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Gods Eater Burst Review

Gods Eater Burst Review

Gods Eater Burst is, for lack of a better term, a monster hunting adventure developed and published by Namco Bandai Games for the PSP. The game was first released earlier last year in Japan before being re-released with a number of improvements as Gods Eater Burst. If you're seeing some resemblance to a certain other monster hunting game, you don't stand alone, but does Gods Eater Burst have what it takes to tackle and separate itself from the steep competition? Long story short, it's just about getting there.

Set in an apocalyptic world overrun and devoured by creatures known as the Aragami, Gods Eater Burst revolves around a group of warriors known as, you guessed it, Gods Eaters. You play as a New-Type Gods Eater just freshly recruited by the Fenrir group, an organization dedicated to protecting the last remaining humans on Earth from the Aragami, as well as building an impenetrable and self-sustaining sanctuary known as the Aegis Project. According to the lore and history, the Aragami were originally minuscule clusters of cells that grew at an obscene rate, taking the form of monstrous creatures and eventually consumed most of the planet.

The story is interspersed between missions, usually giving you a grasp on a narrative thick with conspiracy and some interesting plot twists, albeit somewhat predictable ones. Regardless, the story and characters are quite engaging, especially for a game of this type. While your avatar doesn't actually talk during event scenarios, the development and relationships with the supporting cast certainly does its job of engaging players with humanity's desperate struggle for survival. What's great is that players can enjoy the story at their own pace. So if you would rather be hunting monsters, there is a long list of different missions you can tackle before moving on with the story, although completing story missions will unlock even more gruelling challenges.

Gods Eater's story is actually pleasantly surprising. It may seem geared more towards the anime crowd, but it certainly deals with themes like scientific morality and the questionable steps taken as a result of humanity's desperate will to survive. While only the main characters get any real screen time, the rest of the cast is fleshed out enough to keep the atmosphere interesting by feeding players their personalities bit by bit either through story events, conversations and messages. The narrative also enjoys some decent voice acting. Although it's nothing amazing, and can sometimes feel forced, it certainly helps to convey a lot of emotion.

As a New-Type Gods Eater, you - and the one other New-Type - are the only fighters capable of wielding the New-Type God Arc, a Gods Eater's weapon that is infused with the very cells that make up an Aragami, that is capable of transforming between blade and gun. Old-Types only carry either one form of the God Arc. This creates an interesting dynamic in battle as you'll find yourself switching between each form on the fly depending on the circumstances. The battle system is not unlike other games in the genre, although it's much faster in pace and feels more like something out of an action anime series.

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