Attack on Titan 2 Review (PS4)

on March 16, 2018 by

Attack on Titan 2 Review (PS4)

Attack on Titan, stylised as A.O.T in the UK, is one of best anime-inspired games on the market, and a welcome distraction from Omega Force’s usual Musou mechanics. Wings of Freedom blew me away, and its sequel builds upon the laid groundwork to bring us something even greater.

 

Instead of simply taking you on a journey through the events of the second season of the anime, A.O.T 2 brings you back to the very beginning so that you can incorporate your own character into the story. This may sound like fanfic at first – and it kind of is – but your character slots in neatly and doesn’t usurp a role from anyone else. Instead, you’re another fresh cadet just like the rest of your peers, and you’re able to talk with the characters we all know and love in the game’s social link-lite mode — you’ll also learn new skills!

 

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Wings of Freedom blew me away, and its sequel builds upon the laid groundwork to bring us something even greater.

As you know, I adore Wings of Freedom. It’s one of Omega Force’s best titles, and it captured the feel of the anime in a breathtaking way. One issue I had with it was that other than the super hard optional missions, the game was rather easy. The titans weren’t threatening enough, and I was able to mow through them with little trouble.

 

In this sequel, the titans act much more ferociously and are dead set on tearing you apart, just like you’d expect them to be. You’re forced to lock onto one if they become angered and chase you through the city, but fortunately the swinging around is more fluid than ever. Talking about titans, it’s frightening when you run out of blades and gas and you’re not near a base where you can resupply. You’re able to make a variety of mini-bases fit to resupply, or ones that can attack titans and more as you progress through the story.

 

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The titans act much more ferociously and are dead set on tearing you apart, just like you’d expect them to be.

Coupled with a robust single-player mode and great four-player co-op, A.O.T 2 has plenty to do and the difficulty means that you won’t breeze through it without a fair bit of trouble! I had a lot of fun customising my character, and if you fancy a change you’re able to change it in your personal quarters — this was good, because I accidentally created a character who was far, far taller than most of the characters I came across. Maybe I’m actually a titan?

 

Having left the Vita behind and focusing on the more powerful systems, A.O.T 2 better captures the feel of the anime and it’s a joy to watch in motion. The dynamic swinging around, the greater variety in titans and areas, and the cutscenes that happen in first-person, thanks to your original character, pull you into the action more now than ever.

 

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Arguably the best anime-inspired game on the market.

I will be forever sad that I’m unable to get a character with red hair and red eyes, though. Once again there’s no English dub, but many of the anime’s Japanese voice-talent reprise their roles and do a fantastic job as always. The soundtrack makes for a great listen and I’m happy to own a copy of it!

 

Ultimately, A.O.T 2 is better than the first game and it’s arguably the best anime-inspired game on the market. I know that’s a pretty big declaration to make, and I’ve not played every game, but A.O.T 2 perfectly captures the desperation and thrills of the anime, and it’s a blast to play both solo or with friends — I imagine it would be a blast to play even if you aren’t too familiar with the series, too. An abundance of content, gorgeous visuals and engaging gameplay make this a must play, and I’ll be returning to it often to clear out the growing list of difficult optional missions!

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