Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- is a fighting game bursting with content with a release that PQube have done justice, especially after Arc System Works and Sony’s poor handling of the Sign release.
Sign started the story that is wrapped up in Revelator although Arc System Works did recently upload it to YouTube rather than to force you to buy it, which is great, as much of the content is familiar to Sign players. Several brilliant new characters, stages and content make Revelator worth the purchase and it’s quickly become one of the most praiseworthy fighting games I’ve played – Street Fighter V is great, but its initial launch (and even how it is now) is unacceptable for a full retail release and Capcom have yet to add in the content that it rightfully should have, which makes Revelator’s offering even more grand, and let’s not forget that even the demo was bursting with content that kept me coming back for more.
The story follows on from Sign where the Universal Will, a terrifying being that has ravaged the Earth on several occasions, is posing a threat yet again by combining with the Valentine’s (Elphelt and Ramlethal) to return. It’s up to Sol Badguy and others to fight and defeat the Universal Will for good, but others will be fighting them to help the Universal Will bring destruction to the world. Sign is vital to playing the Revelator story but, again, you can watch it on YouTube on Arc System Work’s official channel, and it’s fully cinematic and lasts a few hours. It’s a bit long to watch all at once but the beautiful art and engaging characters help to make me more engrossing, and it’s a grand tale that brings together loads of loved and cherished characters – watching how they interact is always enjoyable!
Guilty Gear Xrd has something for everyone, although it is one of the more complex fighting games around – it’s also undeniably one of the greatest. Excuse me for being a bit late but in a way I’m glad because the last character to be added to the roster, Dizzy recently released and is free until 26th July 2016 and she’s quickly become my favourite character in the roster to play along with Elphelt. Some characters are better geared towards flashy and hard-hitting combos, whilst others favour skills and agility to take down the opposition. I’m not the best with combos but I’m good when it comes to remembering each character’s skills, and I tend to favour those that focus on abilities and can quickly dart around the screen and close the gap. The roster is large with almost 30 characters and each one feels unique, and even now I’m still learning characters and eager to become a better player.
Other than standard fighting fare such as normal, special and ultimate attacks, there are some mechanics not featured in many fighting games outside of Arc System Works’ titles, including the burst mechanic that allows you to push your opposition away from you as they’re doing a combo, and once used you have to wait for it to recharge to use it again. You can only perform special and final attacks when your tension gauge is high enough and you can raise this by approaching your opponent, landing attacks on them and being attacked. It’s a solid, tight game that moves smoothly and has addictive gameplay, and if you’re a big fan of fighting games then you should already own or be planning to buy this when you can.
As I’ve mentioned before, Revelator is jam-packed with content including a robust online mode, several single player modes and loads to unlock. There are online lobbies where you can select avatars and choose to play ranked or player matches with others looking for battle and thankfully the netcode is solid, or you can abstain from going online but enjoying one of the many offline modes. There is the story mode of course, but there is also an arcade mode that follows each character’s stories just days prior to the main story, a versus mode, local versus, challenges, an expansive training mode and M.O.M. M.O.M is a great mode that sees you select a character as you battle through chosen characters in a survival mode where your health carries over from each battle. You get access to items like bombs to use in battle to aid you, and the more you win means the more currency you get, allowing you to improve the stats of your chosen character for this mode. Like other offline modes, and pretty much anything you do in the game, you earn world dollars that allows you to buy alternate colours for characters, Raven (unless you buy him as DLC), a new outfit for Elphelt, artwork and various other things.
Gone are the traditional 2D sprites but they’ve been replaced by what are arguably the nicest graphics in a fighter to date. Revelator is stylish, cinematic and a joy to see in motion, and I can’t get enough of it. I’d love to see Arc System Works implement this new visual update to a BlazBlue title too, as it’s a seamless blend of CGI and 2D art that is breathtaking. During instant kill moves and whenever you win a round via one of your tension moves, the camera pans out and revolves around the characters in full 3D which allows for some spectacular stills and screens to end a match on. Revelator boasts gorgeous art and with the help of this it’s not only one of the most striking fighting games I’ve seen, but one of the most striking games I’ve seen to date.
For whatever reason there is no English dub here, despite English Dub being in other games (I think it was in Sign, too) but the Japanese voice-over is fitting and so I have no complaints. The story mode has fully spoken dialogue and it’s fully cinematic so being able to listen to it and understand it would’ve been nicely welcomed, though. The soundtrack is superb with the series’ love for rock tunes making itself prevalent here, and it’s a soundtrack I’d happily own. There are dozens of tracks with no duds in the collection, and all sound effects pack a punch just as you’d expect.
Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- is an excellent fighting game that fans of the genre should not miss out on, and it has unique, outstanding visuals that should be implemented in further games. An expansive roster, multiple modes and continuing support give this game the legs it deserves, and it’s one of the best games in 2016 so far. PQube’s release give the game the love and fanfare it rightfully always should have had, and hopefully they continue to bring Arc System Works games to the West as they do a brilliant job of doing so.