Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator is the sequel to Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign that we didn’t know we needed. It has spectacular graphics, tighter controls, and just the right tweaks to perfect the awesome combat it’s predecessor introduced. Not everything about the game is perfect, though; it has, what are in my opinion, ugly menus and parts of the game are missing translations. These problems are easily overlooked though because the game is so much fun.
So I figure a lot of people are wondering if it’s worth picking this up if they already have, or played Sign, so I am going to cover the new features first. One of the best new features is the tutorial mode which is very different from any tutorial I’ve ever seen in a fighting game. It’s almost like a mini game that teaches you the basics of movement, combat, roman cancels, and most of the other game mechanics. After finishing the tutorial (which is quite challenging, to be honest) there are 3 mini-games to test your skills (which are also quite challenging). There is a new story mode which is around 2 hours but is not playable. Instead, it’s basically just like watching a full-length Anime movie. You are able to save your progress during the story and could skip chapters after watching them so you don’t have to sit through the entire thing at once. However, it would have been nice if they broke it up a little with a fight here or there. In order to get the full story, you have to complete each of the character’s arcade mode. In arcade mode, you find out what happened during the day before the events of the main story mode.
Multiple new characters join the roster like Johnny and Jam who are fan favorites from older Guilty Gear titles, along with Jack-O who is new to the series. There are also 3 DLC characters including Kum Haehyun who is a girl that controls a mech who looks a lot like Gouken from the Street Fighter series. She also plays very similarly to be honest, with a similar move set. Then we have the return of Raven and fan favorite Dizzy joining the ranks. Both Kum and Raven are available at release while Dizzy will be released at an unannounced later date.
The best upgrade to the game though is the online multiplayer. Xrd: Sign struggled with the online mode being sluggish, difficult to connect with other players, and large frame drops. Revelator’s net code seems to be improved with easier connections and less lag. The online mode also has a 3-D lobby where you control a customizable avatar that could join rooms with other players, play solo modes while waiting on matchmaking, and fish for unlockable content like new character colors or system voices. When you join a room you can challenge another player by standing next to them in front of an arcade machine. There’s even a line you stand in to wait your turn and that you could spectate the current match from emulating an arcade experience.
On top of these features, there are other new features added like throw breaks, a overhauled homing dash, burst overdrive, and a blitz shield charge attack.
For players new to the series, this is probably the most accessible version of Guilty Gear to date. The series is known for having a steep learning curve. This version not only adds a solid tutorial mode that will teach the basics and updated challenge and mission modes which will teach you character’s combos and advanced game mechanics respectively, but it adds a new “stylish” mode while playing. This mode will automatically block for you and perform combos by button mashing at the expense of receiving increased damage. It’s a good starting point for someone who is completely new to the game though and will help them get acclimated to the flow of the game.
I highly recommend this game to anyone who is new to series as well as Guilty Gear veterans or anyone who loves a good fighting game. There is more than enough content and replayability even for players who don’t want to play online with the arcade (episode) mode, many training modes, and of course M.O.M. mode which makes a return with some slightly new features worth checking out.