Guilty Gear XX ♯Reload (spoken as "Sharp Reload") is the first update to Guilty Gear XX and the ninth installment of the Guilty Gear series. Among other changes, it features balancing adjustments such as giving Robo-Ky his own moveset and the inclusion of Shadow characters.
The initial arcade release of ♯Reload featured a red #Reload logo, but due to containing infinite combos and game breaking bugs, a replacement disc with fixes and balance adjustments was later distributed to arcades, featuring a blue ♯Reload logo. The two versions are colloquially known as Red Reload (赤リロ, Akai Riro?) and Blue Reload (青リロ, Ao Riro?) in Japan.
The game was included in a bundle with the spin-off Guilty Gear Judgment for the PSP outside of Japan.
Guilty Gear XX ♯Reload is a revised version of Guilty Gear XX, and follows the same plot. However, the gameplay changes to Robo-Ky cause the story battle intros involving him to be entirely reworked.
- An HUD change now features a brand-new Burst Gauge look.
- Both Roman Cancel types had their effects changed from solid and deep-colored to a more faded-light effect similar to an Overdrive activation flash.
- No major changes to the general gameplay, but several changes are done to balance the cast, thus reworking the tier lists overall (mainly via balancing around Eddie's top tier status in the prior game).
- Robo-Ky is made playable from the beginning. Deemed to be either overpowered/underpowered in tournament play, his command list was completely reworked from the ground up to be a entirely different character in gameplay, as well as gaining a proper EX Mode. He thus became tournament legal from this game onwards.
- However, in Story Mode, his voice clips in the dialogue and his role in each story mode he appears in still remain the same.
- EX characters were rebalanced as well, though Kliff and Justice in the console version only had minor balances.
- Another notable touch is the inclusion of "Shadow" characters, in the same vein of EX and Gold versions.
- The number of challenges in Mission Mode was increased to 100.
- Survival Mode now has 1000 levels, and the player can damage the enemy normally or perform combos to each the next level quicker.
- The Korean version, with a Korean voice cast, was given a completely different soundtrack with a more darker tone to the music, composed by Shin Haechul and said to focus more on rhythm rather than melody (it is mixed in with techno as well, but the traditional thrash/metal/rock is still retained in the tracks).
- The Xbox and original Windows versions feature the animated trailer for Guilty Gear X.
- Due to fan-based patches, the Windows version of ♯Reload also features online play.
- The Steam version comes bundled with the two-disc Guilty Gear XX Original Soundtrack for no extra charge since September 25, 2014.
- Guilty Gear X2 updated versions at Wikipedia