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Tecmo Koei Games
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is based on the world-renowned series Berserk by Kentarou Miura, and blends the signature one versus thousands style action of the long-running Warriors franchise with the grim and gruesome atmosphere of Berserk. Players will follow the daring and heroic journey of Guts, Griffith, Casca and the Band of the Hawk as they slash and smash their way through a sinister realm of magical and demonic fiends.
First of all, 'BERSERK and the Band of the Hawk' is not a really good game in terms of gameplay. Blunt slaughtered, mostly harmless opponents, often repeating cards with little visual variety and quite few combo abilities.
Why I recommend BERSERK... and the Band of the Hawk anyway? Well, it's more personal. I've been a huge fan of manga since it first appeared in Germany! There's just no better one for me. (It's just a pity that it takes so long until a new band appears :P )
- In my opinion this game is intended more for fans who just want to experience the fights from the manga and the anime themselves. Because what this game brings across pretty well is the feeling of Berserk! You slaughter through endless hordes of soldiers and monsters without having to think twice. For fans following the series from the beginning it is a good opportunity to recall all the events of the past and the characters. For players who don't know 'Berserk' this game is probably nothing. Especially since the story has many gaps here and some whites seem very strange time and story jumps where, if you haven't read the manga, ask yourself what just happened there.
- The graphic is not so bad! Nothing super outstanding but quite fitting. Even if everything looks a little stiff, the character models look really great. In addition, the game between the levels throws in scenes from the anime series every now and then. But only for the first half of the game, from the second half on you have to be content with ingame CG sequences because the series was not yet ready. It's bloody, yes, but not as brutal as manga. They could have put a few shovels on top of that. The music, however, is almost unobtrusive to boring. Who expects songs like 'Forces' or 'Aria' will be disappointed. The sound effects are okay. Much screamed and butchered halt ;P
Japanese voice output with English subtitles.
- No multiplayer. The replay va l u e s also limited. Once you've finished the story (Spoiler: The game has an open end! Fans won't be surprised about that) you still have the Endless Eclipse Mode but that's it.
All in all I would say that 'BERSERK and the Band of the Hawk' is only for confirmed fans and nothing for players who don't know 'Berserk'. Personally, I had a lot of fun with the game, but I have to admit that if it wasn't a 'Berserk' It would have lost much of its appeal to me. I can recommend the game, yes, but maybe not necessarily at full price. Better wait until it's on offer!
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