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->''"Gods will fall. Humanity will rise."''

''Gods Eater Burst'' is a PSP action-adventure game developed by Shift and published by NamcoBandai. Originally released in Japan as ''God Eater'' in February 2010, it received an UpdatedRerelease in October and localized for North America and Europe by D3 Publisher under the name ''Gods Eater Burst'' on March 2011, sporting new missions and items, as well as various gameplay tweaks and balances.

The gameplay is similar to {{Capcom}}'s ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' series in that it revolves around teams of up to four slaying gigantic monsters and using the loot found to create new weapons, but it carries the distinction of having an actual plot, being much faster, and having several gameplay differences.

Set in [[AfterTheEnd a post-apocalyptic world]] where monsters known as Aragami have destroyed nearly everything and [[CrapsackWorld pushed humanity to the brink of extinction]], the player becomes a Gods Eater for the Fenrir Corporation, one who hunts Aragami using the God Arc, the only weapon proven to be effective against them. Along with your fellow Gods Eaters, you fight to survive and perhaps in time, learn of the true nature of the threat the planet faces.

A sequel has been [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/09/14/see-god-eater-2s-new-visual-style/ confirmed]] to be in the making.

There are several manga adaptations as well, mostly set after the game. One, ''The Spiral Fate'', is out of canon with the others as the protagonist character has a different name and appearance. ''The Summer Wars'' takes place shortly after the game and is followed by ''The 2nd Break'', 3 years after the game. Another, ''The Return of Messiah'', is concerned with a different group of Gods Eaters. Finally, a short (12 minute) OVA created to promote the first game is available [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qxxVPfDAHU here]], complete with English subtitles.

Character sheet under construction [[{{Characters/GodsEaterBurst}} here]].

Soma, Alisa, and Lindow also show up in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' and their storyline in the game takes place [[spoiler: [[LateArrivalSpoiler after the ending of this game.]]]]
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!! ''Gods Eater Burst'' provides examples of:
* AfterTheEnd: [[ApocalypseHow Planetary near-total extinction.]] The game starts out after the Aragami have [[ExtremeOmnivore eaten]] most of the planet. They make up the entire biosphere at this point, and the tiny remnant of humanity is almost all that's left of native Earth life. Landmasses are now little more than desert.
** And Fenrir's scientists believe that an even worse apocalypse is on the way - what they call the Devouring Apocalypse, where the Aragami density reaches a critical mass and a single massive Aragami comes out on top of the food chain, consuming and consuming all the others until the face of the Earth is literally wiped clean of anything and everything but this one super-lifeform.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: While outfits aren't given out as actual quest rewards, new ones can be bought/crafted using materials found on missions.
* AnimalMotifs: Wolves in general due to the Fenrir Corporation, for [[MeaningfulName obvious]] [[NorseMythology reasons]].
* AnyoneCanDie: Hammered into you early on with Eric der Vogelweid, who gets devoured just as he's introducing himself to you. He doesn't look at all like cannon fodder at the time, so it really comes out of nowhere. It's used to play up Soma's reputation for other Gods Eaters dying in his proximity.
** This is followed by [[spoiler:Lindow... Or is it?]]
* ArmorIsUseless: The clothes you can create have no effect on gameplay outside of aesthetics, which can be kinda jarring when you consider that samurai armor gives you no more protection than a swimsuit. Handwaved in that anything not manufactured with Bias Factor (the same substance that makes people into Gods Eaters) is basically edible tissue paper to an Aragami - that samurai armor is exactly as durable as a swimsuit to the all-devouring giant monsters.
* AscendedExtra: Licca Kusunoki has no speaking parts and plays very little part in the main Gods Eater story. In the Burst story, though, she not only gets screen time and a voice actress, but she also plays a part in the story when some Vajratails get into the base.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Some of the Aragami.
** A notable example would be the Ouroboros; the Database describes it to be as big as a mountain, and when you see it, you'll find that they weren't exaggerating.
* TheBait: Kota's "[[spoiler:Lovely Lindow Luring Line-Up]]" plan uses a team of female-only God Eaters as bait to lure out [[spoiler:Lindow]]. After it ended in failure he reveals "Version 2" which is basically Version 1 plus beer.
* {{BFG}}[=/=]{{BFS}} : Your weapon of choice, which is capable of [[MorphWeapon transforming between both]].
* BizarreAlienBiology: The Aragami are actually clusters of single-celled organisms that can consume just about anything, as well as have the ability to take on the traits of the things they eat. The only reason there's still a breathable atmosphere in the world is because some Aragami learned to photosynthesize.
* BeamSpam: The Sariel Aragami series float around the battlefield and do this.
* BigDamnHeroes: Pulled by the protagonist during the Burst storyline when [[spoiler:s/he saves Tatsumi from the Corrosive Hannibal.]]
** At one point, [[spoiler:Alisa appears to help Sakuya in the Aegis.]]
* CharacterCustomization: Present and fairly robust. Name, face, skin tone, and voice are set in the beginning and can't be changed after that, but hair can be changed whenever you want, and there are a number of different clothes you can create.
* ChargedAttack: Buster Blades can be charged to inflict [[{{For Massive Damage}} massive damage]]. It charges faster when in [[{{Super Mode}} Burst Mode]].
** On the matter of Burst Mode, all God Arcs have a Devour move, though those that plan to get gutsy can also use it to trigger [[{{Super Mode}} Burst Mode]] as well
* CombatPragmatist: Karel Schneider's preferred modus operandi is to sneak up on Aragami and poison them.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The Bullet Outlines for the icons come in the following colors (and applies to some Blades, Guns and Shields): Red for [[PlayingWithFire Blaze]], Blue for [[AnIcePerson Freeze]], Yellow for [[ShockAndAwe Shock]], Purple for [[HolyHandGrenade Divine]] and (only applies to Bullets), Green for [[HealingShiv Recovery bullets]]. Status-based shots (as well as mixed elements) are Colorless.
* CowardlyBoss: Every Boss. If the map allows it they will run.
** Even if the spot they run to is only two yards away, taking them out of [[TurnsRed rage]] without you having to run so much would be a pain in the butt.
* CrapsackWorld: Humanity has been pushed to near-extinction by the Aragami, and the one organization capable of fighting them may not be telling the entire truth of the matter. However, people are still ''mostly'' good on an individual basis.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Early on in the game, the group tackles a group of endgame-level Aragami. Several of them already have a reputation of being able to take on such powerful Aragami from the start, though.
** [[spoiler:Much later on in the game, during the new Burst story line, your SilentProtagonist speaks to Lindow, {{DualWield}}s his/her God Arc ''and'' Lindow's, then proceeds to ''rip the final boss's mouth open.'' It's as awesome as it sounds.]]
** In the promotional OVA, the characters rip through Aragami like, well, Aragami rip through humans. Ah, if only one could cut down Zygotes and Kongous that efficiently...
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The game has four people at the most- although they have big-ass swords- kicking the tuchus of monsters at least the size of a large hill. On a daily basis.
* DropTheHammer: God Arcs can be built into a BFH instead of a {{BFS}}.
* DubNameChange: The title of the game itself, from "God" to "Gods." This change was most likely done to avoid offending [[MoralGuardians any concerned parties]].
* EldritchAbomination: Most of the Aragami. Especially one of the DLC monsters, Venus, who's an amalgamation of many other Aragami into one lovely piece of melting flesh. Could also count [[spoiler:Lindow's transformation into a Corrosive Hannibal]].
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Blaze (Fire), Freeze (Ice), Shock (Lightning), and [[InfinityPlusOneElement Divine (Holy)]] that act as modifiers to non-elemental physical attack properties.
* TheEmpire: The Fenrir Corporation has shades of this. They are the dominant power in the world since they are the only ones who can fight the Aragami, but they can force anyone they want to undergo the eligibility test to become a Gods Eater. Additionally, Fenrir bases (the safest places in the world at the moment) can only sustain so many people, so those not rich/affluent/directly useful enough are forced to live in the Outer Ghetto.
* {{Expy}}: Hannibal is often stated to be [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Nargacuga]] 2.0. They have similar body shape, tail whip attacks, and are [[{{Lightning Bruiser}} very fast.]]
** The Kongoa is similar to both the Congalala and Blagonga from the same franchise, even sharing their shockwave bodyslam move.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The Aragami have eaten much of what used to exist on Earth. Including rather large chunks of the ''buildings''.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The goal of Fenrir and the Gods Eaters in general is to create a safe haven secure against the Aragami. In case you haven't played the first game through yet, well, there's a second one coming, so make of that what you will. Alisa's narration in ''The 2nd Break'' even underscores the hopelessness of making a meaningful change in the face of such a permanently twisted world.
--> ''"Nothing has changed, has it...? Even though three years have passed, our living circumstances haven't changed. We are still somehow surviving in this city, surrounded by armor to defend against the Aragami. We 'God Eaters' still risk our lives in battle, and everyone still lives each day in fear. Nothing has changed at all."''
* FantasticGhetto: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Outer Ghetto]].
* FanNickname: The Chi-you is lovingly called "Birdman" by many God Eaters.
* FireIceLightning: Three of the four type of bullets available to you, the other type being [[HolyHandGrenade Divine]].
* FreakOut: One unstable party member completely loses it and has to be hospitalized and medicated heavily at one point.
* [[FriendlyFireIndex Friendly Fire]]: [[TheMedic Kanon Daiba]]. ''Constantly''. It's so bad her teammates jump out of her gun's trajectory -- even when she tries to use [[HealingShiv Recovery bullets]] on them. Alisa can also be a bit... casual about using very explosive Aragami bullets even when teammates are in melee, and blames them for "getting in the way."
* FollowTheLeader: This game copied the VideoGame/MonsterHunter hunting formula and 4 people party size. The speed the of hunts, [=NPCs=], weapons of choice, and monsters themselves are VERY different, not to mention having an ''actual'' plot.
* GagBoobs: One of the Fallen Ouroboros has a pair that are probably larger then the main characters themselves and they generally just... bounce around when the main body moves.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Disturbingly enough, it's not found in the humans, but in several of the Aragami. Both the Zygote and Sariel species of Aragami tend to "bounce" when they are knocked out of the air. It's not very noticable, but it's there. For a more noticable example, see GagBoobs.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: In Kanon's database profile as well as a few conversations with her, it's noted that she's notorious for friendly fire. Much to the consternation of those who wish to use a medic when Sakuya isn't around, this is ''not'' just character fluff. Her AI is programmed to shoot even when you're in her line of fire.
** Everyone with a gun is capable of doing this. Kanon is just more noticeable because she exclusively uses radial bullets (which are basically flamethrowers), and they have annoyingly large hitboxes.
** A more subtle example can be found in Kota. Shortly after arriving, Alisa disparagingly notes that he wastes too much of his health when he performs a Link Aid. In gameplay, most characters will usually only give about half of their health to revive you, but Kota can often be seen using up a lot more, showing that what Alisa said was true. In game terms, this means Kota has the "Giving" trait, which you can also get from some gear.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Soma is considered all but cursed because supposedly any squad he's in has an unusually high casualty rate, not because of anything he does but simply because they keep falling into bad situations. Eric der Vogelweid's death drums this in during Soma's introductory mission. You're not actually at any risk using Soma in your squad, though.
* GargleBlaster: First Love Juice. Tastes sweet and bitter like a first love.
* HealingShiv: You can create healing bullets to shoot your friends or NPC allies with.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Happens to the protagonist when s/he discovers that the Hannibal is actually Lindow transformed into an Aragami.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice!: Is that [[GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Major Motoko Kusanagi]] giving the protagonist orders and [[GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Togusa]] acting as the leader of the whole project?
** [[{{Naruto}} Sakura]] just had a FreakOut and is hospitalized due to her mental health, while [[{{Naruto}} Sasuke]] is, [[{{Typecasting}} yet again,]] an IneffectualLoner. [[DefrostingIceQueen He gets better this time, though.]]
** In his more serious moments, you'd expect Kota to start [[CodeGeass magically ordering people to commit suicide.]]
** Meanwhile, [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Yukari Takeba]] has dyed her hair black and ditched the pink sweater, and traded up on that bow and arrow. She still passes out the healing, though.
* HolyHandGrenade: One of the bullet types available to you to use at the start. Specifically, kamuy::mortar bullet, which explodes with Divine damage upon impact.
* HongKongDub: A lot more noticeable during the Burst storyline, where the camera starts focusing a lot more on the characters' faces during cutscenes.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Aragami, though their exact origins are unknown.
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm an Aragami-tarian]]: The God Arc can be charged to turn into a pair of jaws that chomps on the Aragami. If the Aragami is still alive, it puts you into SuperMode and gives you some special bullets which can be shot back into the enemy or used on allies to put them into SuperMode (albeit only up to three shots at most can be fired on a character). Devouring a dead Aragami means looting its body for raw materials.
** If you know what you're doing, you can also end a Blade Combo in a Devour to have a shorter [[{{Super Mode}} Burst Mode]].
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: For being in a mostly-destroyed future, looking awesome hasn't gone out of style.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The Old-Type God Arcs are either a {{BFS}} or a {{BFG}}. The New-Type ones ''can [[MorphWeapon switch between the two]]'', as well as be able to turn to a [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Shield]].
* InconsistentDub: The publishers aren't even trying to hide the fact that the DubNameChange to ''Gods Eater Burst'' was a last minute thing. While the in-game text uses "Gods Eater," the spoken dialogue uses "God Eater."
* InfoDump: Paylor Sakaki's lectures on the nature of the Aragami, which also provide some extremely subtle {{Foreshadowing}} when he mentions [[spoiler:the possibility of Aragami that have "learned" to imitate humanity. Not only does this clearly foreshadow Shio, but in a more blink-and-you'll-miss-it way it ends up reinforcing Alisa's brainwashing that leads her to attempt to kill Lindow under the belief he was the Aragami that killed her parents]].
* InterfaceSpoiler: [[AnyoneCanDie Eric's death]] isn't quite so surprising - every mission starts with a squad list, which is automatically filled out for story missions. Soma's on the list for that mission but Eric isn't, so while the cutscene starts by passing him off as a companion, you should realize that something is about to remove him from the equation.
* ItemCrafting: Besides the standard Build and Upgrade, you can also make your own Bullets in this manner.
** You can also use several items to make one item, or vice versa. This allows you to gather different resources than the ones specified in a weapon's recipe list, then convert your resources to the resources required.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: See those raven feathers? The ones that are indicated as VendorTrash and sell for 4000fc? The ones the merchant constantly urges you to sell? Better keep three of those.
* {{Kamehamehadoken}}: The Chi-you's energy-based projectile attacks, especially the charged-up final blast of the combo.
* LeeroyJenkins: Shun Ogawa likes to leave his teammates behind and charge enemies on his own. Doubles with SuicidalOverconfidence as his profile states that he lacks the skills necessary to handle such antics.
* LightningBruiser: The Vajra Line stands out the most in regards to this, but the big winner is the Dyaus Pita. It has incredible power, [[StoneWall equally incredible defense]], and in [[TurnsRed Rage Mode]] it could give The Flash a tough time in a race.
* LivingWeapon: The God Arc. It is created using Aragami cores and is bound to its user's bracelet (which is fused to said user). They may not look that alive under ordinary circumstances, but given the right command, they can turn into a giant pair of ''jaws'' that chomps on any other Aragami on sight.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Quadriga Aragami fights with this tactic, and you can (more or less) send these same Missiles right back at it via Devouring it and using its Aragami bullet.
* MeaningfulName: Kanon, or "cannon." Ever heard the expression "loose cannon?" Yeah, expect her to be ''very'' [[FriendlyFireIndex reckless in combat]].
* MegaManning: Hitting an Aragami with a Devour attack usually grants you three bullets capable of shooting something similar to its signature attack.
* MoneySpider: [[http://godeater.wikia.com/wiki/Golden_Gboro-Gboro Golden Gboro-Gboro]]. However, instead of money or VendorTrash, it drops salvageable materials of varying rarity.
* MorphWeapon: The New-Type God Arcs can switch between melee and ranged modes, have a built-in shield, and can turn into a set of big monstery jaws in order to "Devour" an Aragami's Oracle Cells.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: It doesn't matter how skinny or scrawny the characters are, they will always be able to hold their incredibly huge weapons as if they're weightless.
** [[JustifiedTrope Explained in-story]] -- Gods Eaters are enhanced through their Oracle Cells to have super strength and regeneration abilities.
* NoCutsceneInventoryInertia: Partially averted. Your character will ''usually'' have their exact equipment showing in cutscenes, but replaying some earlier cutscenes with late-game clothing equipped will cause those items to be replaced by the default uniform items. In a less noticeable instance, your character will always hold their God Arc in blade form, regardless of details like having been in gun form two seconds ago.
* NoExportForYou: Not for the game itself, but for later versions of its DLC. There is demand for it amongst its players, but D3 Publisher ''bluntly stated'' on their Facebook page that they would not bring them over to the English version due to localization issues (i.e. the third-party promotional items).
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Lindow's profile unlocked at the very beginning of the game states that he's the only Gods Eater to take down an Ouroboros alone. This kind of power, along with the CutscenePowerToTheMax example above, isn't really borne out in gameplay... maybe he's too distracted trying to protect your lame rookie ass?
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Karel Schneider. Almost every conversation with him is about money and he makes it very clear that his only motivation to go out there and kick some Aragami ass is the reward. He also comes with the Connossieur ability that increases the probability of finding Vendor Items which can be sold for thousands of fc.
* PickyEater: The basis of every bit of Anti-Aragami tech is using the Bias-Factor to make the [[ExtremeOmnivore Oracle Cells]] into this.
* PowersAsPrograms: The operating principle behind bullet customization.
* PurelyAestheticGender: Due in no small part to your status as SilentProtagonist.
* RandomlyDrops: Every Aragami has somewhere between five and ten different materials that you can get if you devour their cores after you kill them and every material has a fixed drop rate. Gets infuriating later on as creating and upgrading the high end equipment requires multiples of the material with the lowest drop rate. [[hottip:*:For example creating the Löweberg requires among other things 4 Emperor Fangs. You get Emperor Fangs from Dyaus Pita, the biggest and baddest member of the Vajra Line of Aragami. The drop rate of an Emperor Fang? 8%.]]
** Each combat field has a set of locations where materials and VendorTrash can be scavenged. Each location has its own random selection of possible items it produces, which changes at different mission difficulties. This means sometimes you have to farm specific fields at specific difficulty levels to get what you want, not just Aragami.
* RankInflation: The highest rank on a mission can be ''SSS+''.
* RestrainingBolt: Gods Eaters wear bracelets that inject them with Oracle Cells that put them in the "safe zone" for their weapon's Bias Factor (the thing determining what an Aragami will and will not eat). They're permanently attached and without them, they'd get eaten by their own weapons.
** This problem is turned into a plot point when [[spoiler:Lindow loses his armlet in a fight with an Aragami, cutting off his Bias Factor supply. During his subsequent disappearance, he slowly turns into a Corrosive Hannibal.]]
* ScavengerWorld: Most of the items you scrounge for are old medical supplies, bits of cloth, magnets, and rare minerals. They get converted to useful materials at mission's end.
* SilentProtagonist: Actually subverted, in cutscenes you are indeed silent, but in combat your character use a previously chosen lines each with their own voice and personality. Sometimes leads to [[NotSoStoic hilarious]] [[UnstoppableRage contrast]].
** [[spoiler:The protagonist actually speaks to Lindow, before ripping Hannibal in half. And it is awesome.]]
* SpoilerOpening: As this game is a port of ''Burst'', they would naturally use the ''Burst'' opening. For many of the western gamers who start off with the initial English release, this leads to problems, especially once they play enough of the game to experience key events and get a grasp of what's going on.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Apparently Oracle Cells keep women from wanting or being able to cover up, even when it's snowing. As well, the artbook makes it painfully obvious that bras (and likely other undergarments) didn't survive the apocalypse.
* UndergroundMonkey: 49 different Aragami - 14 basic models.
* {{Utopia}}: The goal of the Fenrir Corporation is the Aegis Project, an impenetrable safe haven against the Aragami.
* UnfriendlyFire: [[spoiler: Johannes has [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed Alisa]] into killing Lindow.]]
* WalkingTank: The Quadriga takes the form of a tank, complete with treads going up its four legs (that it never uses).
* WaveMotionGun: The Ouroboros and Arda Nova type Aragami will use these often. And so can you when you devour them.
* WrenchWench: Licca Kusunoki, in charge of maintaining the Far East Branch's God Arcs.
* XMeetsY: VideoGame/MonsterHunter meets PhantasyStarPortable.
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* AnimalMotifs: Wolves in general due to the Fenrir Corporation, for [[MeaningfulName obvious]] [[NorseMythology reasons]].



* ArmorIsUseless: The clothes you can create have no effect on gameplay outside of aesthetics, which can be kinda jarring when you consider that samurai armor give you no more protection than a swimsuit. Handwaved in that anything not manufactured with Bias Factor (the same substance that makes people into Gods Eaters) is basically edible tissue paper to an Aragami - that samurai armor is exactly as durable as a swimsuit to the all-devouring giant monsters.

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* ArmorIsUseless: The clothes you can create have no effect on gameplay outside of aesthetics, which can be kinda jarring when you consider that samurai armor give gives you no more protection than a swimsuit. Handwaved in that anything not manufactured with Bias Factor (the same substance that makes people into Gods Eaters) is basically edible tissue paper to an Aragami - that samurai armor is exactly as durable as a swimsuit to the all-devouring giant monsters.



* TheBait: Kota's "Lovely [[spoiler:Lindow]] Luring Line-Up" plan uses a team of female-only God Eaters as bait to Lure out [[spoiler:Lindow]]. After it ended in failure he reveals "Lovely [[spoiler:Lindow]] Luring Line-Up Version 2" which is basically Version 1 plus beer.

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* TheBait: Kota's "Lovely [[spoiler:Lindow]] "[[spoiler:Lovely Lindow Luring Line-Up" Line-Up]]" plan uses a team of female-only God Eaters as bait to Lure lure out [[spoiler:Lindow]]. After it ended in failure he reveals "Lovely [[spoiler:Lindow]] Luring Line-Up Version "Version 2" which is basically Version 1 plus beer.



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The goal of Fenrir and the Gods Eaters in general is to create a safe haven secure against the Aragami. In case you haven't played the first game yet, well, there's a second one coming, so make of that what you will. Alisa's narration in ''The 2nd Break'' even underscores the hopelessness of making a meaningful change in the face of such a permanently twisted world.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The goal of Fenrir and the Gods Eaters in general is to create a safe haven secure against the Aragami. In case you haven't played the first game through yet, well, there's a second one coming, so make of that what you will. Alisa's narration in ''The 2nd Break'' even underscores the hopelessness of making a meaningful change in the face of such a permanently twisted world.


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** Each combat field has a set of locations where materials and VendorTrash can be scavenged. Each location has its own random selection of possible items it produces, which changes at different mission difficulties. This means sometimes you have to farm specific fields at specific difficulty levels to get what you want, not just Aragami.
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* InfoDump: Paylor Sakaki's lectures on the nature of the Aragami, which also provide some extremely subtle {{Foreshadowing}} when he mentions [[spoiler:the possibility of Aragami that have "learned" to imitate humanity. Not only does this clearly foreshadow Shio, but in a more blink-and-you'll-miss-it way it ends up reinforcing Alisa's brainwashing that leads her to attempt to kill Lindow under the belief he was the Aragami that killed her parents]].
24th Apr '13 1:03:33 PM Nerrin
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* AnyoneCanDie: Hammered into you early on with Eric der Vogelweid, who gets devoured just as he's introducing himself to you. He doesn't look at all like cannon fodder at the time, so it really comes out of nowhere.

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* AnyoneCanDie: Hammered into you early on with Eric der Vogelweid, who gets devoured just as he's introducing himself to you. He doesn't look at all like cannon fodder at the time, so it really comes out of nowhere. It's used to play up Soma's reputation for other Gods Eaters dying in his proximity.



* ArmorIsUseless: The clothes you can create have no effect on gameplay outside of aesthetics, which can be kinda jarring when you consider that samurai armor give you no more protection than a swimsuit. Possibly handwaved in that the injection of Bias Factor necessary to become a Gods Eater grants the user increased physical abilities.

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* ArmorIsUseless: The clothes you can create have no effect on gameplay outside of aesthetics, which can be kinda jarring when you consider that samurai armor give you no more protection than a swimsuit. Possibly handwaved Handwaved in that the injection of anything not manufactured with Bias Factor necessary to become a (the same substance that makes people into Gods Eater grants Eaters) is basically edible tissue paper to an Aragami - that samurai armor is exactly as durable as a swimsuit to the user increased physical abilities.all-devouring giant monsters.



* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Early on in the game, the group tackles a group of endgame-level Aragami.

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* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Early on in the game, the group tackles a group of endgame-level Aragami. Several of them already have a reputation of being able to take on such powerful Aragami from the start, though.



** In the promotional OVA, the characters rip through Aragami like, well, Aragami rip through humans. Ah, if only one could cut down Zygotes and Kongous that efficiently...



* [[FriendlyFireIndex Friendly Fire]]: [[TheMedic Kanon Daiba]]. ''Constantly''. It's so bad her teammates jump out of her gun's trajectory -- even when she tries to use [[HealingShiv Recovery bullets]] on them.

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* [[FriendlyFireIndex Friendly Fire]]: [[TheMedic Kanon Daiba]]. ''Constantly''. It's so bad her teammates jump out of her gun's trajectory -- even when she tries to use [[HealingShiv Recovery bullets]] on them. Alisa can also be a bit... casual about using very explosive Aragami bullets even when teammates are in melee, and blames them for "getting in the way."



** A more subtle example can be found in Kota. Shortly after arriving, Alisa disparagingly notes that he wastes too much of his health when he performs a Link Aid. In gameplay, most characters will usually only give about half of their health to revive you, but Kota can often be seen using up a lot more, showing that what Alisa said was true.

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** A more subtle example can be found in Kota. Shortly after arriving, Alisa disparagingly notes that he wastes too much of his health when he performs a Link Aid. In gameplay, most characters will usually only give about half of their health to revive you, but Kota can often be seen using up a lot more, showing that what Alisa said was true. In game terms, this means Kota has the "Giving" trait, which you can also get from some gear.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Soma is considered all but cursed because supposedly any squad he's in has an unusually high casualty rate, not because of anything he does but simply because they keep falling into bad situations. Eric der Vogelweid's death drums this in during Soma's introductory mission. You're not actually at any risk using Soma in your squad, though.


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* InterfaceSpoiler: [[AnyoneCanDie Eric's death]] isn't quite so surprising - every mission starts with a squad list, which is automatically filled out for story missions. Soma's on the list for that mission but Eric isn't, so while the cutscene starts by passing him off as a companion, you should realize that something is about to remove him from the equation.
24th Apr '13 12:34:07 PM Nerrin
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There are several manga adaptations as well, mostly set after the game. One, ''The Spiral Fate'', is out of canon with the others as the protagonist character has a different name and appearance. ''The Summer Wars'' takes place shortly after the game and is followed by ''The 2nd Break'', 3 years after the game. Another, ''The Return of Messiah'', is concerned with a different group of Gods Eaters. Finally, a short (12 minute) OVA created to promote the first game is available [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qxxVPfDAHU&feature=share&list=FLj-JWdVDaRR45zWnlPY_ETw here]], complete with English subtitles.

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There are several manga adaptations as well, mostly set after the game. One, ''The Spiral Fate'', is out of canon with the others as the protagonist character has a different name and appearance. ''The Summer Wars'' takes place shortly after the game and is followed by ''The 2nd Break'', 3 years after the game. Another, ''The Return of Messiah'', is concerned with a different group of Gods Eaters. Finally, a short (12 minute) OVA created to promote the first game is available [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qxxVPfDAHU&feature=share&list=FLj-JWdVDaRR45zWnlPY_ETw com/watch?v=2qxxVPfDAHU here]], complete with English subtitles.
17th Apr '13 11:01:49 PM Nerrin
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** Meanwhile, [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Yukari Takeba]] has dyed her hair black and ditched the pink sweater, and traded up on that bow and arrow. She still passes out the healing, though.


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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Lindow's profile unlocked at the very beginning of the game states that he's the only Gods Eater to take down an Ouroboros alone. This kind of power, along with the CutscenePowerToTheMax example above, isn't really borne out in gameplay... maybe he's too distracted trying to protect your lame rookie ass?
29th Mar '13 3:05:12 AM Nerrin
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* AfterTheEnd: [[ApocalypseHow Planetary near-total extinction, Class 3.99.]]The game starts out after the Aragami have [[ExtremeOmnivore eaten]] most of the planet. They make up the entire biosphere at this point, and the tiny remnant of humanity is almost all that's left of native Earth life. Landmasses are now little more than desert.

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* AfterTheEnd: [[ApocalypseHow Planetary near-total extinction, Class 3.99.]]The extinction.]] The game starts out after the Aragami have [[ExtremeOmnivore eaten]] most of the planet. They make up the entire biosphere at this point, and the tiny remnant of humanity is almost all that's left of native Earth life. Landmasses are now little more than desert.desert.
** And Fenrir's scientists believe that an even worse apocalypse is on the way - what they call the Devouring Apocalypse, where the Aragami density reaches a critical mass and a single massive Aragami comes out on top of the food chain, consuming and consuming all the others until the face of the Earth is literally wiped clean of anything and everything but this one super-lifeform.


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* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Aragami, though their exact origins are unknown.
29th Mar '13 2:51:46 AM Nerrin
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* AfterTheEnd: The game starts out after the Aragami have [[ExtremeOmnivore eaten]] most of the planet.

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* AfterTheEnd: The [[ApocalypseHow Planetary near-total extinction, Class 3.99.]]The game starts out after the Aragami have [[ExtremeOmnivore eaten]] most of the planet.planet. They make up the entire biosphere at this point, and the tiny remnant of humanity is almost all that's left of native Earth life. Landmasses are now little more than desert.


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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The goal of Fenrir and the Gods Eaters in general is to create a safe haven secure against the Aragami. In case you haven't played the first game yet, well, there's a second one coming, so make of that what you will. Alisa's narration in ''The 2nd Break'' even underscores the hopelessness of making a meaningful change in the face of such a permanently twisted world.
--> ''"Nothing has changed, has it...? Even though three years have passed, our living circumstances haven't changed. We are still somehow surviving in this city, surrounded by armor to defend against the Aragami. We 'God Eaters' still risk our lives in battle, and everyone still lives each day in fear. Nothing has changed at all."''
29th Mar '13 2:36:17 AM Nerrin
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There are several manga adaptations as well, set before, during, and after the game.

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There are several manga adaptations as well, mostly set before, during, and after the game.
game. One, ''The Spiral Fate'', is out of canon with the others as the protagonist character has a different name and appearance. ''The Summer Wars'' takes place shortly after the game and is followed by ''The 2nd Break'', 3 years after the game. Another, ''The Return of Messiah'', is concerned with a different group of Gods Eaters. Finally, a short (12 minute) OVA created to promote the first game is available [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qxxVPfDAHU&feature=share&list=FLj-JWdVDaRR45zWnlPY_ETw here]], complete with English subtitles.
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