Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core Plus Review
Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core Plus box art
System: Wii, PS2, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Arc System Works 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Aksys Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 12, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Long-time fans will want to know: what’s different this time around? For one, characters Kliff and Justice have returned (they were removed in the previous version), as has the difficult Mission mode, the goal of which is usually to beat an enemy while handicapped in various ways, or within a certain time frame. Survival mode has added some RPG elements. And there’s a Team Vs. mode, playable against the CPU or another player.

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The biggest addition, though, is Story mode, in which players stick with the same character all the way through, learning through narration and between-fight dialogue what makes the character tick (the story continues that of the original Guilty Gear XX). The conversations provide a nice break between the one-round fights, but in the end the mode hits the same brick wall every fighting-game story does: each encounter has to end in fisticuffs, so there’s no real way to tell a tale that has any depth or variety. The fact that the voice acting is Japanese-only doesn’t help, either, though the English text will enable American gamers to at least follow along.

The other modes all return: Training, Arcade, M.O.M. (the initials stand for Medal of Millionaire; it’s an easier mode that gives you power-ups to grab when you perform well), and single matches (one- and two-player). Unfortunately, there’s no online option, which hurts the game greatly. Fighting games are best played against human opponents, and the inclusion of multiplayer on only the local level makes that impossible for a lot of gamers.

To the game’s credit, though, it’s unusually enjoyable to play alone. When the difficulty is set to “Normal,” the enemy A.I. provides a reasonable initial challenge that ratchets up smoothly. For those who have problems of boredom or frustration, there are five other settings to choose from. It’s even possible to make the inputs for special moves and Full Roman Cancels more forgiving. Also, learning the basics is a breeze, even outside the Training mode; you’re never more than a pause menu away from a moves list.

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There’s no question that Guilty Gear XX is a great game, one of the best and deepest 2-D fighters to come out in quite some time. There’s also no question that Accent Core Plus is thus far the definitive version of Guilty Gear XX. Newcomers will love it, and hardcore fans will want to explore the few new features. However, casual and even dedicated fans won’t find the additions worth a whole new purchase. For that reason, this version really ought to put an end to Guilty Gear XX, and the developers should start working on Guilty Gear 3 (or Guilty Gear XXX as the case may be). It’s time to take an accomplished series and move it forward.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
Well-drawn 2-D sprites, fluid animation, and detailed, colorful backgrounds.
3.1
Control
Through no fault of the developers, the Wii-mote won’t work very well. A Gamecube or Classic controller will do the trick, though even those options can’t compare to an arcade stick.
4.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A great soundtrack of heavy-metal music.
4.0

Play Value
This is a very deep, very enjoyable game, but it doesn’t add much to the previous version.

4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Celebrate the tenth anniversary of one of the most unique fighting-game franchises in video game history.
  • Discover the backstories to all of your favorite characters in the Guilty Gear mythos, with fully voiced dialogue.
  • Accent Core Plus marks the return of fan favorites Kliff Undersn and Justice, rounding out the cast of 25 playable characters.
  • Create a three-man team in Vs. Mode to find out which characters are the ultimate Guilty Gear team-up.
  • Level up your character’s abilities and traits in the re-tuned Survival Mode.


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