|Genre||Fighting, Action role-playing|
|Game modes||1 - 2 player|
|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.
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 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. Ehrgeiz's 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 Characters Edit
- Ken "Godhand" Mishima
- Han Daehan
- Prince Doza
- Yoko "Yoyo Yoko" Kishibojin
- Lee Shuwen
- Dasher Inoba
- "Wolf Girl" Jo
- Koji Masuda (PlayStation version only)
- Clair Andrews (PlayStation version only)
- Django/Red Scorpion
Final Fantasy VII characters Edit
- "Guardian" Cloud Strife
- "Summoner" Tifa Lockhart
- Sephiroth (PlayStation version only)
- Vincent Valentine (PlayStation version only)
- Yuffie Kisaragi (PlayStation version only)
- Zack Fair (PlayStation version only)
References to the Final Fantasy series Edit
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.
Ehrgeiz means "ambition" in German.