Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus

EXCLUSIVE: It's coming to the West! First look at the new modes and features in Guilty Gear's latest chapter

We’re excited to announce that the latest chapter in the Guilty Gear series, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus, will be making its way over to North America for the PS2 later this year. Known for its rockin’ heavy metal soundtrack, a ridiculously over-the-top story that borders on absurdity and the most bizarre cast of characters you’ve ever seen, Guilty Gear was always the sort of series that appealed to the hardest of hardcore fighting fans.

If you’re a Guilty Gear virgin, your experience with mainstream fighters won’t help you much. Its ultra complex combo system makes Guile’s old re-dizzy combo in Street Fighter II seem like a walk in the park. But even if you’re not a combo perfectionist, Guilty Gear will still bewitch you with its beautiful 2D animations, original Japanese voice work, and its compelling cast of odd, nonsensical, and cute characters.

So what’s new in Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus? Fans shouldn’t expect any dramatic changes from the last title in the series, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core. But publisher, Aksys Games has packed in a fair amount of extras for fighting fans in the series’ latest chapter. We took some time with the latest preview build, and here’s what caught our eye.

Expect new stories for each character with multiple endings that depend on your battle outcomes. Like previous Guilty Gear games, Accent Core Plus earns extra points for keeping the original Japanese voice work. Plus the frequent cutscenes between battles makes Accent Core Plus’ Story mode rewards you with lots of extra back story and humorous dialogues.

Above: Bridget is a saucy Catholic nun with a penis who wants to be a manly bounty hunter. Don’t you want to find out what happens to him?

Hard rock and heavy metal and loads of music references have always been a staple of the Guilty Gear series. So it’s fitting that a free copy of the game’s soundtrack will come packed in with the boxed copy of the game. This will definitely be a nice bonus for serious fans that’ve already played the crap out of the original Accent Core.

Above: Axl Low’s similarity to Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose is probably the most famous musical reference in the series