With the backing of a fierce anime fandom, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is the intense action RPG that gamers looking to scratch that brutal battle itch they have been looking for. A merging of the popular 1997 (and 2016) anime series and the famed Dynasty Warriors video game franchise, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk gives players the ability to mow down fields of enemies with fantastic efficiency. While the common baddies and bosses themselves all come to an end in the same bloody manner, it’s the violent journey through the battlefield that’s the real draw here.

Following the storyline of the Berserk and the Band of the Hawk manga series through the Millennium Empire Arc, this game is pure fan service. You could easily push forward using Guts and his magnificent broadsword, but the fun comes in playing as other familiar faces and using their powers on your path to victory. Even if you’ve never seen a single episode of the anime, it’s still fun to switch up between different characters and costumes, wielding knives, bows, magic, and more. Extra gameplay wrinkles come in the form of items and upgrades found during fights and bought before levels begin, but Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is ultimately a great excuse to let loose and work out a few aggressions against waves of wayward baddies.

Final thoughts on Berserk and the Band of the Hawk video game:

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, developed by Omega Force, is straightforward fun that can get deep if you choose to play it as such. If enduring hours of slashing faceless enemies isn’t your idea of fun, then this game may lose its allure faster than normal. That said, it features a rich storyline and quality graphics that don’t slow down, even with a screen full of enemies that want you down for the count. Give Berserk and the Band of the Hawk a try, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how much fun it is to let loose every once in a while. Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is out now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC.

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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk on PS4

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk on PS4
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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk Review Score

7/10

    PROS:

    • Easy pick-up-and-play controls
    • RPG elements add extra layers of strategy
    • Follows 20 years of Berserk manga and anime lore

    CONS:

    • Repetitive Dynasty Warriors-style gameplay
    • Also, repetitive Dynasty Warriors-style gameplay