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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Attack on Titan: Final Battle is an action/adventure game available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game includes the full Attack on Titan 2 game packaged with the Final Battle expansion content. This adds new modes and control enhancements and carries the story through season three of the popular anime series. The game includes a substantial amount of violence, with graphic depictions of dismemberment as well as some occasionally disturbing scenes of death. The main enemies, Titans, are large creatures with humanlike features, generally depicted as nude but without any genitalia (so none is shown on-screen). Parents should also be aware that the game's dialogue does occasionally include some profanity.
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What's it about?
The battle to save humanity continues in ATTACK ON TITAN 2: FINAL BATTLE, bringing together Attack on Titan 2 and the massive Final Battle expansion together in one complete package. Final Battle continues the saga of the Survey Corps as they fight to reclaim their homeland from the constant threat of the powerful and nearly indestructible monstrosities known as Titans. Players can explore the complete Attack on Titan story from Eren Yeager's first days as a cadet and the discovery of his Titan powers in season one on through season three's recent world-shattering revelations on the true origins of the Titans. Final Battle also adds a brand-new Territory mode, which gives players a chance to run their own reclamation efforts, recruiting characters from every corner of the Attack on Titan universe to help take back the land beyond the walls.
Is it any good?
Fans of this popular anime have been taken on a roller coaster of events since the series began, with some massive revelations revealed in season three of the franchise. Now, in Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle, those events can be played out in brand-new story-based content added on to the previous game with this downloadable content (DLC)/expanded package. For fans, this really is the ultimate package, too, as it covers the entirety of the series, from its debut until now. One of the more unique quirks is that players can create their own character to join the adventure. That's fun and makes you feel like you're part of the universe, but it also can make things feel out of place: Events unfold around you instead of your character being vital to the plot. Still, it's a different point of view that gives fans a unique perspective to the familiar story. Plus, the game does include missions in which players take on the roles of the main characters to reenact key moments.
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle does a lot more than just add story content to the game, though. For starters, the controls have been vastly improved. There are better cues for getting critical strikes on Titans' weak spots, and a control assist option makes targeting and movement much smoother than in the past. There's still a lot of gameplay complexity and it still requires a lot of practice, but it's more manageable than before. Final Battle also adds a brand-new Territory mode to the package, which takes place apart from the main story. Here, players manage their own outpost outside of the city walls, recruiting characters and leading missions to retake territories under Titan control. It's a goal-oriented twist on the gameplay, and an interesting "What if?" sort of scenario, with players able to recruit help from key characters that have existed throughout the franchise. Characters that have never met or even those that may have died in the main story can work together to drive out the Titan threats. Admittedly, it can feel a bit repetitive after a while, and the recruited characters never get much development, but it's an extra bit of service that fans of the series should appreciate.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle affected by the fact that the Titans are gigantic monsters that try to eat everyone? Would the impact be lessened if the enemies didn't look like giant humans? Do you think there might be a cultural difference in how this violence is perceived in America versus in Japan?
What are some of the advantages and drawbacks to using video games to adapt existing stories? Do adaptations help to drive interest toward the properties they're based on, or vice versa?
- Platforms: Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Koei Tecmo
- Release date: July 5, 2019
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Language, Partial Nudity, Violence
- Last updated: April 13, 2020
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