God Eater 2: Rage Burst review (PS4)

God Eater 2: Rage Burst has finally come to the Playstation 4 and Vita community in the west – was it worth the wait?

The sequel to the PSP game God Eater Burst actually came out back in 2013 as God Eater 2, but it never got a western release. The expanded version, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, came out early in 2015 and Bandai Namco has now localized it for western territories. Rage Burst is also the title for the additional story campaign that is added, but this edition of the game also features additional new characters, more enemies and a larger number of weapons (or God Arcs).

God Arcs play an important role in the God Eater Burst games, as they are transforming weapons that will help you take down large monsters in a variety of ways. There are rocket-powered hammers as well as more ‘traditional’ weapons like a shotgun, but the bottom line is that there’s a good variety of ways in which to play the game and crafting just serves to expand that. Using your God Arc weapon, you can also leech a bit of the power that monsters possess and use that power to your own advantage.

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These monsters are called Aragami, and they’re part of a breed of creatures brought about by the “Oracle Cells” that have pushed the human race into a corner. If they’re not defeated, they will spell the end of mankind, and that’s where you come in. The premise looks like it has plenty of potential to deepen and provide you with dramatic events and character development, but this never really materialized – instead, the focus is firmly on combat and monster hunting.

Luckily, the combat is satisfying – even if it can get repetitive. Using different weapons, different configurations of said weapons and the ability to leech monster powers, you’re able to mix things up and try out new battle tactics. Despite this, you’ll often see the same arenas and monsters pop up, which makes for a bit of a grind. Luckily, there are also extra missions to be found that mix things up a little – and give you gameplay rewards in the process.

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Gameplay-wise, God Eater 2: Rage Burst looks a lot like a traditional JRPG but plays like a combination of action RPG and games like Dynasty Warriors. Visually, the game is clearly an upgrade of a title originally designed and developed for the original PSP and Vita which was later ported to a more powerful console. Although the game looks fine, I would have believed it if people told me it was running on a PS3.

God Eater 2: Rage Burst took over three years to arrive since God Eater 2 came out in Japan. During that time, the bar for PS4 games has been raised and Rage Burst didn’t blow us out of the water. It is, however, still a fun game to play, especially if you like Monster Hunter-esque titles. There is just enough RPG in here to allow for some nice character customization, which keeps the game interesting despite otherwise fairly repetitive combat scenarios. As a nice little bonus though, the game also comes with a cross-buy digital version of God Eater Resurrection – a remake of the original game.

Score: 7.1/10

 

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