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Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein is the successor of Star Gladiator released for Playstation. Like its predecessor it was first released on Arcade before being ported to the Dreamcast.

The game features 22 anime-like characters in a 3-dimensional futuristic world, except for the backgrounds and the menus, which are plain 2D bitmaps without a lot of movement. The stages are unlimited in all directions, so it's not possible to fall off the edge. The speciality of this game are the so called "plasma moves", visually very appealing special moves which fill the screen and can be executed when you have collected enough "plasma power". Despite of the 22 characters there are only 11 different move layouts, as one layout is shared by two characters.


Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Match quote - Ghost Bilstein
Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Some trash talk after the match
Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Fighting in an asteroid field
Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Keeping distance

Alternate Titles

  • "Star Gladiator 2: Nightmare of Bilstein" -- Japanese Title

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jun 04, 2003 B 75
Game Informer Magazine Apr, 2000 7.25 out of 10 72
GamePro (US) Apr 13, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
IGN Apr 11, 2000 6.8 out of 10 68
GameSpot Dec 14, 1999 6.6 out of 10 66
Mega Fun Jan, 2000 52 out of 100 52
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 26, 2000 10 out of 20 50
Joypad Sep, 2000 4 out of 10 40
Gamekult Oct 11, 2000 3 out of 10 30
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 25, 2000 2 out of 10 20


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Iggi (7401) added Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein (Dreamcast) on Apr 02, 2005
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