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Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring

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Released: 1998

Genre: Beat-’em-up

Format reviewed: PlayStation

Publisher: Squaresoft

Developer: DreamFactory

Submitted by: James Evans

As far as random Squaresoft games go, this one is pretty high up there. Originally from the arcades (good old trusty Blackpool) and then ported onto Playstation. A Tekken-esque beat-em-up featuring the weird and odd stable of Square characters. Such include Cloud, Tifa and Sephioth from FFVII and Ken from Godhand. Then there are the games' random selectables such as a Yoshimitsu rip off called Sasuke and the strangest of the bunch – Wolf Girl Jo. You have to hand it the the Japanese –  they really know how to come up with the goods when naming stuff!

The game itself is a very competent brawler – the blocking and special moves are relatively complex and there is a lot to learn as you progress. Several characters are unlockable as you fight on – but we all know the coolest thing about the game was being able to be Could or Sephiroth. Better yet having them fight each other to settle the ultimate dust-off! High presentation also worthy of mentioning – from the opening CG to its massive screen filling combatants.

The game not only boasts 14 characters but also has a slew of extra modes. Theres the usual survival and time attack but there are a few more original efforts. Battle Runner sees you racing your opponent around the level, attacking each other on route. There is also a completely new RPG game which is essentially a dungeon raider – get better weapons and power ups and repeat as per. A great addition – I spent more time playing this that the actual game, its a shame modern games are no longer content in cramming games full of extras akin to Tekken Bowling.