God Eater 2: Rage Burst Review

If you’re a fan of the Monster Hunter games, then you’re no doubt aware that God Eater 2: Rage Burst has released on the PS4 and PS Vita. You, like me, have already begun delving into the all too familiar grind of chasing down materials to build your next ludicrously long sword or gun. If all of these words sounds like a foreign language to you, then you may want to pay close attention to this review and decide for yourself if God Eater 2: Rage Burst is for you.

God Eater 2: Rage Burst is a port of the PS Vita title God Eater 2 with some new improvements. Already a year old, and having been initially released on the Vita, the unknowing buyer might be expecting flashier graphics and a simplistic customization system more akin to Skyrim or Fallout 4.

These people would be wrong.

God Eater 2: Rage Burst looks like it was released on PS2, but plays with the smooth transitions of a major title. It’s anime style graphics will lure you in as you attempt to create your own teenage god, otherwise known as aragami in game, killer. The customization here isn’t exceptionally deep, as you can only change your hair and two accessories (including color), but it does still provide a bevy of options that will satisfy your anime cravings. The way God Eater makes up for this however is with a rich weapon, accessory, and clothing customization system. Want a scythe wielding schoolgirl? Got it. Want a brutish Cloud complete with blonde hair, blue eyes, spiky hair, and a buster sword? GOT IT! It takes a bit of time to accomplish the aesthetic changes you might desire, but it is well-worth it when you are rewarded with a cat maid wielding bloody scythe.

Speaking of scythes, this is the first time we see two new weapons make an appearance in the God Eater series: the scythe and the shotgun. That’s right. A SCYTHE AND A SHOTGUN. Let this image sink in. Go on. I’ll wait. Has it sunk in? In God Eater 2: Rage Burst your anime guy or gal runs about like a virtual tank wielding guns, cannons, long swords that would make Cloud blush, and scythes. You are death. Gods are stupid. Kill everything that moves to make a more efficient killing machine.

Two other new additions are blood arcs and rage bursts. Blood arcs are special moves that empower your basic attacks. Find yourself mashing square (basic attack) a lot? Then make your attack shoot out long range energy blades in addition to the normal attack. Use a lot of sweeping triangle attacks? Then modify that attack to hit everything in front of you within a 20 ft. radius.

Rage Bursts, the other new addition to the series, are specially activated abilities. These ONLY activate in combat if you have a filled meter AND you’ve met other requirements. For example, let’s imagine that I keep getting destroyed by an enemy and my health is constantly at around 25%. With Rage Burst, I can make myself 10% stronger whenever I am this low on health. This is only a small example of the options available. Tanky players may want more attack when health is high or may even favor a higher defense stat. The choices are yours to make in order to best adapt to your style of combat.

Combat in God Eater revolves around knowing when to pick your spots. Each enemy has an elemental weakness and a weak spot. Seemingly, this would make the game a cakewalk, but God Eater once again trounces expectations. Aragami, the gods you are literally eating with possessed weaponry, aren’t afraid to flank you, outnumber you, call reinforcements, transform, or otherwise demolish you IF you aren’t careful. That being said, you are not without backup yourself.Combat is primarily a team sport.

While some missions will require you to go at it alone or with a reduced roster, most missions will involve you leading a four man team to victory against the gigantic Aragami that threaten to extinguish all of humanity. You’re team is death. Gods are stupid. Kill everything that moves to make a more efficient killing team. Each team member is fully customizable with unique skills, outfits, blood arcs (think special moves), and so on. While the clothing and weapon options are limited on your teammates, the unique skills that each character offers you can help you to build a well-rounded rpg party complete with a healer (WHO SHOOTS HEALING BULLETS!!!).

While God Eater 2: Rage Burst is perhaps not the game of the year, there is little to be said against it. With more polished graphics, it could easily contend with any of the top ranked video games to be released in 2016. What more can I really say about this game?

Buy God Eater 2: Rage Burst if you like:

  • Monster Hunter
  • Anime
  • Sci-fi meets fantasy
  • Cat girls
  • Character Customization
  • Grinding
  • Other God Eater titles

Don’t buy this game if:

  • You hate rpgs and stat based gameplay
  • You hate Monster Hunter
  • You hate the sheer joy of beating a giant monster to death with as a schoolgirl wielding a scythe approximately 9x your size

Final Score:  9/10

Matthew McIntyre is an avid fan of "Detective Conan," grind-heavy jrpgs, martial arts films, and all things Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang.