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Ehrgeiz is a Fighting Game made by Square Enix in 1998, the title being German for "ambition". Unlike most Fighting Games, especially at that time, Ehrgeiz allowed full 3D movement around an arena which often had several levels and/or obstacles - in fact, it used the Super Smash Bros technique a year before the latter existed.

Ehrgeiz is noted for playing off of the astounding success of the then-recently-released Final Fantasy VII by having a slough of Cameo characters from that game. The original arcade release had Cloud and Tifa as secret characters named "Guardian" and "Summoner" which could be fought by beating the first X characters in a certain amount of time. They were playable after one or two months of real time. In addition, the final boss, Django, bears a striking resemblance to Red XIII.

Ehrgeiz was later ported to the Sony Play Station and increased the cameo characters to include Sephiroth, Vincent, Yuffie, and Zack. The PSX version also included a brand-new Quest Mode, which was a sort of RPG-Lite (as shown in Dream Factory's previous Tobal 2) starring two side characters and invoking many Final Fantasy VII mainstays, including materia. The latter almost attempts to have a decent plot. Although it fails spectacularly in this attempt, many of the RPG section's game mechanics were later re-used in Vagrant Story, to much better effect.

The Final Fantasy VII characters are actually quite detailed, including some heavy five-years-ago flashback spoilers (if you know where to look) and a lot of moves from the actual game. Overall, it's a halfway solid Fighting Game. The real fun, though, probably lies in getting Sephiroth to lie face down in the sand waving a little flag above his head for winning a shirtless beach race.


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