Guilty Gear Xrd released in 2014 and Arc System Works has been steadily pumping out content for it year after year. Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2 is the latest addition and it is still a solid fighter. There isn’t much to say about Rev 2. At first glance, I was ready to write Rev 2 off as a cash grab, but I can confidently say that is not the case. Rev 2 is the perfect jump-in point for newcomers or players who couldn’t afford Xrd -Sign-.
The campaign for REV2 has been extended to include what is happening following the involvement of two new characters Baiken and Answer. The story is still just as long, but the pieces are starting to fall into place, especially if this is your third time. There is a new “After Story”, which takes place shortly after the main story. May, Kum Haehyun, Dizzy, and Raven also get new Episode story scenes that I won’t spoil here. It’s not a huge addition, but if you’re a fan it makes all the difference.
The roster for Guilty Gear keeps growing and with new characters come another round of balance changes. That also means new moves for the entire cast. If you’ve been comfortable playing Venom or Sol, you should hit the lab because they’ve got new tricks and properties on old moves may have changed. The biggest addition to Rev 2 is the inclusion of the two new fighters, Baiken and Answer.
Baiken, a fan favorite joins the Rev 2 roster and she brings over all her old-school samurai talent with her. Unlike a majority of the cast, Baiken is a down to earth “normal” character. All her strength and skill comes from her years of training as a samurai. In the story, Baiken is taken to Kum Haehyun by May in order to help Haehyun fight against some mysterious illness that has taken hold of the colony. Baiken escorts them to a sacred tree that has generations of ki infused into it. And after coming to trust Haehyun, vows to protect her. When the colony comes under attack by Phalanx Nine; Baiken defends Haehyun with the help of May and series newcomer Answer.
Answer, the newest playable character, feels right at home in the Guilty Gear world. Answer is the personal assistant to Chipp Zanuff and his Chief of Staff. While this is his first playable opportunity, Answer looks much different from his appearance two iterations prior when he appeared in Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-. He attacks as if he’s straight out of Naruto; he even has a summoning Jutsu. He comes complete with teleports, air dashes, and shadow clones.
If this is your first jump into Guilty Gear, then Guilty Gear XRD Revelator 2 is the perfect place to start. It’s a $40 entry point and you have the entire story open to you. If you’re already on Rev 1, then a $20 upgrade for additional story elements, balance changes, and new characters might be a great incentive. Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 is still one of the best 2D fighters out right now and it doesn’t seem to be losing steam. I can’t wait to see if there is going to be a Rev 3. I give Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2, 4 TOV Stars out of 5.