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Review: Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-

Heaven Or Hell

Coming almost 2 years from the last Guilty Gear release, Revelator joins the franchise as a polished and update version to the GGXrd series. Adding more characters, new mechanics, along with a continuing story from the last game, Revelator will bring players back, and help them learn more ways to punish their opponents.

Visual 

Guilty Gear is looking better than ever, bringing back the 2D feel with 3D rendered characters and backgrounds, along with the newly added lighting effects, Revelator will anyone who is a fan of the anime fighting game genre feel at home. During gameplay you can instantly see the difference from the previous Xrd visuals. From the character intro’s, newly added dramatic angle drop battle intro, to the epic 3D rendered spin at the end of a battle, this game will have you amazed. Stepping away from gameplay visuals, Revelator’s menus had some touch ups as well. Having an easy to navigate main menu with an added custom shortcut keys,  as well as the newly added Avatar that will have you navigate the online menu by controlling them, Revelator menu visuals are far more unique from what the original were.

Sound/Audio

The Guilty Gear’s series are widely known for the Fast, heavy and adrenaline pumping J-rock music that fits the Japanese visual aspect of the game, and Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator is no exception. With a track list consisting of character themes, terrific menu and fighting sound effects and older tracks from previous entries, you will understand why the game says “Let’s Rock” before ever match. There will be times when you find yourself staying in the different menu’s to just enjoy the music, or even selecting specific character themes for battle, just to pump yourself up during a matchup. If you’re looking for a new video game OST’s to add to your music collection, GGXrd Rev. is a must have for any fan of the series.

Gameplay

The fast pace gameplay that the Guilty Gear Series is known for is still here but with some added touches. Adding new mechanics, a continuing story, new fishing minigame to obtain unlockables, plus with 6 more character added to the original character roster giving players over 20 characters to choose from, Revelator will have you playing for hours. Some of the new mechanics to be noted are Throw Breaks, Blitz Shield Charge Attack, and the Burst Overdrive, making each match an intense face pace battle that can give anyone the advantage to punish. Throw breaks happen when you hit the input of a normal throw at the same time as an opponent, then both characters will back off and recover at the same time. as for the Blitz Shield Charge Attacks, this is essentially an attack after your Blitz Shield causing you to stun your opponent. Another added mechanic is the Burst Overdrive. Normal “Overdrive Attack” are a special cinematic move’s, which are also known as “Supers” in other fighting games, but this time around you have a Burst Overdrive Attack added in the game. These are an even more powered up version of Overdrive Attacks, giving players another way to make strategic use of the Overdrives. If you need a break from fighting, Revelator has also brought back the “Cinematic Story Mode”, in which you sit back and enjoy watching like any other anime. With no gameplay involved, and an option to save after each chapter, the story mode will have you sit through and continue from where the original Xrd story left off, along with more story content being released after the game launches June 7th, free of charge. As for unlockable’s, you will earn currency from the story mode, as well as playing the other modes to spend in-game for unlocking character colors, a new character named Raven, plus more visual content for your online profile, which is not bad knowing you can buy all this content as DLC.

Verdict

With the fantastic visual upgrades, new characters entering the roster and new mechanics in Revelator, this is a must have to anyone who is a fan of the Guilty Gear franchise. As for new players picking up the game, it is fantastic for your collection mainly because it is not solely focused on online play only and has a good amount of content for new players to emerge into and learn the mechanics. Be sure to keep an eye out for Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, out June 7th 2016.

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Koihime Enbu Review

Review

It has been a very exciting last couple of years being a fighting game player thanks Valve’s digital distribution platform, Steam. If you wanted to play the latest efforts in the genre from places like China or Japan, you would have to bypass Sony’s PSN region lock by registering a PSN ID from the respective market where the game is able to be published at the moment, follow an online guide to navigate through the now foreign PSN store, activate the prepaid card you purchased from an import website,  AND THEN buy a game in which you still needed the same online guide brought up previously to be able find the training and versus modes in the main menu once you launch the game. Thankfully, Eastern publishers are starting to see the benefits on bringing over their catalog to Steam and it is now easier than ever to play games such as Koihime Enbu in the US market.

The UI is well organized and nice to look at!

Originally an arcade fighting game, Koihime Enbu was ported to consoles back in January, but only available in Japan. Thanks to publisher Degica Games, an English release is now available here in the West on PC. Now, what this means is that the game itself is mostly the same from its console counterpart. The original text has either been replaced or supplemented with smaller, English text. There’s not a lot of options when it comes to graphics: just an option to set the game either windowed or full-screen mode, plus an stretch filter to try to smooth out the graphics. Thankfully, you can use a separate key configuration tool to set up your DirectInput controllers or arcade sticks before launching the game. Even better if you have an XInput device, since the game supports them automatically which allows you to just plug in and play.

The Game Configuration Menu

Going back to the game itself, you have your standard game options you come to expect in most fighting games nowadays; a versus mode that allows you to play against someone next to you, a training mode to practice your execution, a story mode to continue the franchise’s overall story, and online play. There’s also Versus CPU, Replay, and even a gallery. There’s no tutorial mode, but it is to be expected. If you’re used to playing Japanese fighting games you know this comes with the territory. Other than that, the publisher was able to integrate Steam Community features such as trading cards, backgrounds and emoticons. A nice little upgrade from the console release to keep players interested.
[Note: There are websites such as Dustloop (http://dustloop.com) or the Mizuumi Fighting Game Wiki (http://wiki.mizuumi.net/w/Koihime_Enbu) that can assist you in learning the mechanics of this game.]

The Main Menu

The game play is similar to most anime fighting games currently available, it even features the same  A/B/C and special button layout. You’re able to choose over 13 different characters, but every one of them follow the same commands when it comes to execution. What this means is that the learning curve when learning a characters is much lower which can allow you to play more characters faster. Additionally, you are able to choose one of two assists that act more as a special move rather than a separate character, which changes the perspective of the game from a team based game to more of a traditional 1 on 1 setting in which you’re allowed to choose over two special move before a match. A major game play mechanic in this game is the Fatal Counter system, which gives you access to certain moves that have special properties when used correctly. This turns the game into more a Street Fighter type of fighting game, where you will need to mind your spacing and footsies, no need to worry about air-dashing here.

“Dat hitbox doe”

With its cute art style and surprisingly deep game play system, Koihime Enbu is a fine addition to Steam’s ever-growing list of fighting games options. Not a game to be recommended for the starting fighting game fan due to its confusing story and lack of information on how to learn the game, but one that any experienced player or fan of the Koihime Musou series should definitely check out. As a PC port, I believe it does the job well, no issues or bugs were to be found upon launching and playing the game. Do be aware that the online mode was not able to be tested for this review, so your mileage may vary once the game goes live. Koihime Enbu will be available on May 19th on Steam for $40 on release, let us know if you’ll pick it up (or if you already got a waifu selected).
 

Review Pokken Tournament : Is This A Real Pokemon Battle?

Is This A Real Pokemon Battle?

I bet you have been wondering, is Pokken Tournament a real fighting game? Does it live up to expectations knowing Bandia Namco developed it, or is this another one of those Naruto Fighting game clones? Well lets find out if it’s the best bang for your bucks with our review.

Visuals
The presentation of Pokken tournament is as beautiful as ever, porting its way from the arcade to the Wii U. Not once did the frame rate drop,with its crisp, colorful 1080p resolution scenery and smooth 60 fps frame rate, Pokken delivers a stunning visual look and feel for players. Aside from the visuals from the gameplay, the menu layouts were as colorful and easy to use, giving you the feel from any other Pokemon  game to date. On the downside, when you end up playing local battles with one console the frame rate does drop down to 30fps dropping visual value, but Pokken does offer a solution for this with the LAN play option, bringing it back up to the original 60fps frame rate.

Sound/Audio
With an original soundtrack and the sounds from the battles, Pokken players will have the feel of a new Pokemon game in their hands. From players first step into a match, to the sounds in battle, it’s like competing in a real Pokemon tournament. Outside of the matches, the voice acting is what is to be expected of any dubbed Pokemon game. Besides an advisor that has a mediocre voice actor constantly giving advice, the rest of the story characters are a perfect fit right in the Pokemon universe.

Gameplay
Pokken Tournament is not your typical fighting game nor is it the Pokemon games you’re used too, but rather a new experience for fans. Whether you’re digging into the Ferrum League’s Story, or just hitting the Practice tutorials, the roster of 17 characters and the 30 support characters will welcome old and new comers to the franchise. With 5 game modes, new mechanics, a customization option for your trainer and the fast connecting online battles, Pokken gives players a full game experience. With the leveling up system, you can build your Pokemon to the stats you like, and even tweak them if you are not satisfied. Pokken also introduces the synergy system, This is a meter that is filled up while doing damage in battle. Once the synergy meter fills up you are able to go into a synergy burst, which will unlock more potential from your Pokemon along with a powerful special cinematic move. Pokken also introduces a new support character system which has a meter system as well. Unlike the synergy meter, the support meter is filled over time, once its filled you can call out your support character to; help deal damage, heal, or stat boost your the opponent and your character. During battles your are also introduced to the shields, counter attack and grabs. Shields are very useful for blocking attacks except for the punishing grabs, and the counter attack is an attack that has a temporary shield while attacking and will assist you when you opponent has you in a situation you normally wouldn’t be able to get out of.

Verdict

Pokken Tournament doesn’t fail to deliver. With the beautiful original soundtrack, smooth menu layouts, fast combat system, and new mechanics, Pokken tournament will have players coming back for more. The only downside, Pokken doesn’t offer a full 60fps local multiplayer experience, unless you have two copies of the game and two consoles. Other than that Pokken Tournament is a must have for Wii U owners and Pokemon fans, and yes, it does feel worthy of the label “fighting game”.

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