Attack on Titan (PS4) is an almost shot-for-shot remake of the TV show based on the popular Manga series. It focuses on the story’s main characters as they battle giant humanoids called Titans. It’s an excellent game whether you’re a fan of the series or not.
Attack on Titan takes place in a rural unnamed village surrounded by three walls: Wall Sina, Wall Rose and Wall Maria. Within the innermost Wall is where the Royal Family lives and is guarded by the Military Police. Giant humanoid beings called ‘Titans’ mysteriously showed up one day and began terrorizing the city. The story focuses on three main characters, Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackermann and their friend Armin Arlert. Eren experiences a tragedy as a boy and vows to destroy all the Titans and see the outside world when he gets older. Mikasa vows to always do whatever she can to protect Eren and stick by his side, no matter what. Armin, although timid and doubtful of his strength yet intuitive and smart, looks up to his friends and tries hard to stick by them through whatever they might face.
When they reach the required age they enter military training to join one of the three Corps: Scout Regiment, Garrison Regiment or Military Police. The Scout Regiment is responsible for going outside the city’s walls, surveying the area and eliminating Titans. The Garrison Regiment is responsible for watching the Walls and guarding the civilians. The Military Police is responsible for guarding the Royal Family. The characters utilize what they call ODM or ‘Omni-directional Movement’ gear. Equipped with gas tanks and blade holders, the characters zip around and are able to maneuver around the titans in order to take them down. The Titans’ weak point is the nape of the neck which needs to be severed completely for a full takedown. Blades need to be replaced and gas replenished periodically throughout each battle.
The story is pretty much the same as the TV show which, if you’ve seen it, can be redundant and tedious. If you have not seen the show, this game lets you play along while learning the story. It has side missions and dialogue that capture the essence of Attack on Titan perfectly. 10/10
The gameplay is by far the most rewarding part of Attack on Titan. I will admit, it’s a little wonky and takes some getting used to but once you’ve got it down, it’s a blast. You control a variety of characters throughout the story mode, some who are more powerful than others. You can upgrade your blades, scabbards and ODM gear with more durable blades, higher capacity gas tanks, and longer range ODM gear. All upgrades are shared among each character which is big help.
Mastering the ODM movement is the most difficult part, but is very useful once you get the hang of it. Taking down a Titan also takes some getting used to. Some missions are located inside the city and buildings make it rather difficult to anchor yourself, thus requiring some tricky maneuvers. It can also be very frustrating. Anchors can be broken by buildings, trees or other Titans and that targeting system is spotty. Titans may be slow, but they can also grab you which requires some button mashing to escape and can be annoying at times. Getting that perfect slice on a large Titan is extremely satisfying though, so you take the good with the bad I suppose.
The replay value is fairly high. Once you finish the story mode you can do Expedition Mode, which is essentially playing the part of a cadet in the Scout Regiment. You’ll go on scouting missions outside the walls and finish side quests for upgrade materials. It’s great for low-stress slash-em-up fun. 8/10
The graphics are traditional anime game style with thick black borders to look like drawn figures, just with 3D models. The Titans are as creepy as ever, especially when you have to face them yourself. The voice actors are the same (I think) so it adds that authenticity factor to it as well. The music fits right along with each scene, whether it’s an intense fight scene, or comical dialogue. 8/10
Attack on Titan is a fantastic game whether you’re a fan of the series or not. It’s just a fun game to play. The fighting, however, can be cumbersome and frustrating at times and can cause some less-than-perfect battles. The movement can be tedious as it doesn’t always register or catch, causing you to break your stride. The good does seem to outweigh the bad though, and the game is fun to play regardless of its minor flaws. They didn’t take away from the experience for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. 8.6/10