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HIS REAL NAME IS "FREDERICK!?!": The Guilty Gear Series Thread...

Riot.EXE

Fighting Game Enthusiast
(He/Him)

HEAVEN OR HELL! Swords and ideals will clash again on the battlefield April 9th, as GUILTY GEAR STRIVE drops! Are you excited for it? What about the other games in the series? All started on the ol' PS1 as one of those few "actually decent 2D fighting games" on the console, since those tended to NOT BE GREAT on it. Most of us roman canceled our way through nearly a decade and some change of the X series, ending with ^Core+R (which is about to get rollback on steam!?!), and then there was the DANGER TIME era of the XRD series (because there was no way they were calling it "XXX") So, with all that said, LET'S ROCK...and talk about all this nonsense, shall we?
 

Peklo

Oh! Create!
(they/them, she/her)
Here's to a fighting game series that's 22 years old and has had women as final bosses every single time in that run, to exceedingly great effect. I'm hoping Strive doesn't break the streak.

The first game is still my favourite of them, for purposes of best embodying the series's invoked garage rock aesthetic in all parts of the production, from sprite art to the instrumentation and more. The later games might be more competitively relevant and sleeker in presentation and mechanics, but I'll always love what they were going for in the debut installment.
 

Riot.EXE

Fighting Game Enthusiast
(He/Him)
Here's to a fighting game series that's 22 years old and has had women as final bosses every single time in that run, to exceedingly great effect. I'm hoping Strive doesn't break the streak.

The first game is still my favourite of them, for purposes of best embodying the series's invoked garage rock aesthetic in all parts of the production, from sprite art to the instrumentation and more. The later games might be more competitively relevant and sleeker in presentation and mechanics, but I'll always love what they were going for in the debut installment.
So we just don't talk about Isuka then?
 
Love this series. Must have played thousands of matches in GGXX in college. Didn't play Xrd as much as that, but still enjoyed it a lot. Stayed up all night to play the Strive beta during the pretty-inconvenient-for-Americans times it was running, and look forward to playing it for real.

While the games from XX onward are very well balanced for competitive play, the brokenness of the original makes it one of my favorite fighting games to play against the computer. There's so much dirty stuff you can do in that game that's fun to do, but not to be on the receiving end of. The aggressive AI helps, too.

+R with rollback, you say? Looks like I'll be buying Accent Core for a fourth time, then.
 

Riot.EXE

Fighting Game Enthusiast
(He/Him)
Love this series. Must have played thousands of matches in GGXX in college. Didn't play Xrd as much as that, but still enjoyed it a lot. Stayed up all night to play the Strive beta during the pretty-inconvenient-for-Americans times it was running, and look forward to playing it for real.

While the games from XX onward are very well balanced for competitive play, the brokenness of the original makes it one of my favorite fighting games to play against the computer. There's so much dirty stuff you can do in that game that's fun to do, but not to be on the receiving end of. The aggressive AI helps, too.

+R with rollback, you say? Looks like I'll be buying Accent Core for a fourth time, then.
Yeah, Twitter's been lit the hell up about it. The conversations are interesting because it's new heads not knowing what they're gonna be in for online, and all the old heads are like, "YOU DON'T WANT THAT SMOKE, TRUST US!"
 

spines

behold my godlike
(she/her, or something)
the only time i've played missing link was for a couple "credits" on a ps1 sitting around at magfest. i got a few matches into the single player as millia and then may instant killed me at the start of round 1, giving a game over. that's an unforgettable moment, to say the least. after that i tried zato, who is pretty baffling in that game given how much i was expecting something a little more like the later versions.

x i know virtually nothing about. midnight carnival is one of the most fun fighting games to watch, ever, with the marriage of xx's complex systems to a lot of really, really janky and unbalanced characters; footage is also virtually impossible to find through any real means on youtube due to the fact that searching anything like "ggxx" "guilty gear xx" etc. will just pull up tons of matches on newer versions, while the specific name doesn't turn up a lot of versus footage. i spent quite a long time training moding accent core (and later the update) when i was in a bit of a dead spot with fighting games many years ago, frustrated by everything, and it was pretty fun all the time even not playing anyone, enjoying all the characters and trying to see what i could understand about it on my own. when xrd: sign came out i was nearing my college graduation and didn't want to commit to buying it; i went to a casual night and ran over all the blazblue players with my AC knowledge, but six months later i felt impossibly far behind. i played for a while, but midway through revelator my usual "main character crisis" ended when i decided i was just done with the game.

setting aside the profound feeling of failure that the game elicited for me (i've never stopped whining on twitter, so there's no need to relitigate that right here at the moment), i just also really dislike the feeling of the slowdown mechanic. even to the extent it's supposed to be really powerful and "fun" to use, i just think it's annoying and disorienting, and then basically feels like a huge lag spike on netplay to be on the other end of. so i can't say i'm feeling optimistic about strive, which looks to be playing up a lot of the zoom and slowdown effects at least as much if not more. i don't think i'll play it. at the least not when i can't step outside the back door of the barcade and scream for a bit (before it shut down, currently temporarily, i was playing a lot of third strike and vampire savior, with the latter being a game that doesn't even have pauses when you use super moves...i really love that feeling, but in general the quick and speedy feeling of older games, even when i don't especially think they're "good", just makes playing more fun and losing less frustrating)

so hey, acr ggpo patch, huh? i'm looking forward to it, and already thinking i'll try and spend some time messing with it tomorrow if i can decide a character to start focusing on. which has always been a difficulty, although i think a better understanding of my sense of personal aesthetic has made the list of "characters i'm considering" a lot shorter than it used to be. order sol and zappa are kind of up at the front, particularly for not having been in the newer games, but regular sol and dizzy have some stuff i really like that also didn't cross over, and dizzy was already one of my favorites (as well as having a great combination of huge complexity but getting a lot of reward from relatively easy stuff; i definitely felt like she was my strongest character in the rare cases i've played before). millia's way up there too, just feel straightforward and fun to do stuff with. and then there's bridget...who i'm a little less inclined to go for than before, but the yoyo stuff really is a great combination of two of my favorite mechanics ("do this weird move" and "put something on the screen you can manipulate later") so i can't really fully ignore the option

of course there's a lot of other characters i love design-wise or in game concept (like aba, testament, or venom) but at this point i know i'm not really gonna have the heart to play them.
 
Yeah, Twitter's been lit the hell up about it. The conversations are interesting because it's new heads not knowing what they're gonna be in for online, and all the old heads are like, "YOU DON'T WANT THAT SMOKE, TRUST US!"
I never really learned +R because the friends I played earlier versions of XX with were no longer local by the time it came out, and online play was dead from day 1 on PS3. Haven't played it in years at this point, definitely going to get blown up by people who never stopped. Maybe I'll try out some different characters (I'm normally a Ky main). I used to have an Anji in XX, and seeing that he's finally coming back in Strive makes me want to try him again. Considering Justice as well, but I know not having a dash would be hard to deal with. Justice and Anji both have one of my favorite little things: appearing to have finished an air combo with a special move and then using another normal to knock down. Looks so cool.

Strive plays pretty differently than the previous games, so I kind of want to just treat it like a new thing and pick a character I have no expectations for, which I guess means Giovanna or Nagoriyuki.

so hey, acr ggpo patch, huh? i'm looking forward to it, and already thinking i'll try and spend some time messing with it tomorrow if i can decide a character to start focusing on. which has always been a difficulty, although i think a better understanding of my sense of personal aesthetic has made the list of "characters i'm considering" a lot shorter than it used to be. order sol and zappa are kind of up at the front, particularly for not having been in the newer games, but regular sol and dizzy have some stuff i really like that also didn't cross over, and dizzy was already one of my favorites (as well as having a great combination of huge complexity but getting a lot of reward from relatively easy stuff; i definitely felt like she was my strongest character in the rare cases i've played before). millia's way up there too, just feel straightforward and fun to do stuff with. and then there's bridget...who i'm a little less inclined to go for than before, but the yoyo stuff really is a great combination of two of my favorite mechanics ("do this weird move" and "put something on the screen you can manipulate later") so i can't really fully ignore the option

of course there's a lot of other characters i love design-wise or in game concept (like aba, testament, or venom) but at this point i know i'm not really gonna have the heart to play them.
Zappa definitely sounds like he'd be up your alley, and he's also really good in AC and +R. Sword Zappa is like Eddie if the mini-Eddie was invincible and lasted forever. And if you like Bridget for being able to throw something out to use later, Testament's worth a shot, too.
 
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