Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R Switch Review

Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus R

With a title as convoluted as the most infamous of Street Fighter updated editions (And much stranger), the definitive edition of the 3rd mainline Guilty Gear game has arrived on the Nintendo Switch. Whilst known for their work on the BlazBlue series and Dragon Ball Fighter Z. Guilty Gear is the flagship fighting game of Arc System Works. Released all the way back in 1998 on the Playstation it has spawned numerous sequels and editions. Well received upon its original release in 2002, can this vintage fighter stand tall in the arena today or should it have stayed in retirement?

The Premise

Like the majority of fighting games, Guilty Gear is a 2d 1v1 fighter with a 4 button system. Auto combos’ are nowhere to be found in this classic title. Like many of its contemporaries it revels in the precise execution needed to pull of its special moves and dedication one must have to master a fighter. In terms of core gameplay it doesn’t stand out much from other fighting franchises, that isn’t a bad thing per se. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel and what is on offer here is a solid fighting game with no discernible flaws in its combat. Button bashing will only get you so far and even against CPUs it will prove to a fruitless strategy. Your only option is to buckle down and pick up the nuances that each fighter possesses to make it far in Guilty Gear.

The Characters

It is safe to say that if you ask anyone to name some fighting games prominent in the 90’s and early 00’s you will most likely get these three answers; Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken. Street Fighter being the king of fighters (Or King of Fighers being the actual king of fighters), Mortal Kombat stood out thanks to its gore and Tekkens 3D plain made many fall in love with it. It’s no easy task trying to steal some spotlight from these juggernauts, but if there is one area Guilty Gear excels then that is in its characters.

Boasting a roster containing a total of 25 characters not only do you get a great amount of content on offer here, but you also get a cast of dynamic and unique characters that all stand out from one another. Anchor wielding pirate May, guitar wielding I-No, Ky Kiske the inspiration for BlazBlue’s Jin Kisaragi and his robotic counterpart are just some examples of the colourful cast you will encounter in this rerelease. They aren’t merely avatars like many fighting games from that era, but each has their own personality which is further fleshed out in the story mode.

Modes

The selection of modes to choose from are staples of the fighting genre. Arcade, Survival, Versus, Team Versus, Online and such are what you’d come to expect. I suppose the most unique is the games story mode and as mentioned above helps give depth to each character. It’s a simple premise. Simply pick your character and before each fight you’ll have characters exchange words. It certainly isn’t as in depth as later entries of BlazBlue, but it does a great job of bringing life to the world.

Then there’s the M.O.M mode. A survival esque score based game. Beating up opponents makes them drop coins and the more coins you grab the higher your score. It is simple enough, but a nice distracation. On top of that most modes also offer online leaderboards, so for those who think they are good enough can try their best to hit that rank 1 spot.

Presentation

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R is a product of its time in terms of visuals. The aesthetic designs are top notch and the stages all look pretty impressive, but the character models are a little unappealling compared to todays standards. In fact when compared to something like Street Fighter 2 the models seem a little lacklustre for its time. If the visuals have suffered from ageing the soundtrack certainly has not. Composed by the legendary Daisuke Ishiwatari the selection of songs on offer are superb. High energy tracks that get you ready to fight are spread throughout the entire game.

A little extra

Sometimes companies are notorious for doing the bare minimum when it comes to porting their games. The same can’t be said for Arc System Works. Whilst there certainly isn’t anything groundbreaking added to this release. It does now allow for spectating in online. On top of that you can swap between Plus R and the original release of the game. For a casual player there aren’t a grand amount of differences, but for those who are hardcore the balance changes are sure to be interesting to check out. Certainly not the most impressive of additions, but when you take into account that this title is only $14.99 it certainly wasn’t necessary to add this little tweaks


Disclaimer: A review code for this game was provided by the publisher.

System reviewed on: Nintendo Switch.

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