Guilty Gear -Strive- Review

As an outsider looking in, the Guilty Gear franchise was historically defined by three things:

  • Incredible anime art style
  • Rocking soundtrack
  • Gameplay mechanics so complex you needed a Ph. D. just to be competent

While the franchise’s core audience love it for those reasons, my limited time playing Guilty Gear Xrd was a real struggle. Even with my prior experience in other fighting games at a competitive level, its layers of gameplay systems and character-specific systems immediately overwhelmed me.

Complexity doesn’t necessarily make Guilty Gear bad. In fact, with fighting game design as a whole moving towards a more streamlined approach, Guilty Gear was one of the last bastions for 2D fighters with that level of depth.

As such, the reality of ArcSys streamlining the mechanics of Guilty Gear -Strive- in hopes of brining more players to fold is one that will ruffle feathers on both sides.

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Disrespected! – Guilty Gear -Strive- Live Stream

I should have taken Sol more seriously as he knocks my block off in multiple Guilty Gear -Strive- sets! With this being week 1, I attempt to get acquainted with Giovanna and Anji Mito in hopes of eventually settling on a main!

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Diving Into Team Deathmatch in Rogue Company!

Rogue Company finally gets a straight-up Team Deathmatch mode. Let’s try it out!

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Retro Revival Beatdown! – Streets of Rage 4 Live Stream

10 years after Mr. X was defeated, his children return to terrorize Wood Oak City! PlayerTwoStart joins me as we attempt to take back the streets in Streets of Rage 4!

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So Many Balls! – Knockout City Live Stream

The competition in Knockout City is only getting tougher as players come to grips with its brand of dodgeball. Thankfully, I’ve got PlayerTwoStart and Qowface to back me up! We take part in a thrilling stretch of street and ranked matches!

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Overwatch Anniversary 2021 Live Stream!

Happy Birthday, Overwatch! PlayerTwoStart and I return to our favourite shooter to unlock the event-exclusive Echo skin! We also play a hot new board game that forces me to answer the question, “Is Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64 overrated?”

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Knockout City Review

Video game dodgeball has existed since the 80s with the likes of Super Dodge Ball. As a whole though, dodgeball is an underutilized concept. Maybe other game designers didn’t want to step on the toes of the Kunio-Kun universe. Maybe they just didn’t have any ideas to expand on the core concept of hitting people in the face with balls.

Enter Knockout City. Taking cues from team deathmatch shooters, Metroid Prime, and…fighting games(?)…this might be the most ambitious dodgeball game yet.

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Surprise Hit of 2021!? – Knockout City Live Stream

 

Like a dodgeball to the back of the head, no one could have seen Knockout City being an early success story of 2021! PlayerTwoStart, Muligoon, and I throw our balls around in this set of Street and League matches!

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Knockout City is a very traditional game (with a fairly unique twist)

Underneath the veneer of fantastical dodgeball, Knockout City is a team deathmatch shooter. Players roam around an enclosed space, hitting each other with projectiles to score points.

In practice, Knockout City feels very different from a traditional shooter. Not because you’re hurling dodgeballs instead of firing bullets. Its unique feel is derived from the absence of a core tenet of shooter design: aiming.

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Mack is Out for Justice in Rogue Company!

The latest addition to Rogue Company is a broadsword-wielding Scotsman who is out for justice! I put Mack to the test in this set of Rogue Company matches with the Dubs All Day crew!

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