Sword Of Vermilion

Sword Of Vermilion
a game by Sega
Genre: Adventure/RPG
Platforms: PC, Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7.1/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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Sword Of Vermilion
Sword Of Vermilion
Sword Of Vermilion
Sword Of Vermilion
  • Machine: Sega Genesis

Following in the great tradition of such role-playing games as Phantasy Star and Phantasy Star II, Sword of Vermilion brings to the Genesis the colorful graphics and involved storylines we've come to expect from Sega RPGs.

The story behind Sword of Vermilion actually begins 18 years before the game starts. It was then that the evil king Tsarkon sent his legions into the peaceful kingdom of Excalabria. When Excalabria crumbled, its king, Erik V, entrusted his infant son to a servant and told him to flee the land to protect the young prince.

The servant, Blade, sought refuge in a distant village. There, Blade raised the prince as his own son.

But Tsarkon learned that the prince had escaped. Fearing that the boy might someday return to challenge him, Tsarkon sent his armies into the countryside to find Blade and the prince.

As the game begins, you are the prince, now a young man. You have no idea of your true identity - but before the day is through, your life will change dramatically.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

  • Theme: RPG
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Hard

Following the lines of Phantasy Star, Vermilion has you as a proud warrior that must stand up to the dark forces which has it's evil grasp over the land. The side view of the battle scenes is new.

An enormous RPG that is very similar to thePhantasy Star series, Vermilion features side-action sequences, first-person exploration, and plenty of lands to conquer. The 16-Bit graphics are top-notch and the level of complexity is challenging but remains easy to understand.

Sega, well known for their outstanding group of RPG games, is expanding their line up this fall with a spectacular title called The Sword of Vermilion. It's a full 6 meg game with battery backup and takes place in a middle ages-type setting.

In Vermilion your goal is to travel throughout the kingdom in search of the eight crystals of peace. You must find them and bring them together to give you the power to overthrow the evil lord and to restore peace in the Kingdom.

Vermilion's game screen is divided up into several parts. The left side shows an over the shoulder view of what is immediately in front of you, while the right side shows a small overview of the general area. When an enemy appears the screen switches to a side view of a battle scene. Taking place both above and under the ground its an all new RPG offering many hours of entertainment

Sega's newest RPG for the Genesis puts you in a medieval setting where eight crystals must be located and collected. Travel from town to town fighting off the demons in the countryside and powering up your weapons and health in the villages. New in this RPG are the multi-view screens - the overhead view of the land, the close-up over the shoulder view of where you are and the side view of the battle screen.

People say:


vermilion comes close to Deing a RPG, but it basically falls into the "wander around until you bump into something and fight it for experience to move up to higher levels" class. Graphics are decent and the quest will give you your money's worth -fantasy fans won't be disappointed.


I like Vermilion because it's a decent quest game. While not up to Phantasy Star standards this is the only quasi-RPG game out this season. The different views of the action is great and the side view battle scene is a welcome feature.


Vermillion is a good RPG, it has a big quest and a large variety of items and weapons to get. The graphics are very detailed but the first person scrolling is a bit choppy. Nice music and awesome boss creatures are other high points. The quest is too straightforward and ends too soon.


Vermillion is a good RPG, with great bosses, but the game tends to play a little slow. If you like the first person perspective, then you'll like this game because the whole game plays that way. The adventure tends to drag on, and becomes very repetitious. For hard core RPG fans.

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