The game features four main modes: Network Mode, Practice Mode, Battle Mode and Story Mode. The first allows online matches through the PlayStation Network (PSN), which may be ranked in world rankings. The Practice Mode features a regular training mode, a tutorial mode that teaches the basic controls, a mission mode that simulates battle situations, and a challenge mode that is focused on performing combos.
The Battle Mode comprises the arcade mode, which unveils part of the game’s story after the player defeats eight opponents; a versus mode, in which the player can have offline battles with a second player or against a CPU; and a special “M.O.M” mode. The M.O.M. Mode, which is an acronym for “Medal of Millionaires”, is a variation of the regular survival mode in which the player earns medals based on performance and improves through a progression system.
The last mode of Guilty Gear Xrd is the Story Mode, which is new in the current installment. This mode presents the full game story as a film-like animation divided into several chapters, for uninterrupted viewing. The viewer can pause the movie at any time to investigate a glossary of game terms and plot devices, which are described in the library mode.