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'Blood Will Tell' (PS2) in Stores Now

by Judy on Sept. 21, 2004 @ 3:01 p.m. PDT

SEGA today announced the launch of Blood Will Tell for the PlayStation 2. Based on the classic Osamu Tezuka manga Dororo, the game follows the adventures of Hyakkimaru, a samurai haunted by a shocking secret who embarks on a quest to uncover his past and regain his human form.

As a newborn, Hyakkimaru was robbed by evil fiends who stole his limbs and organs. His missing parts were replaced with weapons, including blades embedded inside his arms, a bazooka hidden inside his leg, and more. Players control both Hyakkimaru and sidekick Dororo – controlled separately in cooperative mode – to defeat more than 100 demons and monsters.

"Anime fans and hardcore gamers alike will appreciate how well the game translates the uniquely horrific elements of a cult classic from one of Japan's most famous storytellers," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of Entertainment Marketing, SEGA of America.

Only through cooperation, exploration and extreme violence will Hyakkimaru ever be able to find a normal life. Until that time, gamers must assume his role as the ultimate concealed weapon.

Osamu Tezuka, who is known as the pioneer of Japanese animation and the "father of manga," created Astro Boy in 1952 and Dororo in 1967. Blood Will Tell (PS2; priced at $39.99) is rated 'M' for Mature and is available at retailers nationwide.

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