Attack on Titan Review
Welcome to our CHEATfactor Game Review of Attack on Titan. We review the game and then factor in how the available cheats affect the overall game experience. For better or worse, our reviews will help you decide whether or not to use cheats when playing the game.
If Attack on Titan feels familiar the first time you play it, it's for good reason. Koei-Tecmo's interactive take on the famed anime that took America by storm is built on the framework of the Dynasty Warriors series. Amazingly though, it also does something that seems to have been a problem for the series in recent years, introduces new ideas. Attack on Titan introduces new mechanics that make this the definitive Attack on Titan experience and while it can still get repetitive quick, there's no denying how right the developers got things and just how satisfying it is to take down a giant Titan.
The Attack on Titan game, retells the story of the first “season” of the popular anime but goes on to produce it's own original story content later in the game. Here's the basics, Titans are attacking a city and it's up to you to destroy them. Even more simple? Giant awkward naked guys are trying to destroy the city, your goal is to kill them. While there are other stories between the recruits of the military force tasked with taking down the Titans, the majority of the game makes it simple. That's both a good and a bad thing though as even when the game tries to make you care about the stories it's telling, they're not the easiest to follow. Attack on Titan features only the original Japanese voice acting with English subtitles and quite simply, a lot happens at once in Attack on Titan and it can be hard to keep up as a result.
It's a good thing then that the core Attack on Titan experience is so fun and rewarding. If you've ever played the Warriors series you'll feel mostly at home here but instead of fending off entire armies at once, you're dealing with giant vertical enemies a few at a time. I love games that give me big giant enemies that dwarf my character to take down so that could be why I had so much fun with Attack on Titan. Here's how it works; you'll see on of these giant naked guys running around and you'll enter attack mode, then target a certain area of the Titan's body to attack. You're best off targeting the Titan's weak spot, the back of the Titan's neck but that can be hard to do if you're not lining up your attack perfectly so you can target their knees to slow them down or their arms to ensure they can't grab troops, then go after the kill shot. Watching these giant beasts slump down to the ground after a critical hit is immensely satisfying, especially when you're up against the bigger Titans. Interestingly enough though the battles with the giant colossal titans were one of the game's weakest points by far.
While attacking the Titans is easily the game's biggest attraction, the feeling of movement created by the franchises' omni directional movement system could very well steal the show. The Omni Directional system allows you to move across large distances quickly and makes you feel like Spiderman, slinging through the city. It's powered by gas so you'll have to be careful with your supply (if it runs out though, it's pretty easy to refill with soldiers around or Titans dropping refills) but once you get the hang of moving, its feels great to move throughout the city in search of Titans and scaling pretty large structures. The Omni Directional System is also what you'll use to land huge hits on the Titans, as the more power you use, the harder your attack.
Sadly though, the same issues that have have plagued the warriors series for years are still present in Attack on Titan. As fun as taking down Titans can be, there's no denying that the game gets repetitive very quickly and even I grew tired of doing the same thing over and over. I also couldn't help but get annoyed by the camera issues that had me wildly swinging around the screen when I thought I had my shot perfectly lined. up. These are in no way game breaking issues but it's sad that a pretty remarkable game is held back by a number of issues that series hasn't been able to kick for years.
Seemingly despite it's best efforts, I had a lot of fun with Attack on Titan. It may not be worth the full $60 price tag that the developers have put on it, but it's still a fun and rewarding game that may be worth the price of admission if you can find it on sale somewhere down the road.
Joe started off writing about video games for small fan sites when he realized he should probably do something with his communications degree and didn't want to get into the grind of daily reporting. Joining the team in late 2008, Joe is the featured game reviewer for Cheat Happens, producing up to 10 CHEATfactor Game Reviews per month.
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