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Retro Review: Ergheiz: God Bless the Ring (incomplete)

Well, I feel bad that I haven't done any reviews in a while and I apologize. With being married and rent and stuff like that, just kind of taken my focus off really playing video games for the time being. But I think I've got a good one this time.

Ergheiz: God Bless the Ring is a fighting game created by a company called Dreamfactory for the playstation. You might have heard of this one. Yes, it's the one with the Final Fantasy 7 characters in the roster, at least the home console version, the one I am playing, does. This was originally going to be part of the new Nostalgia Corner I'm working on, but I felt it might serve better as a standalone review.

Please excuse me if this turns out to be a pretty brief review. When discussing a fighting game, there really is not much to talk about. Especially an old one. They don't usually have stories, the characters rarely speak, and all the gameplay is is beat the shit out of the opponent. That's it. 

Well, okay, there IS one thing that sets Ergheiz apart from other fighters, though I don't know if I can quite say for the better. And that is an RPG that is with the game. But before we get to that, let us talk about the fighting game.

Ergheiz Main Game:

Okay, I know the first thing you want me to discuss is the Final Fantasy characters. Who all exactly is in this? Well, at the start, you have Cloud, Tifa, and Sephiroth. It seems a little weird for the cameo characters to be ready from the start, but umm...I guess it's okay. I heard overtime you can unlock Vincent, Yuffie, and Zack, but I haven't done so yet.

Not really much to say in terms of their characters, umm...they're just the guys from Final Fantasy 7. There's no dialogue in the main game, so they don't talk. There's no story, at least none that's ever said in the game. No plot summary on Wikipedia so...guess this game has no plot. Okay.

In terms of combat, it's what you'd expect from these guys, Cloud has his Buster Sword, Tifa uses martial arts, Sephiroth is...Sephiroth. Really, you'd think there'd be more to talk about with the main attraction of the game, but that's about it. It's just...them in your typical fighting game. I don't know what else to say about it here. If there was a plot and character interaction, that'd be a different story, but it's pretty straightforward.

As for the rest of the roster, who the fuck knows? With no plot, no character interaction, not even character descriptions, these are just random character models with names. Nobody I'll ever give a shit about. I'm sure they did the thing where you have to look in the instruction manual to get the backstories on these characters, but...Lucky me. Don't have the fucking thing. So I don't know what I can say about these guys.

Well, there IS one thing. The cast for the most part seems really generic and forgettable. You've got your badass fighter girl, your celebrity from a famous competitive combat sport (Wrestling in this case) your chinese martial arts master, your cute asian girl, your ninja, your kickboxer, the cast almost makes me feel like I'm playing some poor man's Tekken than an actual, unique game. And it doesn't help Namco, the people who make Tekken, had a hand in the original version of this game, so that doesn't help either.

So all in all, with generic roles and little to no evident backstory, I cannot say these characters are the slightest bit memorable. Hell, writing this review after just pausing the game, I've already forgotten half of them. It almost feels like they added the cast of Final Fantasy 7 because well...that was the only way they could think to appeal to people. Remember, this came out back in 1998, only one year after FF7 had just blown the minds of millions of people, so slapping Cloud on the box art and saying "FF7 cameos in this game!" was a definite sales strategy.

And hell, got me to play this, so I guess to some extent, it actually worked.

(To be continued. Something came up as I was writing this.)

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