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GUTS Review – Guts But No Glory

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Overall - 50%


I applaud GUTS' attempts to add more innovation and creativity to an otherwise stagnant genre. However, past its comedic value, GUTS will struggle to keep you entertained for more than a few hours.

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If Tarantino decided to break into the videogame industry, I’m sure his twisted take on creativity would result in a game with ridiculously over-the-top blood and gore – which brings us to this GUTS review. In recent years, the fighting game genre has evolved to new levels of competition, it’s a serious scene on the eSports circuit, and games are hyper analyzed for flaws and unbalanced characters. Enter GUTS, a game that takes about 15 seconds to convince you that it doesn’t plan on taking itself seriously at all.

GUTS Review

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A cast of insanely designed characters participate in Gory Ultimate Tournament Show, a new type of reality show launched as a result of a hyper consumerist society where scientists believe watching violence on TV makes viewers healthier and more open to peaceful solutions. I’m way ahead of my time – I always thought watching people get decapitated was a healthy way to spend my time, but sadly the science of today has yet to reach my level of intellect.

At its core, GUTS is a traditional one-on-one beat ’em up, infused with a lot of humor and comical character designs. Where it truly differs is the victory mechanics. There are no health bars, so hitting a 38 hit combo by constantly kicking your opponent into the air, in the corner of the arena, won’t get you far – and for that I’m thankful. Rather, you win by dismembering your opponent. Both legs, then both arms, and then finally the finishing blow. It’s a fresh idea, and the creativity is there, but more often than not it just gets ridiculous. Two fighters (or stumps I guess) with every limb cut off, hopping around in a pool of blood trying to stump the other to death. It’s funny the first time, but soon gets old.

Despite its obvious focus on comedy, GUTS is actually a deep fighting game. Each of the characters feels different. Some are heavy while others are light, which influences how they move and how they respond to enemy attacks. I wasn’t able to find a character I liked visually, though there are plenty of mechanical differences to make it worth your while to try them all. Stringing together a succession of hits before finishing your opponent off with a GUTS move (the abilities that dismember) is truly rewarding and doesn’t lose its accomplishment value at any point.

GUTS includes a host of modes such as a story mode, online versus, couch versus, a tutorial, and a couple of others. The tutorial bugged out on me the first two to three times I tried to do it, and I wasn’t able to find an opponent online, so those looking for a long-term beat ’em up will need a couch buddy to play with.

I applaud GUTS’ attempts to add more innovation and creativity to an otherwise stagnant genre. However, past its comedic value, GUTS will struggle to keep you entertained for more than a few hours.

[infobox style=’success’ static=’1′]This GUTS Review was written based on the PC version of the game. A digital code was provided.[/infobox]

Blaine Smith

Blaine Smith, or Smith as he prefers to be called as he doesn't have to repeat it four times before people get it, is one of the original founders of Gamers Heroes. Smith has been playing games for over 30 years, from Rex & 180 on ZX Spectrum to the latest releases on the ninth generation of consoles. RPG's are his go-to genre, with the likes of Final Fantasy, Legend of Legaia, and Elder Scrolls being among his favorites, but he'll play almost anything once (except Dark Souls). You can best reach him on Twitter

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