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Guilty Gear X (PS2)
The best 2D fighting game to date for the PS2.
By - James Fudge


There are some other interesting techniques worth mentioning, including Roman Cancel and Gatling Combinations. The Roman Cancel move allows you to instantly cancel your current move, putting you in a ready state to do another move. Since using this technique is seamless, you can chain multiple moves together -- if you're fast enough. Gatling Combinations are simple techniques that allow you to rapidly chain together basic moves together to get maximum damage. Some players may be a bit turned off by the Instant Kill moves, because the player that can execute one first tends to become the instant winner. Luckily, using Instant Kill requires a number of conditions to be met, which makes it quite difficult to successfully execute. However, if you're playing a versus mode game, you may want to consider turning them off.


GGX's primary downside is a lack of gameplay mode variety. There's Arcade, Survival, Versus and training modes (I've also seen report of a Guilty Gear mode, but have yet to make it high enough in survival mode). Arcade mode is your basic, scaled down tournament, while Survivor is a more intense mode where you try to reach a certain "level" by executing combos and powerful moves. Even if you win a match in Survivor mode, you'll find that it's a lot harder to continue that at first glance -- any damage sustained in a match is carried over to the next match. Both modes unlock two of the new characters. Survivor mode is very challenging even on a low-level difficulty setting, so playing through it can prove to be quite a challenge.

Finally the graphics and sound in this game are fantastic, considering that it's a 2D game. Character animations are smooth, movement is fast and fluid, the game backgrounds are large and bustling with activity, and the presence of lots of graphical effects related to moves all make GGX a pretty gorgeous game. On the other hand, some people may find that all of these effects going on at the same time can be overwhelming - the effects can sometimes block out what's happening on the screen.

The game's sounds are as equally wonderful as the graphics. From the original Japanese dialogue that remains in the game, to the various stage themes, everything sounds as smooth as silk.

The soundtrack features everything from soft blues to hard rock - along with a little Japanese music thrown into the mix. It's good on the ears, for sure.

Guilty Gear X really surprised me. I was expecting a boring and slow-paced fighting title, like Tekken Tag Team, but what I found was the best fighting game for the PS2 of 2001. If you like fighting games and don't have a problem with manga- and anime-influenced graphics, or lightning fast action, Guilty Gear X is the one to pick up.

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