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'You Wanna Get Nuts!? Come On Let's Get Nuts!' MasterMegid (902) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
An out standing hack and slash game. big_brother (7) unrated

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.0
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations, special editions and non-story DLC items. 4.1
Overall User Score (31 votes) 3.9


Critic Reviews

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88
neXGam (Dec 27, 2009)
Ein absolutes Muss für Leute, die solche Spiele mögen - und auch alle anderen müssen es zumindest mal getestet haben! Das Spiel setzt in Sachen Grafik, Sound und Atmosphäre meiner Meinung nach neue Maßstäbe. Und das Intro ist einsame Spitzenklasse! Ein kleines Manko mag wohl die geringe Spieltiefe sein, denn nur 'Schlachten' ist einigen Leuten dann doch zu 'doof', auch hätte das Spiel etwas länger sein können, aber bei solchen Genres ist eben schnelle Action gefragt.
86
Mega Fun (Jan, 2000)
Berserk ist ein fast perfekter RE-Klon mit mittelalterlichem Szenario. Dabei hätten ASCII kaum besser eine so beklemmende und zugleich fesselnde Atmosphäre erzeugen können. Ich war einfach baff, als ich es zum ersten Mal gespielt habe, und legte es nicht mehr aus der Hand, bis es durch war. Leider ist hier auch der gravierende Minuspunkt: Die Spieltiefe ist zu gering, um wirklich auf lange Sicht zu fesseln, Dennoch ein Meilenstein für Import-Spieler!
86
Shin Force (Jan 27, 2000)
If you're a fan of the side scrolling beat 'em ups of yesteryear like Final Fight and Guardian Heroes, then you should find something redeeming in Sword of the Berserk's unapologetic hack and slash gameplay, as it does a good job of taking this old genre into the 3D realm. Slicing people in half with a 7 foot sword has never been so much fun. Those of you who hate this type of game will simply be incapable of appreciating it for what it is and have no right to judge it too harshly. The only real fault I can find with Sword of the Berserk is its length. The game is fun while it lasts and tells an intriguing story, but it just doesn't last long enough. Fans who are left wanting more can look forward to the forthcoming sequel published by Sammy of all companies (Sega's new owner) for the Playstation 2.
85
Some things that really add spunk to this game are, for instance, a little girl that is always cussing at a little mischievous fairy, and the exciting music. This is definitely one of those games that is a must-play for Dreamcast owners. The only downsides I could come up with were too many cutscenes (although they were very well done) and the graphics, which weren't necessarily bad, but they definitely could have been better.
83
GameSpy (Mar 17, 2000)
So if you want to show off the graphical power of the Dreamcast, this game is for you. If you want to play an engrossing game, look elsewhere. Sword of the Berserk is the perfect rental, something you definitely want to experience but not want to buy.
81
SegaFan.com (Dec 16, 2001)
En resumen, es un juego con un apartado técnico por encima de la media, muy divertido si te gusta la acción y avanzar eliminando enemigos sin demasiados quebraderos de cabeza y con una historia que engancha desde el principio. Eso sí, ten en cuenta su corta duración y algo que todavía no he mencionado: su altísima carga de violencia, lo cual lo hace exclusivo para personas maduras. Demasiada sangre.
80
IGN (Mar 16, 2000)
Berserk is a terrific slasher. If you grow weary of action games that lack any real punch when it comes to the story, if slaughtering hordes of enemies with hardly a chance to catch your breath sounds like your idea of fun, then this is just the game for you. If, on the other hand, you absolutely must have depth and technical perfection, you may want to rent this one first.
80
Video Games (Jan, 2000)
Alles in allem ein DC-Überraschungshit für Hack 'n' Slay-Fans mit einer Top-Atmosphäre, dem besten Gameplay, was man aus dem Genre rausholen kann, aber unserer Meinung nach oft an der Grenze des guten Geschmacks und drüber.

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80
Gamezone (Germany) (Apr 27, 2001)
"Sword of the Berserk: Guts Rage" ist ein erstklassischer Hack & Slay wie man ihn sich nur wünschen kann, vielleicht sogar der Beste auf dem Dreamcast. Sicherlich hat das Game geringe grafische Schwächen, genauso könnte man die Steuerung und die Kollisionskontrolle etwas exakter umsetzen, im Großen und Ganzen aber gibt es kaum etwas auszusetzen. Wer also diesem Genre zugetan ist sollte sich dieses epische Meisterwerk unbedingt zulegen, denn schon die Geschichte im Spiel wäre einen Film wert.
79
Sega Collectors Guild (Mar 20, 2003)
Overall, Eidos has delivered an enjoyable beat-em-up slasher that boasts superb graphics and sound. Even though the story is nothing too spectacular and there are a few gameplay issues, Berserk can be thought of as a successful upgrade from the once classic 2D genre into that beloved third dimension. Not everyone is going to like it, but when taken for what it is supposed to be, Berserk is one of the better games out there. Definitely a sleeper hit.
78
Video Games (Jun, 2000)
(PAL version)
Nachdem wir an dieser Stelle nochmal unsere Pflicht getan und eindringlich davor gewarnt haben, diesen blutigen Mutanten-Schlitzer in die Hände von Kids zu geben, lasst uns ein wenig ins Schwärmen kommen: So schön mit dem Riesenschwer und der Nail-Gun unter Mutanten aufzuräumen, konnten wir seit seligen Mega-Drive-Zeiten nicht mehr – da kommt auch Soul Fighter nicht mit. Die gesamte Atmosphäre um die Mandragoran-Parasiten wirkt stets gruselig bedrohlich, über eine Stunde exzellente FMVs erzählen die Geschichte weiter, und wahre Schocker-Bosse erfreuen die Splatter-Fans unter den DC-Besitzern. Gut – das Gameplay präsentiert sich weder sonderlich innovativ noch variantenreich: Wenn das simple Prinzip „immer feste auf die Zwölf“ aber derart stimmungsvoll in Szene gesetzt ist, wollen wir nicht weiter meckern. Nach knapp drei Stunden ist das Hack'n-Slay-Vergnügen aber schon vorbei.
78
GameSpot (Feb 29, 2000)
When you think of the most recent attempts at bringing Final Fight's 2D gameplay to the 3D realm, you probably think of games like Dynamite Cop, Zombie Revenge, and Fighting Force. You'd be forgiven if you think those games get really boring fast, because they do. Well, Eidos and developer Yuke's (Evil Zone, WWF SmackDown!, and Soukaigi) have joined forces and taken one of Japan's most popular mangas, Kentauro Miura's Berserk, and turned it into the bloodiest hack 'n' slasher yet. Renamed Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage for the US, Eidos, surprisingly has picked up the game for American distribution.
75
The controls could be a little tighter, but aren't sloppy enough to distract from the experience. The only real shortcoming of this title are its length and the scarcity of the actual gameplay. But even with these problems, Guts' Rage is one of the highlights of a system that was gone too soon.
75
Defunct Games (Feb 27, 2005)
Despite the poor reception America gave Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage, the game is rather superb. The game offers straightforward controls intended for those looking for no more than a few hours of nonstop bloodbaths. As well as a strong enough story to keep Berserk fans entertained, and enough excitement and intrigue to create a few new recruits.
70
While the great graphics, sound and storyline go a long way. the actual fighting can be a bit more frustrating than we would have liked Boiled down to its basics, the game is just a 3D anime feature with some button- smashing swordplay as between- scene filler. Fun? Yes. A classic? Not quite.
70
SEGA-Portal.de (Sep 20, 2009)
Sword of the Berserk ist hervorragend inszeniert, beeindruckt mit einem famosen Soundtrack und wartet mit einer äußerst schicken Grafik auf. Dahinter verstecken muss sich allerdings der Spielablauf; Zwischensequenz – Metzeln – Zwischensequenz – Metzeln kann durchaus manchen Spielern missfallen.
70
Lens of Truth (Sep 28, 2009)
With a story equivalent to its comic book predecessor, Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage was a must buy for the Dreamcast. The issues with the camera and the collision do get annoying, but watching the story unfold is awesome. Combined with a powerful soundtrack and an overdose of gore, Guts’ Rage introduced some style to an otherwise stagnant genre. For any hack n’ slash or action fan this game is a must have for your library. Once again Sega comes through with another innovative title on arguably one of the best systems ever made.
70
Retrogaming.it (Feb 20, 2008)
Concludendo SOTB oltre ad essere un vero must per i tanti appassionati del manga di Miura si rivela un prodotto appetibile a tutti gli amanti dei giochi d’azione, che riesce nel non facile intento di unire una storia profonda ed intrigante ad una giocabilità in puro stile arcade vecchio stampo. L’oscuro medioevo di Berserk, fatto di sofferenza, occulto e grandi tematiche esistenziali, aspetta solamente che prendiate in mano il caro vecchio pad del Dreamcast per prendere vita sul vostro video; questo sempre a patto che non rientrate fra quelle persone che si impressionano facilmente alla vista del sangue.
67
The Video Game Critic (May 25, 2000)
Its sheer size allows you to take out several baddies at once, but on the downside, it tends to get caught up in tight hallways. Gameplay mainly involves hacking everything to bits. It's mindlessly fun, and there are over 30 freaky monsters and bosses.
65
Planet Dreamcast (Mar 20, 2000)
In conclusion, Sword of the Berserk is definitely a game to buy if you value style over substance. If you're a fan of the manga and you know who the characters are, you might want this game for your collection. A game has never looked better, and the story is actually eerie enough to want to play through a few times. However, expert gamers can tear through the "normal" skill setting in about 2 hours. What matters in the end is that there's not much replay value in this title, making it more akin to a rental than a purchase.