A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is a downloadable action game for the 3DS, based on the Attack on Titan manga and anime series. Players replay events from the series by stepping into the roles of its various heroes as they battle large, nude, cannibalistic, humanoid creatures. Though the Titans are nude, they don't have visible sex organs, which limits the impact of the nudity. There's lots of violence and blood, both in the gameplay and particularly in the cut scenes, which are actual clips taken from the anime. Plus, the way to defeat Titans involves slicing open the backs of their necks, which is a somewhat disturbing visual. The game also has a steep learning curve, which could frustrate many players.
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What's it about?
ATTACK ON TITAN: HUMANITY IN CHAINS takes place in a world where the last remnants of humanity live in huge walled cities, designed to protect them from Titans, massive humanoid creatures with an insatiable appetite for people. Taking on the role of different key characters, players relive highlights from the popular manga/anime series and expand the adventure with customized characters used in both single-player and multiplayer "World Mode" missions. Players even get the opportunity to fight fire with fire, occasionally transforming into Titans for a short time to face the monsters on equal ground.
Is it any good?
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is created for fans of the popular series. With a range of missions retelling the events of the series and cut scenes pulled straight from the anime, it does a great job of making players feel like they're a part of the action, at least in small bursts. Eventually, things start to get a little repetitive, as the same stages are used and reused over and over, leaving a constant feeling of déjà vu.
One of the key elements in fighting Titans is the Omni-Directional Movement (ODM) Gear. Unfortunately, using the ODM is a complicated process. Targeting buildings and Titans, charging in with well-timed swings, managing ODM gas cylinders, and still trying to keep an eye out for Titan attacks can be overwhelming at first. It's very easy to get lost in the midst of things and fumble your moves while trying to adjust your view. Eventually, the learning curve levels off, but it's a taxing exercise in patience before you become effective in combat. Thankfully, players usually have backup, either in AI-controlled teammates in single-player or with other players in local and online multiplayer. It's a huge relief when someone saves you from becoming Titan chow at the last minute. Though Humanity in Chains does a good job of presenting the manga and anime sequences for players, the repetitive nature of play and learning curve probably will keep this game only for hard-core fans of the franchise.
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