Xrd Sign comes as the latest in Guilty Gear’s franchise, one awesome ride when it comes to not only the combat experience but also the story that’s part of the game.
A girl appears an declare war against the world and some heroes try to save the world. 😀 How’s that for a summary? Here’s the trailer.
OK OK so that was a pretty simplistic summary because you know what – that’s how the game is. The beauty of Guilty Gear Xrd Sign is that it comes not only with the usual combat mode but the creators included a STORY mode where you just sit back, relax and enjoy how the story unfolds.
It is recommended that you finished the Arcade mode to get an idea on what’s going on (just play Sol or Ky, that’ll do) and after that you may follow the story. It’s even better if you are able to finish all the characters available but heck the story is just so damn good!
This is my first time playing a Guilty Gear game and despite being a little lost at the start of the story, I managed to grasp what’s happening and enjoyed the journey very much. Love the character development, however it’s unfortunate that some characters had very short screen time thus leaving me absolutely no clue about who they are, looks like it’s time to do some reading.
Guilty Gear Xrd Sign comes with various combat modes, the highlight would be the arcade mode where you finish 8 stages of combat at the story unfolds. After that there’s other mode like VERSUS, PRACTICE, or even challenges where you try out combos and see how far you are able to execute all the wacky yet stylish moves, if you’re new there’s always the tutorial mode and all.
The challenge mode is great, not only you get to learn up combos but if you’re lost, you are able to request the system to perform a demo for you. It’s too bad they didn’t include this demo part in the tutorial so you might get a little lost there but the tutorial mode is a great way to start as it teaches you everything from scratch.
The value of the game comes is the story mode. The story lasts an hour or 2, with a total of 10 chapters and each chapters having 2 parts. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it brought tears to my eye. I love it!
OK so that aside, the game comes with other content like gallery for you to view cut-scenes, videos and other stuff that you’ve unlocked.
What’s more interesting is that the game comes with a library, an archive of almost whatever else is there to know about the game – characters, parts of the world, weapons, you name it. I think there’s probably 5 hours of reading material in there, I think.
Overall, it’s a no brainer when it comes to playing the game. The only time to you’ll be using your brain (And a lot of it) is when it comes to combat, awesomely fast-paced combat.
Here’s a video of the combat experience. Yup, that’s me playing.
Graphics / Audio
I’m a huge fan of 2D fighting games, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign is pretty much what the fighting games are today. Unlike many years back where the sprites are 2D, the characters these days are 3D modelled and offer more visual excitement, especially when it comes to executing special moves or finishing moves.
The execution is superb, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the special effects and the variety of moves.
What’s even more interesting is the story mode where it’s a blend of anime-style 3D animation, brush-stroked still images and also scenes with combo of still art and animation.
As for audio the game is superb. For combat mode it’s mostly rock tunes, really good ones at that too. As for the story mode it’s a mix of both rock tunes for action scenes while beautifully orchestrated composition for the emotional parts. Regardless of the music style, your ears will be in for a feast, especially if you’re one that appreciates music.
The script is good and so are the voice acting, my only complaint is that the subtitles are a little too fast on certain (but very few) conversations and I noted that the translation is slightly off on certain scenes. Yes, I do understand a bit of Japanese. 🙂
This is the game you can’t miss if you love fighting games and love watching anime. Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with the franchise, I went in clueless and totally enjoyed the game – both arcade mode and story mode.