You are the real hero of the three walls, you are side-character to no one – Attack on Titan 2 Review [Steam]
It’s not often that fans of a series get an expanded view of a universe of a franchise. Usually, fans are given a single perspective and that is the protagonist of the experience. But sometimes, fans get a slice of life from another character, like in the Their Story episodes of Scrubs. Attack on Titan 2 is the Their Story of the series; Their Story is amazing, because in Attack on TItan 2, Their Story is YOUR STORY.
The story is all about the player in Attack on Titan 2! Players are given the opportunity to experience the epic story of Attack on Titan from a new perspective- their own. Attack on Titan 2 is the sequel to Koei Tecmo‘s previous Attack on Titan adaptation, and I would say an improved successor. That being said, the story is largely similar to the first game in the first half of the campaign, as it follows through seasons 1 and 2 of the series. Though going through, pretty much the same story, the new perspective gives greatly expands on the original and thoroughly reinvigorates the campaign finding a good balance of familiar and new. For example, you get to find out what the other members of the Scout Team are thinking and going through while Eren, Mikasa, and Connie are about to be killed by a firing squad. As a fan of the series, it’s very gratifying to be able to expand on the world and see what happens in other parts of it. In terms of story content, I don’t want to give much away as it’s kind of spoiling the game, Anime, and Manga to do so, but if you like one of the mediums, or know the story of one, you generally know the story of all. As the game was more than likely written after the conception of the Manga/Anime, there are no changes and no major revelations from the side characters. What makes the campaign work so well though, is the ability to interact with the characters, as your own character, between missions. You get to see how the events affect them and get a better depth of their characters that compliment what you see of the character in the show. It really expands the franchise, giving more impact to their actions because you got to experience their motivation. In some cases, you get to be the motivation, which is very nerdily gratifying.
Gameplay is largely the same as it was in the first game -which is a good thing! The action is fast paced, adrenaline pumping, and extremely satisfying. Slicing down a titan is easily one of the most fun things to do in gaming. I might be biased as I really enjoy taking down giant monsters, but I feel like a lot of gamers tend to enjoy that. It is more difficult in Attack on Titan 2, which makes it that much more gratifying when you slice that grinning behemoth down! What the game does add to the gameplay, are multiple multiplayer modes, which allow you to really hone and show off your skills. Annihilation Mode sets two teams of 4 against each other to see which team can earn the most points eliminating titans. What makes this mode particular fun are the items alterations, which allow you to use items against the opposing team to hinder their abilities. For example, your stun grenades stun your opponents as well as titans. A well-timed and well-placed grenade can set your opponent up to be a snack. Then there’s Co-op Play which lets you team up with other players to take on the Story Mode or Scout Missions. I love co-op, but it seemed to make the game too easy. I think the difficulty should scale up, considering how much better another play is compared to AI. Lastly, there’s Predator Mode, which lets up to four players be Titans. Players play as Titans and try to eat as many humans as possible, while occasionally running up against the game’s characters. It’s always fun to play the bad guys. I don’t understand why it wasn’t’ called Titan Mode though.
Like the gameplay, the mechanics largely remain intact -which is to say very well polished. Movement is smooth and almost as enjoyable as swinging around as Spider-Man in Spider-Man 2 was. Combat is sharp, and the game looks and sounds beautiful even with a dark color palette. Where the game really impressed me, were the character interactions. The expressions are very well rendered and make it easy to read a character’s emotions allowing you to tell what kind of response you should give. It’s just a few hairs below LA Noire. What makes it even more impressive is that the camera is relative to your player’s height.
You can see different perspectives of Mina from a tall character’s perspective compared to a shorter character’s perspective. It’s a small detail, but one I found to be really intriguing and really solidifies how deep the game goes into all of its details. The only thing I have a problem with, which is mostly because I hate grinding, is the crafting system. Certain items you only get at the beginning levels of the game, and nowhere else. So you end up having to replay the early missions multiple times. The part, other than the grinding, that really bothers me about it, is that it’s not even a great item. It’s a base item. I think the best way I can put it, is like if you could only get Pokeballs in Pallet Town. It’s needless backtracking that interrupts a gameplay session. It irks me especially bad because it’s common practice in mobile RPGs and anything that feels like a mobile RPG really annoys me. It likely bugs me more than most people, but I have to mention it.
Attack on Titan 2 is a fast-paced, action-packed, monster hacking game that is immensely fun for fans of the franchise, and people who enjoy slaying monsters. I should also add people who like to play monsters and eat people since Predator Mode was added. The Attack on Titan story is re-told from a fresh and interesting perspective, which allows players to enjoy it without it feeling like a re-run, though unfortunately if you follow the series, you will not be surprised by any twists. It is also a great way for fans to get explore more of the Attack on Titan world, as you are able to roam around and experience a cadet Daily Life in a gorgeously rendered and detailed recreation of the world. My Attack on Titan 2 Review gets a 9.2/10.
Attack on Titan 2
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Genre: Action Game