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Recharged Squad Challenge 025 - Berzerk: Recharged

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Berzerk: Recharged (2023)
Atari VCS
Difficulty Level: Normal Game, Arcade Mode
Play on: Real Hardware ✔
Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST March 31, 2024




Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between February 1st through February 29, 2024. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the victor!



This is a Club VCS Exclusive Challenge. All Club VCS players are welcome!


Play Rules

Games may be played on real Atari VCS hardware. Choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed.


Difficulty Level

We are playing BERZERK: RECHARGED in ARCADE MODE! Select your score modifiers of choice and fight like a robot to achieve the highest possible score!  :berzerk::berzerk::berzerk::berzerk:


Fair Play

Your integrity is everything. Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate removal from the site. It goes without saying that we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater.



To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: 




Welcome to our 25th Club VCS Recharged Squad Challenge!!! For this challenge, we're taking on SqueakyBox and Atari's take on the classic Stern arcade title Berzerk!

When Atari announced its acquisition of a dozen Stern Electronics retro game IPs in March 2023, including Berzerk, everyone wondered how long it would take for the publisher to release BERZERK: RECHARGED.  Nine months later, a frenetic twin-stick shooter with a divisive art style and play mechanics.  As we wrote in Issue 01 of the Club VCS Fanzine preview, the design has received a mixed response from fans.  Some have likened the player character to a ‘50s sci-fi version of Conan O’brien. Others pine for a more traditional take on the robots and Evil Otto.

Taken on it's own, BERZERK: RECHARGED is a solid twin-stick and a lot of fun.  But don't take my word for.  Join in the challenge and fight like a robot! :berzerk::berzerk::berzerk::berzerk:

Play in ARCADE mode from level one and take the game as far as you can for the high score!


Club VCS Recharged Squad Contest

This game is the third title in our fifth Club VCS contest giveaway! Prize details will be announced shortly.   This time we're going a full 12 rounds with the winner announced in January 2025!


1)  All challenge participants will receive one (1) entry for each challenge in which they submit a valid score!

2) The top scorer of each challenge will receive two (2) additional entries - for a total of three (3) entries in a single challenge!

3) On Twitch or Youtube?  Stream or record and post your ClubVCS high score attempt for one (1) additional entry in each round.  You must post a public link to the video in the Challenge.

This contest is open to everybody, including Atari I/O Moderators, with a U.S. or Canada  mailing address. It's really easy, all you have to do is participate be a Club VCS member and participate in our Recharged Squad Challenges.




Edited by Sabertooth
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Here's my first score: 104,960


My problem with the way Berzerk Recharged does its high score system is the same issue I have with Quantum: Recharged: The bonuses become mandatory for the leaderboards. You get +100% for having one life, +100% for no powerups, and +100 for no dash, meaning a 25,000 score ends up at 100,000. 

Meanwhile, to get 100,000 points without the bonuses you'd have to get so much further through the game as to be impractical. I went further than I'd ever gone before this weekend and ended up with an unmodified 57,000. That woulda been at least 114,000 if I'd just ditched the dash, up to 228,000 if I'd used the full bonuses. It means that in order to get the highest score you HAVE to use the score modifiers, which seems like the wrong way to do it. They should be maybe +25% at best. 

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