Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 89
    I love its speed, I love its character design, I love its music, I love its general wretched excess in nearly every category. [Import]
  2. The graphics are nothing short of breathtaking.
  3. There are tons of extra moves such as two-level jumps, fireballs, hurricane kicks, dust moves, one-kill-punches and the Psych Burst which allows you to stop a combo or super move right in the middle of its execution.
  4. The mission mode being reason enough to warrant a purchase. [Mar 2003, p.83]
  5. 93
    Groundbreaking and triumphant. Lesser words just don't do justice to the superior graphics and general aesthetics of Guilty Gear X2.
  6. Arguabl[y] the best 2D fighter on the planet... Mind you, the difficulty is high-high-high. The computer, she can be a cruel mistress, and there's no shame in getting frustrated about it.
  7. 100
    It is the total package 2D fighter. Any fighting fan owes it to him or herself to snatch this one immediately.
  8. A deep fighting game with loads of strategy involved, tons of game modes and memorable characters, this game showcases two of the fundamental tenets of the genre: addictive, fast-paced action and solid controls.
  9. As well as this fighter plays (it's like a drug) and as deep as it is, it's the animation that keeps me coming back for more. [Mar 2003, p.64]
  10. From an aural standpoint GGX2 is equally impressive.
  11. A stunning game with great graphics, sound and outstanding gameplay that adds up a top class fighting game.
  12. What makes GGX2 so impressive after long sessions of play are its many layers of depth. [Mar 2003, p.32]
  13. Where the game shines is control. Not to say the other features contained in Guilty Gear X2 are not spectacular, because indeed they are, but I have not in recent memory played a fighting game with such fluid control.
  14. 93
    What may amaze people the most is the sound quality in the game. The game's designers were of the opinion that video games don't have enough hard rock and metal in them, and I'll be, they were right. I suppose it's of no surprise that such edgy material works well with a fighting game, but the quality of the choices just enhances the game. You want to press the attack partly because the music is practically egging you on.
  15. The real challenge is not how you perform a move or ability, but rather when to do so. The rules of this title promote fair play by penalizing contenders who resort to stall tactics.
  16. Drool-worthy graphics, head-banger’s delight music, and absolutely stunning gameplay.
  17. A comprehensive, deep and fun fighting game.
  18. Beautiful. Stunning. Gorgeous. A heart stopping, melt-in-your-pants looker. High resolution sprites and meticulously animated everything combine to make one hell of an enjoyable visual mess.

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