Koei Tecmo is getting ready to launch the video game adaptation of the first season of Attack on Titan this coming Aug. 30. I’m happy to say it’s a fast-paced, high-flying good time that will leave you wanting more and more subjugations of hideous, enormous Titans.

Attack on Titan takes place in a land that has a trio of massive walls standing around all of humankind’s only known settlement. These walls are there for protection from the Titans, or massive private part-less humans, but soon the Titans break a previously held 100 years of peace. Attack on Titan stars protagonists Eren, Mikasa and Armin, who are tasked with stopping the invading, deadly threat.

Attack on Titan gets you right into the story and then into the action. Once you’ve had your training where you learn the basic controls of the game, you are then introduced to its progression systems. Additionally, gamers are given guidelines on how they’ll create powerful weapons as they journey along.

A beautiful wide shot of the world of Attack on Titan (Courtesy of Koei Tecmo).
A beautiful wide shot of the world of Attack on Titan (Courtesy of Koei Tecmo).

In order to upgrade or purchase new weapons, gamers head on over to the always snippy Logistician. Provided you have the required amount of resources, here is where you can strengthen your blades. Those required resources range from a Generic Statement of Employment, to Rare Metal, Iceburst Stone Fragment, Iron Bamboo Fragment, and more.

These resources are obtained throughout the course of battle and succeeding in a mission. The higher performance you have during a battle, the more rewards and medals you will receive after the battle. Rewards are given in the form of experience points.

Gamers can also visit another Logistician to purchase materials from, but I will warn you, the resources are quite expensive. You are better off earning them in battle. Another source of Regiment Funds though, can be the reverse, selling resources. Should you have a surplus of a certain item, you can visit the same location to sell off items, earning some quick cash.

Medals can be earned and those will help gamers accumulate Regiment Funds, which are the game’s main currency or “money,” if you will. Performance is based off of how skillful you are at subjugating the goofy looking Titans that you face. Should you execute Superior Subjugations in a battle, you will then have a greater chance of being awarded more Regiment Funds.

Another way to earn resources is by way of Side Missions, which come up over the course of each battle. Gamers are alerted to new Side Missions when they appear and have a limited amount of time before they disappear. Failure to complete the Side Missions will mean a lower grade than if you had completed them.

Attack on Titan makes gameplay possible for players, and does so to the point that you should be able to make each Side Mission. This is assuming you are paying attention to the prompts on screen.

Standing tall with pride (Courtesy of Koei Tecmo).
Standing tall with pride (Courtesy of Koei Tecmo).

Combat in Attack on Titan is quite engaging and fun to get into, particularly when it comes to stringing subjugations together. The game has a system where you can lock onto your enemy via the R1 (PS4) button and then by pressing Square, you will be sent into the air.

Letting go of the Left Analog Stick will allow your character to shoot toward the Titan. Once you are close to the Titan, you press Triangle at the right time and then an attack is delivered. As you progress through Attack Mode, you will quickly understand there are different functions to combat and other ways to fight, but its simple learn and fun to master.

In some instances, there would be four or five Titans around me and so it was always a fun challenge trying to string together three or four subjugations in a row. It is difficult to do without hitting the ground. However, it’s worth it when you can accomplish said feat.

Expedition Mode is a way for gamers to play Survey Missions online with friends, making the death-defying action all the more social. There is an offline mode for those who wish to journey through the Survey Missions on their own. For those interested in keeping the game PG for little ones, there is a setting to turn down the gore. However, I’d still advise parental oversight even with that.

I found the game’s score to be quite surprising and really enjoyed it. My assumption of the game’s music was for it to be a bit corny, but the reality was an excellent, intense and varied soundtrack.

Let’s talk about the Titans for a second because these are some goofy looking bastards. As you can see in the screenshot below, they are a mix of “men,” “women,” some overweight and some underweight. If I were to picture what a nightmare invaded by psychotic human beings would be, I would absolutely have picked these things.

See what I mean? (Couresty of Koei Tecmo).
See what I mean? (Couresty of Koei Tecmo).

I applaud Koei Tecmo for the art direction when it comes to the hideous Titan folk. They nailed the creepy, awkward looks on their faces and the fact that none of them have private parts is even more creepy. That’s why I put “men” and “women” in quotes because I’m just guessing.

When I take a look at Attack on Titan, I see an entertaining experience that sends players high into the air for subjugation after subjugation. If you are a fan of the series, I would certainly recommend checking out the game when it hits PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PS Vita and Steam this Aug. 30.

About Steve Ruygrok

Gaming, Spirits, and Craft Beer enthusiast. If you say you don't like beer, then you just haven't had the right type yet. Great spirits keep away the bad ones. Video games are kind of amazing, just do it...or something like that.

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