Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage Review
|Developer: Eidos||Publisher: Eidos|
|Release Date: March 16, 2000||Also On: None|
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll start off by saying that I did not think I would like this game. When I first played it, I noticed the mediocre graphics and what seemed like a boring story. It starts with a wagon going down a trail and they are attacked by natives of the area. It still somehow seems boring, until you realize it isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t one of those stupid games they try to get kids to buy. This is an M rated game for language, blood, and gore. You play as a tough-guy who doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t talk much.
You get thrown into gameplay and have to fend off the natives – probably about twenty. This may seem tough for a second, until you realize the HUGE SWORD on your back. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m talking about bigger than Final Fantasy 7 CloudÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sword.
This is a third-person fighting game. With the four main Dreamcast buttons, you can do different slashes with the sword; spilling huge amounts of blood everywhere as their bodies collapse; itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually quite cool. Another cool feature about this game is the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rage GaugeÃ¢â‚¬?. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a red bar at the top that fills up slowly every time you slash. Once it fills completely up, you change into a mode in which me and my pals call Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mad modeÃ¢â‚¬?, which means the screen tints red, you are a little bit faster, and you are invincible for a short amount of time. If you press R, you can switch to another mode in which you can shoot from a cross-bow, but it isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t very powerful.
I expected a shallow story with such a great gameplay engine, but I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t very disappointed. The story is about a small town, in which a disease slowly is spreading. In this disease, people can randomly go Ã¢â‚¬Å“berserkÃ¢â‚¬?. Their body parts swell, and they turn into monsters. This is where most of the bosses in this game come from. Not only is this disease spreadingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦you are slowly being infected, and you must find the man responsible for creating this virus, which leads you into many levels with huge amounts of infected people, promising a good fight.
Some things that really add spunk to this game are, for instance, a little girl that is always cussing at a little mischievous fairy, and the exciting music. This is definitely one of those games that is a must-play for Dreamcast owners. The only downsides I could come up with were too many cutscenes (although they were very well done) and the graphics, which werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily bad, but they definitely could have been better.
|Replay Value/Game Length:||7|
|Written by Dave||Review Guide|