Guilty Gear -Strive- Reviews

Guilty Gear -Strive- is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Recommended
Jun 9, 2021

With Guilty Gear Strive, Arc System Works has made its famously complex fighting game series easier to get into, but no less rewarding.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2021

Guilty Gear Strive sets a new standard for anime-like fighting games with its visuals, stellar netcode, and flexible fighting system that encourages and rewards creativity.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2021
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GameCentral
Top Critic
9 / 10
Jun 8, 2021

One of the best looking video games ever made and the most accessible Guilty Gear has ever been, with impressively deep combat and memorable characters.

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8 / 10
Jun 11, 2021

Guilty Gear Strive continues the series' legacy of complex and rewarding technical fighters, enhanced with a new look, characters, and ideas that bring its bold, complex gameplay to new heights.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2021

If I was looking for an on-ramp to understanding Guilty Gear or even one-on-one anime fighters, this is the game to do it with; and what’s here looks ready to act as a platform for more to come, as there will no doubt be balance changes and new characters to come. I can lament what it might be missing, but Guilty Gear Strive is also what I needed right now: a good, solid, very online-capable fighting game with plenty of big swords, charging dolphins, and doctors with questionable credentials to go around.

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8 / 10
Jun 15, 2021

Guilty Gear -Strive- excels in all the areas you'd expect it to – the music is sick, the characters look crazy, the fighting is fun, and May players deserve nothing. It's an old dog that's been taught new tricks, and all of those tricks are rad as hell. At the same time, it feels like it can be so much more. The story mode is clunky and the Online Mode can use some work, but I'm sure as post-launch support ramps up we'll see stellar improvements to both those fronts.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2021

‎Making its mastery a habit, Arc System Works further strengthens the value and relevance of its famous saga through a Guilty Gear -Strive- that stands as an essential acquisition for all fans of the fighting genre. In its role of perfecting the famed style that has characterized the franchise, this new iteration fully fulfills the mandate and is shaping up to become one of the most enjoyable titles of the entire current year.‎

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86 / 100
Jun 8, 2021

One of the most spectacular fighting games ever made, with a game dynamics that may appeal to any player... Although its main focus is online gaming. It may feel a little too shallow in content.

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TJ Denzer
Top Critic
9 / 10
Jun 7, 2021

It’s been such an incredibly long road for Guilty Gear. I actually cried in joy when Guilty Gear Xrd was first announced, bringing proper 2D fighting back under the reins Arc System Works. With Strive, my heart still fluttered, but for more than just getting a new fighting game in this franchise I so love. I marvel at what it means for fighting games as a whole. Guilty Gear Strive is a whole new level of beast. It represents the most visually gorgeous, the most full-featured, and the most technically sound that modern 2D fighting games have to offer, and anything that hopes to compete with it has quite the work cut out for it.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2021

With Guilty Gear -Strive-, Arc System Works has found a formula to make accessibility and depth coexist. The characters are memorable and the game mechanics guarantee always varied games, despite more limited move lists and combo routes than in the past.

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IGN Spain
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2021

Guilty Gear Strive is a hyperbolic exercise in style in the fighting genre, the next step in a path initiated by Arc System Works that combines form and substance to create a new instalment that reaffirms the strength of a saga that, despite being niche, is practically undeniable. Lucid to achieve that "easy to play, difficult to master", as precise as it is enjoyable in combat and concise in its proposal. A must for fans of the genre and a safe bet for anyone in the mood for great fights to the rhythm of good guitar playing.

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Jun 10, 2021

Guilty Gear Strive pushes the fighting game genre into the next generation with immense style and engrossing gameplay.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2021

Guilty Gear Strive is a real triumph for Arc System Works, fast becoming the gold standard of the genre, and it is going to be extremely fun to see how it plays out in coming months.

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GamingTrend
David Flynn
Top Critic
85 / 100
Jun 7, 2021

Guilty Gear -Strive- is an excellent fighting game with gorgeous visuals, but feels like it's lacking in content. There are essentially only three modes of play, arcade, survival, and online. While the complex inputs and lack of a decent tutorial will leave some players in the dust, fighting feels so good you won't want to put the controller down.

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4 / 5 stars
Jun 8, 2021

Guilty Gear -Strive- will impress longtime fans of the series and has made significant changes to lower the barrier of entry for newcomers, but there might not enough content for some.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Despite a rocky development cycle amongst a series of open and closed betas that had the FGC divided in their impressions of the game, Strive has released in its best state so far and presents itself as a solid foundation to build upon for many iterations to come in the future.

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JVL
Kikitoès
Top Critic
15 / 20
Jun 18, 2021

Guilty Gear Strive takes a dry turn for the series and opens up to as many people as possible, or almost.

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9 / 10
Jun 18, 2021

Guilty Gear Strive is a different kind of Guilty Gear. Veteran players may not appreciate some of the changes, but there's no denying that this is still an exceptional fighting game. On a mechanical level, Strive is immensely satisfying and hugely rewarding. On a visual level, it's quite simply unmatched in its genre, and the same can be said of its outstanding online netcode. Where it matters, Strive is a borderline masterpiece.

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Daily Mirror
Eugene Sowah
Top Critic
Jun 14, 2021

There are a few mechanics that would've been nice to see in action though. Offline mode does need a few more modes for players to sink their teeth in. However, Strive hit the nail on the head in most departments and is a must-have for any fans of the genre

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