Gods Eater Burst
|Gods Eater Burst|
North American cover art
|Mode(s)||Single-player, online multiplayer|
Gods Eater Burst is a 2011 action role-playing game for the PlayStation Portable, developed and published by Namco Bandai Games in Japan and published by D3 Publisher, a sister company of Namco Bandai Games, in North America. The game was originally released in Japan as God Eater (ゴッドイーター Goddo Ītā ) on February 4, 2010 but was later improved and re-released as God Eater Burst (ゴッドイーター バースト Goddo Ītā Bāsuto ) on October 28, 2010. Gods Eater Burst was released in North America on March 15, 2011 and in Europe on March 18, 2011. The opening and ending theme songs for the game are "Over the Clouds" and "My Life", both of which are sung by Alan. A sequel to Burst was released in Japan in November 2013 titled God Eater 2.
- 1 Gameplay
- 2 Plot
- 3 In-game Terms
- 4 Development
- 5 Related media
- 6 Reception
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The game has a storyline which can be experienced with names and voice actors in single-player mode. Players play as a young, previously unemployed warrior who has decided to go up against powerful creatures called "Aragami"; warriors who face these beasts are called "God Eaters." The game's mission-based single-player mode consists of more than 100 missions, with co-operative play of up to three teammates over local adhoc wireless multiplayer or AI-controlled teammates. The North American version of the game also supported the PlayStation 3's adhoc Party. The game features character creation allowing customization of hair style, hair color, face, skin, clothing, voice and weapons using special materials. Equipment is divided into five groups: Blade, Gun, Shield, Control Unit and Upgrades. Weapons can be switched between melee, ranged and shield in-mission. In addition to the main story arc featured in the original God Eater, Gods Eater Burst features an added storyline not featured in the Japanese release. Along with the second story arc, Burst adds two new gameplay features: Bullet Customization and Burst Mode.
Setting and story
Gods Eater Burst takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, with the events of the game occurring in Japan in 2071. Most of the world has been razed by the Aragami, mysterious and aggressive creatures that appeared one day. They consist of colonies of hundreds of thousands of independent units, which are analogized as cells. As such, they are called oracle cells. The only way to hurt or kill an Aragami is by using a God Arc, a specialized biological weapon that itself is made of oracle cells. The God Arc can destroy the Aragami's core, making an Aragami's oracle cells lose their cohesion. The God Arc can transform itself into either a melee weapon or a gun, depending on the need of the user. An anti-Aragami organization called Fenrir hires warriors, called God's Eaters, to battle the Aragami. Due to the size and weight of the God Arc, God Eaters must have a special wrist bracelet surgically attached in order to wield it.
- The player (プレイヤー Pureiyā ) is a new recruit on Far East Branch who is assigned as a member of the first unit of God Eaters. The player is also the first New-Type God Eater to join the Far East Branch.
- Lindow Amamiya (雨宮 リンドウ Amamiya Rindō ) is the leader of first unit and boasts a high survival rate. Voiced by Hiroaki Hirata in Japanese and by Kyle Hebert in English
- Soma Schicksal (ソーマ・シックザール Sōma Shikkuzāru ) is the member of first unit who avoids interacting with others. Voiced by Kazuya Nakai in Japanese and by Yuri Lowenthal in English
- Sakuya Tachibana (橘 サクヤ Tachibana Sakuya ) is the sub-leader of first unit. Voiced by Sayaka Ohara in Japanese and by Michelle Ruff in English
- Kota Fujiki (藤木 コウタ Fujiki Kōta ) is the member of first unit who joins the God Eaters at the same time as the player. Voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi in Japanese and by Johnny Yong Bosch in English
- Alisa Ilinichina Amiella (アリサ・イリーニチナ・アミエーラ Arisa Irīnichina Amiēra ) is the new recruit from the Russia branch who has mental traumas of Aragami. Like the player, Alisa is also a New-Type. Voiced by Maaya Sakamoto in Japanese, and by Kate Higgins in English
- Tsubaki Amamiya (雨宮 ツバキ Amamiya Tsubaki ) is Lindow's sister who also acts as a supervisor of the first, second, and third units. Voiced by Atsuko Tanaka in Japanese and by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in English
The broad name for the monster-like entities that the player faces in the game. The name “Aragami” is loosely derived from the Japanese language, where “-gami” in this case means “gods.” They emerged as if from nowhere several years prior to the events in the main story arc, and began to devour virtually all other life forms. Aragami do not typically possess a brain cavity, spinal fluid, or even hearts. Even so they are complex organisms that are virtually invulnerable to conventional weapons, and they often acquire the characteristics of whatever they devour: an Aragami that devours plant life may eventually begin to photosynthesize, and the skin of an Aragami that devours concrete will grow hard and durable. Aragami are in fact vast colonies of Oracle Cells, each performing a specific role essential to the life of the Aragami, such as the formation of organs or hemoglobin. Each Aragami is held together by a Core, a cluster of Oracle Cells that functions similarly to the nuclei found in eukaryotic cells. By damaging or removing this core, the Oracle Cells that make up an Aragami will lose cohesion and start to disperse, which causes the Aragami to fall apart.
Largely unknown single-celled organisms that work together in vast colonies to form the creatures known as Aragami. Each Oracle Cell serves a specific function, such as generating electricity or forming fangs and claws. Every one of these cells is driven to devour all other substances, be they organic or inorganic. Paradoxically, there is no D.N.A found in Oracle Cells despite the vast organic complexity of the Aragami.
The name given to the Anti-Aragami forces employed by Fenrir to protect humanity against the Aragami. Candidates are screened via extensive D.N.A profiling to ensure their compatibility with God Arcs; the only weapons that are capable of harming an Aragami. For some reason, candidates between the ages of 12 and 18 have the highest probability of qualifying to be a God Eater.
Biomechanical weapons created from Oracle Cells. When the Core of an Aragami is successfully removed completely intact, it can be customized and converted into a God Arc. Since the only way to harm Oracle Cells is with Oracle Cells, God Arcs are the only weapons effective against the Aragami. All God Arcs have at least two main components: a weapon component such as a gun that fires Oracle Cells or a blade made of Oracle Cells, and a shield component made of Oracle Cells that are resistant to an Aragami’s attempts to devour it. God Arcs fall into two categories: Old-Type God Arcs and New-Type God Arcs. Both types are made of re-purposed Oracle Cells that are resistant to being devoured.
Old-Type God Arc
So named because they are the first model of God Arc to be developed. As such, Old-Type God Arcs feature a shield component and either a blade or gun weapon module. Old-Type God Arcs that feature a blade also have a Control Unit that allows the weapon to grow jaws for Devouring Aragami, either to salvage the Core of a dead Aragami or to restore power to the Oracle Cells that make up the God Arc by feeding on the cells of a still-living Aragami.
New-Type God Arc
God Arcs used by New-Type God Eaters. They are identical to Old-Type God Arcs in terms of purpose and basic composition, but the defining quality of a New-Type God Arc is its ability to support both a gun and a blade weapon module simultaneously. This allows the user to switch between using the God Arc as a gun or a melee weapon at will. This flexibility gives New-Type God Eaters a definitive edge in combat. However, New-Type God Arcs are also a recent breakthrough in God Arc technology, and the compatibility requirements of New-Type God Arcs are much more specific than that of Old-Type God Arcs, and as a result there are very few New-Type God Eaters and God Arcs.
In theory, the tendency of Oracle Cells to devour everything would cause Oracle Cells in the same colony to devour each other, resulting in apoptosis. This is prevented by a biological mechanism called the Bias Factor, which allows Oracle Cells of the same colony to recognize each other. This same mechanism causes Aragami to be more selective in what they prey upon: Aragami will prey upon other Aragami, but only if the prey is not the same species as the predator. The Bias Factor is used in God Arc Technology to create alloys resistant to devouring, and also facilitates a God Eater’s control over their God Arc. An artificially engineered strain of the Bias Factor known as the P53 Bias Factor is injected into a God Eater’s bloodstream regularly via a surgically attached bracelet or armlet. This infuses the human body with the Bias Factor, allowing the God Eater to control their God Arc via biofeedback and augmenting their physical strengths beyond that of a normal human. Without this regular injection of the P53 Bias Factor, a God Eater will be in danger of being devoured by their own God Arc.
Burst Mode and Linked Burst
A new feature not found in the original God Eater. By devouring an Aragami that is still alive, God Eaters temporarily enter a state called “Burst Mode” in which their speed, strength and energy regeneration increase. While in this state, the Control Unit equipped to the God Arc bestows the God Eater with helpful status effects that vary depending on which Control Unit is equipped. In addition, New-Type God Eaters are able to send teammates into an artificial Burst Mode called “Linked Burst” by firing special bullets at their teammates. These A-bullets are acquired whenever a New-Type God Eater devours a living Aragami, with the effects and duration of a Linked Burst capable of “stacking” up to three times by being hit with multiple A-bullets in succession.
The game was announced on July 9, 2009 by Namco Bandai Games. Shortly after the game's Japanese release a North American release was announced by a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings, D3 Publisher, for a Q3 2010 release. However, D3 decided to localize God Eater Burst instead at the beginning of 2011. On January 12, 2011 it was revealed that the North American title would be changed to Gods Eater Burst making the word God plural.
There will be a sequel to the game entitled God Eater 2 on Famitsu, set three years after the first game. It has a release date for 2012. The games first trailer was released September 15, 2011 during the annual gaming convention Tokyo Game show.
A 10 minutes prequel Original Video Animation was made by Ufotable. Set years before the events in Gods Eater Burst, this prequel video shows Soma on his first mission. Lindow from the Fenrir Far East Branch and his older sister Tsubaki join him on the Aragami assault. 
Trading card game
A trading card game was released as [God Eater Burst] Monster Collection Trading Card Game in September 2011. Two fifty card decks were released as God Eater Burst - God Eater and God Eater Burst - Aragami that included special dice, a reference sheet, and a play mat.
A set of nine miniatures featuring the Aragami was released in Japan as Soul of Figuration God Eater.
|God Eater Burst Drama and Original Soundtrack|
|1.||"Over the clouds -BURST mix-"||1:50|
|2.||"Drama - Plank of Carneades"||28:28|
|3.||"Drama - Defense Squad: All Assembled!"||11:07|
|4.||"Drama - Erik der Vogelweide's Magnificent Recollection"||6:55|
|5.||"Time of Decision"||2:38|
|7.||"In the Sun"||3:10|
|10.||"my life -farewell arrange-"||6:22|
The game received mixed reviews, with a 71% on Metacritic and 74% on Game Rankings. The game scored well in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, which gave a total score of 34 out of 40(9/9/8/8). The original God Eater sold 295,000 copies in the first week of its Japanese release, and by March 2011 God Eater had sold over 610,000 copies in Japan. The re-release version, God Eater Burst, sold 263,150 copies within the first week of release in Japan.
- Theophagy - lit. to devour (φαγεῖν phagein) god (θεος theos), meaning feeding on god
- Eucharist - sharing in common of the blood of Christ and the body/flesh of Christ, a Christian sacrificial rite
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