Sunday, May 10, 2009

1 Reason Guilty Gear Overture Blew (and 2 Reasons It Rocked)

1 Reason Guilty Gear Overture Blew

1. Sega
Sega proved once and for all that Square is not the only cannibal game corporation out there when they merged with Sammy and decided killing Guilty Gear would be a fun way to celebrate. Don't get me wrong, Guilty Gear Overture wasn't a bad game, but it also wasn't a good game. It was mediocre and most of all it was just disappointing, in much the same way every Sonic game post-Genesis was disappointing.

Guilty Gear Overture was Sega's way of telling fans that the series under their control would have nothing to do with the X series that people loved or the characters we'd grown so attached to. Arc System Works, the group that created Guilty Gear, was just as pissed as the rest of us, which leads us to...

2 Reasons Guilty Gear Overture Rocked

2. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
On the other hand, maybe it's for the best. Guilty Gear's creators have been stuck in a bit of a loop lately, with pretty much every new edition of the game being little more than a revised version of Guilty Gear XX: The Midnight Carnival. Even Guilty Gear Isuka, the game that was supposed to change Guilty Gear forever, was pretty much the same thing. Sega may have stolen a beloved franchise, but at least we're moving on.

Accent Core Plus is a bittersweet game. It's bitter because it marks the end of Guilty Gear and, yes, it's also just a revised Guilty Gear XX. On the other hand, it's sweet because it ends the series on a high note by not only making what's likely the best of the Guilty Gear saga but also by finally wrapping up the storylines we've all been so involved with. Eddie, Robo-Ky...we finally get to see how these stories end. Just like Square and Capcom, the creators of Guilty Gear are more than capable of making a good game when they choose to (ie. Guilty Gear Judgment), and Accent Core Plus proves it.

1. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
Overture is also not the end of Arc System Works. When Sega refused to return Guilty Gear to its owners Arc System Works and Aksys Games left to create a new fighting game series. From the looks of it BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger takes everything that was sweet about Guilty Gear, concentrates it into its purest form, and injects it into a shiny new body. Oh hell, just see for yourself.

Yes, Overture marks the end of something great, but it also marks the beginning of something even better. Just like how a forest fire kills off the stagnant and dying in order to make room for new growth, so too has Sega's shameless self-service made way for the new hotness that is BlazBlue.

That said, fuck Sega.

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