Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- (PC) Review

By Ofisil 23.12.2016

Review for Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- on PC

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- was great. While not as fine-tuned (or well-known) as the genre's "big ones," the last entry in this, almost cult, series, was surely one of the best that anyone could play. However… it was a graphical update first, and a true new game second. In other words, it was the Guilty Gear you all know and love, but with Unreal Engine 3 painting its beautiful world. Does the same happen with Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-? After tasting the PS4 version, Cubed3 hard rocks once more.

Guilty Gear is one of those franchises that isn't exactly the most beginner friendly, despite all of its newer iterations (including this one) having a fantastic tutorial mode. It's a series that, while it can certainly be enjoyed by newbies, is mainly hardcore material. Take its characters, for instance. Instead of a roster of boys and girls that have some slight differences, each one is a completely unique beast, which makes it quite hard to pick favourites as soon as you would in any other fighter.

The story mode is another example of how… niche Guilty Gear's plot is. While the vast in-game library can be very helpful, the storyline is an incomprehensible mess that's hard to judge unless you've "been" here from day one. Even if you have, however, this mode requires no interaction, as it's just an array of glued together cut-scenes; well-designed, high-quality cut-scenes, but nothing more than that.

Screenshot for Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- on PC

Now, like all Arc System Works'… works, this is filled to the brim with content, but mainly in terms of A: things to learn/read, and B: things to unlock, whether that's pictures, additional character colours, and so on. In other words, it's not exactly "content" as it is… extra goodies. What this point is getting at is that when it comes to the actual gameplay, don't expect anything different than other games in the genre, and especially Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-.

…And this is the main "flaw" of Revelator. It's, without a single doubt, a great fighter… but, few will find the price tag that comes along with it to be fair. It looks and plays surprisingly good, but anyone coming from the previous instalment will soon realise that this feels like an expansion, not a sequel. In fact, to make things even worse, three out of the six new characters added are actually DLC characters, with two of them DLC-only! Why, why, why, have Dizzy, one of the best and most popular characters in the franchise, as an overpriced DLC character!?

Also, Baiken available only in Story Mode? Not cool, bro…

Screenshot for Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- is one of these pieces of software that, although its level of quality is worthy of applause, as a product alone, is almost "offensive" towards consumers. To summarise, this is a great fighter… but approach only if you haven't spent any money on the previous instalment, since it's almost the same deal… Not to mention that half of its newly added roster is hidden behind a pretty high price tag.

Developer

Arc System Works

Publisher

Arc System Works

Genre

Fighting

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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