Guilty Gear XX Slash: The Midnight Carnival
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REVIEWA refinement of X2 #Reload, Guilty Gear XX Slash yet another update to the XX series (shouldn't it be XXX by now?). Like the prequel, this installment retunes the entire character roster once again, adding several new moves for all characters. XX Slash also introduces a new character, Holy Order Sol (an alternate version of Sol Badguy). ABA from Guilty Gear Isuka also joins the classic 1-VS-1 format for the first time, and was also given some interesting new techniques.

You thought Guilty Gear was obscure before? Meet ABA.

The visual presentation is still what you'd expect from the series... high-res 2D character sprites with some of the craziest and most obscure moves you'll ever see in a fighting game. Indeed, XX Slash still looks "the same" as previous XX installments, but at least there are some new (and classic) backgrounds this time. Most importantly, XX Slash is one of the most well-rounded Guilty Gear installments to date, boasting the largest character roster seen in a Guilty Gear title. Additionally, the new character tweaks add even more depth to returning fighters. If anything negative, I'd say Ky Kiske and Anji are a bit over-powered in this installment.

I-no still rocks.


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Page Updated: March 17th, 2015
Developer(s): Arc System Works
Publisher(s): Sammy Corporation
Designer(s): Daisuke Ishiwatari
Platform(s): Playstation 2
Release Date(s): 2005  ()
Characters Holy Order Sol, ABA, Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, Millia, Chipp, May, Jam, Johnny, Baiken, Potemkin, Faust, Axl, Anji, Venom, Dizzy, Testament, Zato-1, Justice, Kliff, Slayer, Bridget, I-no, Zappa, Robo Ky, Leopaldon

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Related Games: Guilty Gear X2 #Reload, Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear X, Guilty Gear X Advance, Guilty Gear XX, Guilty Gear Isuka, Guilty Gear Judgment, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-, Blazblue, Hokuto No Ken, Sengoku Basara X , Rumble Fish, Rumble Fish 2

Gameplay Engine  8.0 / 10
Story / Theme  7.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  8.5 / 10
Animation  8.0 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  8.5 / 10
Innovation  6.0 / 10
Art Direction  7.5 / 10
Customization  8.0 / 10
Options / Extras  8.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  8.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  7.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  7.5 / 10
Characters  9.0 / 10

 8.1 / 10

 Review based on PS2 (JP Import) version     


Final Words:

The Guilty Gear series still offers punch for the serious players, but once again, isn't offering very much in the way of "new" for casual players. Much like Capcom did with the SF2 series back in the mid 90's, Arc System Works is indeed guilty of re-hashing (AKA "lightly tuning") Guilty Gear X series numerous times now.

Re-releasing a fighting game this many times is arguably a smart way to keep a series relevant and fresh, but I think most fighting game fans are looking for a bit more than just one new character and a few new moves out of a fighting game "sequel" these days. The sequel, XX Accent Core would continue this trend.  
~TFG Webmaster