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Gods Eater Burst
God Eater Cover.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s) Shift
Publisher(s)
Composer(s) Go Shiina
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) God Eater
  • JP February 4, 2010
Gods Eater Burst
  • JP October 28, 2010
  • NA March 15, 2011
  • EU March 18, 2011
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, online multiplayer
Distribution UMD

Gods Eater Burst (ゴッドイーター バースト Goddo Ītā Bāsuto?) 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.[1]

The story revolves around the six members of the Far East Branch's 1st Unit as part of an organization called Fenrir in which destroy monsters known as the Aragami.

The game was originally released in Japan as God Eater (ゴッドイーター Goddo Ītā?) on February 4, 2010. The game was later re-released as God Eater Burst on October 28, 2010 with an expanded story and new game mechanics. This version 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.[2] A sequel to God Eater Burst was released in Japan in November 2013 titled God Eater 2.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay of Gods Eater Burst.

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."[1] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Along with the second story arc, Gods Eater Burst adds two new gameplay features: Bullet Customization and Burst Mode.[5][6] 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.[6] 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.[6]

Plot[edit]

Setting[edit]

The game sets in Japan in the year 2071 where the world has been mostly destroyed by mysterious monsters known as the Aragami. An organization known as Fenrir was made to exterminating Aragami using weapons called God Arcs made from the cells of an Aragami. Those who specialize in exterminating Aragami are known as God Eaters. Originally God Eaters had one type in which their God Arcs can only keep gun form or blade form, however a new type has been discovered that can switch between gun and blade form. Since then they have been classified new-types and the previous as old-types.

Story[edit]

The story revolves around the Hero character (named and customized by the Player) as he joins Fenrir Far East Branch alongside Kota after discovering that he is a new-type God Eater. Soon after he joins he is assigned under Lindow, leader of the first unit, in which he advises them to not die and to run when needed. He eventually meets more members of first unit: Sakuya and Soma along with their instructor, Dr. Sakaki. When a second new-type God Eater, Alisa, joined first unit on a mission, a group of Aragami ambushed them and Alisa experienced a physiological episode and accidentally trapped Lindow. The rest of first unit was able to escape but Lindow was left behind. After they returned to base, Alisa had been treated for her episodes. It was then revealed that they are due to her childhood trauma of watching her parents die by an Aragami. The Hero was able to calm her down and she was able to return to first unit. Sakuya after grieving for the missing Lindow, found a secret message from him but was inaccessible without Lindow's bracelet. The Hero is then promoted as the new leader of first unit, in which the director of Fenrir Far East Branch, Johannes attempts to use him in top secret missions in efforts for something known as the "singularity". Dr. Sakaki soon discovered deceived the Director into searching for the singularity in Europe after telling him that a mysterious Aragami appeared there and leaving Dr.Sakaki in-charge. Dr. Sakaki sent the Hero and Soma them to secret mission eventually discovering a human-like Aragami named Shio. As they keep Shio a secret from the Director and learn from her, first unit have been send to search missions for Lindow after his bracelet has been activated. Eventually Sakuya had found his bracelet and was able to access Lindow's secret message. Sakuya accesses the message and discovers that Lindow was investigating Johannes secret project known as Project Aegis.

Characters[edit]

  • 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.[7] The player is also the first New-Type God Eater to join the Far East Branch. In various God Eater media, the male player's default name is revealed to be Yuu Kannagi (神薙 ユウ Kannagi Yū?).
  • Lindow Amamiya (雨宮 リンドウ Amamiya Rindō?) is the leader of first unit and boasts a high survival rate.[7] 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.[8] 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.[7] 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.[7] 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.[9] 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.[7] Voiced by Atsuko Tanaka in Japanese and by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in English

Development[edit]

The game was directed by Yoshimura Hiro, produced by Yosuke Tomizawa. Character designs were provided by Koichi Itakura and Sokabe Shuji.[10]

God Eater was initially announced on July 9, 2009 by Namco Bandai Games.[1] 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.[3] However, D3 announced that it would be delayed to sometime in 2011.[11]

Namco Bandai teased a new God Eater project with an event known as God Eater Fes 2010 which was scheduled to take place in Akiba Square on July 11, 2010.[12] However, five days prior to the event, Famitsu revealed God Eater Burst, an "evolved" version of the original God Eater. The game was confirmed to contain additional arms, a new story, characters, enemies along with rebalanced gameplay and brushed up graphics.[13]

On January 12, 2011 it was revealed that the North American title would be changed to Gods Eater Burst making the word God plural.[14]

There will be a sequel to the game entitled God Eater 2 on Famitsu, set two years after the first game.[15] It has a release date for 2013. The games first trailer was released July 21, 2012 during the annual gaming convention Tokyo Game show.

Related media[edit]

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.[16]

Several light novel series adaptations have been released. The first novel series was written by Yuurikin, illustrated by Sokabe Shuji, published by Enterbrain and serialized in Famitsu Bunko magazine. The chapters were compiled into a single volume and released on June 30, 2010 under the title God Eater: Kinki o yaburu mono (ゴッドイーター 禁忌を破る者 God Eater: Those Who Break the Taboo?).[17] The second is made up of two-volumes: God Eater: Alisa in Underworld (GOD EATER ~アリサ・イン・アンダーワールド~?) and God Eater: Knockin 'On Heaven's Door (GOD EATER ~ノッキン・オン・ヘブンズドア~?). They were written by Ryuzaki Tsukasa, illustrated by Sokabe Shuji, and published by Kadokawa Shoten. The novels were released on September 18, 2010 and December 18, 2010 respectively.[18][19]

The game had also received several manga adaptations written by Namco Bandai. The first is titled God Eater: Kyūseishu no Kikan (GOD EATER -救世主の帰還- God Eater -Return of the Messaiah-?) was illustrated by Osan Eijii, published by Kodansha, and serialized in Rival Comics magazine. As of December 28, 2011, the series was completed and compiled into five volumes.[20] The second is titled God Eater: the spiral fate and was illustrated by Saito Rokuro, published by Dengeki Comics and serialized in Side-B.N Magazine. As of November 27, 2010, the manga was completed and compiled into two volumes.[21] A third manga titled God Eater: the summer wars was illustrated by Okiura, published by Kadokawa Shoten and serialized in Dragon Age Comics Magazine. The series was completed and compiled into a single volume on May 7, 2012.[22]

A trading card game was released as [God Eater Burst] Monster Collection Trading Card Game in September 2011. Two 50-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. A cell phone game spin off titled, God Eater Mobile was developed by Mobage and released on December 16, 2010 in Japan for the i-Mode, EZWeb, and Yahoo! Keitai distribution service. Similar to the original PSP game, it features character customization, item purchasing and hunting Aragami.[23] The official God Eater Burst Drama and Original Soundtrack (GOD EATER BURST ドラマ&オリジナル・サウンドトラック?) was released on a single disc on December 22, 2010.[24] It was composed by Go Shiina and featured the game's theme Over the Clouds.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 74%
Metacritic 71/100
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 6/10[25]
Eurogamer 7/10[6]
GameSpot 7.5/10[26]
IGN 6.5/10[5]

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).[27] The original God Eater sold 295,000 copies in the first week of its Japanese release,[28] and by March 2011 God Eater had sold over 610,000 copies in Japan.[29][30][31] The re-release version, God Eater Burst, sold 263,150 copies within the first week of release in Japan.[32]

See also[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "人気ACT『ゴッドイーター』が出荷50万本をハイスピード突破". ASCII Media Works (in Japanese). Dengeki Online. February 24, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
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  8. ^ Shift. Gods Eater Burst. Namco Bandai Games. Scene: Soma & Kota 1. "Kota: Hey! Soma! I've been thinking we should throw a party for our new leader here on our next day off - are you in? / Soma: No thanks. / Kota: Oh come on, don't be like that... / Soma: Go ahead and have your little love fest.. just leave me out of it. (Jump from ruined house) [...] / [after Kota blame Soma from far] / Kota: Jezz! I'm just trying to... That guy is too anti-social." 
  9. ^ Shift. Gods Eater Burst. Namco Bandai Games. Scene: Another New-Type. "Lindow: What a promising rookie... We've got to be the only branch with two of these rare New-Types! / Tsubaki: Yes, I suppose so. But we'll be stepping up the search for New-Types matches from now on... HQ's new policy. The thing is, this girl maybe a match, but she's also somewhat mentally unstable." 
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  19. ^ "GOD EATER ~ノッキン・オン・ヘブンズドア~" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ "GOD EATER −救世主の帰還−(5)<完>" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  21. ^ "GOD EATER(2) -the spiral fate-" (in Japanese). Dengeki Comics. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  22. ^ "GOD EATER the summer wars" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  23. ^ "『GOD EATER MOBILE』がモバゲーで配信開始" (in Japanese). Famitsu. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  24. ^ "GOD EATER BURST Drama & Original Soundtrack". VG Tunes. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
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