Altered Beast (2005 video game)

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Altered Beast
PS2 Altered Beast Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Director(s) Shinichiro Okumoto
Makoto Sugawara
Takashi Oda
Producer(s) Rieko Kodama
Designer(s) Chen Jian
Zhu Enhua
Arata Jumonji
Nobuyuki Nomura
Akihito Fujiwara
Yuji Nakazawa
Yoko Takeuchi
Programmer(s) Tomoaki Takayanagi
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
  • JP: January 27, 2005
  • EU: February 25, 2005
Genre(s) Beat 'em up, action-adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Project Altered Beast, also known as Altered Beast in Europe and 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. The game is a modern take on the original 1988 arcade game Altered Beast. While the gameplay still involves the main character transforming into different kinds of beasts like in the original, the story, characters and setting is completely different, along with notable gameplay additions. The game was released in Europe and Japan in 2005, but was cancelled for North America due to mixed reviews from critics.[1]

Unlike the original Altered Beast which is set in Ancient Greece, the game features a modern setting unconnected to the previous installments.


The story follows a man called Luke Custer who is a "Genome-Cyborg", a human whose DNA and other genetic make-up has been artificially altered allowing micro-chips containing the genetic make-up of other creatures to transform him into an anthropomorphic beast. After surviving a helicopter crash, Luke loses his memory and sets off to learn about the truth behind his past and the Genome-Cyborgs.


The player controls Luke Custer in a third-person perspective as they battle through multiple enemies in close combat to reach the next objective, utilizing the ability to transform into different beasts, each with somewhat of their own element, for a certain amount of time. Unlike the original game, the player can transform in and out of their beast form at will when available. Initially from the start Luke can transform into a Werewolf (Element|Light), yet further into the game, he finds more Genome-Cyborg DNA chips allowing him to change into even more different kinds of beasts including a Merman (Element|Water), a Garuda (Element|Wind), a Wendigo (Element|Ice), a Minotaur (Element|Fire) and a Dragon (Element|Thunder). While each beast has their own different sets of attacks, they also have abilities that are essential for overcoming obstacles, puzzles and boss fights that hinder progression.

Upon finishing the game, a number of other modes are unlocked including time trial boss fights and a challenge mode that can also unlock further beast forms including a White Weretiger (Element|Darkness), a Grizzly Bear (Element|Earth) and an alien-cloned U.W.H. (Unidentified Weightless Human) (Element|Gravity).


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 50.17%[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 4/10
GamesMaster 59%
Play 6/10
PSM3 42% 5/10[3]

The game received mixed reviews with an average critic score of 53/100 at Metacritic.[4] VideoGamer said "The name will probably attract a number of fans of the original game, and they may get the most out of what is an average title. For those who do not base their purchases on nostalgia, look elsewhere."[3] ScrewAttack named Project Altered Beast as the 10th worst game on their Top 10 Worst 2D to 3D games.[5]

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