REVIEW: GOD EATER RESURRECTION

Monday, July 18th, 2016

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God Eater Resurrection | Cover
Title GOD EATER RESURRECTION
Developer Shift, Bandai Namco
Publisher Bandai Namco
Release Date June 28, 2016
Genre Monster Hunter
Platform PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Age Rating T (Teen)
Official Website

 

God Eater Resurrection

Our cover girl, Alisa. She’s got… issues.

Monster Hunter is one of the biggest video game franchises out there today. Its popularity and critical acclaim over the years has spawned a number of “clones”, although to call them mere imitations would be doing them a disservice. Games like Freedom Wars, Toukiden and God Eater Burst have all demonstrated that fighting giant creatures with your friends is appealing enough to be its own genre. And those games each have their own unique features and settings to suit your taste. You can choose to battle demons in ancient Japan (Toukiden), a dystopian future where your character yearns to break free through involuntary community service (Freedom Wars), or in the case of God Eater Resurrection, a post apocalyptic Japan where humans are struggling for survival against the mysterious and dangerous Aragami. And these are just a few of the most well known games out there. I’m well aware that Monster Hunter Generations is now upon us, but I don’t think you can go wrong at all playing God Eater Resurrection.

For those who don’t know, God Eater Resurrection is an enhanced remake of God Eater Burst, which itself is an enhanced version of the original God Eater on the PSP. The graphics have been totally redone, and while they aren’t anything mind blowing, it puts the visuals just a tad less on par with Tales of Zestiria, to use a frame of reference. The environments in which you fight the Aragami are not very large, and neither are they all that varied. The ruined cityscapes and underground facilities you’ll be hunting in aren’t all that visually impressive, owing back to the game’s PSP origins. However, the character models look quite good and the Aragami themselves look much better than they did in their previous PSP incarnations. Previous players of God Eater Burst will also notice that some of the voice actors have changed for the story characters, although like any other game, your mileage will vary with how you react to that.

God Eater Resurrection | Character Creation

Lots of customization options help you make the Aragami hunter of your dreams.

The game starts with character creation, and I really like all the customization options you have, although I wish there were some more faces to choose from. Your outfit options are limited at first, but as you play and gain ranks, you’ll be able to craft more and more different outfit types, allowing you to put together a whole wardrobe so you can look your best on the hunt. You can also put on cute accessories like cat ears, halos, headphones, bandages, you name it. If there’s an anime trope that tickles your fancy, most likely it’ll be there as an accessory or outfit as you progress through the game.

God Eater Resurrection offers several weapon types for you to choose from, including weapons introduced in God Eater 2 such as the boost hammer, spear and shotgun. When going out on missions, it is important to take into account not only what type of physical damage will hurt the Aragami the most, but also elemental weaknesses as well. By looking up each Aragami using the Terminal’s database, it tells you everything you need to know. Even then, most likely you’ll be finding yourself attacking different parts of the Aragami to find the sweet spot that will help you put out those big damage numbers. I personally like scythes the best, but depending on your group makeup, you may need to choose a different weapon type to be more effective. For ranged weapons, my personal preference is the burst gun, because it allows you to shoot massively damaging rockets and mortars. You can also customize the bullets you fire, allowing you to change the effects and what purposes they’ll fulfill for you in battle. I would have liked the process for this to be more intuitive, it was difficult for me to understand as a new player and an in-depth tutorial really would have helped here. Thankfully there are resources online such as wikis which can provide player created bullet recipes for guidance.

God Eater Resurrection | Story

God Eater’s story is full of drama, laced with just a tiny bit of conspiracy.

Multiplayer is the real draw of God Eater Resurrection, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve had little trouble connecting to others for online play, and haven’t suffered any lag during Aragami hunts. It’s as easy as inviting your friends in and you’re good to go. There is a restriction on what you can do based on who has the least amount of story progress, but this isn’t much of a problem because you can help them catch up on it. At higher difficulties, you’ll likely want to do this to make gathering materials easier. As good as the AI is, it’s still got its limits.

God Eater Resurrection is an excellent choice for both Monster Hunter vets and those new to this sort of game. The price is very attractive at a mere $20 on PlayStation Network, but if you decide you want to go all-in with God Eater Rage Burst 2 coming at the end of August, pre-ordering that game gets you this one for free. Pretty sweet deal, Bandai Namco. Between single and multiplayer, I clocked in around 25-30 hours to beat the first arc, but a game like this will demand hours upon hours of your time. Might as well spend it Aragami hunting with your friends, it’s more fun that way!

God Eater Resurrection | Multiplayer Hunt

The bigger they are, the harder they fall, as they say.

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Review copy was purchased by the author

About Joe Sigadel

Joe is the reporting manager for oprainfall, he is also a broadcaster on Twitch and loves showing off many of the games we report about on his channel. He has also been known to defended Senran Kagura from those who only want to accept it at face value.




  • Mr0303

    I really enjoyed the original PSP game and will likely get this one for free when the physical release of Rage Burst 2 comes out. I’m still a bit pissed about the blood censorship, but given that this is the only thing that was removed and it comes for free with the second game, which is untouched, I can live with it.

    • MusouTensei

      Don’t forget they put all the other stuff back in that they censored for Burst.

    • Mr0303

      Yeah, that was cool, but the blood thing was still pretty stupid. In my view they cancelled each other out and given that it’s free with RB2, I will support it.

    • j0eeyy_p

      I’m the same. August/September is going to drain my wallet 🙁

    • Mr0303

      At least there aren’t many releases that interest me for the rest of the year.

    • j0eeyy_p

      Same, it’s mostly the Western stuff. Aside from Root Letter and Trails II, everything else wil be bought on Black Friday or Xmas sales.

    • Mr0303

      Recently I tend to buy more Japanese games than Western ones. I’ll probably get Dishonoured 2.

    • j0eeyy_p

      I buy next to no Western stuff anymore. Just dosen’t appeal to me.

  • DizzyGear

    Bamco really dropped the ball with the censorship and the lack of Japanese voices.
    Unless someone succeeds into modding the blood and Japanese voices back into PC version i’m gonna skip these games.

    • Miqubi

      iirc censored gaming said they’re so minor they couldn’t even show a comparison with the japanese version of the game

    • j0eeyy_p

      Not to mention the lack of Japanese voices was probably due to licensing issues, but no official comment means people can only guess as to the reason.

  • Trigunometry

    The thing that really bothers me here is that European Vita owners can preorder God Eater 2 and get a free code for Resurrection, but, as far as I can tell, American Vita owners are out of luck and would have to buy both games individually since you can’t preorder digital Vita games here.

    • j0eeyy_p

      EU Vita owners are also more likely to get physical copies of Vita games then the US, in part due to US retailers not wanting to stock them. If anything, many of them are trying to clear their Vita stock.

    • Trigunometry

      I understand the physical copy issue, but it’s still kinda silly that there’s a worldwide promotion that allows you to get Resurrection free everywhere *except* the North American market.