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Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus Review

A fighter that wears its heart on its sleeve... then kicks you in the face

The Guilty Gear series has been going for more than a decade now. However, rather than make the switch to polygonal characters, it remains unwaveringly defiant, sticking with its hand-drawn 2D sprites and backgrounds.

The game is all the better for it because each of the 23 characters is beautifully animated and brimming with personality. This may not be one of the most technically impressive games available for the Wii, but it's easily one of the most aesthetically stylish.

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Guilty Gear's fighting system is very much focused on combos. Whereas games like Street Fighter require your timing to be perfect if you're going to execute a combo, the margin of error here is greatly increased - so it's a lot easier to pull off impressive combos.

That's not to say that the game is less challenging because your opponent will have exactly the same advantage. This results in fast-paced, over-the-top battles.

Instant Kill

Other interesting gameplay mechanics help make Guilty Gear unique. With the Instant Kill move, you can defeat an opponent with a single move. When you trigger the first stage (powering up), your energy will decrease at a rapid pace, so you'll need to pull off the second stage (the actual move) quickly. If you miss the move, you'll lose your Tension bar for the rest of the round, this being your key to more powerful moves and special blocks.

It makes for exciting moments where you might be taking a kicking for most of the round and decide you'll try to turn the tables with an Instant Kill as a last resort, tricky though it may be.

Guilty Gear's downfall is that it's not very user-friendly. We didn't know about the Instant Kill move from playing the game - we had to find a guide on the internet. You can bring up a command list, but this doesn't help since it just consists of unlabelled and unexplained button combinations. There isn't any text telling you when to perform the move, what conditions your various gauges have to be in, or even what the move is called.

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There's also an unfortunate lack of online multiplayer, but thankfully the single-player modes are plentiful. Most appealing is a hefty Story mode which consists of individual, unique storylines with full voice acting for all 23 characters, which will take you an awful long time to get through.

Guilty Gear is well worth a look if you're a fan of one-on-one fighting games and it's cheap, too (it retails at £24.00 but we've found one well known online retailer selling it for £13.99) As long as you're willing to put the time in and get through the Initially unwelcoming barrier, you'll find there's a fantastic fighting game hidden inside.

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  1. NEO.BAHAMUT Friday 6th May 2011 at 19:09

    80% ONM? Seriously? it's not that it's not 'User-Friendly', it's more of the fact it's a harder fighter than the Wii and DS/3DS has ever been blessed with. I got my imported version two weeks ago, and it's an amazing fighter, with great graphics, soundtrack and gameplay. I personally think 80% is a bit.. No.. Very harsh! It deserves 85%-90% in my honest opinion.

  2. Mewtwo465 Friday 6th May 2011 at 22:35

    This looks awesome. I might actually be getting this.

  3. Red-Wolf Saturday 7th May 2011 at 06:33

    I remember playing the previous version of Guilty Gear. Trust me, it is user-unfriendly. For one like me, who sucks at fighting games, the combos are almost impossible, and the manual didn't explain anything. Oh, and the learning curve is vertical. It wasn't bad, but it's just not a good series for fighting game virgins.

  4. noodle link Saturday 7th May 2011 at 07:13

    Wow, I was expecting this to get an average score. Might actually buy this now...

  5. zeus-fox Saturday 7th May 2011 at 11:56

    Isn't this just the exact same game they already released on Wii a few years back? Why is there no mention of this and what if any differences the two games have?

  6. Eragon Firesword Saturday 7th May 2011 at 21:59

    I absolutely love games with full-on manga/anime graphics. However, the only fighter I've ever got to grips with was Soul Calibur 2, for the GC. Either I buy this or Blazblue for 3DS. Is Blazblue more user-friendly?

  7. Ryuujin Sunday 8th May 2011 at 11:34

    I absolutely love games with full-on manga/anime graphics. However, the only fighter I've ever got to grips with was Soul Calibur 2, for the GC. Either I buy this or Blazblue for 3DS. Is Blazblue more user-friendly?

    Personally i find Blazblue alot more user-friendly (second game had a nice detailed tutorial), compared to Guilty Gear.

    Might grab the game, just found previous Guilty Gear games to hard, only thing putting me off from getting it really. Then again not being good at fighting games in gerneral doesnt help.

  8. Eragon Firesword Tuesday 10th May 2011 at 21:54

    I absolutely love games with full-on manga/anime graphics. However, the only fighter I've ever got to grips with was Soul Calibur 2, for the GC. Either I buy this or Blazblue for 3DS. Is Blazblue more user-friendly?

    Personally i find Blazblue alot more user-friendly (second game had a nice detailed tutorial), compared to Guilty Gear.

    Might grab the game, just found previous Guilty Gear games to hard, only thing putting me off from getting it really. Then again not being good at fighting games in gerneral doesnt help.

    Thanks then! I'll wait for Blazblue. The only difference seems to be the characters and small elements of the fighting, anyway (don't eat me if I'm wrong, guys -_-!). I can't wait for it!

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