Blood Will Tell

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Blood Will Tell

Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C
ESRB rating: M (Blood, Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+
GRB rating: 15
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52755 & SLUS-20782
Japanese: SLPM-65526 & SLPM-66207 & SLPM-60248
German: SLES-52755
French: SLES-52755
Spanish: SLES-52755
Italian: SLES-52755
Simplified Chinese: SLAJ-25047
Korean: SLKA-25225
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20782
Release date: September 21, 2004
CRCs: 89954774
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52755
Release date: June 5, 2005
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65526
SLKA-25225 (Korea)
SLPM-66207 (Sega The Best 2800)
SLPM-60248 (Trial)
Release date: September 9, 2004
November 11, 2004 (Korea)
November 23, 2005 (Sega The Best 2800)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Sega
Publisher(s): Sega
Genre: Action, Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic67/100
Game description: Blood Will Tell follows the adventures of Hyakkimaru, a samurai who embarks on a quest to uncover his past and regain his humanity. Robbed of his limbs and organs at birth, Hyakkimaru with the help of Dr. Jyukai integrates weapons into his body. As Hyakkimaru, you can battle with various weapons such as blades embedded inside of his arms, a bazooka hidden inside of his leg, or weapons hidden in each level. Throughout the game, Hyakkimaru's friend, Dororo, guides you and fights alongside you. Only through cooperation, exploration, and violence will Hyakkimaru ever be able to live a normal life.
The game is based on the Japanese manga series Dororo, which was created by Tezuka Osamu. It concerns a hero named Hyakkimaru ("Little Monster"), who has had much of his body stolen by forty-eight fiends, and has prosthetic replacements. Along with his ally, the thief Dororo (comes from dorobou (どろぼう lit. thief), Hyakkimaru must defeat all forty-eight fiends. Both Hyakkimaru and Dororo are playable characters in the game.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Core i5-480M @ 2.67 GHz
  • ATI mobility Radeon HD 5650
0.9.8 (r4600) GSdx SSE4 (r4600)
  • SPU2-X (r4779)
  • LilyPad (r4600)
Between 40 FPS & 60 FPS but mostly 55-60 FPS with Renderer set to "Direct3D9 (Software)". In-game issue with "Direct3D9 (Hardware)" (black and white box grid). Bmwz4y
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 (r5576) GSdx SSE41 (r5570)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Status goes from in-game to playable. Runs above full speed. Graphics are completely corrupt in GSdx Hardware Mode. Looks fine in Software Mode, with light occasional flickering of graphics.
NTSC-U Windows 8.1
  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE @ 768 MB
1.1.0 (r5594) GSdx AVX (r5580)
  • SPU2-X (r5559)
  • xpad
Post-processing failure at the beginning of the game, shadows don't show up. Fluid gameplay during Hardware Mode, with 3x upscale. 55-60 FPS. Software Mode is also OK. Yuri
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • Intel Core i9-13900K @ 3.00GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Nightly v1.7.5342 Vulkan@8xIR Default Completed entire campaign in coop and extra modes. Solid 30FPS. Avoid using the 60FPS patch as it affects jump timing. Upscaling issues still present during sepia/b&w scenes. Anon


  • Original names: どろろ (SLPM-65526) & (SLPM-66207), 多羅羅 (SLAJ-25047), 도로로 (SLKA-25225)
  • Also known as Blood Will Tell: Tezuka Osamu's Dororo (US, EU), Dororo (JP), Duo Luo Luo (AS)

Known Issues

Prologue upscaling issue

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: During the black & white prologue, the game looks very pixelated as the onscreen effects undo the upscaling.
  • Workaround: To reduce the pixelation during the prologue, go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and set Texture Filtering to "Bilinear (Forced)".

Black screen during the Prologue

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: The screen is completely black in the prologue if renderer is set to Direct3D9 or 11 (Hardware).
  • Workaround: Update to the latest nightly version of PCSX2.

Grey subtitle fonts

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The subtitle fonts are grey colored, instead of white with a black outline.
  • Workaround: Update to the latest nightly version of PCSX2.

Character shadows display error

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Character shadows are missing and only a rectangle border is visible around the characters (which should be invisible at normal conditions).
  • Workaround: Update to the latest nightly version of PCSX2.

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