Guilty Gear X, or By Your Side in Japan, is an up and coming fighting game developed and published by Arc System Works and released by Sammy Corporation. The second release of the successful Guilty Gear series, Guilty Gear X has been developed over a relatively short period of time, around two months before the release of its sequel, Guilty Gear X Revolutions. The story of Guilty Gear X revolves around a man called Johnny who lives in a peaceful town called Sumaria. One day, he went out with his childhood friend Jody to go to a movie on the town's main street, but Jody ends up getting attacked by an unknown serial killer who uses an experimental serum known as "Glock" to transform some people into powerful fighting machines. Johnny then gets his older sister Mommy to use her ability to transform into a powerful, almost indestructible weapon known as "GE". Together they fight off the killer and save the town.
In this second release of Guilty Gear X, you can return to the fighting pits and continue the storyline from the first installment. However, instead of using your fighting stylist in the game to damage your opponent and accumulate points, you will use two points earned from each hit that you take to drain your opponent's energy, which in turn gives you "rage" which can be used to do things like execute special moves or take out a large number of enemies all at one time. As you gain rage, you can perform special moves that have been added to the list, such as spinning, jumping, and even going up in the air for an aerial combo attack! However, while your attacks are very powerful, they are not very reliable or powerful enough to take down some of your opponents standing, so you will want to use your combo moves sparingly if you wish to take down your opponents quickly and easily.
This is the second installment in the Guilty Gear X fighting series, and it offers a great deal more content than the original arcade version. You can choose between Story mode, Endless Mode, and battle with custom built characters, and the fighting stages are larger and offer a greater challenge. There is also a lot more content in the Dreamcast version, which allows a player to develop their own fighting strategies and learn advanced moves from tutorials. Either version of Guilty Gear X is just as fun to play, so whichever one you pick you should make sure to put some time into it and really enjoy what you can get out of it.