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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that God Eater 2: Rage Burst is a an adventure game that features violence against large creatures. You'll use ranged and melee weapons to take them down, and they usually collapse in a plume of red smoke. Women are often dressed suggestively, with low-cut shirts and short shorts, and the camera sometimes pans on their bodies. Some monsters have breasts but no nipples. Some characters are seen drinking and smoking.
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What's it about?
GOD EATER 2: RAGE BURST is a third-person action game set in the Far East in the year 2071. Twenty years earlier, unknown life forms called Oracle cells began their uncontrolled consumption of all life on Earth. Immune to conventional weapons, these creatures -- which have morphed into giant "Aragami" monsters -- now threatens all human life. You're part of a special task force of soldiers who wield living weapons called God Arcs (which incorporate Oracle cells), and your objective is to destroy these giant beasts before all of humanity is wiped out.
Is it any good?
While the story is clichéd and the characters paper-thin, this is a super-fun action game -- if you're into Japanese adventures such as the Monster Hunter series. The combat is deep and gratifying -- if not too difficult, especially with the tougher boss characters -- which makes this game a worthy pick. Similar to its predecessor, God Eater Resurrection, God Eater 2: Rage Burst is built around short, bite-sized missions, which is ideal for gamers who like to get a few minutes in here and there instead of making a lengthy commitment in one sitting. There's a lot of variety and depth to the God Arcs weapons -- including upgrades, customization, and crafting abilities -- to keep the combat fresh against the Aragami. What's more, team tactics are a must, which you'll learn early on. Truly, it's the weapons and fast-paced yet strategic real-time combat against these beasts that will keep you coming back for more. Boss characters can be very tough to take down, but they challenge you to find the right way to attack.
But the game isn't perfect. Along with the above-mentioned story being lame and you having to sit through many conversations with scantily clad women who don't contribute anything to the story, the graphics aren't anywhere as good as most other action games, and some levels can be repetitive. In fact, you do have to repeat some levels to complete this game. But overall, this adventure should satisfy anime fans and Japanese action game lovers looking for a challenge.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games such as God Eater 2: Rage Burst. Is the violence acceptable because you're clearly fighting random monsters that look unrealistic? Is depicted violence a problem regardless of what you're facing?
Talk about female objectification. Are women objectified in this game?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Bandai Namco
- Release date: September 11, 2016
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence
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