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  • Summary: This story is set in a time of chaos, in a land where the Midland Kingdom and the Chuder Empire have been locked in a widespread war for over one hundred years. During one battle, a lone mercenary, Guts, attracts the attention of the mercenaries of the Band of the Hawk, and is ambushed byThis story is set in a time of chaos, in a land where the Midland Kingdom and the Chuder Empire have been locked in a widespread war for over one hundred years. During one battle, a lone mercenary, Guts, attracts the attention of the mercenaries of the Band of the Hawk, and is ambushed by some of them on the road. After losing in a duel to the leader of the Hawks, Griffith, Guts is forced to join their band, where he acquires many new comrades, including a woman named Casca, a Unit Commander in the band. With Guts fighting as the Raiders Captain, the Band of the Hawk continues to come off victorious in all of their battles, and finally earns recognition from the King of Midland himself. Fighting now under the Midland banner, the Band raids a castle occupied by a legendary swordsman and rumored immortal named Nosferatu Zodd. Zodd defeats both Guts and Griffith, but in the last moment he notices the Crimson Behelit that Griffith wears around his neck, and leaves without killing them. The Band of the Hawk continues to gain fame on the battlefield, and in the end, using only 5000 men fighting with their backs to the river, manages to capture the impregnable Fortress of Doldrey. This victory brings the end to the war between Midland and Chuder. [KOEI] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Mar 7, 2017
    78
    Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is an interesting title to satisfy the fans from the manga and to give the chance to crush enemies using Guts and the rest of the characters from the series. However the game rooster it’s quite short with only 8 characters to select besides having characters which could be interesting to be playable like Isidro or Farnese.
  2. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Apr 25, 2017
    70
    During epic battles Berserk fits musou genre nicely, but when Guts’ story gets at odds with game mechanics, things take a turn for the worse. [Issue#219, p.72]
  3. Feb 21, 2017
    50
    Even if you're a Warriors fan who knows not to expect a Dark Souls level of gratifying melee combat, Band of the Hawk still deprives you of the juicy sights and sounds that one associates with Guts' savagery; the splashes of red that result from every kill hardly counts as "gore".
  4. Mar 8, 2017
    40
    Berserk has its moments – the Berserker Armor is absolutely hilarious, and getting to play as Zodd is awesome – but a few glimmers of amusement aren't enough to save it. The game doesn't have a lot to offer anybody – newcomers to the series will be left in the dust, long-time fans will be turned off by the clumsy adaptation, and anyone looking for a decent action game should grab a copy of Nioh instead. It's likely this will end up as just another forgotten footnote in the series' troubled history of adaptations.
  5. Mar 31, 2017
    40
    When the best parts of a game are the parts that aren't the game, something is wrong. [Issue#260, p.64]
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Apr 29, 2018
    8
    If you're a fan of Berserk or enjoy hack and slash games, BERSERK is a must buy! With an interesting story and fun gameplay, this game keepsIf you're a fan of Berserk or enjoy hack and slash games, BERSERK is a must buy! With an interesting story and fun gameplay, this game keeps you coming back for more. Controller recommended. Expand
  2. Apr 15, 2018
    6
    It is one of the best game in its genre. But it doesn't stop you from feeling bored if you don't like what I named "one button beat-em-up".It is one of the best game in its genre. But it doesn't stop you from feeling bored if you don't like what I named "one button beat-em-up".
    Thanks to the anime from original series it has a solid story, but you must consider a never-ending one as well, at least for now. however, this can be true for most of the Japanese mangas.
    Gameplay wise graphics, animations and game mechanics are acceptable but it is really a big pain to read all those subtitles. In my experience, it does not suffer any major bugs or performance issues.
    In the end, you must lower your expectations to what its genre offer to be able to like it, and absolutely don’t compare it to something it is not. Altogether in my perspective, it’s good for 4-6 hr max, not 10-12 hr.
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  3. Feb 6, 2019
    6
    If you're not down to read the whole thing I'm about to write, I'll summarize: This game will keep you engaged if you're a fan of Berserk.If you're not down to read the whole thing I'm about to write, I'll summarize: This game will keep you engaged if you're a fan of Berserk. Just make sure you get a controller before you play it, or buy a console version if you have a console.

    Now to the meat of the game - Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is a decent game. Again, if you're a fan of the franchise. Running around as Guts and scoring hundreds of kills will be enjoyable, despite the flaws which are definitely there. If you're a new fan of the franchise and wanted to get into the world of Berserk, this is a decent choice. The cutscenes from the movie help visualize and get across some of the more important scenes the game engine just can't handle. In addition to the cutscenes, there are "Events". These are basically short dialogue sequences of some of the characters talking to each other, some scenarios that weren't explored in the manga, and they help immerse you further in the world. The original story of the manga is told pretty well, better than the new animes from 2016 and 2017. The extra outfits are accurate with the arcs, and you can change back and forth freely which is a neat little bonus. As far as gameplay, there are several different characters to pick from, and they all play differently, adding that bit of replay value to the levels and modes. Endless Eclipse and Free Mode will keep you coming back, again, if you're a fan.

    However, there are quite a few negatives that even as a massive fan, I can't ignore. The gameplay is shallow for sure. Yes, there are different characters to play as, but there are only a handful of combos you can perform. A variation of those, or additional super moves you can perform rather than just one each character is given, would add that little extra touch I was hoping for. You do get extra weapons, but they don't feel impactful enough to be rewarding. Most of the time i forgot they were there. The biggest part of a hack and slash game is obviously the gameplay, and not getting that down means a disappointing experience, especially with a world like Berserk's. The in-game cutscenes, not the ones from the movie, are poorly done. They're really awkward, with the characters moving around like robots.

    Overall, this game isn't a disaster. If you can tolerate it, and are either a fan of the franchise or looking to get into it, look for it on sale. If I'm being honest with myself, I don't think it was worth the full asking price.
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  4. Oct 1, 2017
    2
    Piece of **** This is worst port ever. My PC can run The Witcher 3 in high quality but can't run this **** with 30 fps? And the gameplay isPiece of **** This is worst port ever. My PC can run The Witcher 3 in high quality but can't run this **** with 30 fps? And the gameplay is bad too, or maybe not, i can't know because so laggy! I really want to KOEI fix that, but, they really don't care. Don't buy it. Expand
  5. Nov 16, 2018
    0
    Мод для династи варриорс с рескином гутса и гриффита.