A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Game is about slaying big monsters, but negatives far outweigh positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Not much known about monster slayers, but it's an elite group trained to take down menacing creatures. Eliminating threat to humanity is positive, but overwhelming violence blunts impact.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but lack of detailed instructions, difficult gameplay can frustrate.
Violence & Scariness
Not gory, but combat is core to game. You'll use variety of weapons, upgrades to hack, slash against monsters. You'll also use guns to blast them into plumes of red smoke, implying blood; they scream, screech in pain before collapsing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scantily clad female characters; some flirting in at least one scene that zooms in on a female character's legs, lips, tongue. Some beasts have breasts (but no nipples).
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Products & Purchases
Preordered copies of game at some stores in select counties received some free downloadable costumes from other Bandai Namco franchises. But currently, no paid downloadable (DLC) content.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters seen drinking beer, other alcoholic beverages; one character shown smoking a cigar.
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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.
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.
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