- System: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows
- Publisher: Koei Tecmo
- Developer: Omega Force
- Release Date: October 27, 2016 [JP] | February 21, 2017 [NA] | February 24, 2017 [EU]
- Rating:CERO D [M]
- Genre: Action RPG, Hack and Slash
- Official Website: http://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/berserk/
Who it Caters to
If you grew up playing Sengoku Musou (Dynasty Warriors in the west) then picking up Berserk and the Band of the Hawk should be a no brainer, especially if you’ve been following the series for some time. With lots of button mashing, along with blood and guts splattering just about everywhere, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk caters to anyone who loves a good hack and slash with the added blend of RPG elements to keep you coming back for more and playing for hours.
What to Expect
There’s most certainly a huge amount of hours that you’ll need to put into the game, and similar to Sengoku Musou, you’ll most likely be doing a lot of missions which you’ll need to meet certain requirements in order to beat. We will give you fair warning however that if you’re totally new to the Berserk series, be prepared because there’s a ton of spoilers once you find yourself deeper into the game’s plot. The beginning isn’t so bad because most of it basically explains the origin of the Band of Hawks, and how everything came to be before all hell broke loose.
Berserk Musou OP
Berserk is about Guts, whose life came tumbling down after a serious turn of events leads him down a dark path, his close friend betraying him, and his love taken hostage by an extremely sinister group. Now Guts must use all that he’s got in his arsenal to put an end to all of the misery and save Casca before it’s too late.
Introduction - Story Mode | Combo System
Story mode starts off with a prologue which takes you back all the way to the Golden Age Arc where the kingdom is in shambles, and Guts is about to be introduced to the Band of Hawks. For those who’ve watched the Berserk movies, this earlier part of the game will be more of a refresher and what’s fantastic about it is that a lot of footage was taken directly from the movie to provide a much more enriching experience while playing.
Attacking in the game is very simple as it follows a sequence of buttons that the player presses, which unleash certain combos and enders. One example is pressing square 4x then follow up with triangle to create a new combo, then if you wanted to get real fancy you can dash cancel out of your ender and continue linking into bigger more damaging combos. You can also equip small sub-weapons such as knives to throw at the enemy for extra damage.
Hacking and Slashing your way through everything is what you’ll be doing most of the time, but you’ll need to be paying close attention to your objectives as they often tell you where you need to go on the map and provide you with Behelits which you collect once you meet the specific requirements.
Behelit? What Do They Do?
Berserk Mode | Flame Meter
The flame meter plays an integral role in overcoming the swarm of enemies because once Guts is in Berserk Mode, he becomes a beast and so once the flame meter reaches max, pressing the [O] button will unleash his most powerful attack, swinging his sword and wiping everyone out who stands in his way leaving a bloody trail behind. This is what truly brings the game to life because every time you power up to max you just get so pumped up, as you watch the quick cinematic of him destroying everything and blood dispersed everywhere.
New tactics will then need to be considered once you start fighting Apostles and bigger enemies so knowing how to build meter will be essential but also having the right items equipped is the most important. Each character as well comes with their own perks, so coming to understand them will be important later in the game.
Talk Events | Equipping Items | Enhancing | Merging
Equipping the items is very simple as all you need to do is choose the one that feels best and adds it to the slot. You’ll also be able to equip horses along the way too, which have their own perks pertaining to speed and travel. Equipping an item, however, is just part of the puzzle as you’ll need to enhance these items to further boost your abilities and take down the enemy a lot faster over time.
To enhance your items, simply go to the [Shop] option then [Enhance] and from there you’ll see a list of the gemstones you’ve collected, all of which have their own buffs in terms of boosting specific abilities such as attack. This is where the RPG element kicks in because choosing which ability to boost more is simply down to personal preference, and can wield different results depending on your style of approach. You can also buy these items in the shop itself if you feel you need to do more upgrading, and don’t want to depend on the mission drops for everything.
Merging is another option in the game that allows you to combine various items to create a much more powerful one. Once you complete a certain mission in the story, the merging option will become available so it’s encouraged you grind your way through if you want to take advantage of this. More options will become available over time so we encourage you to play through to see what lies in store!
Endless Eclipse Mode
The whole point of Endless Eclipse Mode is a test to see just how much you can handle, and how far you can go without quitting while collecting as many purple Behelits as possible to add to your collection. There’s a ton of action in this mode so we encourage you to try and rage mode your way through to gather more rare goods. A heads up, though, if you back out during your progress you’ll have to start right back at chapter 1 again. You won’t lose any of the items you’ve earned, but you’ll just have to climb your way back up which can take some time. There’s tons of replay value in Endless Eclipse Mode so be sure to make good use of it to level up your characters and buff whatever skills you can.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Extremely fun and rewarding experience for anyone to musou, new or veteran.
- Hours upon hours of gameplay.
- Blood, guts, and action!
- Beautiful cutscenes that explain the story in superb detail.
- Organized layout.
- Retains all of the same voice acting from the anime!
- Poor camera function during battles.
- Sound clipping issues on the Vita version.
- Texture mapping seemed off in some areas.
- Small bugs pertaining to attacking but nothing game breaking.
Honey's Final Verdict:
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