GOD EATER 2: RAGE BURST
By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on September 21, 2016
This August, the moment was finally here: it was time for the North American and European release of God Eater 2: Rage Burst for PS Vita, Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows! Yay, big party for me! I was looking forward to this game from the moment it popped up as a recommendation on Steam, while I was checking out other games. Normally I would ignore those kind of advertisements, but this game looked so good, it just couldn't be ignored. So, what is God Eater 2: Rage Burst? Well, for starters, it's the enhanced version of the 2013 sequel of the 2011 Action RPG God Eater Burst. Are you still with me so far? Good! This latest iteration of the game features all content from the original sequel, as well as an added chapter and new game mechanics and powers. And, to top it all off; it's one hell of an awesome game. Trust me, I know this stuff!
God Eater 2: Rage Burst is all about your training and your path to becoming a all-powerful God Eater. This basically means you get to slay a lot of big ass monsters. And, as luck would have it, that's exactly what I like best. At the start of the game you get to build and customize your own character. Face, hair style, attributes and even your voice, it's all editable. After constructing your own personal hero, it's ass kicking time.
Because this whooping of the ass is the main thing to do in this game, good controls are of the essence. Luckily the controls of God Eater 2: Rage Burst are very intuitive and work like a charm, so there was no beast who was safe for me and my awesome weapons. Which, incidentally, brings us to the single-most awesome feature: during combat you can transform your melee weapon into a ranged weapon! But wait, there's a catch! To use a gun, you'll need bullets. And to collect those you'll need to hit your opponent quite vigorously. So, first hit your enemy, collect ammo and shoot the evil bastard's socks off!
Your standard weapons, which you'll receive at the beginning of the game, are not that great and will not make a huge difference in the bigger battles. But don't worry, there is a way for you to tilt the odds in your favor. After you defeat a monster, it will leave some crafting materials behind. These materials can also be found throughout the environment, some hidden better than others. You can use materials to craft and develop new weapons to help you on your quest. And if that isn't enough, there are also all kinds of bullets, like ice and fire. Switch between them and try out which attack, weapon and bullets works best on the different kind of enemies you encounter.
When playing God Eater 2: Rage Burst, you will help people by completing missions. The individual stories behind the missions differ from one another, but it usually boils down to: Kill the Aragami (the monsters in the world out there). As an extra, you won't need to fight all the evil in the world by your lonesome. You actually have a party of allies! This party can consist of various characters that can be: A) AI controlled, or B) controlled by friends in the online multiplayer mode.
I must say, I had an excellent time playing God Eater 2: Rage Burst. The anime-inspired world and story always does it for me, because I am a big fan of anime. Being a kind of port of the 2013 sequel, the graphics are not the best I've ever seen, but it actually looks pretty good. I personally think that's the best thing about the anime art-style. It doesn't require full-HD imagery to look good! Everyone who has a warm heart for anime and loves to kick some monster ass with awesome weapons should definitely play this game. I personally guarantee you're going to have an awesome time!
GOD EATER 2: RAGE BURST
Bandai Namco Entertainment
August 30, 2016