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One way to interpret the phrase "Guilty Gear" would be as "Gears that are Guilty." The word "gear" can be used to mean a part of a larger machine, so one might be able to interpret the title as "the guilty machines of war." To take it a little deeper, the title could just be a metaphor that means "humans are creatures that cannot stop fighting."
― GG World's entry for "Guilty Gear"[src]

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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.

In Japan it has been published by Arc System Works itself & Sammy Entertainment (Later as modern day Sega).

In the West the series has had multiple different publishers including Aksys Games, PQube, Bandai Namco & more.

The series is well-known for its detailed anime-style graphics, colorful characters, technical gameplay, and the numerous allusions to hard rock and heavy metal music that serve as inspiration for its characters and soundtracks.



Main series

  1. Guilty Gear -The Missing Link- (1998)
  2. Guilty Gear 2 -Overture- (2007)[1]
  3. Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- (2014)
  4. Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- (2015)
  5. Guilty Gear -Strive- (2021)

AC Series

  1. Guilty Gear X -By Your Side "G.Gear"- (2000)[1][note 1]
  2. Guilty Gear XX -The Midnight Carnival- (2002)[1][note 2]
  3. Guilty Gear XX Λ Core (2006)[note 3]


Drama CDs





  • "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.


  • According to Daisuke Ishiwatari, the series' story theme revolves around seeking the answer to the question, "What does it mean to be human?".[2]

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  1. (Stated to be the first game in the AC Series on
  2. (While not directly said to be part of the AC Series like GGX, it is safe to assume GGXX belongs here & its sequel/update Λ Core)
  3. (The game's home console update Λ Core Plus added a completely new different story mode from the game's original release. It is in a weird limbo between sequel & update)
  4. (Listed as a spin-off on