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Berserk and the Band of the hawk is a hack and slash based off the dark fantasy anime. It’s bloody and everything you come to expect if you’re a long time fan of the franchise. The game let’s you playthough the Golden Age Ark & the hawk of millennium Ark which is based of the anime’s story. The story was done so well and it does the anime justice. You get to play as Guts, Griffith, Judeau and many more characters from the anime. At it’s core Berserk has that Dynasty Warriors formula but It also has it’s own unique take with the gameplay. It took me 20 hours to finish the story mode if you include the cutscenes. You have a levelling system, an upgrading system and you get accessories as a reward whenever you finish a mission. There are many unlockables in Berserk.

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The game also has two extra modes that you can unlock. The first one is free mode where you can replay all the battles from the story with any character and the second is Eclipse mode which is a survival mode where you fight a horde of enemies. It’s a great mode for leveling up your character so . You can use any character you’ve unlocked for both modes. The controls are fluid and you can click R3 (Right Analog stick) to lock on to your enemies. You can press square for your regular attacks and you can press triangle for heavy attacks, you can hold triangle to charge for a heavier attack. You can also press Triangle and circle at the same time to go on Berserk mode which will increase your attack Damage and defence. In order to perform this move your magic gauge bar has to be at max, once the bar on the left is full you can perform a special Berserk attack the can clear the majority of your enemies on screen, the special Berserk attack helps even more during boss fights. There’s so much more you can do in this game compared to a Regular warriors game. The boss fights were definitely fun but I recommend you play it on harder difficulty level for a bit of a challenge.

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The graphics and art style look great and it represents the anime really well. Costumes can also be unlocked for playable characters. I enjoyed my time with Berserk and the Band of the Hawk and it definitely has replay value. I recommend it to anyone who’s fan of dark fantasy stories or the anime it self.

8.5 out of 10

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