Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage

aka: Berserk
Moby ID: 4264

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Based on the popular Japanese manga, Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage is an action-adventure with a medieval fantasy setting. A mysterious plague-like evil is revealed in the course of the one-eyed warrior Gattsu's personal quest to cure his love Casca of her demented state and exact revenge on the evil God Hand warriors responsible for their fate.

The story unfolds in between gory action sequences in which Gattsu uses his 7-foot-long sword and other assorted weapons to battle with countless and varied foes.

Spellings

  • ベルセルク: 千年帝国の鷹篇 喪失花の章 - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 75% (based on 21 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 32 ratings with 2 reviews)

An out standing hack and slash game.

The Good
This is a very fun game. Hacking away row after row of soldiers and undead oddities never gets old. The controls are tight, and get the job done very well. The game has good cinema scenes and the graphics are very well done. The blood effects are very well done. The character animations are very smooth.

The Bad
This game is sadly short. Due to the huge size of your sword, when you get into tight spaces, you can't really attack, and that's when you get bum rushed with enemies. The enemies aren't much of a challenge when you aren't in a tight space.

The Bottom Line
This game is a great addition to any Dreamcast collection..if you can find a copy that is. Hacking through dozens of weak cronies never gets old.

Dreamcast · by big_brother (6) · 2004

'You Wanna Get Nuts!? Come On Let's Get Nuts!'

The Good
Sword Of The Berserk: Guts’ Rage, is a 3D action game based on the manga/anime, Berserk. Which follows the adventures of a cursed swordsmen through his adventures in a dark fantasy world. It is a wonder this game was not a bigger success, I guess it was too far ahead of it’s time.

You are Gattsu, or “Guts” for short. Whom with companions Puck, a pixie, and Casca, a now mute woman, that he is trying to cure, after Guts sorta killed her fiancé. In their travels, they come across Rita, a unusually cynical teen age girl, that travels with a wandering circus, after Guts saves the caravan, from a bunch or incredibly stupid bandits(I would run if I saw that gigantic sword swing towards me.), he goes with the circus group to a nearby village, that may hold the secrets to curing Casca.

Once in the village, the adventures uncover a growing evil, grotesque monsters roam the hills and towns, and now Gattsu must do what he does best and kill the beasts.

The gameplay is always a blast, in battle Guts uses his gargantuan, “Dragon Slayer” to defeat foolish bandits, as well as beasts with a death wish. As well as boss monsters. Sword play involves slashes, stabs, etc. Attacks can be chained together to form combos. In close quarter combat, when the areas are too small for the “Dragon Slayer” to be unsheathed, Guts can still bring bloody death to his foes, with daggers and bombs he throws, as well as a handy crossbow, strapped to his arm.

Fights are fun and bloody, Guts can often split a foe in twain with his sword. The violence was actually increased for the Western release of this game, this is one of the few times in gaming history in which the Western version, was even more violent than the Eastern version. Combos are easy to learn but hard to master, as in many of the best games like this. Boss fights are epic is scale, and pack plenty of challenge.

Speaking of challenges, this game features many different difficulty settings, finish the game on easy, unlock normal, as well as a extra prize. Prizes range from unlocking mini-games, to level select. Beware, as the harder settings will take every ounce of your gaming skill to complete.

There are also Shenmue/Dragon’s Lair inspired events. In which the player must quickly hit the button that flashes on screen to keep Guts from dying. As implied in the games long title, Gattsu can go berserk. When he sustains enough damage, and his rage meter fills, the screen turns red and Guts loses his cool. While enraged his attacks hit harder, and he is pretty much unstoppable. This is his curse, as well as his blessing, as he loses blood during these times, which sprays wildly from a scar on his neck.

The graphics in SOTB, are amazing. Easily up to par with Playstation 2, and late Dreamcast games. The visuals really help convey the dark world in which Guts lives and fights in.

The sound department is solid here as well. From the excellent music, and sound effects. To the voice acting. Many famous voice actors lend there voice to the game including, Michael Bell as Gattsu. ( He is in tons of kids shows including G.I. Joe) As well as Cam Clarke as Puck.(Grandia II, and other games)

Many other Berserk characters make an appearance here, including the fan favorite, the Skull Knight. And while the plot is a little different than either the manga or anime. Why is Casca traveling with Guts when in the series she hates him?

The Bad
Well the game is very short it can be completed in one sitting, but at least there is replay value.

It is a shame that we never got to see a sequel to his game. And why did this game not sell better? It is kind of similar to PS2 action game Devil May Cry. Even thought I enjoyed SOTB:GR, more.

The Bottom Line
Fans of Dreamcast, Anime, and action games, will enjoy this game. Just don’t pay full price for it.

Dreamcast · by MasterMegid (723) · 2006

Trivia

Animation fans will find Michael Bell's voiceover work in Sword of the Berserk very familiar. Bell has been a voice actor for many cartoons over the years, including G.I. Joe, Transformers, Voltron, and the Smurfs.

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Game added June 11th, 2001. Last modified March 18th, 2023.