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God Eater 2 (ゴッドイーター2, Goddo Ītā 2) is a video game developed by Shift and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment on November 14, 2013 in Japan for PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita. It is a sequel to God Eater. It features a new setting, as well as new protagonists, new monsters, and new weapons.[2] An expansion titled God Eater 2: Rage Burst was released in Japan on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. It was released in Western territories in summer 2016 with North American and European divisions of Bandai Namco Entertainment publishing the game on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Microsoft Windows.

GOD EATER 2 Rage Burst
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Developer(s)Shift
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
Director(s)Hiroshi Yoshimura
Producer(s)Yosuke Tomizawa
Composer(s)Go Shiina
SeriesGod Eater
Platform(s)God Eater 2
PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
ReleaseGod Eater 2
  • JP: November 14, 2013
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
  • JP: February 19, 2015
  • TW: February 26, 2015
  • NA: August 30, 2016[1]
  • EU: August 30, 2016
Genre(s)Action role-playing game

GameplayEdit

 
The sample screenshot of the game for the PS Vita version

In comparison to Gods Eater Burst there are new features and additions such as the four new weapons, the Boost Hammer, Charge Spear, the Variant Scythe and the Shotgun, each has its own function and abilities for the player to use. The Boost Hammer is a large hammer fitted with a rocket booster, which can be used to inflict heavy damage on an enemy. The Charge Spear is a large spear that can be "charged" to form a sharpened organic blade that can be used to stab foes. The Variant Scythe is a large scythe that are able to extend for a long range. The Shotgun is a large cannon that can spray bullets, allowing increased damage the closer the players were to the opponent. Most of the existing weapons also have additional features and skills, such as the Short Blade's new skill that allows players to use an upward slash that instantly send them in mid-air, and the Long Blade's new skill that can cancel attacks, thus allowing combos.

Blood ArtsEdit

The Blood Arts are one of the new additions in the game. Blood Arts are "attack add-on" that can augment normal attacks of all manner into an even stronger attack, thus making it either unlock new Blood Arts, or convert existing one into a much stronger variant. Raising a Blood Art's proficiency requires going on newer missions and completing it, thus finishing a mission with a higher rank gives more experience points to the currently equipped Blood Art, as well as the other Blood Arts of the same variant.

Character EpisodesEdit

Character Episodes are one of the newest features in the game. Throughout the game, players can interact with various characters and NPCs, though they asked you to accept their invitation to a mission. Completing it will give players additional gameplay bonuses, such as materials, items, and even additional Blood Arts for some of the main characters.

Link Support DeviceEdit

Unlocked through Character Episodes, this gameplay feature allow players to gain status effects in battle under a certain parameter, such as gaining 10% additional attack power to all attacks when the player's health reaches 25% of its remaining health. This is done so by equipping a "Link Device" of one of your allies' God Arc (Jinki in the Japanese release), as well as your own. However, there's a limit of points that you can use to equip one, since the total limit is at 100 cap points, equipping a Link Device consumes 50-60 cap points.

SettingEdit

The game takes place 3 years after God Eater. A new pandemic caused by "Red Rain" has struck the Far East Branch. Members of Special Forces "Blood", an affiliate of Fenrir who reside in a mobile base, known as "Friar", are sent to investigate.[3]

PlotEdit

Part 1Edit

The unnamed Protagonist is the newest God Eater who has been found compatible with the 'P-66 Bias-Factor' and selected to join the new Special Forces group known as "Blood": A group of God Eaters who have a special ability called "Blood Power". founded by Dr. Rachel Cladius and lead by Blood captain Julius Visconti. The Protagonist also meets the newest Blood member named Nana Kozuki who is following her deceased mother footsteps who was also a God Eater. Julius later gives the protagonist their first mission by defeating some small but vicious Aragami, which is success. After their first mission, Protagonist and Nana meet Romeo Leoni, Julius's friend who is also a Blood member. Around the same time they meet Dr. Leah Cladius, Rachel's older sister, Director Gregory de Gremslow, a snobbish and arrogant Friar director and the base's Supreme Commander, and Yuno Ashihara, a talented singer who Romeo is infatuated with.

Blood group is later joined by two more P-66 God Eaters: Ciel Alençon, a Young woman and a master military tactician who is also from the same orphanage as Julius, and Gilbert "Gil" McLane: A veteran God Eater who is nicknamed "Fragging Gil" since his mentor named Kate Lawry was K.I.A.five year ago. all Blood members later aid to Fenrir's Far East Branch and works together with 'Cradle' a mobile emergency response and deployment station created after the incident at Aegis island. Blood unit later greets 1st unit captain Kota Fujiki and the rest of his squad. With the exception of both Julius (his ability is unlocked earlier) and Romeo (who hasn't yet awakened his power ) Each blood member has awakend their "Blood Power":

  • Protagonist: Fighting Against Marduk-type Aragami. Resulting scar on its eye;
  • Ciel: Apologizes to Protagonist after he/she saves her. Which resultes in disobeying an order;
  • Gil: Avenging Kate's death by defeating Aragami Rufus Caligula with Haruomi and Protagonist;
  • Nana: Finally remembers her mother's death. Which resulting her memory is blocked.

During blood's next mission. Romeo begins acting strangely, such as lowering his guard against Aragami. Gil confronts him about his odd behaviour. Romeo reveals he is jealous to the other Blood members due to their powers being awaken and runs away into a unknown place. He later is found by an old couple who shelter him during a red rain storm. While thanking them for taking care of him. An Aragami suddenly appears in front of him. Luckily, Romeo is able to call his blood group and defeat them. He later apologizes for his reckless addittude. Which results in him awakening his blood power.

The next day, a huge red rain storm beings falling in Anagura, which results in everyone returning to shelter. Romeo finds out that the old couple wasn't present in the quarantine zone and the radio from north gate is broken. He decides on searching for them, with Julius backing him up. However, they end up running into a powerful Garm Aragami instead. Although they manage defeating Garm, they are surrounded by more Garm Aragami's. Which is being lead by the Psion Marduk Aragami earlier. Julius and Romeo are being brutally attacked by them. Romeo decides on using his newfound blood power to defeat them, which is able to hurt Garm but does not work on Marduk who begins attacking Romeo in thin-air. With his last strength, Romeo finally fully activates his blood power. Which makes the Aragami's scared and run away. Julius finds a dying Romeo who apologizes for making trouble for him and the unit and is very happy that the old couple is saved by Julius before he dies in front of him. A funeral for Romeo was later carried out by both blood and cradle groups, with Yuno singing for Romeo so her song can reach him in the afterlife.

After Romeo's funeral, blood finds out about Julius and his resignation for helping Dr. Rachel's God Arc Soldier project so the God Eaters are no longer risking their lives fighting Aragami. the Blood group is now a part of Fenrir far east branch. Blood Unit later finds Marduk Aragami and fights it with God Arc Soldier help until finally killing it. Which Romeo's death is now finally avenged. The group later understand why Julius is working hard for them, but still refuses to return to blood. Instead, he promotes Protagonist from Vice-Captain to Blood units new Captain with Ciel being promoted to Vice-Captain.

During a mission. Blood finds a survivor, who turns out to be Dr. Leah who beg them to shelter her in the Far East branch. After she receives treatment, Leah later tells about her past with Rachel. When they were kids, Leah was annoyed about Rachel's silent personality and she doesn't get along with her. One day, during their playtime, Leah Accidently injured Rachel. Which results in her going into a coma. Leah would blame herself for injuring Rachel. Her father, Jepththat Cladius finally saves her life by injecting her with P73 Bias Factor, Leah started to be supporting of the now more talkative Rachel and told her that she would give her everything she had as part of her make-up to her sister. In the present timeline, Jepththat confronts Leah about using orphans for her experiment. But she killed him by leaving Her prototype God Arc Soldier burning in his wrecked car. Leah later has deep regret to Rachel but still supports her until now. Blood Unit later find out about Romeo's death, his death was actually as part of Rachel's plan to use a now Black Plague infected Julius as the new Singularity to devour the world. Fenrir later dispatch Blood Unit and Yuno to save Black Plague patient and find out their plan: performs a coup d'état in the Friar to gain control over it. Yuno and Bloods attempted convinces Julius to stop, but he choose ignoring instead and send more God Arc Soldier to prevent them getting close. Although they managed defeating it. Yuno ended up being infected during evacuated patient. After that, they hear the news about Friar incident. Kota felt what Julius doing is completely wrong and everyone decided saves him from his wrong action.

Sasaki later inform blood about Yuno's condition, She later revealed to become a singularity alongside Julius. He later explain them about Devouring Apocalypse: an incident about how Aragami came to earth years ago. Thus triggering term known as "Singualrity". Due the Shio action three years ago, earth is now safe from singularity. Around the same time, Rachel reveals her true colors to Julius. Which makes him realize what's he doing is wrong. Rachel decided attacking him by sending her Prototype God Arc Soldier to Julius. He was later survived the attack and is transforming him into "World Opener" a true Singularity that would devour all life on the planet.

Blood's unit arrive in Friar and they conforted Rachel about her action. Rachel Revealed she decided destroy the planet by using Her God Arc Soldier in order purify them. She sending her God Arc Soldier to attack them, but they managed defeating it. However, the Apocalypse is now awaken with Julius inside of it. Much to blood's shock. Rachel allowed being absorb it and saying goodbye to them. Sakaki order them retreat due the Bias factor increased rapidly.

Sakaki revealed the plant about stopping the Apocalypse without needing sacrifice. Although he knew they cannot save Julius due to his completed transformation. But they can save the world by Yuno participating in the battle. Although there's a chance of dangerous risk. While blood's and Yuno had conversation about this idea, Yuno later understand how God Eater faces such a dangerous battle and she decided join their battle. Nana remember about Julis said earlier about how humanity faced enemies from ancient time. She thinking about how Blood Power makes them stronger and how they fighting as a team. Gil felt as long they together, they become strong. They decided stop the Devouring Apocalypse and bring Julius back to home. Sakaki revealed his plan, since Yuno is another singularity. They can counter the other Singularity's devouring power and there's a chance the Black Plague is cured. He also revealed that Black Plague is also a singularity. While Julius is completed, Yuno and other Patient is considered a failures. But they can combining them into strong multiple Resonance. Sakaki suggest all Blood's resonance and Yuno's singing is combined into a strongest power. When Yuno start amplyfied the resonanced. Sakaki ask Protagonist to filling her resonance.

After defeat one of one Aragamis. Blood's unit found a Devouring Apocalypse namely Person Who Opens the World and start attacking them despite they snap Julius inside on it. They decided defeating it with Yuno backing up them. They managed defeating it but the Bias Factor is complelely growing and blood's unit decided retreat and allow Yuno to sing a song. With the Protagonist Blood power and everyone around Fenrir singing her song. They created a strong resonace. Finally, they entered Julius's realm of consciousness to talk to him one last time. They want him return, but Julius decide to stay to protect them and asking them to take care in outside. Ciel didn't want to leave, but Nana has told her to be strong. Julius thanking them for believing him. Julius then forcibly stops it from evolving which results in an explosion that takes in all the Black Plague spread and forms a helix-shaped plant-like structure. And all Black Plague patient is now compleltely cured. Far East later thanking Blood and Yuno for saving the World. In post credit-scene, Protagonist, Nana,Gil, and Ciel watching the spiral tree while holding Julius's god arc.

DevelopmentEdit

The game was first announced on September 15, 2011 during the annual gaming convention Tokyo Game Show.[4] In September 2011, during a Famitsu interview, Yusuke Tomizawa, producer of God Eater, said "God Eater 2 was to pinpoint what users found fun about the game; we're taking it apart and reassembling it from scratch."[2]

A video trailer on God Eater 2's Japanese website shows that the game gives the option for PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita owners to play on a cooperative, multi-player mode with each other between platforms. A playable demo for the PlayStation Vita was released 25 July 2013 on the Japan-region PlayStation Network.

The version 1.20 update released on 21 January 2014 introduces a new story arc to the game.[5] The new episode will feature Lindow Amamiya, a returning character. There is also the addition of "Enhance" missions with additional optional requirements that activate certain effects when fulfilled. The update also introduces new support skills, items, costumes and weapon crafts.[6]

The 1.40 patch released on 26 May 2014 introduced an online multiplayer mode supporting infrastructure play; prior, only ad hoc wireless multiplayer was supported.[7]

Downloadable contentEdit

An additional DLC episode pack titled God Eater 2: Another Episode: Return of the Defense Unit was released on 5 June 2014 and priced at 1,000 yen. The expansion added a new storyline featuring characters from the original God Eater game. It also introduced new original NPC characters, who could be used within the main game after finishing the DLC episode.[8]

God Eater 2: Rage BurstEdit

God Eater 2: Rage Burst (ゴッドイーター2 レイジバースト, Goddo Ītā 2 Reiji Bāsuto) is an enhanced version of the original game for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. It was announced at Tokyo Game Show 2014.[9] A new chapter titled "Rage Burst" is added to the story, featuring content separated into six difficulty levels within the main quests.[10] Rage Burst introduces a new game mechanism known as "Blood Rage", which involves filling a yellow gauge by attacking enemies, and then making a pledge to the God Arc once it activates, granting various buffs to the player.[11] Temporary invincibility can be toggled during the pledge selection process, at the expense of draining the yellow gauge on the bottom left of the screen.[12] The game also introduces new characters, enemies and weapon types.[11] All God Eater 2 Special Episode DLC is included in Rage Burst.

The PlayStation 4 version supports 5.1 surround sound with positional sound effects, and NPC communication messages can be directed from the speaker located on the DualShock 4 controller.[13]

In December 2015, Bandai Namco's US branch announced the western release of God Eater: Resurrection and God Eater 2: Rage Burst following a teaser website countdown.[citation needed]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticPC: 73/100[14]
PS4: 69/100[15]
Review scores
PublicationScore
DestructoidPC: 8/10[16]
FamitsuVITA: 38/40[17]
PSP: 35/40[17]
(Rage Burst) PS4/VITA: 36/40[18][19]
GameSpotPS4: 8/10 [20]

God Eater 2 received positive reactions from critics. Famitsu gave the Vita version of the game a review score of 38/40, whilst the PSP version attained a score of 35/40. God Eater 2 was awarded during the Japan Game Awards 2013 by the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association during the Tokyo Game Show, as one of eleven titles within the Future Division winners.[21]

The PlayStation Vita version of God Eater 2 topped the Media Create sales charts in Japan during its first week of release by replacing Battlefield 4, selling 266,326 physical retail copies, ahead of Call of Duty: Ghosts and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 which both also debuted the same week. In addition, the PSP version sold 112,024 copies, placing it in fourth place. The same week, PlayStation Vita console sales jumped up to 46,350 units, doubling over the previous week, while the PlayStation Vita TV, which made its Japan debut the same day as God Eater 2, sold 42,172 units.[22] Prior to release, God Eater 2 was heavily marketed alongside the PlayStation Vita TV game system.[23]

Among the Famitsu 2013 Top 100, a listing of the top 100 Japanese retail software sales for the year of 2013 from data collected by Famitsu's parent company Enterbrain, the PlayStation Vita version of God Eater 2 ranked number 20, with 354,498 physical retail sales, whilst the PlayStation Portable version ranked at number 53, with 180,781 retail sales.[24] As of 31 March 2014, the game shipped 700,000 copies within Japan on both the PSP and Vita platforms according to a Namco Bandai financial report for the fiscal year ending March 2014.[25]

God Eater 2 placed fourth place amongst all digital copy games sold on the Japanese PlayStation Network overall in 2013, and the second most-sold digital Vita game behind Dragon's Crown.[26]

God Eater 2: Rage Burst sold 234,180 physical copies on Vita and 37,824 on PS4 within its debut week, placing first and third place respectively for the weekly sales charts.[27] God Eater 2: Rage Burst PC steam ver has sold over 410,000 Digital copies based on total counts sales on steamspy.

SequelEdit

In October 2017, Bandai Namco announced God Eater 3, but would not specify which platforms it would be released for.[28]

ReferencesEdit

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