The God Eater series place people in dire situations. We’re creating an avatar who’s doing his or her best to survive in a world that’s constantly close to the end, and it’s all due to the Aragami attempting to take out the rest of humanity. We’re doing our best to save the day, but the nature of such games means success could be bittersweet. Fortunately, God Eater 2: Rage Burst takes a cue from God Eater Resurrection. Yes, it offers more missions to enjoy, monsters to hunt, and equipment to make, but the real bonus is the opportunity to add an epilogue onto the story that parallels the previous installment.
Note: There will be spoilers for both God Eater 2 and God Eater 2: Rage Burst from here on out.
Thematically, God Eater 2 is very similar to God Eater. In each game, we have a superior that we trust who’s going to betray the organization in a quest for power. This involves using and abusing someone we’ve grown to know, love, and trust throughout the course of the game. In God Eater 2, our villain is Dr. Rachel Claudius, Blood’s founder, and Julius Visconti, her adopted son and Blood’s first member and leader. We work with both of them throughout the game. Rachel was involved in an accident at the hands of her sister, Leah, and was injected with the P73 Bias Factor to revive her.
Like God Eater Resurrection’s Johannes von Shicksal, Rachel developed a desire to devour the world as a result of her sudden Aragami tendencies. Like Johannes needed Shio’s Singularity to accomplish his goal, Rachel needs to use Julius to create another true Singularity that will devour the world. Thanks to Yuno, who also is a Singularity, our avatar is able to reach Julius, despite his transformed and monstrous state. Julius then sacrifices himself, just like Shio did, to contain the singularity in the Spiral Tree. He also gets rid of Rachel’s manufactured Black Rain and its plague in the process.
This means God Eater 2: Rage Burst’s expansion content kicks off in a place similar to the after-the-end Burst content in God Eater Resurrection. Our team is picking up the pieces after a distressing event. Even though world is no longer in danger of being devoured, it isn’t exactly safe either. In each game, we end up learning that someone we loved and thought we’d lost may not be entirely gone. Julius is in a situation similar to Lindow’s. We think he’s gone, but his consciousness and body are still trapped inside the tree.
There’s even a new character who helps in the the quest to find our missing teammate, all because of a special connection. In God Eater Resurrection, this new ally is Ren. He’s connected to Lindow by his God Arc, as he actually is a manifestation of the weapon. God Eater 2: Rage Burst introduces us to Livie Collete, a young woman who can adapt her Bias Factor to use other people’s God Arcs. When she uses Julius’, she has a vision of him. It’s because of this connection, which is similarly supernatural, that we find our new purpose.
God Eater 2: Rage Burst’s new final boss’ existence even feels like a God Eater Resurrection deja vu. In the previous game, some Nova fragments had escaped containment and been reborn as Arius Nova. Similarly, Rachel’s existence still remains in the Spiral Tree and is awoken when people attempt to enter it. She ends up turning into the World Closer, a being just as powerful as Arius Nova. It has the same world-destroying potential.
Even the conclusion of this new arc ends in the same hopeful way as God Eater Resurrection. Just like Lindow, Julius is saved. He returns to Blood, just as Lindow came back to the Fenrir Far East Branch and Cradle. In a world where we’re constantly saying goodbye to people, we get a chance to bring two of our familiar faces home. The stories end with us bringing back the people who originally helped teach us what we knew. It’s a whole “student surpasses the teacher” thing.
Which helps make God Eater 2: Rage Burst so satisfying. Yes, we’re basically following a plotline very similar to the one in God Eater Resurrection. We’re restoring the people who helped our avatars become who they are, finishing off the ultimate evil that could still have threatened the world, and getting closure. But, that doesn’t make it any less interesting. I think it’s reassuring to show that there’s still hope in such a scary situation and someone who seems long gone can still be saved.
God Eater 2: Rage Burst is now available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC.