of you may have played the original Guilty Gear on Playstation. It was
treated to mixed reviews, bordered action with those infamous instant
death moves. Well now Sammy has redone the game for Dreamcast in a semi
Gear X [GGX] reintroduces you to the original cast and a few new ones.
This time around a new gear has been discovered and there is a huge cash
payout to whoever can beat this new gear. So the story is pretty average,
but it sets the scene for a bunch of miss fits and gears to come together
all of this is irrelevant. When you first play GGX you will be amazed
by the graphics, as they have been redrawn in the DC's
high-resolution mode. The characters are drawn and coloured in the 'anime'
style so we get 16 colours per character and some amazingly creative
The control system is perfectly suited to the DC's pad, but you only have four attack buttons. Two of those buttons are reserved for the slash attacks [weapon attack high/low]. The remaining buttons are punch and kick. Instantly you will recognise that the scope of combo's when compared to Street Fighter is incredibly limited. That is if you treat this game like a Capcom fighting game. You see GGX shares more similarity with the SNK brand and most notably the misspelled game Samurai Shodown. In short you have to learn a new fighting system from scratch, some of the super moves are performed in the standard double hadoken movement, but successful players will have to train hard.
Survival mode, for the first time this has been done in a unique fashion.
First your health does not get replenished, and you go up in levels based
on the number of successful attacks and the length of time you survive. So
in short in rates your performance constantly and does not require you to
finish off numerous opponents in numerous rounds. In short the survival
are a few negative points on GGX. First is the speed of the game, it is
nowhere near as fast as the other 2D and even the 3D fighters. Some
feature to change the speed would have been great. However the biggest
problem I have with this game is the difficulty level. Some characters
earlier on prove far more of a challenge than the latter characters.
Amazingly these are the only flaws with the game.
the question that we have to ask is; 'Is this game the best 2D fighter
no. The best 2D fighter is definitely Street Fighter 3: third strike,
however Capcom have been doing SF games for years, and maybe in time Sammy
will manage to topple the premiere Capcom series. What is clear is that
all future 2D fighting games will be judged against GGX's high-resolution
2D graphic quality.
game is amazing but looks like it will not make it to western shores. So I
would advise you to purchase this game on Jap import. Everything is in
English with the exception of the character endings, which incidentally
feature only one picture of your character so you are not missing that
much. This game's quality lies in its gameplay. Buy this game.
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