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Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage  (Sega Dreamcast, 2000)

Based on the popular Japanese manga, Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage follows the story of Gattsu (Guts), the one-eyed rogue warrior, as he roams the land searching for a cure for his beloved Casca and looking to exact revenge against the supernatural warrior clan known as God Hand. Guts and Casca once belonged to a band of highly trained mercenaries known as the Hawks. Now they are the only remaining survivors after an attack from the God Hand left the other members of the Hawks slaughtered. The intense tragedy left Casca's mind traumatized and her sanity unbalanced. Guts will not rest until the score is settled and Casca's madness is cured.<br><br>Along their travels, Guts and Casca come upon a kingdom that is being overrun by a vicious plague that turns humans into grotesque creatures. The plague is actually a horde of parasitic plants known as Mandragora. Once a Mandragora attaches itself to a human it gains complete control of them, thus turning them into a Mandragoran. Little is known about this mysterious plant, but its aggressive attacks are spreading fear throughout the kingdom. It is believed that the Mandragora thrive in a village near the castle and are protected by a nun who believes the plants are not evil. <br><br>Baron Balzac is known throughout the kingdom as a fierce warrior and is in search of an antidote for the Mandragora plague. After witnessing Guts defeat a particularly large Mandragoran, Baron Balzac tries to enlist Guts to aid him in the search for the antidote. The Baron believes the answer lies in the village where the nun keeps a watchful eye over the Mandragora. Led to believe that Casca's illness might be connected somehow with the recent Mandragora plague, Guts agrees to seek out the nun and recover the essential element needed to make the antidote -- the heart of the Mandragora.<br><br>Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage puts you in control of Guts and his seven-foot sword -- The Dragon Slayer. You must navigate Guts through level after level of invading Mandragora and dangerous bandits, hacking and slashing your way toward Casca's salvation. Guts has a certain characteristic that aids him in his efforts. When he achieves a certain amount of successful attacks or receives too much damage, Guts tends to go a little berserk. When he reaches this point, his eyes will glow red with bloodlust and his speed and strength will increase significantly. Enemy attacks do less damage to Guts while he is in Berserk Mode. <br><br>Because Guts' sword is so devastatingly huge, it can't be used accurately in close confines (except when in Berserk Mode). Luckily, Guts has his trusty hand crossbow to use when he can't wield Dragon Slayer. Also at his disposal are throwing knives (unlimited ammo), grenades, and a devastating hand cannon. Grenades and rounds for the hand canon can be found by destroying certain objects in the environment. <br><br>Included in Sword of the Berserk are special gameplay features such as Button Timer Sequences, Multiple Paths, and Stage Saves. Button Timer Sequences take place at certain times during different in-game movie sequences and requires you to quickly push a button on the controller that corresponds with the button displayed in an on-screen prompt. Whether you respond quickly enough or not, Guts' fate is at your fingertips. Also, while in certain areas of the castle, you can choose which path to lead Guts down by hacking through doors or barricades, and after completing certain stages in the game, you will be able to save your progress.<br><br>Sword of the Berserk also includes an added feature called the Prize Box. Every time you beat the game on a different difficulty level, the Prize Box will award you with new game secrets and new play modes. Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage is a one-player game and is compatible with the Jump Pack and VMU.

Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage (Sega Dreamcast, 2000)


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pros: challenging game for pros and novices alike

cons: hard to use controls and really bad camera angles

If I Could See I Might Not Die!!!!!

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pros: Fast and violent gameplay, awesome sound, great graphics, theres a story

cons: too short, a couple control issues

Got Problems? Just Go Berserk!

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pros: Blood n' Guts, Repeating crossbow

cons: Camera angles, Getting stuck in corners, Lack of variety

The 'Ol Ultra-Violence

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pros: Violent and unsettling images!

cons: short, low replay

Violent and unsettling? Ooooh yeah.

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pros: great sound story and graphics

cons: too short too repetative

This Is An Overlooked Little Gem

I was really surprised by the quality of this title and the depth of the story and gameplay that was... See Full Review



pros: Excellent graphics and sound effects with great voice acting.

cons: Animated cut scenes too long.

Sword of the Berserk

Sword of the Berserk for the Sega Dreamcast is an excellent game. I liked the entire adventure fro... See Full Review



pros: Great gameplay, Great visuals

cons: Little replay value

Good old fashion Hack 'N Slash!

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pros: Good general plot, superb gameplay engine, and solid control.

cons: Sword mechanics are messed up, cutscenes take up most of the game's time, and the story can be a little hard to follow.

I speak softly, but I carry A BIG FREAKIN' SWORD!

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pros: Great fighting action...

cons: No real power combos, too many movies interrupting gameplay for too long, shortness of the game.

Sword of the Berserk: Yuke's Finally Does it Right.

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pros: Great overall action game

cons: Too short

A game or a movie??

This game literally plays like a movie. Introduction and all. The problem with that is that so muc... See Full Review

Product Details

Tech Details
Game Special Features <li>Destroy 30 types of grotesque creatures with the mighty Dragon Slayer blade<br/><br/><li>Battle in two combat modes including the Beserk rage<br/><br/><li>Watch more than one hour of engrossing cinematic sequences<br/><br/>
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick
Number of Players 1
Release Year 2000
ESRB Descriptor Animated Blood and Gore, Animated Violence
Key Features
Rating M - Mature
Genre Action, Adventure
Platform Sega Dreamcast
Product Identifiers
UPC 788687452045
Game Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage
MPN 788687452045