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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 Intro
Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Another animal-like character in focus
Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Plasma move
Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast The weird "Doll Bomb"

Alternate Titles

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

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Video Games Dreamcast Jan, 2000 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Jun 04, 2003 B 75
Consoles Plus Dreamcast Sep, 2000 70 out of 100 70
GamePro (US) Dreamcast Apr 13, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Dreamcast Dec 14, 1999 6.6 out of 10 66
Mega Fun Dreamcast Jan, 2000 52 out of 100 52 Dreamcast Sep 26, 2000 10 out of 20 50
Joypad Dreamcast Sep, 2000 4 out of 10 40
Gamekult Dreamcast Oct 11, 2000 3 out of 10 30 (UK) Dreamcast Oct 25, 2000 2 out of 10 20


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