in a fighting game, players are
given a character to fight with, along with the enemy that they are going to
fight, but your character will have a huge handicap. Here is an example of one
of the challenges: players take control of Ky who has to fight an evil mirror
image of himself. The players will have half of their health available to them
and they are poisoned, while the CPU has full health and their health
regenerates. That is just the tip of the iceberg on how hard these missions are,
but it is a welcome mode that helps players become better at the game for when
they fight their friends.
The game plays like a dream, since the controls are very responsive. There are
many different characters in this game, and each of them has a different
fighting style, which is great to see in these games. In addition to all of the
fighting moves from the previous game, new ones have been implemented such as
the Psych Burst. The Psych Burst renders your character invincible for a short
amount of time, and can turn the tides of a battle very quickly. This move can
only be performed when the Burst gauge is full. There are many other moves that
have been added to this game, to make it more balanced, and more fun to play!
The graphics are nothing short of breathtaking. The game has a very anime sort
of feel to it, from the characters to the environments they fight in. Each of
the characters has been modeled to perfection. Each character is thoroughly
detailed, and has a large set of animations. Combine that with the fact that
each level has an extraordinary amount of detail.
For example, in one level, there are characters
in the background cheering the two fighters; they are also moving around, and
doing many other things.
Guilty Gear X2 has a
lot of explosions in them, and they are beautifully rendered as well.
Guilty Gear X2 has a wonderful soundtrack. When players hear the music that is
used while playing the games they will wish that it came with the soundtrack, it
is that good. The effects are also well used, from all the clashes to the
explosions; players will feel like they are in the middle of a giant
As accustom with all fighting games, Guilty Gear X2 offers an assortment of
bonus items to be unlocked. These can come in the form of movies, drawings, and
even extra characters. This helps extend the replay value of the game, because
now players will have more reasons to continue to play this highly addictive
Guilty Gear X2 is rated T for Teen for violence, blood, and mature sexual
themes. It requires 72kb on your memory card.
Guilty Gear X2
plays like a dream! The controls are very responsive and act according to what
you press. Another thing that is great about this game is that each character
fights differently, which is extremely good. I never liked it when fighting
games had a huge roster of characters, yet half of them fought the exact same
way. Bear in mind that this game does have a learning curve and you will not be
able to perform super moves if this is your first time playing, but if you are a
fighting veteran, than you will not have any problems. There is so much action
oozing from this game; you will not want to quit!
The game looks
exceptionally well! The characters are highly detailed, have a nice set of
animations, and are nicely modeled. The backgrounds are also nicely detailed and
have a lot of background animations to make each level feel more alive. The best
thing about this game is even though there is a lot of action, flashes, and
other things going on at the same time, the frame rate never drops.
They left the
original Japanese voice actors in the game! This makes the game all the more
authentic, and gives it a "cooler aura." The sound effects are really great from
the loud explosions to the music heard in the background!
The game offers a
few difficulty modes, and each of them proves to be a challenge! The game takes
you back to "old-school" fighting, where you have to work for the wins, even in
the easiest settings. Plus the mission mode is an extreme challenge, but in the
end, it proves to be worth all the effort you put in the game.
Guilty Gear X2 is
an anime inspired fighting game, which is a good thing. The game takes a lot of
different items from action anime series, and places them in this game. Plus the
inclusion of new types of modes, gives this game astounding replay value.
Q: What is a
fighting game without a VS mode?
A: A bad fighting game!
Thankfully Guilty Gear X2 has a wonderful VS mode for you to take on your
friends, and anyone else who thinks they can play. Players will spend hours
playing in this mode, since playing another human is better than playing against
Once this game is
to your nearest retailer and pick up a copy of Guilty Gear X2 immediately! The
game really is this good, with better graphics, smoother animation, and myriads
of other things. If you love fighting games or a fan of games that are worth
your time and money, than pick this game up; you will not regret it!