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Guilty Gear Strive review roundup: Tons of praise for the graphics and gameplay but no one likes those lobbies

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 8, 2021 at 3:05 p.m. PDT • Comments: 33

Guilty Gear Strive is now available to those with early access through Deluxe and Ultimate Editions, which means that players will soon be sharing their detailed opinions about Arc System Works' new fighting game, but what does the rest of the internet have to say about the title right now?

We've gathered a number of the largest and most notable reviews for Strive released thus far, which are pretty much all overwhelmingly positive, and it's interesting to see how people outside of just the core fighting game community are viewing it.

Currently, the latest Guilty Gear entry is sitting with a Metacritic score of 89 out of 100 from 16 reviews, which puts it above pretty much every other fighting game ArcSys has released in recent years like Granblue Fantasy: Versus, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, the Guilty Gear Xrd releases and barely ahead of Dragon Ball FighterZ at the moment though we'll have to wait and see where the dust settles once more are in.

The aspect of the game to receive the highest praise overall appears to be its graphical fidelity and strong art style that has places like Noisy Pixel and Metro's GameCentral calling it the best-looking 2D fighting game ever made.

As for its faults, the biggest issue some publications have is the relatively short amount of content available to keep players engaged with some comparing it to the launch of Street Fighter 5.

The dislike of Strive's lobby system has reached outside of our circles too even after the improvements made to it. Strive's lack of regular combo trials are brought up in multiple reviews as well.

Overall, people seem to be happy with how the new gameplay style turned out with its focus of helping bring in new players without losing the charm of Guilty Gear with IGN calling the removal of Gatling combos a great change that gives matches a more deliberate and neutral-focused pace.

We've linked up a number of reviews, scores and blurbs below to check out, and of course there's our own in-depth review, which we highly recommend giving a read as well.

IGN - 9/10

"Guilty Gear Strive is a milestone 2D fighting game that raises the bar for anime-like fighters in terms of its visuals, online netcode, and sheer creativity found in all aspects of its design."

Shacknews - 9/10

"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."

GameSpew - 8/10

"Guilty Gear Strive isn't the most generous fighting game available when it comes to content, but its wonderfully energetic combat makes up for it."

Hardcore Gamer - 4/5

"Between the gorgeous visuals, rocking soundtrack and highly-polished gameplay, Guilty Gear Strive delivers the total package when it comes to making a great fighting game and is one of the best modern 2D fighters."

Noisy Pixel - 10/10

"At launch, the experience feels complete with an in-depth single-player, robust multiplayer, and plenty of great extras. It has, without a doubt, the best 2.5D graphics featuring unreal fluidity in its animation."

PG|KizzieKay - "Even characters who may not be stronger than the top tier characters are at least able to use the system. I think the game's systems are so powerful that no matter what character you want to play, you can play them. "

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