The Eclipse Draws Near
As a preface to this, I need to issue a warning about the manga, anime, and game that this article entails, Berserk. It has blood, gore, demons, child murder, and rape. The Berserk manga, officially, started in the early 90’s with a prototype being published in the late 80’s. It is a dark fantasy series set in medieval times. The series follows the protagonist, Guts, throughout his adventures, which mostly involve his life sucking.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk releases this Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in North America. It released in Japan in October though. It is a "Warriors" style title that covers the Golden Age through the Falcon of the Millennium Empire arcs, 4 out of the 5 current arcs in the manga.
It being a Dynasty Warriors type game, that means it’s a hack n slash against a lot of enemies. However, this entry has been reported to be a bit different, at least while playing as Guts. Guts wields a huge greatsword called the Dragonslayer. It got its name because it was created to kill a dragon in one cut. As such, the sword is ridiculously heavy. This is portrayed in the game as button mashing, supposedly, does not work as well in this game as other warriors games due to Guts needed a moment between swings.
Not only that, but Guts has a berserk mode. It is activated once you fill a meter by elimination enemies. In this mode, Guts swings faster and hits harder. It basically makes him the average speed for the typical warriors character. Besides that, it’s not much more than a normal Dynasty Warriors game. However, for any Berserk fan, it will be a must buy. Especially since we haven’t gotten a Berserk game in the US since Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage for the Dreamcast.
Other characters you can play as from the Berserk series include Zodd, Judeau, Casca, Griffith, Serpico, Schierke, and Wylad. The game will be rated M for its content though, and there will be differences between the US and Japan version. To put it simply, the US will be more violent, but have the some of the more sexual aspects censored and vice versa for the Japanese version.
While Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is set to be just normal warriors spin-off like Hyrule Warriors, Pirate Warriors or Fire Emblem Warriors, it will definitely be essential to any fans of the Berserk series. I’m looking forward to it, and will be diving into it once it comes out Tuesday.