Category Archives: Xbox

This category is for Xbox games. This includes titles released directly for the console, as well as those ported to the Xbox from other platforms. The reviews are listed in chronological order, and if you’re looking for a particular title please use the search bar at the top of the screen.

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It should also be pointed out that this area doubles as an archive, so reviews may go back quite a bit.

Haven Review: Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R

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A little late then never, we got our hands on Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R on Steam and it’s time to give it our review.

Now right from the start the opening cutscene seems really well done, showing off yet again the characters you expect to see in the Guilty Gear franchise; from Sol Badguy to Ky, and Bridget as well the notorious transvestite that has had many a young boy questioning their sexuality. Nah, I’m kidding, but when they reveal Bridget as a guy it does get pretty hilarious.Guilty-Gear-XX-Accent-Core-Plus-R-not-work Now once we get to the menu I’m slightly confused, as I have music blaring into my headset and it’s really hard to navigate and focus with it. But at long last I found the options menu, only to discover the sound is not there for whatever reason. I noticed afterwards that the sound is a completely separate option, and lowered the sound. It seems ridiculous though, not to have all the options in one spot.

You would think that with a port they would do a little more fine-tuning and make sure it’s all good, but they couldn’t be bothered with that. So after that, we move into the training mode where we just get a feel for the controls. Just like all the previous Guilty Gear titles, there is nothing wrong with them. The game controls fine and it’s very responsive. In fact I’d go as far as to say it responds better than the previous titles did, and was really easy to pick up.GG1-620x

So we break into Story Mode playing as my favorite character, Ky (mainly because of his notable blue and white outfit that is the reverse of my own coat). Loading up with Ky I get a feel for the story and its general setup is a bit disappointing. They just move the characters’ faces over the top of the screen so signify who is talking, before going to the combat. The most ridiculous part about the entire thing is that there is a robotic Ky now who begins to shout almost religiously that data is the only truth of the universe. GG3-620xBut the robotics Ky designs is literally one of the worst things I have ever seen in general for anime-styled character, as well as it using the trope that because it was based off the original and it’s a robot it must be superior.

Conclusion: though the game is pretty solid for a fighting-style title, it ultimately lacks the appeal of a promising story. It also suffers from poor menu management. Other than that, it remains solid overall.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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Haven Review: Guilty Gear Isuka

ggiFirst up is our disclaimer.  We got this game because we wanted to review it, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.guilty-gear-isuka-1

Guilty Gear Isuka is an older fighting game that was originally released in arcades back in
December, 2003. In later years it has worked itself onto other platforms, such as Sony Playstation 2, Xbox and PC .

The game features a unique cast of twenty playable characters; including a cross-dresser, the Chief of the International Police, and everything in between.

Despite its age, the game offers a variety of modes in which to fight. There is of course the classic arcade style, as well as two-vs.-two and two-vs-one combat. The game also offers the ability to modify character pallets, so as to customize your avatar.guilty-gear-isuka-20041110100745497

Unless you’re familiar with arcade fighting systems, the controls for the game will prove quite challenging. As a rookie, I will personally avoid the arcades in Akihabara for quite some time!

With its eclectic cast and challenging game mechanics, Guilty Gear Isuka is not for everyone. But if you’re a fan of the old arcade slap and smack, you might just want to give it a go.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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Haven Review: Guilty Gear X2

560First up is our disclaimer.  We got this game because we wanted to review it, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Guilty Gear, the arcade-style fighting franchise, makes its way back in another round of combat insanity. If you have watched Sol Badguy in ScrewAttack’s Death Battle then you know that the shit has hit the fan in this epic series.

Meet Guilty Gear X2; time once again to insert quarter, pick your fighter and go to town (minus the putting in the quarter part, unless you are at an arcade and they still have machines setup).Guilty_Gear_Core_Screenshot_Wii_UK_1948

You can play in arcade-mode…”campaign-mode” if you’re not familiar with retro-terminology…as well as in versus-mode. You select from a series of unique characters including Sol Badguy, Bridget, and all the rest. Just a word of warning about Bridget though, the she’s actually a “he”. Cross-dressing nuns mess up everyone’s day!

The game offers the unique feature of fighting alongside a partner in two dimensions. One player fights in the background alongside you in the foreground, if that makes sense. Just think of watching a doubles tennis match! Things get a bit harder if your teammate is knocked out though, so be careful of that.bridget-xxhr

Unlike the previous iteration of Guilty Gear on Steam, this one has more detailed graphics and enhanced game play; giving players a more arcade-like feel. The game was originally released on Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 2, and other consoles.

All in all is Guilty Gear X2 worth it? With its advanced combat mechanics, updated characters and deep metagaming, I say “Yes”. As I mentioned in my first Guilty Gear review: If you’re a fan of arcade fighters, such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, then this is a game I highly recommend.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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