Gods Eater Burst – hands-on preview

In the vein of Monster Hunter, Gods Eater Burst is a mission-based monster hunting action game that supports up to four player co-op. It's already been released in Japan under the title God Eater Burst (which was an enhanced update to God Eater, released earlier in 2010), and it's pretty much a known quantity – you probably know already if this kind of game is your cup of tea. If you're on the fence though, or you're curious about getting into a Monster Hunter-style game, read on.

Gods Eater Burst divides its story into missions where you hunt down and kill specific monsters on various maps until you've completed the mission goal. The two maps we played were on the small side with bite-sized mission goals, but we don't know how big they get as you progress to tougher missions. Your character has two main weapons, a gigantic sword and a gun, which you can toggle with the right shoulder button. You also have a third weapon that you can use to "devour" a staggered or fallen enemy to absorb their powers, hence the "Eater" part of the title. Also part of the title, devouring enemy powers fills your Burst meter that you can use for great power to smite your foes.

Above: The TGS trailer gives a detailed run-down of Gods Eater Burst's features 

Your character (who is also fully customizable appearance-wise, by the way) doesn't gain experience or level up, but instead you become more powerful by spending money on weapons upgrades and customization. Not only can you pick and choose between many weapons – there are three main types of gun and three types of sword, with variations on each type – but you can also create custom bullets and test them to your heart's content in a little virtual lab.

Despite its mission-based structure, story plays a big role in Gods Eater. The basic set-up goes like this:  powerful monsters called Aragami have taken over the world, and were believed to be nigh-upstoppable until an organization called Fenrir developed special weapons called God Arcs that were capable of taking Aragami down. You're a wielder of such a weapon, and as you work for Fenrir with your teammates you uncover a sinister conspiracy that hints at how the whole Aragami outbreak started.

Above: We played this Vajra battle co-op during our demo 

The single player and multiplayer take place within the same story campaign, and up to four friends can work together through the story mode's missions, although you will only be able to play missions that are available to the player that's least progressed in the story to avoid spoilers. If you don't have any friends available to join you, you can also select AI characters to assist you, and mix and match between real players and AI as necessary. Characters have set classes too, so selecting a good mix of AI to fill out your party is wise.

We're eager to see more of Gods Eater Burst, especially since it was quite well-received in Japan already, so look forward to our full review when it ships March 15 this year.

Jan 18, 2010


  • MrSuitMan - January 19, 2011 3:21 a.m.

    But is it better than Lords of Arcana?
  • dphoenix192 - January 19, 2011 2:28 a.m.

    I'll be honest too, I came here for the same reason as mEgAzD, but if its as good as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, I'll pick it up.
  • FeatherFang - January 19, 2011 2:04 a.m.

    ^ Her name is Alisa :) I actually love the art in this game Though I ask (and expect no answer) why NBGI did not localize this themselves...
  • mEgAzD - January 19, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    I'll be honest, I came to the article for the cute animu girl. Nice job Carolyn. No disrespect to the game of course, might get it.
  • BluesyFish - January 19, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    Just wait, 4 or 5 years from now, these Monster Hunter-style games will be the new Dynasty Warriors-style games. A solid concept ran into the ground
  • essiy - January 18, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    Looks pretty good even if I haven't heard of it before. I'm thinking it's worth a buy.
  • FeatherFang - January 18, 2011 11:28 p.m.

    If anyone is wondering about the name change (its on siliconera) It has to do with NBGI making D3 changing the NA name localization. If they left it as "God" it could upset some religious folks of the monotheistic type. "Gods" makes it different (ambiguous?) or targeted towards the polytheistic religions. So the Engrish already title "God Eater" then turned into "God Eater Burst" and now has become "Gods Eater Burst". Wow, just wow... just go to siliconera for the article. Also I was planning on getting this, but now this preview is getting me more pumped for it :)
  • emeraldphoenix7 - January 18, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    Nice. I'd buy this if Pokemon White didn't come out that month. Scrafty out. PS: No Pokemon Monday this week?

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