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Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring

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Developers Dream Factory
Arcade version:

PlayStation version:

Square Co., Ltd.
Release dates
Arcade version:
Flag of Japan February 26, 1998
Flag of the United States March 19, 1998

PlayStation version:

Flag of Japan December 17, 1998
Flag of the United States May 30, 1999
European flag February 9, 2000

PlayStation Network:

Flag of Japan July 9, 2008
Genre Fighting, Action role-playing
Game modes 1 - 2 player
Ratings ESRB:Ratingsymbol tTeen
Platforms Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation Network

Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring is a 3D fighting game released as an arcade game in 1998 and later ported for the PlayStation in 1999. It was developed by Seiichi Ishii for Dream Factory and published by Squaresoft.

For the PlayStation, it received the subtitle God Bless the Ring. The word "Ehrgeiz" means "ambition" in German, and also happens to be the name of Zell's most powerful weapon in Final Fantasy VIII.

Ehrgeiz met with mixed reviews in the United States and was never released as a Greatest Hits game, thus defining it as a rarity to some.


Ehrgeiz battle

Cloud and Sephiroth in Ehrgeiz.

Ehrgeiz differs from the traditional 3D fighting game because it allows the players to roam freely in the battle arenas. This means that characters do not always have to be facing each other during a match. This restricts the camera to a more or less fixed position, zooming in and out with the action, but not tracking around the arena as would be common in most other 2D and 3D fighting games. The fast-paced battle system features arenas with platforms to jump on and backgrounds to interact with.

The PlayStation version features some minigames based on track and field events and one based on the board game Othello. It also features a quest mode in which the player fights through dungeons finding items such as armor, weapons, and spells.


Original CharactersEdit

  • Ken "Godhand" Mishima
  • Han Daehan
  • Prince Doza
  • Yoko "Yoyo Yoko" Kishibojin
  • Lee Shuwen
  • Sasuke
  • Dasher Inoba
  • "Wolf Girl" Jo
  • Koji Masuda (PlayStation version only)
  • Clair Andrews (PlayStation version only)
  • Django/Red Scorpion

Final Fantasy VII charactersEdit

References to the Final Fantasy seriesEdit

Ehrgeiz's main tie to the Final Fantasy series is the ability to play as a number of characters from Final Fantasy VII. All of them have a Limit Break ability, where they turn red and their power increases. Cloud, Tifa, and Sephiroth are playable immediately, while it is necessary to unlock the rest by beating the game with different characters. The Buster Sword and Masamune can be drawn and wielded in combos, and Yuffie and Vincent have their trademark ranged weapons, but the game relies more on brawling in hand-to-hand (punches and kicks) combat.

Though Red XIII is not in the game, the boss character Django bears resemblance to him in his alternate coloration, while his default coloration resembles Seto's stone form. Django's moveset also references Titan, Hades, Leviathan, Chocobo, Bahamut, Ifrit, Shiva, Phoenix, Bahamut ZERO, Mega Flare, Giga Flare, Knights of the Round, Seto and Nanaki. Ehrgeiz also features music from Final Fantasy VII (arranged by Takayuki Nakamura, composer of all other music in the game). The titular sword Ehrgeiz is said to contain Materia, as well.


[view  · edit  · purge]Ehrgeiz means "ambition" in German.

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