Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 might be a confusing name for newcomers to the series but for those who have played the past games, it is simply an updated expansion to Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator. The game features the conclusion to the story started with the original Guilty Gear Xrd and continued with Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, and implements several gameplay and balance changes that improve the existing fighting mechanics.
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 can be a simple updated expansion for those who already have Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, or for those who haven’t managed to get into the series, it proves to be a fantastic entry point which encapsulates the story from the past games and all the new characters into one package. Arc System Works are no stranger to releasing short updated expansions to their fighting games but this is the first time they are letting users update to the next version without having to buy the whole game.
The new characters that have been added for this update are Baiken, a returning character from the past Guilty Gear games, and Answer, a brand new character that has been specifically developed for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2. Baiken is a delight to control in the game with her flashy combos and special attacks. She is a well designed character that can easily dish a large amount of damage with her attacks. Answer appears to be more defensive with attacks that act more as a trap. He can be used strategically to trap the player while relying on his defensive skills. He is a tricky character that is difficult to master.
The balance changes appear to make the game much more forgiving this time around. The time frame for attacks has been modified so it is easier to chain a set of combos. However since Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 already features two different control methods, you can simply swap to the simplified controls scheme to execute flash combos and attacks with the press of single button. Even if you are new to fighting games and don’t have much technical knowledge of dealing with frames and input for a special attack, the simplified controls scheme can still make you feel like a professional, all the while giving more than enough input so you still control your character.
Of course, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 won’t be the definitive version of the game if it didn’t include any of the DLC characters that were released for the original Revelator. If you never bought any of the DLC for Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, you will find two additional new characters for REV 2, these are: Kum Jonryoku and Dizzy. Dizzy was available as a free DLC for a limited time so chances are you might have grabbed her, however Kum Jonryoku was only available as a paid DLC.
If you have bought the original Xrd Revelator and are updating to this new expansion, you will be able to carry over your save data and all the unlockables from the previous game. The story mode progress is also carried from your save and if you have finished the story, you can start with the ‘After Story’ scenarios which are reserved for the players who are done with the main story. It provides a conclusion to the events that started in the original Guilty Gear Xrd and it will be locked by default if you don’t have a completed save.
There are not only balance changes for the fighters, almost every one of them has now recevied additional special moves. There is also additional content to unlock in the game’s different gameplay modes. Tutorials now offer mini games that are tricky but will make you utilize your skills. M.O.M mode now includes new items that can be unlocked for the player. The online battle remains mostly the same with a lobby system that has a physical manifestation of the player’s customized avatar and they are free to roam around the map and challenge other players. This is a rather cute interpretation of an online lobby the way each chibi avatar is seen running around, sitting on arcades, fighting against each other. Thankfully the game is not locked to any region so you are free to pick any region for the online lobbies. You can choose to fight in a lobby full of Japanese players if you want.
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is a great expansion for the base game. It also makes for a fantastic entry point for those who have missed out the past two releases for Guilty Gear Xrd but want a point to jump into the story and get the complete experience. If you have only bought Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator and are aiming to upgrade to this new expansion, you will have to pay $19.99 for it, which is a reasonable price considering it includes 4 new characters and additional story and balance tweaks.
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 Review (PS4)
Game Reviewed on: PS4
Game description: Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is the seventeenth entry in the Guilty Gear series and the update title to REVELATOR.
If you are a Guilty Gear fan, you shouldn't miss out on the chance to experience the conclusion of the story that started with the original Guilty Gear Xrd. The new additional moves and balance changes along with the new characters improve an already fantastic fighting game.