WorthPlaying: "A lot of games claim to be genre-bending, but normally that's little more than PR speak and a smoke and mirrors attempt to get gamers to buy the same old thing dressed up in a pretty new package. Alas, that isn't the case with Guilty Gear 2: Overture, which truly does defy classification, often to a fault. The title is part action game and part strategy, and you never quite know what it's going to throw at you next. You are then left with a shallow but fun title that, with a little more focus, could have been something truly amazing.
First off, the story line in Overture is pretty incomprehensible to any but the most thoroughly knowledgeable series fanatics. Characters prattle on and on about "the Backyard," That Man/the Gear Maker, chords, the 12 steps and various other babble that is never going to make sense for the vast majority of players. The short version of what's going on is that series protagonist Sol Badguy has been summoned to save the kingdom of Illyria from a mysterious girl who has been killing off Gears, living weapons used for war centuries ago. Sol is determined to figure out her motive, and once he does, he must put a stop to her nefarious plans. Honestly, that's all the story elements a layman will understand, so don't worry too much about what else is going on."