Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring

Genre: Fighting, Action, Role Playing Game
Platform: Playstation
1998 Square Co., Ltd. Screenshots courtesy of Amazon.Com

Ehrgeiz Artbooks and Strategy Guides
Ehrgeiz Original Soundtrack
Ehrgeiz Video Game Shop
Toys and Accessories
Posters Etc.
Everything Else

  • 3-D fighting game
  • Large, detailed battlegrounds
  • Choose from a diverse cast of characters, including characters from Final Fantasy VII
  • The 360-degree range of motion will challenge you to develop new techniques
  • For 1 or more players

The thrill of Sephiroth >>> by Demoncaller777
A great weapon was discovered. It was forged in a secret Materia, named the "Ehrgeiz", and now it is offered in a tournament to the worlds strongest fighter. An evil organization feels that this weapon is a tool to gain a secret treasure, and will stop at nothing to get it.

Sounds good, right? Well chances are most people won't play this game due to the story...or half the characters. This game, I will go out and say, was (and is) popular due to Final Fantasy 7 characters in it. That's right, I said it. FF7 characters. Most FF7 Fanboys are swooning already at the mere thought of it. But understand, there is more to this game than that fact. Sure, chances are you don't care if this game is awful, you're just looking for some hot Sephiroth on Tifa (fighting) action. Well, just incase, let's go over it.

It's not that bad a fighting game at all. While you must understand it is a bit dated, it's not a bad game. You won't find the deepest fighting system, or anything like that, but it's good clean fun.

Some characters, however, are far more difficult to use than others. Sephiroth is one of the most difficult characters to use, and Vincent Valentine is a breeze. With Vincent you can win every fight with a couple of shots from the Death Penalty.

On a different note: If you're wondering about's fine. Things seem kinda muffled, though. It's not clear as a bell, that's for sure. But there is no major problems with timing or anything like that.

And as for visuals, they're not bad at all. I may be a tad to those used to the PS2 type visuals to fully remember the limits of the PS1, but if I actually think of it, they were very nice and clean for a PS1 game.

Also, There is a quest mode in this game that'll take most fighting buffs by suprise. It's a very unusual kinda "Final Fight-ish" type of game. It's much, much more RPGish than anything else. You can buy weapons for your character to grow stronger, you can level up. Standard RPG aspects. But you'd think that when you got into a battle you'd kinda "Screen shatter-zooom!" and get into a fighting mode battle, which in retrospect, would have been a fantastic idea, but it's not what occurs here. You'll see enemies and can either "Attack" or "Spell" (magic attack). Not in an RPG style fashion, either, but in a beat-'em-up style. This is a refreshing game that'll probably (if you chose to play it) consume most of your Ehrgeiz time.

So, in short, if you come in expecting Tekken, you'll be disappointed, but if you want a good way to spend some time, and are a fan of FF7, you'll enjoy this game.

DIFFICULTY: Easy - Moderate
RATINGS: Gameplay 6; Battle 7; Story 4; Visuals 7; Characters 9; Sounds 6; Replay Value 5

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