Guilty Gear XX Accent Core ReviewJason Leyanna
“Heaven or Hell, Let’s Rock” – This sounds more like it should be a quote from a Guitar Hero game than a fighting game. Anyway… we have been brought this version of the Guilty Gear series from Aksys Games.
Some games have quite skimpy game manuals included in their cases. The Guilty Gear XX Accent Core manual has quite a bit of detail in its intricate design. Hopefully this effort transferred over into the actual game as well as in the manual.
You and up to one other friend may battle it out in this 2D graphical masterpiece. You can go it alone and face the computer if you like or don’t have anyone else around willing to play. Unfortunately, there is no online gameplay available. Hopefully we can look forward to this in another iteration of the series.
Players may block (aka Guard) by moving the directional button away from the opponent. This even works midair. Some characters also have the ability to dash in a certain direction (toward the opponent). The opposite of this allows you to jump back. These two also work while hovering almost weightlessly in the air. Also new to the game are different offensive and defensive moves: Force Break, Throw Escape, and Slash Back.
The game contains a practice mode allowing you to figure out your character’s moves before taking them into the ‘ring’. This is a good way to get your combos down pat so you can kick ass – 2D style.
The matches are 2 to 3 rounds, and the winner is determined by who wins 2 matches. The matches are set at 99 seconds on the clock and count down while you battle it out. There can be a fourth round on occasions when neither player has the advantage after the 3rd round.
Survival mode is included and is just like the modes in other fighting games. You try to beat as many opponents as you can with the amount of health given.
There are flying kicks and punches along with flashes of light and color. Accent Core contains more than 20 possible characters for you to choose from. This amount of characters is sufficient for a game of this nature. Two of the included characters are new in this version. A.B.A. starts in one mode of fighting and changes to “Double Edged Mode”, switching up how she fights. Dizzy, Millia Rage, Faust, Chipp Zanuff, Baiken, Venom, and Bridget are just a few of the other characters. The characters are evenly matched in most cases, and it makes for a well-balanced, entertaining fight without your opponent winning unfairly. Character voices have been redone for an updated Guilty Gear feel (don't feel guilty at all).
Even if you are new to the series, give Accent Core a try. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core is one of the best 2D fighting games in some time. It offers up some excellent nostalgia for those of you that remember some of the classics such as Street Fighter, Killer Instinct, and Mortal Kombat.
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