Koei Tecmo released some new screenshots ahead of the release of the North American version of Berserk And The Band of the Hawk. The game is due to drop on February 21st and the new shots feature Zodd in both his human form and his Apostle form, ripping and tearing… tearing and ripping.
Graphically I have to give props to Koei for being able to capture a distinct visual style for Berserk. The game looks like a gritty, grim-dark graphic novel come to life. The bloody gory themes of the Berserk manga and anime seem to be captured in fairly exquisite detail thanks to the renderer giving the blood a dark milky look and the bokeh depth of field blurring out the edges so you get a soft filmic filter surrounding the action taking place at the center of the screen.
You get a good look at the violence and gore, featuring Femto, Zodd and Guts doing what they do best in the screenshot album below.
We see that Zodd appears to use several weapons during combat, including a giant axe, a sword and his claws.
Femto also takes to the battlefield, flying over his foes and utilizing the dark powers of the Eclipse in order to wipe out his foes. Players will be able to play as Griffith who has the ability to transform into Femto, his Apostle form.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is a gruesome, grim-dark adventure unlike many of other Koei Tecmo’s titles. Depending on how they tell the story will determine just how enveloped gamers may become with the story. Koei has proven to cover the violence and gore aspects with ease, but they’ve usually had a difficult time capturing the nuances of some story elements with certain games. So we’ll see how well they do with Berserk… especially given how dark and mature the themes of the game are. This is also assuming Koei doesn’t punk out and have SJW localizers butcher the game into oblivion.