Guilty Gear 2: Overture deviates from the one-on-one Fighting game that most gamers have come to know the Guilty Gear series for. At best, we're treated to a stylishly unique hybrid of Action and Strategy gaming. At worst, we have a convoluted table-top game held hostage by an incredibly steep learning curve.
Allow me to break this down board-game style. I think that would be easiest.
Setting up the board, you'll have four main components. The first is the "Masterghost," your home base (and starting point) that must be protected from enemy assault and the destruction of which ends the game. Next is the "Master," the character you select and the piece on the board you have full control over. The "Servants" are subordinates of the Master. They may be assigned paths and destinations by the player. And then, "Ghosts" are nodes scattered around the board that may be taken by either team. Occupation of Ghosts provide makeshift bases for Masters and Servants to replenish vitals and receive status boosts.
The steep learning curve comes into effect as the player has to manage moving around the map as the Master, conjuring up Servants and giving them assignments, shopping for items and skills, and using strategy to topple his opponent -- all in real-time. That's quite a bit to manage, on top of how incredibly fast it all transpires. You have to learn to think quickly, act quicker, and improvise. Fortunately, the game has an exhaustive online help file (in the Start Menu), and a variety of missions built around helping the player understand the ins and outs of the frantic gameplay. Help yourself to downloadable replays from the Leaderboards to see some truly epic battles.
Guilty Gear 2 is one-of-a-kind experience; quite possibly the antithesis of the "mindless action game." It requires a lot of practice and patience, though. It helps to be a fan of both Action (Fighting) games and Strategy games.
I am going to be keeping it real with everyone. Guilty Gear 2 has to be one of the worst games that I have played in a while. I have to say that the mixture between fighting and RPG's in this case was not a good move. I wasted my time and space waiting for this game to make it's way to my XBOX 360. What else can I say about this? the graphics are like a 2 and the sound is like a 2 and the game play is 1. I know that my totals come out to 5, but I am taking a point away because of my time wasted, so -1 for wasting my time. I give this game a solid 4 and I feel that I am being nice with that.