Guilty Gear Strive is a fighting video game developed by Arc System Works and the 6th main installment of the Guilty Gear series.
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I think now that I've let it sit for a while, I've come to accept that this isn't just gonna be Xrd again. Letting go of that idea has kinda helped the game click with me in a way that it didn't before. Still prefer Xrd's gameplay, but I can safely say that I've warmed up to it.
This may just be the prettiest looking game I've ever seen. Every animation in this game is beautiful. I've always been a fan of fighting games, but could never really find one to hold my attention as a player, only as a spectator. This is the first one I really got in to, and let me say, it's an absolute blast! I'll be playing this game for a while
to preface, this is the first fighting game i've put a lot of time into competitively rather than just for fun, i've played 200+ hours of this game, actively joined tournaments, host my own tournaments, play a lot with friends and with randoms and reached VIP in oce. i will only talk about gameplay, because thats all i care about in this game.
the game is great. having played a lot of xrd and some of accent core in preparation for this game's release, not quite what i expected but was pleasantly surprised. theres a good balance between accessibility and freedom of expression, and is great for new frogs or people moving from different games. the balance in this game is tight, and you can tell arcsys really knows what their doing and knows what they want, especially after the releases of jack-o and gold lewis, arcsys games age like fine wine so i have high hopes for this game. theres not much i feel the need to go into that aren't just nitpicks, its honestly the best fighting game to come out in recent history and would 100% recommend for those wanting to get into the game competitively.
Strive is a very interesting and different approach to the Guilty Gear formula. It feels very different to play, but the outstanding visuals and soundtrack are the best they've ever been. It sadly loses a ton of points for the online lobby system, despite all the feedback it was still miserable to interact with.