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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Attack on Titan is an action game based on an anime TV series of the same name. Players are tasked with killing many giant Titans, who look like humans but are dozens of feet tall, chopping off their limbs to kill them in a bloody fashion. Blood frequently appears to splash the camera lens during these violent deaths. Plus, these Titans are nude, with exposed buttocks, but you can't see any specific genitalia (think Barbie or Ken dolls).
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What's it about?
In ATTACK ON TITAN, you follow the events of the animated show's first season (and beyond) by assuming the role of many of the familiar characters from the series -- such as Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Sasha, and Levi. You swing from forests to towns to find and attack gigantic man-eating Titans. Using your Omni-Directional Mobility Gear, you'll zip around from above and then drop down onto Titans with your blades to hack and slash them to death. These naked human-like creatures have to be killed a certain way, plus there are other objectives to follow through. Along with upgrading weapons and exploring new areas, you can also unlock some multiplayer missions that you can play with up to three companions online in Scout mode.
Is it any good?
Fans of the anime and TV show will appreciate the detail of this game, but technical issues and repetitive play make it an average adventure at best. If you're a fan of the TV series, you'll no doubt appreciate the amount of detail put into this Koei Tecmo adventure. The developers cleverly and successfully infused the anime and manga series' look, environments, and story. Also, while the game borrows elements from the Dynasty Warriors catalog, Attack on Titan doesn't feel like the franchise was shoehorned into an existing gameplay mechanic. In other words, the game makers nailed the look and feel. Controlling the game feels good, too. It's fun, fast, and gratifying to swing over the tops of forests, towns, and other areas to look for giant Titans to hop onto before you begin to take them down one by one.
The problem is that repetition between missions tends to wear down the appeal of the game. While not all missions are the same (for example, you'll be tasked with escorting soldiers through a forest on horseback and protecting a structure on the map), some objectives are more fun than others, but they're not very unique or memorable. Boss characters also aren't very challenging. After a couple of hours, you might not be so keen playing, unless you want to go online and play some co-op with your buddies in Expedition mode (actually, you can get around quicker alone, so not everyone likes the multiplayer mode). While the graphics are decent -- if the naked human-looking Titans don't creep you out -- the game does suffer from some technical glitches (such as losing half a character's body in other objects) and from slowdowns in frame rate depending on what's happening on-screen or how close you get to the giant Titans. In other words, the game is decent, but some extra variety in gameplay and some time spent massaging out some technical issues would've made Attack on Titan a more justifiable game to invest in.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games such as Attack on Titan. Although the violence is bloody and over the top, should kids be exposed to graphic violence where you slice limbs off human-like characters? Is it OK because this game is clearly not realistic?
How could the struggle against Titans serve as a metaphor for dealing with the aftermath of other disasters? What sorts of rescue and relief efforts could help a community survive?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Tecmo KOEI
- Release date: August 30, 2016
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Violence
- Last updated: August 23, 2019
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