And now we start this year with a bang.
Let's start with what's new: 6-8 new characters, kinda. Elphelt and Leo are new if you didn't purchase them back with Xrd, and I hope to god you didn't, since you shouldn't be supporting ArkSys' nickel and diming. There's also Johnny and Jam Kuradoberi as new characters, making their return from X/XX, although unlike most returning characters they haven't seen many visual changes(Heck, even Zappa and Baiken, unplayable story-only returning characters, look different!) which is kinda disappointing. Jack-O is a brand new character, and she is yet another silly fanservice Blazblue-inspired character that has no place in Guilty Gear, as well as Kum, who is this game's shady on-disc DLC character and, just like Leo before her, does fit the cast, so of course they are gonna charge for her. Raven rounds up the cast as the 'expensive-to-get-with-in-game-money-but-if-you-give-us-real-$$$-you-can-have-him-now bullshit character. Oh! And Dizzy was released, for 8 bucks, alongside a free patch later down the line. And don't worry, you won't forget that you are missing characters if you don't give ArkSys more money, the character select screen will be taunting you with locked slots every time you play! I swear to god, ArkSys is one of the worst videogame companies when it comes to DLC. On the bright side of things, the new characters offer entirely new ways and movesets to play the game with, and now we've over 20 characters to play with!
With that out of the way, let's get into the Modes... after you get through the somewhat confusing menu. They tried to group modes in an effort to make it more tidy, so now, for whatever reason, VS and M.O.M. modes are under... Arcade Mode? I don't even... Regardless, it's easy to get the hang of it, but it could've been a much better, cleaner menu. Anyways, besides the online VS features, you also get offline VS CPU or Player, Episode Mode, which is a fancy way of saying Arcade Mode in which you battle 8 CPU enemies while treated to very tiny snippets of story(Except Jam and Raven, for whatever reason, they don't get anything), M.O.M. which is an ingenious take on Survival, you earn medals from defeated foes and can use them to strengthen your character as you go along.
Rounding up the modes we get a very good tutorial, a fantastic mission mode that teaches you a lot about how this game works as well as how fighting games in general work, a training mode and a combo challenge mode for each characters. All in all, a very strong assortment of modes. There's also a quirky, but addictive, new minigame: fishing. You can get every in-game unlockable, even Raven, by randomly fishing it out of the fountain instead of paying its full price... if you are lucky. In this minigame you use the customizable, cartoony avatar that you use in the online lobbies, which is really neat. They added a lot of personality to what could've otherwise been a throwaway extra,
8.0 out of 10