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

Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • Español
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    (Sega Channel)
    $? ?
    Sega Mega Drive
    £39.99More...[2] T-88126-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ?F T-88126-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ? T-88126-18
    Sega Mega Drive
    ?Ptas T-88126-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    $? FBLO24SMC

    Sega Mega-CD
    £? T-88045-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    ?F T-88045-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    DM ? T-88045-18
    Sega Mega-CD
    ?Ptas T-88045-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    $? ?


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    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.


    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 form 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 split-screen 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


    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 opposite sides of arena-maze and have three lives.

    For cooperative play player has to start normal game and then press

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    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.


    Bloodshot was only released in Mega Drive cartridge form throughout Europe and Australia. In Germany, the game was retitled Battle Frenzy because the name was considered "too violent"[3], though the game does not contain any blood ("Bloodshot" is a code name for the fictional "Battle Frenzy" chip implanted in the player"). In North America the game was exclusive to the Sega Channel in where it was called by its German name to distance itself from the comic book series of the same name[3].

    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. On the Mega-CD, sound effects are sampled at a lower bitrate, the number of enemies reduced and some levels are altered so that the game could fit in RAM - this decision was made to circumvent having to stream in data from the disc during gameplay, which in slower than accessing data from a cartridge and was already being used for music[3].

    The Mega Drive and Mega-CD have different soundtracks, both composed by Mike Ash. The Mega Drive one is ambient-based while the Mega-CD uses trance music.


    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    English Bloodshot Bloodshot
    German Battle Frenzy Battle Frenzy

    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 More...[4]
    84 More...[5]
    80 №75
    80 More...[6]
    80 №12, p82/83
    88 №63, p54-56
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    Based on
    7 reviews

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

    Mega-CD version

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

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

    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)
    Sega Mega-CD
    599,600,064 CD (EU) T-88045-50