God Eater Resurrection

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Deep fantasy game with mature content, monster violence.

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Positive Messages

Features elements of "good vs. evil," teamwork, overcoming overwhelming odds, doing what's right even when it's not easiest decision. Some darker aspects to plot as well, including themes of corruption, greed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main characters work together as a team to fight huge creatures. They stick together through all types of adversity, work with goal of saving world, protecting loved ones, standing up for what's right.

Ease of Play

Controls have a learning curve, as each weapon type has its own particular nuances, abilities. Switching between weapons, loading ammo, using items during heat of battle can get overwhelming for novices.

Violence

Players use variety of ranged, melee weapons to hunt down large creatures. Combat highlighted by large sprays of blood that disappear fairly quickly. Players also use weapons to "devour" material from defeated creatures.

Sex

Some female characters appear in somewhat revealing outfits; some interactions between characters feature innuendo, sexual overtones.

Language

Some offensive language, including "s--t," "bastard."

Consumerism

Part of God Eater franchise; more specifically, Resurrection is the second remake of first God Eater game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some cut scenes portray characters smoking cigarettes, some dialogue references drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that God Eater Resurrection is a downloadable action/RPG game available for both PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. The game is the second remake of the original God Eater game first released in 2010 for the PlayStation Portable in Japan. Players fight against large, monstrous creatures using a variety of weapons, including swords, hammers, spears, and guns. Blood does spray during combat but quickly disappears, as do the bodies of defeated creatures. Dialogue in the game features occasional use of offensive language, and some characters are portrayed smoking cigarettes or in revealing outfits.

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What's it about?

GOD EATER RESURRECTION is set in a postapocalyptic world where the planet has been overrun by near immortal creatures called "Aragami." The only hope to defeat these monstrosities is a select group of people, dubbed "God Eaters," who are able to genetically bond with unique weapons called "God Arcs." Composed of the same organic material as the Aragami, these God Arcs are not only able to switch forms between various weapons and shields, but they're able to transform into an almost living thing capable of devouring the cores of fallen Aragami. As a new type of God Eater recruited to the Fenrir Far East Branch, it's up to you and your team of fellow God Eaters to try to take back the world from the grasp of the Aragami. Along the way, you'll discover that sometimes the monsters that lurk in the shadows are just as dangerous as the ones you fight outside.

Is it any good?

Despite its name, this game has nothing to do with some sort of cosmically powered buffet, but that doesn't mean it's not still a tasty bit of gaming. God Eater Resurrection is built around a seemingly basic premise, challenging players to go out on missions into the postapocalyptic world and hunt down strange creatures. Although the game has a surprisingly deep story, complete with interesting characters and plot twists, the truth is that the story is just connective tissue to help string together all these hunting excursions. Without that story, the game is essentially a futuristic version of Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise, not that that's a bad thing by any means.

God Eater Resurrection has a wealth of customization options. Players can craft all kinds of different powerful weapons with special abilities and unique traits. Each class of weapon is distinct in how it handles, and the various combinations of melee and ranged weapons means that there's something for everyone and for every style of play. There's also a lot of strategy involved, as charging in blindly against an Aragami is a quick way to fail the mission. Instead, you'll want to make sure that your teammates are equipped with abilities to support your play style and that you have a plan of action to take advantage of each creature's specific weaknesses. Once you're in the thick of things, it's too late to plan as you'll be too busy switching weapon modes, loading ammo, ducking and dodging Aragami attacks, and trying to keep track of where all the enemies are. Camera issues and complicated controls can exacerbate the issue, causing plenty of frustration and anxiety when battling and giving a mild case of heartburn to this otherwise fulfilling treat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make a difference when the violence in a game is against fictional, fantasy monsters as opposed to human characters?

  • Talk about teamwork. What lessons does the game teach about working together as a team to overcome obstacles, and how can those lessons translate to the real world?

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