It has been less than a year since Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator hit the market and we already have the next installment, REV 2. While this is more of an expansion than a whole new experience, it brings numerous upgrades ranging from cosmetic to full rebalancing of many characters that fans will want to get.
REV 2 offers a bunch of things to the table. There are new stages, additional moves and even new animations to boot. The online portion has also been revamped. You can now easily jump into a rematch as well as spectate battles that are already in progress. And if for any reason you’d like to revert to the previous version of the game you can swap between Revelator and REV 2 at any time in the options menu, which lets you fight those that still haven’t bought REV 2.
The story has also been expanded with the After Story, while the Arcade mode now adds the missing episode segments for Revelator’s DLC cast: Jam, Kum, Raven and Dizzy. Of course, the main selling points are definitely the two new additions to the roster, Baiken and Answer.
Baiken is a one-handed no joke samurai ready to strike at the slightest provocation. She is in a never-ending search for That Man, in order to get revenge for her murdered family. She was a major part of the Guilty Gear franchise since it launched. Surprisingly, she was absent from both Guilty Gear Xrd and Revelator. Thankfully REV 2 fixes this. Baiken is back and is as busty as ever.
She has the familiar play style to that found in the previous games. She is primarily an offensive character. However, her Azami stance allows her to block an attack and follow it up with a variety of moves. She is not the fastest character, but her space control abilities make her a worthy opponent.
Answer is a new addition to the roster. And while he was a minor character before, now he is fully playable. He is Chipp’s trusty secretary who goes out of his way to be professional about everything he does. Answer is a business ninja who never leaves his magic handset. His always covers his mouth, has frog and snake summons as well as a clone technique are all clearly inspired by Naruto, which got a few chuckles out of us.
In combat he is a rather nimble character. His moves mainly consist of close-range strikes and well-timed traps to help him link these attacks. He can launch business cards which stick in the ground. You can then use them as warp points or summon a clone of yourself to do a rising slash. His other attacks consist of placing scrolls in the air. He can then jump and grab onto them and launch one of his various special moves.
When Guilty Gear Xrd first hit store shelves it looked stunning. Three years later and REV 2 is still drop dead gorgeous, with its amazing 3D and beautiful animations. If there is a fault to be had it’s that the game doesn’t make use of the hardware found in PlayStation 4 Pro which would have made for an even better experience.
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 doesn’t really change anything fundamentally, but it brings Guilty Gear Xrd one step closer to perfection. If you still haven’t bought Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, REV 2 is a perfect way to jump into the action since it includes all the previous DLCs. If on the other hand you already have Revelator, you can purchase just the REV 2 update for only 19.99. If you are still not convinced then you can always check out the PlayStation Plus demo.