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Review: Guilty Gear Strive (PS5) – An Exceptional Fighting Game that Sets the Bar for Visuals and Online Play

Ride the fire.

Guilty Gear has always been massively underappreciated as a fighting game series. The franchise, which first threw punches on the original PlayStation all the way back in 1998, has steadily accumulated an incredibly loyal fanbase over the last couple of decades, but it’s never been able to crack a more mainstream crowd. And that’s a real shame, because Guilty Gear, at least in its more recent forms, should be revered for its artistic achievements and engrossing gameplay.

Guilty Gear Strive is specifically designed to break through the barriers and deliver a more welcoming incarnation. Complete with jaw-dropping visuals and more accessible gameplay (we’ll expand on both of these points later), Strive represents a new direction for the series, as it attempts to walk a very fine line between appealing to newcomers and sating its established hardcore audience.

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