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Feb 18, 2015

It's been a while, but Arc System Works picks a ripe moment to revive the heavy metal fighter that gave the studio its start. Guilty Gear Xrd is a vibrant, expertly handled return for Sol Badguy and company, with updated mechanics that should help wean newcomers onto its aggressive style of play, while appeasing the old guard with new options. It's among the PS4's best presented games to date, and a real highlight of the series.

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IGN

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2014

Imaginative characters, complex battles, and a killer soundtrack are just a few good reasons to love Guilty Gear Xrd.

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Dec 17, 2014

Guilty Gear Xrd Sign lives up to the high-speed standards of its predecessors, but doesn't bring enough of its own to the table to exceed them.

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Metro GameCentral

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8 / 10
Jan 5, 2015

One of the best looking fighting games ever and the most successful attempt yet to make an interactive anime, even if it is a little lacking in content and new ideas.

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Dec 15, 2014

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is a triumphant return for a fighting series that stayed in hiding for an entire generation. Arc System Works has laid a visual salvo with 3D models that animate like 2D art. Combined with the amazing soundtrack and technical gameplay, Xrd is a great fighter. The only thing that holds it back is an obtuse online match system and a relatively lean roster. If you're a guilty Gear fan, it's definitely worth a purchase.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2014

Guilty Gear is still one of the most badass fighting franchises out there, and Xrd -Sign- honors that legacy. It looks breathtaking, the action is constant and in-your-face, and although the roster is smaller than I'd like, there is a lot of variation to be found once you start digging into the game.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2015

It's hard to get hung up on the game's shortcomings when the core fighting looks and feels so outstanding. Matches are often loud, colorful spectacles in a way few competitors can match. And though the roster isn't the biggest, each character has an abundance of style and complexity. Like the rest of the series, Guilty Gear Xrd takes patience and commitment to fully wrap your head around, but the rewards are so substantial that the investment is absolutely worth it. Nothing is quite like Guilty Gear, and Xrd expertly demonstrates why it's been missed so much.

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Attack of the Fanboy

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Jan 1, 2015

Bringing the series to the current generation of consoles for the first time, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- offers a wide array of silly characters that provides endless fun for the player between both offline and online play, specifically strengthened by cross-play between PS4 and PS3.

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Dec 18, 2015

A strong entry for franchise fans, and runs fluently on PC to give the expressive anime visual style the opportunity to show off its fullest potential.

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ZTGD

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2014

[E]ven with its faults, GGXrd is an excellent foundation for the inevitable half dozen or so iterations to come. While it may prove to be a divisive title in the hardcore community, it's an excellent point for newcomers to jump in and learn firsthand why the name "Guilty Gear" commands so much respect in the fighting game community.

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8.8 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2015

Without a doubt the most accessible Guilty Gear game to date. Plus, it is absolutely stunning to see in motion thanks to its unique and impressive visual style. Screenshots alone just don't do this game justice.

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Oct 4, 2016

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- is packed with plenty of content and excellent tutorial modes to teach you its fighting mechanics, but its community has already moved on.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2014

Easily one of the best fighting games of the year, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN shows that you can stick with basic fighting concepts while trying something new at the same time. As a result, the PlayStation 4 has yet another benefit to its library – and it's just going to get bigger and better as 2015 rolls around.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2014

What is true right now is that Guilty Gear Xrd is a phenomenal fighting game, potentially the best of 2014 and a must have for series and genre fans.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2014

Even though you know the new era of Guilty Gear will be better a sequel or two from now, this first step into the future of the franchise is absolutely worth checking out for both longtime fans and newcomers alike.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2014

Guilty Gear Xrd does everything it can to bring in sheltered fighting fans like myself while also maintaining the depth that made longtime fans swoon.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2015

Guilty Gear Xrd – SIGN rules in so many ways. They announced a new Street Fighter, I hear, but I do not care. Guilty Gear is a good time. I love fighting games and I will always hype ones that are good but Guilty Gear is special. Not too many games make me feel like I'm having as much fun as these do. Other games are more popular and other games are easier to learn, but only Guilty Gear is this happy to be here.

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4 / 5.0
Dec 17, 2014

Guilty Gear Xrd is back to its challenging but entertaining roots, managing to be a happy medium between casual fighters like Mortal Kombat and longtime competitive titles like Street Fighter. It's not without it's plot-related flaws, the result of misplaced ambition, assuredly, but Xrd enters the generation as the go-to change-of-pace fighter that's nearly impossible to put down once you get started.

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8 / 10
Feb 14, 2015

A great start to the new-gen fighting game movement

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9 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2015

While the story mode feels like a missed opportunity, and minor issues on the periphery detract, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN is still an impeccably polished, lavishly produced, and lovingly crafted fighting game – worthy of a spot on anyone's shelf.

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