Berserk and the Band of the Hawk - PlayStation 4 [Digital]

  • Publisher: Koei Tecmo
  • SKU: 5740403
  • Release Date: 02/21/2017
  • Vendor: BestBuy.com
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Intense violence, Language, Partial nudity, Sexual content
$59.99
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What's Included


  • Berserk and the Band of the Hawk

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (129 out of 135)

Product Details


  • Developer: Omega Force
  • Publisher: Koei Tecmo
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 02/21/2017

Synopsis


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 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.

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Features


Revel in the astounding destructive power capable of cutting through multiple enemies with one blow!

Join Guts and his newest companions on his journey of revenge through "The Hawk of the Millennium Arc" that includes an impressive amount of artwork including footage from the actual animation movie trilogy and new, original scenes

You can choose to play as any of a number of characters from all the different parts of the story

Every character possesses a distinctive set of skills and characteristics to ensure the variety of gameplay is consistent with the world of "Berserk"

Furthermore, to deepen immersion into the story, the same familiar cast of Japanese voice actors from the movie trilogy and the new animation series were invited to take part in this project



Overall customer rating

4.2
96%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A fun, different take on the DW formula

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    Qu3stion
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    Berserk is the latest Koei/Tecmo game that can be described as "like dynasty warriors but". If you are not familiar with the Dynasty Warriors games, they can best be described as modern 3d takes on classic 2d, side scrolling, "beat em' ups" like Final Fight. They do have more depth and strategy than the 2D games they were inspired by but at the end of the day there is more button mashing than brain power needed to beat these titles. This Berserk game is tied to the most recent Berserk Anime although there are nods to the classic Manga and Anime here and there throughout the game. The game is fun and is more story driven than many DW style games. That can be both good and bad since focusing on the story gives the game a little more depth than similar titles but it also means limiting the playable characters available in both the story mode and the side modes. If you are a fan of the newer Berserk animes and enjoy a good beat 'em up the you will likely get your monies worth out of the game. Otherwise, there are better DW style games to play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good adaption, character balance; bad instructions

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    Bibble
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    I had first found out about Berserk from the Dreamcast game. It was only afterward that I learned it was an adaption of a manga. I recently watched the anime and fell in love. This new game is a good adaption of the early parts of the series and I like that each character plays differently and that there's character balance. Otherwise, there'd be no reason not to only use Guts and Nosferatu Zodd. I imagine this game could get boring for non-fans or for people who don't want to run around and stab things, but if you're a fan who wants to run around and stab things, boy howdy, this is the game for you. The main faults for me is how equipping costumes and what stats like "rapacity" mean aren't explained. I can't find anything about those in the tutorials or manuals. I'm sure bigger stat numbers are a good thing when I'm crafting, but I don't know what these stats do. I also have unlocked a bunch of costumes, but I don't know how to use them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mindless fun

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    drakanity
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    If you're a fan of the Berserk manga/anime and musou type games like I am, this game is good mindless fun. Otherwise, it probably isn't for you. Basically it takes you through the old Berserk anime using clips from it for the cutscenes, and also the anime that came out in 2016 (although rendered through the game engine instead). It also extends the 2016 story a bit more than the anime ended off at. The issues with the game is it does get a bit repetitive like all musou type games and there's not as many playable characters. You also play mostly as Guts in the story which is understandable, but they should have allowed more missions that used the other characters. It is also censored in many areas and a lot of the story details were trimmed down. There are other modes, however, that let you grind and that could be fun, but I only finished the story. I enjoyed it for what it was.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Berserk Dynasty Warriors Game

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    TechBuyer
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    If you are a fan of the anime, you know that this is going to be bloody and have some nudity and disturbing situations - as well as some crazy twists. Applying the Dynasty Warriors Musou formula of taking down hundreds of enemies and including boss battles and tons of unlockables fits this property well. The game plays great on PS4 and although not a visual masterpiece, the effects and styles look very nice. As in other Musou games, you can unlock other characters and weapons as well as well as gain cutscenes for your progression. Just note that the anime goes a lot deeper so don't expect every detail. The hack and slashing is truly satisfying considering the property and if you are fan of the anime and Musou style games, then definitely pick it up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great hack and slash with an anime feel

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    Bane
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    Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is as you would expect from a musou game an all out hack and slash fest. It does however bring the feel of the anime on all levels. B&BoH has over two hours of anime scenes from the recent Golden Age movies to help transition between levels, as well as added full motion CGI scenes to take you into the Millennium Hawk arc. While a blast to play and entertaining, it does get a bit repetitive as would be expected. There is a large amount of content however and additional characters, though Guts will be your main protagonist through the 20+ hour storymode. Overall if you are a fan of the anime I highly recommend it, a casual fan may want to wait for a price drop or borrow it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Strictly for Fans

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    Snake
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    The oddly-titled Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is a love letter to fans of Berserk as well as fans of the Musou/Dynasty Warriors series. With that being said, you know what you're getting here: a licensed re-paint of the typical Dynasty Warriors mechanic, but with the added bonus of the excellent Berserk license. Features cutscenes from the film trilogy, but of course, the story is a bit pared; I cannot recommend this to people who are not already intimately familiar with the entire story from the comics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's a "warriors" game

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    BoiOBoi
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    If you've played any "warriors" game and enjoyed them along with loving the berserk manga, then this is definitely a good investment. Otherwise it's the berserk series cut and condensed into a hack 'n slash action format with little difficulty in demolishing your enemies (including bosses) and some exclusive cg and 2D (from the movies) cutscenes sprinkled here and there. This game doesn't have nearly the same depth the manga can portay, but the 1 vs 100+ gameplay style can be fun in small doses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Only for fans

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    Enix
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    This game is cool for berserk fans, but I'm still more inclined to recommend the Berserk-inspired Dark Souls and Dragon's dogma over it. The game runs at 30 fps on normal PS4, and from what I can tell, 30 fps on PS4 Pro too, although it may be a personal issue for that one. It's a bit slow, plodding, and lacking content compared to some of the other Warriors style games, but fans will enjoy it, and it can still be fun to mow down hundreds of enemies with little effort.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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