This is probably the first
talking game, at least it was the first I ever played. Speech from a
game was quite a novel concept and it was an instant draw for Berzerk.
But like many gimmicks, if the game wasn't any good, then it wouldn't be
enough to make a game a classic. But Berzerk does offer much more than
just a gimmick and so that is why we still enjoy playing it.
I really feel it is the combination of the simplicity of the game and
the tension the game creates that is the winning formula. Sure its
graphics may seem quite crude by today's standards, but they do the job.
Would it be a greater game if the lead character was a completely
fleshed out character, instead of a glorified stick person? Would the
robots be anymore menacing with texture mapping and in three dimensions?
I doubt it as there have been numerous games about man versus robot and
I have yet to find a single one that can get my blood pumping like
Berzerk does. The sheer terror you feel as you are trying desperately to
clear a path to the exit with numerous robots in way. Just as you seem
to be getting control of the situation, here comes the ever grinning,
Evil Otto. His smiley face, hiding a more sinister agenda as he prepares
to annihilate you for good and will even destroy his minion robots to
accomplish this task. That is one evil dude! Worst is that he is
invincible. Talk about pressure!
While Evil Otto and his robot army are enough to keep you busy, there is
a greater threat and one that still does me in to this very day. The
electrified walls always seem to claim at least one of my crew as I try
in vain to avoid them. This has to be one of the best and yet more
frustrating elements of a classic game. It is memorable because no
matter how many robots they throw at you or how quickly Evil Otto is
coming, you have to remember not to touch those walls. Deep in the back
of your mind, you must remember just how deadly this can be.
While the game is great, I still believe the gimmick speech was the
cherry on top of the sundae. Having the game taunt you, just made you
angrier. "Chicken fight like a robot" and "Got the humanoid, got the
intruder" just made you madder. But when you would hear "Intruder
alert", you knew that Evil Otto was on the way. This would send your
heart rate up a bit.
Berzerk is truly a classic and now that it can be enjoyed in all its
glory, I recommend everyone going back and trying their hand at a few
games. See if that same rush of tension is still there. See if Evil Otto
can still make that hair on the back of your neck still stand up. I am
betting it still can!
This is just a review of the arcade machine. If you are looking for the
actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay. Click below to
see if you can find this game.