you thought the Guilty Gear series might be ready to throw in the towel, along
comes another "XX" installment... wow, big surprise there.
I never was a hardcore Guilty Gear player, but I'm sure this latest
enhancement is welcomed to those that are. That is, if they haven't already played
Gear XX Slash, because it's nearly the same game with the exception of
a few moves and backgrounds.
screen design! (About time)!
The main gameplay update in Accent Core is the new "Force Break," which consumes 25% of the
Tension bar when used. Most characters have also gained new special moves,
and some have had existing specials (or powered-up versions of existing
specials) converted into Force Break attacks. There are now certain moves
that make opponents stick briefly to walls or slide across the floor of
a stage as well. Other new additions include "Slashback," a form of parrying
with reduced block stun, and throw breaks.
Probably the most notable aesthetic update of
Accent Core is that the character
voice-overs have been completely redone! This is a nice change
if you thought the classic voiceovers for special moves and win quotes were starting to sound
a bit monotonous (I did).
I also think most of the new voices are an improvement over the classic
ones (which is saying a lot)! The announcer's voice has also changed, but unfortunately,
he isn't quite as cool as the former one. The
new announcer sounds "super-happy" and quite
frankly, annoys me.
I always liked this stage.
Ohh and that giant beetle should be a playable character.
The new intro isn't nearly as
impressive as some of the previous ones, as it simply flashes random character artwork
all over the place (a traditional-style 2D fighting game intro if you will).
The character artworks in Accent Core are also brand new and look great; although, the "character
faces" from the selection screen were taken from GGXX...
but isn't necessarily a bad thing, since those artworks are still rather awesome. Worth mentioning,
Accent Core also looks great on an
HDTV. Pop the game into a backwards compatible PS3 for some solid visual enhancements!
The Guilty Gear XX
series still lookin' sexy in 2007.
unfortunately includes no Story Mode, so this title is purely an arcade
fighting game, made for the hardcore Guilty Gear players. Arcade Mode, Medal
of Millionaire, Survival, Training, and Versus Mode should be enough to
keep fans of the series busy. The back of the box claims to feature 2 new characters,
but actually there aren't any completely "new" characters... A.B.A. is
playable in a 1-VS-1 Guilty Gear title for the first time in America and an
alternate version of Sol Badguy (Order Sol)
is the other newcomer, who has a completely different move set than the
original Sol (and is quite badass).
Guilty Gear has definitely matured as a fighting game series over the years, and has seen
its best incarnation yet with Accent Core. The new voice acting brings
new excitement to the now classic character designs, and was a much appreciated (and much needed)
update after all of the previous re-releases. Accent Core
is also the most graphically impressive game in the series thus far, and is
the top visually impressive 2D fighting games out there.
Although the series has never been my cup of tea gameplay-wise, I respect the series
and its solid, high-speed gameplay... I've seen some very impressive battles between
The gameplay is faster and more frantic than ever, containing some of the most insane special moves and combos you'll
in a fighting game... that's for sure.
know by now if Guilty Gear suits your fighting game tastes... but if for
some reason you haven't played a Guilty Gear game, I recommend you start with a more
story-driven version of the game (like Guilty Gear XX).