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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk hacks 'n' slashes out

Yer outta here!

The year is 2037, and Parliament Warriors has just hit Steam. Having turned all known Japanese history and fiction into Warriors games, Koei Tecmo have cast a wider gaze. Following the success of a Warriors game recreating the historic 2023 by-election which started Zayn Malik’s rise to power, Koei are hopeful that the supergroup of Parliament Warriors will sell strongly and spark follow-ups in each devolved Parliament.

Ah, how simple it all seemed in 2017, when the latest release was Berserk and the Band of the Hawk [official site], simply an adaptation of the long-running manga (and anime). How little they suspected!

While ‘Warriors’ isn’t in the name, yep it totally is a Warriors game. Players get to hack ‘n’ slash through hordes of enemies as Guts and his chums in that usually Warriors way, and… it’s a Warriors game? It’s Warriors but with Berserk.

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is out on Steam for £44.99/53,99€/$53.99, which includes a small launch discount.

Elsewhere in the world of Warriors, last week Tecmo Koei announced a Western PC release for Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada [official site]. It’s, y’know, a Samurai Warriors game. This time the focus is on actual historical daimyō Masayuki Sanada and his son Yukimura Sanada. It’s coming on May 23rd.

I’m not really into the Warriors games but, as an outsider, I do like the look of how they turn history wacky. It’s so overtly fictionalised when many games built upon history are more insidious with their rewriting. Not that over-the-top retellings can’t still spread funny ideas, mind. But at least I’ve not seen an equivalent of those dreadful videos for World War games with developers saying they want to make it so respectful and so authentic as players John Wick their way through an entire battalion.

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