Guilty Gear DS is an all new vision of the franchise, and while it doesn’t have the solid gameplay or flow of the original, it’s great to see developers take a chance. Unfortunately, fans will want to pass this one up, as more things were added to the fix-it list than were taken out. The gameplay is sloppy and basic, the characters suffer from less of an animation budget on the smaller system, and the overall feel just isn’t worthy of the Guilty Gear name. There’s a bit of fun to be had on the most basic of levels, but the overall strategy is far too small. Players will inevitably resort to button mashing, which is a far cry from the complexity of the Guilty Gear franchise. A similar approach is going to be taken for the PSP version, adding all new gameplay to try and win over the handheld crowd. With luck this will be a better transition, as Guilty Gear Dust Strikers isn’t worth the cash. Here’s hoping for a traditional sequel.