God Eater franchise has been in video game industry for several years now. The first God Eater was released on PSP back in 2010. Since then, God Eater franchise has been a big deal with Japan having it tagged as the Sony’s answer to Monster Hunter gaming franchise. God Eater is very successful in Japan, having its own anime and the video games selling really well.
Now, after almost 1 year of North America delay, God Eater 2: Rage Burst is here.
Is it worth the wait? Is it really the kind of game that will shift you from Monster Hunter? Find out the review below to know more.
The story started with your player waking up as a sort of an experiment of a program called God Eater. Your character belongs to a special division of God Eaters wherein your team, headed by captain Julius Visconti, is assigned to several missions to progress with the story.
Here, you will team up with other God Eaters like Ciel Alencon, Gilbert Mclain, Romeo, Nana Kazuki and other God Eaters from the Far East.
Each NPC has their own storyline, on top of the main protagonist’s story, and the story may not be as popular as the other Japanese games, the storyline of each NPC is much interesting and more dramatic compared to the story of the protagonist.
The story is dragging in the beginning, but as you progress through the game, you’ll get to know the story of each character, about the God Eaters, those interesting characters in Fenrir, the Red Nimbus, and the Black Plague. Though the story will be interesting in the middle part of the game, it will be boring and tiring after that. You may think that the story and the characters build up, same as the art, is your typical anime cliche.
I played God Eater 2: Rage Burst on PS4 knowing that it will have a better graphics compared to PS Vita and the there will be more players on PS4 version compared to PS Vita, but to my disappointment, the PS4 version looks like an upscaled version of PS Vita and you can’t notice the difference. If you still want to play this game, go save your money and buy the PS Vita version instead.
The camera is really bad in this game. Even if I already adjusted the camera speed to the low setting and even if you hit the L1 button to focus on the Aragami, the monster of this game, you will still get irritated with the camera. With the long hours of playing, you’ll get a high chance to feel dizzy because of the camera.
The gameplay of God Eater 2: Rage Burst is almost similar to other God Eater titles, wherein you’ll get to choose weapon – knife, long sword, buster blade, scythe, hammer, and different kinds of guns. You will be also geared with different variations of shields.
There are new additions in this game like Blood Arts and Link Support Device. Blood Arts are attack add-ons where you can augment it to make a normal to hard attack, while the Link Support Device is a feature that can gain you status effects such as attack power or additional health.
As for the difficulty, you’ll start the game facing some very easy Aragami. So easy that you’ll feel sleepy…literally. But as the Difficulty level progresses, you’ll get to face some tough Aragamis that you’ll be needing to augment your weapons and strategize every move for be able to beat the Aragami.
The combat of the game is very identical to Monster Hunter, well, God Eater is the Monster Hunter of Playstation, anyway.
You’ll get to choose the mission and depending on what difficulty that mission is in, you’ll get to face several Aragamis.
You will use your primary weapon, a gun – that will drain your OP or Oracle Power depending on the bullet you’re going to use and a shield in every combat. What I like about God Eater compared to Monster Hunter is that in God Eater, the stamina will not be used in every action a player does. You will just consume your stamina by doing a dash, running and jumping. Unlike in Monster Hunter, a player will consume the stamina in every move he will take which is kind of irritating.
One thing that I like about the God Eater 2: Rage Burst is the bonus items in it. When you buy this game, you’ll get God Eater Ressurection for free, and some cool DLC’s for several Bandai Namco games. It’s like having two games in one price.
This is the most reasonable game I bought since The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. God Eater 2: Rage Burst contains the physical disc, DLC costumes for Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, Tales of Zestiria, Tokyo Ghoul and Assassination Classroom, and a FREE digital copy of God Eater Resurrection. It’s like getting two games plus bunch of DLC’s for the price of one.
Overall, this game is boring at the beginning and will become addicting in the middle part, especially when you get to augment all your weapons and add more abilities in your character, but the gameplay is so repetitive. Speaking of repetition, it is not just the gameplay that is s repetitive, even the stages and aragamis are all the same. They just use different colors in Aragami so when you already memorized the moves of that Aragami, beating it, regardless of difficulty, will be already easy for you.
This kind of gameplay is also tiring. I don’t know about you but already played several Monster Hunter titles, Toukiden – which happens to have the same format as Moster Hunter, and this, God Eater, is very tiring and I feel that I am playing the same game over and over again.