Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Adventure based on show is repetitive, frustrating.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Work together to defeat a greater evil, never leave a team member behind, form close bonds even under harsh circumstances.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players take the role of heroes from the series, defending their city, aiding teammates, rescuing those in need.

Ease of Play

Steep learning curve. Moving through stages takes a lot of practice. Add combat/horse riding and it can be a hand-cramping exercise in persistence.

Violence

Players fight monstrous humanoid creatures that devour people, can only be defeated by slicing open the backs of their necks. Despite the animated look, it still makes for some disturbing imagery.

Sex

Titans are large, nude humanoid creatures, generally masculine, though some have a feminine appearance. All Titans lack visible sex organs, so no nudity.

Language
Consumerism

Based on Attack on Titan franchise, which includes ongoing anime and manga series, as well as movies, comics, other licensed merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byUgger May 23, 2015

Good But A Bit Violent

AOT Humanity In Chains Is A Fine Game But Can Be A Bit Violent. The Cutscenes Are From The Anime. But If Your Child Watches The Anime Its Not Bad.
Adult Written byavar1 June 16, 2015

For mature kids 11 and up

It really isn't as violent and scary as it seems, I'm a 11 year old and I watched the whole season 1 and it really was not scary! I'd say for mat... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byRikaTanaka May 25, 2015

Not for kids? HA.

Come on, man. It's Attack on Titan. You can't expect it not to be violent. The anime is rated TV-14, so of course the game isn't going to be made... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMoony718 September 15, 2015

Anime not video game

I'm surprised there hasn't been a review for the actual show yet, considering that it is one of the most popular animes for teens, if not the most pop... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in media. What are the reasons people watch, read, or play violent content, and how does it make them feel?

  • 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?

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