Guilty Gear XX Accent Core
REVIEWJust when you thought the Guilty Gear XX series might be ready to throw in the towel, along comes yet another installment. Accent Core is the fifth main installment of the XX arcade series. I never was a hardcore Guilty Gear player, even though I've already bought several iterations of GGXX. At face value, it doesn't seem like the game has changed very much (yet again). For the hardcore players, there are definitely some significant changes, especially in regards to how returning characters play; and on that note, most players would tell you that many of which were negative changes.


Guilty Gear XX Accent Core character select screen.

The main gameplay update in Accent Core is the new "Force Break," which consumes 25% of the Tension bar when used. Also new is the "Slashback," a form of parrying with reduced block stun. While "parrying" in Guilty Gear seems like a cool idea, the game's style of animation makes parrying pretty difficult... and usually more risk than reward. In addition, there are now certain attacks that make opponents stick briefly to walls or slide across the floor of a stage. 

Most characters have gained new special moves, and some have had existing specials (or powered-up versions of existing specials) converted into Force Break attacks. Thanks to the new Force Break feature, every character now has special moves that require 25% meter (AKA "EX" moves). This alone actually changes the way a lot of characters are played... and some changes just seem unnecessary or even useless.

Even though I'm not a hardcore Guilty Gear player myself, I overheard that most players weren't happy with many of the character changes in Accent Core. For example, token combos for several characters were made far more difficult to perform, requiring stricter timing. Overall, the changes made the game more complex than it ever needed to be... resulting in frustrated returning players.

The XX style character sprites and stages still look good!

The most notable aesthetic update of Accent Core is that the character voice-overs have been completely redone! This is a nice change if you thought the classic voiceovers for special moves and win quotes were starting to sound stale and monotonous. (I did). I also think most new voices are an improvement over the classic ones (which is saying a lot). The announcer's voice was also changed, but unfortunately, he doesn't sound as cool as the former one. The new announcer seems "super-happy" and quite frankly, annoys me.  

Moving alone, the new intro isn't nearly as impressive as some of the previous ones... as it simply "flashes" random character artwork all over the place (a typical 2D fighting game intro if you will). The character artworks in Accent Core are also brand new and look great; although, the "character faces" from the selection screen were taken from GGXX... but it isn't necessarily a bad thing, since those artworks are still rather awesome. Worth mentioning, Accent Core also looks great on an HDTV. Pop the game into a backwards compatible PS3 for some solid visual enhancements!

Chipp Zanuff versus Potemkin, yet again.

GGXX: Accent Core
unfortunately includes no Story Mode, so this title is purely an arcade fighting game, made for the hardcore Guilty Gear players (which again, are mostly unhappy with the changes). Arcade Mode, Medal of Millionaire, Survival, Training, and Versus Mode should be enough to keep casual fans of the series busy. The back of the box claims to feature 2 new characters, but actually, there aren't any completely "new" characters. To be clear: A.B.A. is playable in a 1-VS-1 Guilty Gear title for the first time in America, and an alternate version of Sol Badguy (Order Sol) is the other newcomer, who has a completely different moveset than the original Sol (and is actually quite badass). 


Page Updated: September 26th, 2022
Developer(s): Arc System Works
Publisher(s): Sammy Corporation
Designer(s): Daisuke Ishiwatari
Platform(s): Arcade, PlayStation 2, Wii
Release Date(s): Dec. 20th, 2006              Arcade
May 30th, 2007              PlayStation 2
Sept. 12th, 2007             PlayStation 2
July 26, 2007                     Nintendo Wii
Oct. 15th, 2007               Nintendo Wii
Characters Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, Millia, Chipp, May, Jam, Johnny, Baiken, Potemkin, Faust, Axl, Anji, Venom, Dizzy, Testament, Zato-1, Slayer, Bridget, I-no, Zappa, Robo Ky, Holy Order Sol, A.B.A

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Gameplay Engine  7.0 / 10
Story / Theme  7.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  8.0 / 10
Animation  8.0 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  8.5 / 10
Innovation  5.0 / 10
Art Direction  8.5 / 10
Customization  8.0 / 10
Options / Extras  7.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  7.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  5.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  7.5 / 10
Characters  8.5 / 10

 7.7 / 10

 Review based on PS2 version    


Final Words:

Guilty Gear has definitely matured as a fighting game series over the years, and has been taken more seriously competitively in the recent past. Unfortunately in Accent Core, many pro players were put off by the unnecessary and frustrating character changes (which were later remedied in Accent Core +R).

At least Accent Core was a decent stepping stone in terms of aesthetics, as the updated voice acting manages to breathe some new life into the (now) classic characters. While the visuals haven't changed much, Accent Core is still the most graphically impressive game in the series, pound for pound.

You should know by now if Guilty Gear suits your fighting game tastes... but if for some reason you haven't played a Guilty Gear game, I definitely recommend you start with a story-driven version of the game (like Guilty Gear XX) rather than Accent Core. Or just pick up the updated / final refinement of the game (say it with me): Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R.

~TFG Webmaster | @FIGHTERS_GEN  


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