God Eater 2: Rage Burst is a PS4 and Vita remake of the original God Eater 2 which released for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable several years ago. If you purchase the game in EMEA territories, you will also get a free download code for God Eater Resurrection, which is a PS4 and Vita remake of God Eater Burst, which itself is a remake of God Eater, that came out for the PSP. It’s confusing, but in simple terms, they’re the same games, with better graphics and some new gameplay features.
If you’ve never played God Eater before, the concept behind the game centres around an enemy known as the Aragami, which in Japanese translates to “violent (ara) god (gami)”, who consume everything in their path. The aragami are monsters made up of “Oracle Cells”, and whilst they appear to be one creature, they are in fact several, clumped together around a core. The aragami also take on traits from their environment, and cannot be defeated with conventional weapons technology.
So to fight these monsters, the Fenrir Organisation has created a hybrid biomechanical weapon called the God Arc. Fenrir has then selected special individuals that are compatible with these weapons to fight the monsters. These individuals are known as the God Eaters, because the God Arcs have the ability to devour parts of the aragami and use these parts for upgrades etc. The God Arcs also have 3 different standard forms; blade, gun and shield, which can be used for short range combat, long range combat, and defense respectively.
The gameplay is similar to that of the Monster Hunter franchise, in that you will go on missions to fight specific enemies. If you eat the aragami using a God Arc’s predator form, you will go into ‘Burst Mode’, which increases your speed, power and gives you additional perks and weapon options for a short period of time. However, God Eater 2: Rage Burst introduces a brand new form called Blood Rage. In this form, the God Arc will temporarily give invincibility, increased speed and attack, and the ability to dash infinitely.
Rage Burst takes place 3 years after the events of Resurrection, where a fatal plague with no known cure has begun to ravage the land. Whilst there is some basic story element to this game, you’ll find that you don’t have time to really care about it as you just want to play the game. This is especially true because of how many options and stats you can modify within the game’s menu, meaning you can end up spending most of your time in the menus rather than in the actual game itself.