Fighters That’ll Teach You the “Smell of the Game” While Waiting for Guilty Gear Strive

While Guilty Gear Strive has had two open betas, that may not have been enough to satisfy the craving of your blazing heart. Thankfully, there are other fighting games that can teach you the fundamentals you’ll need before you hear that glorious Daisuke guitar riff once again.

Samurai Shodown

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The neutral in both fighters don’t require combos to be dangerous.

While Samurai Shodown isn’t a pinnacle of popularity in the fighter scene, it does have some striking design similarities to Strive. Combos are quite short if present at all. The neutral plays quite risky, as basic buttons slice off chunks of HP. Samurai Shodown is intentionally slower-paced, which also seems to be the theme with Strive.

While other games have a myriad of characters, SamSho and Strive have smaller rosters. This helps new players get up to speed with match-ups but also allows for more variation between the individual characters.

Samurai Shodown is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus

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Granblue Fantasy: Versus can ease beginners into fighting games without special inputs.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus has a heavy emphasis on accessibility via simple combo routes. If you’re looking to improve your neutral, Versus won’t chastise you for having a less than stellar punish game. In fact, Granblue Fantasy: Versus features simpler specials when compared to Guilty Gear Strive, since you can perform specials at the push of a button instead of a traditional input. Granblue Fantasy: Versus is available now on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus has clear-cut archetypes that almost seem straight out of Guilty Gear. Characters like Ferry scream “zoner” with her whip ghastly ghosts, so if you have a preference for a specific fighting style, you’ll find a character quickly. This is also true for Strive. They are both developed by Arc System Works, after all! Speaking of which…

Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Movement options are key in both games, even with the difference in combo duration.

While Dragon Ball FighterZ seems like the exact opposite of Guilty Gear Strive with its string of lunatic combos, many of its movement options are shared. Both Dragon Ball FighterZ and Guilty Gear Strive feature universal airdash and burst mechanics for a dollop of complexity in their neutral interaction. Ironically, Dragon Ball FighterZ has a simpler combo system available than Guilty Gear Xrd, so it acts as a more accessible, similar game to Strive than its own predecessor.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Guilty Gear Strive will arrive in a paltry few weeks. If you’re new to fighting games, any amount of combo simplification will not quell a beginner’s anxiety. What can help is having similar experiences that deal with skills that you will need in every match. Learning more patient-neutral and mastering movement controls are skills that will stick with you for any amount of iterations your favorite fighter’s release.


Guilty Gear: Strive is coming to PS4, PS5, and PC-via Steam on June 11, 2021.


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