I’m a massive fan of the God Eater series and have been raving about the series since God Eater: Burst on PSP and with God Eater Resurrection, you can play the best version of the first God Eater game along with brand new content that better links it to God Eater 2: Rage Burst.
God Eater follows humanity during a bleak future where much of humanity has been destroyed by new monsters known as the Aragami. Much of their existence is unknown and it’s up to soldiers known as God Eaters to carry out missions to protect bases and settlements, as well as to collect materials and the Aragami’s cores so that they can learn more about this threat. You can create your character who is the first New-Type assigned to Fenrir’s Far East Branch, and being a New-Type means that they can wield new God Arcs which switch between a melee weapon and a gun – previously, people could only wield one or the other. There’s a whole lot more going on that threatens humanity than just the Aragami though, and it’s a rollercoaster that’ll keep you devouring the Aragami for dozens of hours.
If you’ve played similar games in the genre such as Monster Hunter or Toukiden, then you’ll know what to expect from God Eater. What helps God Eater to stand out, however, is a stronger emphasis on story and character development and like I did before, I quickly grew to love the cast and wanted to spend more time with them. Chapters new to God Eater Resurrection better link the game to its sequel, giving further reason as to why fans should pick this up – that, and it’s free with purchases of the second game, making it one of the best freebies I’ve ever seen in gaming!
Most of your time in God Eater will be spent slaying large, powerful monsters who can take a good 5-10 minutes to defeat, and you’ll fight similar enemies time and time again to progress the story and to earn materials. This sounds repetitive and it is, but the gameplay is so solid and engrossing that I’ve spent 35 hours and counting on this game and it’s still doing well in holding my attention – some battles do feel very long, but as far as it goes God Eater is still my favourite game of this type. There’s a strong emphasis on enemy types and there are dozens of weapons to choose from that exploit these weaknesses, so it’s important to check your loadout before each and every mission – this includes your melee weapon, ranged weapon and what bullets it uses, as well as items. You can play single player or online co-op, and there are dozens of hours and missions to sink your teeth into – God Eater is undeniably bursting with content.
For a game that was initially on PSP, the work done to it makes it look far better on PS4 – this is likely due to Rage Burst coming before Resurrection, leaving assets that could be used on Resurrection. It’s not the most detailed or best looking game on PS4 by far, but the character and enemy design is top notch and memorable – chances are you’ve seen Alisa floating around! As mentioned earlier, you’ll see many of the same enemies and areas pop up time and time again which can become repetitive, but it changes it up often enough that you always have something new to fight sooner or later. Visually, I love the customisation and likely spent hours playing around with changing my character’s hair, clothing and equipment, and I’m looking forward to seeing what new options there are in the sequel! Having played with it on Vita too, I can confirm that it looks great on there although the PS4 definitely have the upper hand in visuals. It’s a cross-buy title anyway and with cross-save and it being a perfect game to have on the go, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of time to play both versions for yourself.
God Eater Resurrection boasts an impressive English dub with several notable voice-actors and actresses. You’ve got Kyle Hebert as Lindow, Kate Higgins as Alisa and Michelle Ruff as Sakuya. There are many familiar voices to me in God Eater and I’m a big fan of many of them, and there are 20 voices to pick from for your custom character with talent including Tara Platt, Erin Fitzgerald and, although I could be wrong, Laura Bailey lending their voices to the main character. The voice-acting isn’t the only place where the audio shines, however, as the soundtrack has more than a couple of memorable tunes and themes that’ll stick with you outside of the game. The soundtrack is dominated by orchestral scores that help to create a stunning fight theme as well as the more emotional moments in the story – it’s got some of the best tracks in gaming, and I can make that statement with confidence.
God Eater Resurrection is one of the most content-packed games on PS4 and Vita, and both versions feel great to play. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and I’m not disappointed, and I’ve spent more time playing this than I had spent on Burst. It’s quickly become one of my most played titles of 2016 as well as one of my favourites and if the sequel is even better than this, then I’m excited to see what’s improved and to see some fantastic characters once again. God Eater Resurrection is an easy recommendation and, especially if you’re an anime fan, then you should definitely pick it up!