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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 Watching a combo from above
Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Some trash talk after the match
Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Freeze Blade by Rain
Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Keeping distance

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Video Games Dreamcast Jul, 2000 79 out of 100 79
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Jun 04, 2003 B 75
GamePro (US) Dreamcast Apr 13, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Consoles Plus Dreamcast Sep, 2000 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Dreamcast Dec 14, 1999 6.6 out of 10 66
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Mar 20, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Mega Fun Dreamcast Jan, 2000 52 out of 100 52 Dreamcast Sep 26, 2000 10 out of 20 50
Super Play (Sweden) Dreamcast Apr, 2000 4 out of 10 40
Gamekult Dreamcast Oct 11, 2000 3 out of 10 30


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