Review written by gamedaily.com
Not since the Dreamcast cult hit, Sword of the
Berserk: Gutts' Revenge, has Gutts heaved his
mighty sword into polygon demons. Now years later,
Sammy Studios has brought him back, at least for
import gamers. Any fan of the manga, which Berserk
is based on, would expect massive amounts of blood
and violence. This game definitely delivers plenty
of that. However, there's not much else to this
action adventure import.
As the main character, Gutts,
your arm has been bitten off by a demon servant
to a higher being that was once your ally. The
Band of the Hawks, the mercenary army that you
are a part of, have nearly all been massacred
in the same attack. If this wasn't bad enough,
your love interest has been raped by your ally-turned
demon lord and has developed some serious mental
issues. This would be enough to make an ordinary
man cower in fear for the rest of his life,
but Gutts is a man of superhuman strength, durability,
and pure rage. His goal is simple: take revenge
on the demon lords, including your old comrade.
As Gutts you wield a massive
broadsword that can tear demons to pieces in
a single slash. You can block (you'll use this
sparingly), do a regular attack and perform
a strong, but slow attack. There is also a dashing
maneuver which can get you out of a tight spot
or be utilized in conjunction with an attack.
Gutts also has a mechanized arm which has been
turned into a weapon capable of firing arrows
as well as other projectiles. In addition, you
can summon a fairy sidekick, Puck, to restore
some of your life and give you a boost. There
are also reversals, counters, and other gameplay
elements as well that give the game a much deeper
fighting system than its previous incarnation.
Even with this arsenal of tools,
it's not necessary to use anything other than
your regular attack through most of the game.
You will basically be running through each chapter,
killing respawning villains, going through the
many cut scenes in the game, and finally facing
off with a boss at the end of every chapter.
Berserk is your average hack and slash game
with its manga storyline its only unique feature.
The storyline looks to be excellent, although
unless you have read the manga or are fluent
in Japanese, you will have no clue what is going
on through most of the cut scenes.
For every demon you kill, Gutts
will gain experience points that can be used
to upgrade your character. This feature is nice
but nothing new to the action adventure genre
thanks to Devil May Cry and many other similar
titles. There is also a World of the Berserk
feature that unlocks information about the manga
as you play through the game. Again, unless
you can read Japanese, it's not really going
to be a factor.
If games were made great by just graphics, Berserk
would be among them. The cut scenes are well
done, and during the gameplay the graphics continue
to look crisp and clean. When you slice a demon
apart, the body parts will proportionately fly
off. When you look this good swinging your sword
around, you can't help but feel like you are
a complete badass. You can't manually change
the camera angle, but since it rarely feels
awkward, there really is no reason to have such
a feature. There's no targeting either, but
when you can just swing your sword around you,
almost anything that was in that vicinity will
be cut to pieces.
If you are a fan of games that
are all about beating enemy after enemy, or
a hardcore Berserk manga reader, this game may
be right up your alley. However, Berserk will
not offer up anything more than this. For those
of you who are looking for a game with depth,
Berserk is not worth the money to import.
One Minute Review
The last time a Berserk game was released
was back in the days of the Dreamcast.
Now however, fans of the popular manga,
which has also been made into an anime,
can rejoice. Sammy Studios and Yukes (the
developer behind the original DC title)
have created a new action adventure game
starring the main character, Gutts. Berserk
is currently available as an import title
and there are no plans yet to bring it
over to the States. Like all other imports,
those of us who can't speak or read Japanese
will have trouble figuring out what is
going on, but other qualities could have
made up for this barrier. Berserk is a
solid action adventure title, but offers
little else to import gamers.