Gods Eater Burst First Look

We hunt monsters and then devour them in Namco Bandai's upcoming portable sequel.

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Monster hunting on the PlayStation Portable certainly seems like a formula for success. Gods Eater Burst is the sequel to Namco Bandai's chart-topping God Eater, in which you play as a new member of the God Eaters, an organization that is dedicated to building a weapon called the God Arc to destroy the monsters that have taken over Earth. While you may find several similarities between the God Eater games and Monster Hunter, Gods Eater Burst sets itself apart from other monster-hunting games by emphasizing the story and bullet customization.

In our quick look at the game, the general setup is familiar if you're already a pro at monster hunting. You play as a customizable main character and go on missions to destroy monsters and collect materials for research. Earth is overrun with creatures known as the Aragami, and you and up to three other players can band together and take on these enormous beasts. Even if you don't have friends to play with you over ad hoc, the game provides you with party members so you can build your own group of four if you like. Depending on your play style, you can round out your team by choosing from a group of medics, snipers, scouts, or assault characters. They each have unique abilities that will help you along.

Your equipment is upgradable and customizable, but what sets Gods Eater Burst apart from other games is that you have the ability to create your own bullets. Using chips as the currency, you can change a regular bullet to have special effects, such as explode on impact or shotgun effect. You can continuously add more features to a bullet, but the more you add, the longer it will take to charge and use when you're in battle. Combat is relatively straightforward: you use the face button to attack, jump, and dodge on the battlefield. Burst mode is similar to an overdrive mode, where your stats are enhanced temporarily as long as your gauge is full. Your abilities get a nice boost too because burst mode lets you dash farther and perform double jumps. The left shoulder button centers your camera, and it can also be held to lock on to your enemy and keep it in view. Other than being able to customize bullets and use your gun at long range, you lug around a giant sword that's partially alive. It's interesting, because in order to collect materials for research, you have to use a devour attack, which transforms your weapon into a massive chomping maw that eats away at the creature you just slaughtered. It's a little unsettling, but it looks like you don't have to get your hands dirty by skinning the beast as an alternative.

All the cutscenes in the game are animated using in-game models, and it's all fully voiced. Even though the basic setup of the story is rather typical, it goes deeper--we were told that there is some conspiracy going on within the God Eaters organization. The game does have an anime style to it, and overall it feels like the pace of the game is faster when you compare it to Capcom's Monster Hunter series. Even though your characters are dragging around these oversized hybrid weapons, you can chain a few melee attacks pretty quickly and effortlessly. Monsters aren't even that difficult to track down, so you shouldn't be spending a ton of time trying to figure out where they are hiding, which should speed up the pace of the mission.

Yes, that's actually your sword.

If you're looking for some other monster-hunting options, keep an eye out for Gods Eater Burst when it's released sometime in March.

Discussion

30 comments
Zepheral
Zepheral

"MUST HAVE!" If this game have wifi support ,I'll never leave my house for weeks.

ripse3
ripse3

at least...awesome hunting games i need it...

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@godseaterburst If you get Xlink Kai or use adhoc party for the ps3 you can play directly online with other MH players.So that isnt a problem man :D Well i dont think it is stupid but i found the original kinda lacking.In my opinion if they can shape up the game abit then maybe it has a chance at this part of the market.Then i wouldnt mind playing it.Btw anyone on here straight out bashing the game dont deserve to be in the MH community.It isnt even out. But for sure it will do better than its other counterpart Lord of Arcana, which is downright terrible.

godseaterburst
godseaterburst

@WolfGrey I'm not trying to bash MH for fun or wtv as I said that was my opinion for me having a plot and 3 other NPC char helping me, being in post apocalyptic world and many more is more of a reason to play than pursuing monsters to carve them so I can make armor. Don't get me wrong I like MH just that MH fans are the bashers, they saw pics of this game and said it's dumb and wtv. MH may be fun with other ppl but I live in a small town in Bulgaria and in my town there are only 3 psp, I have 2 the other one belongs to an idiot only playing car games.So I have to play alone :] and in GEBurst I would have NPCs as I already said :]

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@godseaterburst 60+ hours is nowhere near enough to really say you have played monster hunter. Second of all, MH fans being dumb and ridiculous? Looks you just couldnt find yourself a good community to enjoy like most other players do.Or your just an arrogant ass.Which most likely seems the case from how ignorant your statement is there. Btw most MH games if you include making your armors and working your way through quests and monsters you typically hit around 200 hours or more before your even near end content. Fully experience a monster hunter game to its full extent before you bash it, just as well try looking for a good community to enjoy.Plenty of MH communities that well help you get online on psp via adhoc party or Kai.

godseaterburst
godseaterburst

just btw I have 60+ hours of MH playing and I've played the God Eater non burst English patch game.And it's really awesome it has something MH doesn't a plot (for me a reason to fight more monsters :P )

godseaterburst
godseaterburst

This game is gonna be off the hook :P :D I "was" a Monster Hunter fan but dammit Seeing how ridiculous and dumb MH fans are I'm kinda sickened and repulsed by the game so I'm going with Gods Eater Burst. IMO of course.

darkraiders
darkraiders

Never heard of this game before today but now i'm interested i will probably buy this game once it's released. Will be a good time waster until they release monsters hunter 3 here in NA

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

Fast paced Monster Hunter, thank you. I will get it.

mariomaster16
mariomaster16

@ziki88: I've said it before, but I'll say it again, games like God Eater and Lord of Arcana aren't MH rip-offs. They're expanding on a fairly small and relatively new genre. This game and LoA are putting more RPG into the Monster Hunting RPG. When a game does something really well and then other developers try to make a game in the same vein they often get scorned for being rip-offs. It's what happened to Dragon Warrior, which happened to be released a year after the first FF.The games, while similar, are also completely different.

destruit
destruit

i played the full jap version of this and found the story(or atleast what i could make of the story) very interesting. but i found the part where you dont really rely on pure skill to kill a beast a turn off. You can die and let one of your team mates revive you infinite times(technically speaking) and the only set back of this infinite revive feat is that it drains hp from the reviver. I'll probably play the game only for the story..

destruit
destruit

i played the full jap version of this and found the story(or atleast what i could make of the story) very interesting. but i found the part where you dont really rely on pure skill to kill a beast a turn off. You can die and let one of your team mates revive you infinite times(technically speaking) and the only set back of this infinite revive feat is that it drains hp from the reviver. I'll probably play the game only for the story..

55zack55
55zack55

im pre ordering this game if u do u get some free dlc with it i played the demo its fun and fast past like devil may cry

chiverus
chiverus

@tokinblckgie This game acctually has a full story line with named characters and everything. also to my understanding burst is the orignal with the dlc included with out haveing to download it

Vegna871
Vegna871

I hate when people call things a rip off of another series. It's just more of a good thing. A fast paced monster hunter with a story? yes please.

Tokinblckgie
Tokinblckgie

Looks fun. Part of me wishes some of these game developers would use some of these same game mechanics and graphics, put in a great story, and make a more traditional action adventure/rpg game, but I guess if it ain't broke why fix it?

ziki88
ziki88

it looks like a monster hunter rip off

Soniel1
Soniel1

i like more the warrior and monster style of Monster Hunter but throw this for Wii or PS3 and you have yourself a buyer right here! (or maybe the 3DS too :o )

Venom_fx86
Venom_fx86

have you seen monster hunter freedom 3? this is nothing compared to monster hunter. period.

wafiy_azmi
wafiy_azmi

from what i see this game is great, quick battle and fast action, can wait to play this game, even i monster hunter fan but all the for god eater burst and monster hunter portable 3rd :)

jordonj
jordonj

I did play the demo (jap). From what I could figure out, it seems pretty fun.

blesssim
blesssim

finaly a real release date LOOK SO MORE FUN THAT MONSTER HUNTER

tiyoy_araguy
tiyoy_araguy

I've played the old God Eater (jap).. and it is more difficult than monster hunter... but its a nice game actually...