Guilty Gear (ギルティギア, Giruti Gia?) is a series of Japanese fighting games developed by Arc System Works, and designed by artist and music composer Daisuke Ishiwatari. It has variously been published by Arc System Works itself, Aksys Games, PQube, Sega, Sammy Entertainment and Kiss Ltd.
The series is well-known for its detailed anime-style graphics, colorful characters, technical gameplay, and the numerous references to hard rock and heavy metal music that serve as inspiration for its characters and soundtracks.
- Main series
- Guilty Gear (1998)
- Guilty Gear X (2000)
- Guilty Gear XX (2002)
- Guilty Gear 2 -Overture- (2007)
- Guilty Gear Vastedge XT (2013)
- Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- (2014)
- Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- (2015)
- Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 (2017)
- Guilty Gear -Strive- (2021)
- Guilty Gear Petit (2001)
- Guilty Gear Petit 2 (2001)
- Guilty Gear Isuka (2004)
- Guilty Gear Dust Strikers (2006)
- Guilty Gear RoA (2006)
- Guilty Gear Judgment (2006)
- Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? (2010)
- Guilty Gear X Drama CD Vol.1 (2001)
- Guilty Gear X Drama CD Vol.2 (2001)
- Guilty Gear XX Drama CD Red (2003)
- Guilty Gear XX Drama CD Black (2003)
- Guilty Gear XX Drama CD Night of Knives Vol.1 (2004)
- Guilty Gear XX Drama CD Night of Knives Vol.2 (2004)
- Guilty Gear XX Drama CD Night of Knives Vol.3 (2004)
- Guilty Gear X Lightning the Argent (2001)
- Guilty Gear X The Butterfly and Her Gale (2002)
- Guilty Gear Begin (2018)
- The series has two iconic phrases "Heaven or Hell" and "Let's Rock", which are said by the announcer at the start of almost every battle.
- "Tension" alludes to the tension of a string of an instrument, namely a guitar.
- "Overdrive" alludes to an electric guitar effect.
- When someone is defeated, the announcer and on-screen text say "SLASH" which alludes to the guitarist who has played with Guns N' Roses named Slash. Slash is also the name of the attack button set to Δ (triangle) by default on PlayStation systems.
- When combos are performed, there is on-screen text that says "BEAT", another musical term.
- The X and XX games and their updates are stated to be gaiden entries to the series, with the X standing for "extra".[source needed] They are considered canonical, but their multiple endings are largely inconsequential or are outright contradicted by Overture, the true continuation to the original Guilty Gear and second "main" installment, or by the Xrd games (as Xrd stands for "third") that follow from there.
- According to Daisuke Ishiwatari, the series' story theme revolves around seeking the answer to the question, "What does it mean to be human?".