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Bloodshot
Publisher: Domark (US), Acclaim (EU)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US (Sega Channel)
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2] T-88126-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-88126-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
? T-88126-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-88126-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? FBLO24SMC



Sega Mega-CD
UK
£? T-88045-50
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F T-88045-50
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? T-88045-18
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas T-88045-50
Sega Mega-CD
AU
$? ?



Bloodshot, known as Battle Frenzy in Germany, is a Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega-CD game developed by Domark. It is notable for being a 3D first person shooter - one of the few available for the Sega Mega Drive and the only game of this genre for the Sega Mega-CD.

Bloodshot was only released in Mega Drive cartridge form throughout Europe and Australia. It was exclusive to the Sega Channel in North America where it was called by its German name, Battle Frenzy. It is assumed the game was retitled to make the game sound less violent, though the game does not contain any blood ("Bloodshot" is a code name for the fictional "Battle Frenzy" chip implanted in the player").

The Sega Mega-CD version was also exclusive to Europe until 2003, when a North American version under the Battle Frenzy name was released. This version was developed and published by Good Deal Games without the consent of Domark or Acclaim.

The game has two different kinds of in-game soundtrack depending of the version & both composed by Mike Ash: the Mega Drive one is ambient-based while the Mega-CD one has tech-trance music.

Gameplay

The game is a traditional first-person shooter. Gameplay mainly consists of the player moving through corridors, shooting enemies and collecting items such as keys and weapons. At the end of each stage, the boss in for of an engine core has to be defeated. This always triggers a self destruct sequence and the player has to hurry back to the starting point in order to escape alive.

The game takes up most of the screen, with much smaller borders than similar games such as Zero Tolerance, a very impressive technical achievement. A two player splitscreen mode is also available. However, the game also suffers from slowdown and some of the texture data of the Mega Drive version looks corrupted but were fixed with the Mega-CD version.

Available Weapons

  • Tribolt
  • Rapid
  • Piercer (goes through walls)
  • Ricochet (bounces off walls)
  • Spray

Multiplayer

The game supports two players playing together with vertical split-screen. Game can be played either in competitive or cooperative mode.

For competitive mode player just has to select "VS Mode" in main menu and choose the arena. Each player start on opposide sides of arena-maze and have three lives.

For cooperative play player has to start normal game and then press Start on controller of another player. The game will enter split-screen mode and the second player will spawn in. This action requires one continue point which will be taken away. There is no friendly fire in this mode.

Magazine articles

Main article: Bloodshot/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №40, p108
84 №158, p68-69[2]
69
80 №75
80 №50, p92/93
80 №12, p82/83
88 №63, p54/55/56
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
Bloodshot MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Bloodshot MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU
Bloodshot MD AU Box.jpg
Cover
Bloodshot MD AU Cart Silver.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, DE
BattleFrenzy MD DE Box.jpg
Cover
BattleFrenzy MD DE Cart.jpg
Cart

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №27, p50/51
75 №55, p112
Sega Mega-CD
82
Based on
2 reviews

Mega-CD, EU
Bloodshot MCD EU Box Back.jpgBloodshot MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega-CD, DE
BattleFrenzy MCD DE Box Back.jpgBattleFrenzy MCD DE Box Front.jpg
Cover
BattleFrenzy MCD DE spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
BattleFrenzy MCD DE Disc.jpg
Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f9f2bceb
MD5 018dfe74603334a17296505ac3c6e599
SHA-1 513005efd123539a905986130d15125085837559
2MB 1994-08 Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. File:GamePlayers US 0712.pdf, page 10
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 File:CVG UK 158.pdf, page 68