"Duel 2! Let's Rock!" Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 Review
Last year I had the privilege to look at the latest entry in the Guilty Gear series, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, so when I learned that I would have the opportunity to revisit the title once again with the enhanced version, Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2, I was more than happy to oblige. However, since Rev 2 is an update to the original, much of the game itself is the same as the previous release. For example, the game still shares a trophy list with the earlier version of the game and while it is being offered at retail, those who bought the original can simply purchase an update from the PlayStation store to have their original copy of Revelator updated to Rev 2. This is a similar to the later releases of Street Fighter IV, and it is a welcome one for those who don't want to have to purchase another full price game.
Since the game shares the same base as Revelator, this means it features the same story as the prior game, except new arcade modes and the like being added for new characters that were absent from the original title. These new characters include Baiken, who should be familiar to those who have played the previous titles in the franchise and Answer, a new addition to the franchise. In addition to these new characters, the title also received some balancing changes from the roster from the original title. While I won't go into the details in this review, these ranged from alterations to character hit boxes to character receiving brand new attacks.
Visuals remain untouched, which is due to the game being an update to the original Revelator. While the sound is, once again, phenomenal. All the songs from the original are still in place, offering a wide variety of songs from throughout the franchise. The addition of themes for Baiken and Answer round out the package and bring one of the best soundtracks of any fighting game currently available on this generation of consoles.
When you examine the package as a whole, it's not hard to see that Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 is every bit as good a game as its predecessor. Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 is a fantastic package as it offers excellent gameplay, beautiful visuals, thanks to the Unreal Engine 4, and one of the most robust musical offerings of any fighting game of the current generation. If you're a fan of 2D fighters, then Rev 2 is a no brainier. If you don't already own Guilty Gear: Revelator then pick up a copy of Rev 2, and if you already own the original, get the upgrade, it's one of the best fighters on the PS4 today.