Altered Beast (2005 video game)

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Altered Beast (2005 video game)
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Altered in a bad way!
Genre: Beat ‘em up
Platforms: PlayStation 2
Release Date: JP: January 27, 2005
EU: February 25, 2005
Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Franchise: Altered Beast

Altered Beast, also known as Jūōki: Project Altered Beast (獣王記 Project Altered Beast) in Japan, is a 2005 action/adventure, beat 'em up video game for the PlayStation 2. It was notable for not receiving a North American release.

Unlike the original game, which took place in Ancient Greece, this game takes place during the present day.

Why It Sucks

  1. Clunky controls.
  2. Terrible camera.
  3. Tedious and repetitive combat.
  4. The game features only six transformations.
  5. You can learn new attacks in monster form, but no longer than a magic-meter indicates.
  6. Bad soundtrack.
  7. It is very short.
  8. Little to no replay value.
  9. The transformation sequences cross the line of the age rating, in fact the Japan release had a 18+ Rating (17+ Mature in the EU).

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It was the first game of the franchise to be in 3D.
  2. Decent grasp of source material.
  3. Most have considered the game “so bad, it’s good”.
  4. The CG cutscenes are not half bad. Even the transformation scenes had effort put into them.


The game received mixed to negative reviews, with an average critic score of 53/100 at Metacritic. ScrewAttack named Project Altered Beast as the 10th worst game on their Top 10 Worst 2D to 3D games.