March has been a great month for games and a game like this for those who are not fans may have been passed up, but for those who are unaware of what this game is about I’ll give you a short rundown.
The world of Attack On Titan (AOT) is a dark and bleak world, one filled with anger and unease. The remnants of humanity hide behind 3 large walls, hunted by large humanoid creatures called ‘Titans’. These creatures only intention is to eat human beings or at least that’s what they thought.
A dark secret will be revealed which turns humanity’s entire perspective on the situation upside down. The very start of the game gives you a brief rundown of the events that have transpired in the last game and throws you into the role of a scout that you have created.
The very first mission advances the story and gives you a brief play around with the Omni-Directional Mobility (ODM) gear which for those of you who are new to AOT is a way that you traverse the environment. But don’t fret, the game then sends you back to where your character started and lets you start playing around with the character creation screen before learning the basics of controls.
As basic as the create a character suite is, it does stay within the realm of reality for this universe and still gives you a sense that the character is you, however basic the choices for customisation. Once you have made your character and given him/her a name you are shown a video before being thrown into basic training.
The way your character moves and attacks feels fluid and the more time you spend in the game the better and faster you move and kill titans, every aspect of your gear and how you dispatch titans is explained in full detail in an immersive way. Not once through the basic training did I feel like it was a hand holding exercise that so many games give you, I felt like I was a cadet preparing to fight for the survival of humanity.
Not only do you learn all the basics of gameplay but you start to build bonds with your fellow cadets, something that grows as you progress further and further into the story. The art style is very anime and sticks well to the series in itself, you are given the option to remove blood from the game for the younger audiences which is something alot of games do not do.
Once you have progressed through the story and start to fight titans for the first time you are introduced to materials that can be farmed by removing body parts of certain titans and even placing mining platforms whilst on a mission, these materials are an important ingredient in making your character stronger and faster.
There is a vast upgrade system that lets you build new weapons, ODM gear and scabbards, with each upgrade the stats of the weapon improve and your overall mobility and grapple length can be increased. As you progress you unlock more and more weapons and gear that turns your character into a titan dispatching machine, even though you upgrade yourself not one moment did I feel overpowered when facing these monsters.
There is a deep relationship system within AOT that lets you increase friendship levels and depending on how well you do on missions and whether you do the side quests to save characters, every time you do a mission and complete the optional green flares you increase friendship levels with certain individuals, now you may be wondering why should I do this well let me tell you why you should.
As the friendship levels increase you get options to level them up and as you do that you unlock a skill that you can apply to your character, these may be anything from +3 agility to increased leadership. As you level up your character and your friendships you will unlock multiple of these and start to see your character become more mobile and even reduce the amount of blade decay and gas loss as you work your way through missions.
As you wait for the missions to load ‘which I may add is only a short loading time’ you are treated with a journel that grants you more information on the world and even on the main characters in the story, it’s something little but it helps you to immerse yourself.
You can’t help but to get attached to the main story characters and even gasp when certain events happen ‘no spoilers here don’t worry’. There is no shortage of action moments and even on those occasions where you feel you may have bitten off more than you can chew.
As you level up you gain access to the use of new characters in their own missions, ever wanted to play as those iconic characters from the anime? Well you can. But the main depth in this game is the story narrative and creating a legendary scout of your own making.
As you complete scouting missions you gain favour with the people and earn ”wings of freedom”, this is a currency which you spend on upgrading artillery towers to influencing policy which all have there own unique benefits in the missions ahead. You are even able to spend these freedom wings in training which will boost your sets of skills and make you a far more efficient titan slayer.
AOT also has an online mode which allows you play in a variety of missions with other players from around the world, why would you do this you ask well first of all each day you log in your given resources and after a set amount of days will also grant you with high level fortified gear for use in the single player mode and multiplayer game itself.
Not only does the online session let you play as any character you unlock but it also, wait for it, lets you transform into a titan and fight titans as one of the titans from the story, now if that doesn’t make you happy I’m not sure what will.
Although the inclusion of the online is great my playtime found very little in the way of online sessions to join in on which is a little disappointing in itself. One of the best things about online is your ability to join in on upgrading gear and even crafting gear you have yet to unlock and in doing so once the requirements have been met you are treated to that equipment as a reward.
The game also offers a gallery for you to peruse at your own leisure and for those hardcore fans out there a chance to experience the character models and music with no pressure or worry of being gobbled up by a titan.
OVERALL: 7/10 – GOOD
Reviewed by Adam Walters.
(Disclaimer: CONQUEST received a review copy of Attack On Titan 2, however this does not in any way affect the scoring of a game or our thoughts on the game itself. We believe in total honesty and being transparent with you.)