''Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring'' is a FightingGame developed by [=DreamFactory=] and published by Creator/{{Namco|Bandai}} and Creator/{{Square|Enix}} in 1998, the title being [[GratuitousGerman German]] for "ambition". Unlike most {{Fighting Game}}s, especially at that time, ''Ehrgeiz'' allowed full 3D movement around an arena which often had several levels and/or obstacles - in fact, it used the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' technique a year before the latter existed.

''Ehrgeiz'' is noted for playing off of the astounding success of the then-recently-released ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' by having a slough of {{cameo}} characters from that game. The original arcade release had Cloud and Tifa as secret characters named "Guardian" and "Summoner" which could be fought by beating the first X characters in a certain amount of time. They were playable after one or two months of real time. In addition, the final boss, Django, bears a striking resemblance to Red XIII.

''Ehrgeiz'' was later ported to the Sony UsefulNotes/PlayStation and increased the cameo characters to include Sephiroth, Vincent, Yuffie, and Zack. The PSX version also included a brand-new Quest Mode, which was a sort of RPG-Lite (as shown in [=DreamFactory=]'s previous ''VideoGame/{{Tobal}} 2'') starring two side characters and invoking many ''Final Fantasy VII'' mainstays, including materia. The latter almost attempts to have a decent plot. Although it fails spectacularly in this attempt, many of the RPG section's game mechanics were later [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap re-used]] in ''VagrantStory'', to ''much'' better effect.

The ''Final Fantasy VII'' characters are actually quite detailed, including some heavy five-years-ago flashback spoilers (if you know where to look) and a lot of moves from the actual game. Overall, it's a halfway solid FightingGame. The real fun, though, ''probably'' lies in getting Sephiroth to lie face down in the sand waving a little flag above his head for winning a shirtless beach race.

Not to be confused with the 1997 anime series of the same same.

!!This game contains examples of:

* AdventurerArchaeologist: The vocation of Koji Matsuda and his protegee Clair.
* {{Animorphism}}: Jo can transform into a wolf.
* ArtificialLimbs: Han Daehan, who has a bionic leg that can shoot missiles.
* CombatPragmatist: Once you unlock Clair you may discover she has an affinity for [[GroinAttack targeting a certain location of the anatomy]] and carries ''hidden blades in her arms''.
* CreativeClosingCredits: You fight the TrueFinalBoss during them.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: In the arcade game, Cloud and Tifa are named Guardian and Summoner respectively.
* FingerlessGloves: Godhand wears a pair. Notable because they are the same sort of gloves worn by ''Tekken'' main characters Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama (see TangledFamilyTree below for more info on this), having a set of metal studs that form an inverted triangle over the top of the hand.
* GuestFighter: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' 's Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockhart appear in the game. They are joined in the console version by Vincent Valentine, Yuffie Kisaragi, Sephiroth, and Zack Fair.
* GuideDangIt: To defeat the bonus boss during the first half of the credits, [[spoiler: you break open the cases on the stage containing two swords and throw them at the beast to claim Ehrgeiz for real.]] Not much to it but a lot of extra points and [[BlindIdiotTranslation a poorly translated paragraph about your success.]] No real loss in losing the fight either.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Quest Mode introduces us to Sommeleeay the sommelier.
* KillerYoyo: Yoko, whose main costume is a police uniform, if [[Manga/SukebanDeka the reference]] wasn't obvious enough.
* LegCannon: Han Daehan.
* MerlinSickness: Lee Shuwan
* MovesetClone: the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' characters are generally clones of existing ones; Yuffie for Sasuke, Vincent for Godhand, and Zack for Cloud.
* MultipleEndings: As well as each character having an ending, Han has two: one where he wins the tournament but doesn't recover his lost leg from Django, and another where he does.
* {{NINJA}}: Sasuke and Yuffie.
** HighlyVisibleNinja, at that.
* OverlyLongFightingAnimation -- Koji has a charged grapple that is hard to connect with, but if it does he'll spend about ten solid seconds breaking every bone in your body.
* OverlyLongGag: Dasher Inoba's ending, which is an endless loop of him eating bowls of noodles.
* PowerOfTheGodHand: The protagonist is nicknamed Godhand for his fighting skills.
* [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels Randomly Generated]] DungeonCrawler : The Forsaken Dungeon.
* SpinningPiledriver: Godhand can do this literally if you do the motion for it. Cloud's grab for this happens to be Omnislash.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the ''VideoGame/{{Tobal}}'' games.
* TangledFamilyTree: Godhand is a Mishima (Ken Mishima, to be precise), meaning the game has a very weak connection with the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series. This was a semi-cameo due to Namco distributing the arcade version of the game, and Godhand himself has moves taken from Tekken characters.