Attack on Titan (video game)

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Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan (video game) Japanese PS4 cover art.jpg
Developer(s) Omega Force
Publisher(s) Koei Tecmo
Director(s) Tomoyuki Kitamura
Producer(s) Hisashi Koinuma
Designer(s) Kotaro Hirata
Programmer(s) Eita Karasawa
Writer(s) Ryohei Hayashi
Composer(s)
  • Shinichiro Nakamura
  • Yugen Umemura
  • Junya Ishiguro
Series Attack on Titan
Platform(s)
Release
  • JP: February 18, 2016
  • PAL: August 26, 2016[1]
  • NA: August 30, 2016[2]
Genre(s) Action, hack and slash
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Attack on Titan[2] (Japanese: 進撃の巨人, Hepburn: Shingeki no Kyojin), known in Europe as A.O.T.: Wings of Freedom,[1] is an action hack and slash video game based on Hajime Isayama's manga series of the same name released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita in Japan. It was released on February 18, 2016, in Japan.[3] On April 7, Koei Tecmo announced a Western release in North America and Europe for August 2016.[1][2] Microsoft Windows and Xbox One versions were also revealed.[2] On August 21, 2017, Koei Tecmo America confirmed that Attack on Titan 2 has been set for a 2018 release.[4]

Plot[edit]

The game retells key moments from the Attack on Titan manga (1 through 19-), in addition to new scenarios involving the key characters.[5]

In 845, when Eren was just 10 years old, the "Colossal Titan" suddenly appeared. Large enough to breach the Wall, it allowed other Titans to rampage through the city. One of them ate Carla, Eren's mother. With the so-called "Armored Titan" now preventing access, Wall Maria was abandoned and humanity were forced to fall back to Wall Rose. Having lost his family, his home and his dreams, Eren swore revenge on the Titans. Aiming to become a member of the Scout Regiment, he joined the "104th Cadet Corps."

Five years after Eren enlisted, the "Colossal Titan" suddenly appeared again. Eren tried to fight it alone but failed to defeat it. He returned to headquarters and then takes a squad out himself, but the mission was a failure with Eren suffering a terrible injury to his leg and many soldiers being killed. When Armin was about to be eaten by a Titan, Eren sacrifices his life to save him. Immediately before the Trost District Wall was destroyed by the Colossal Titan, elite members of the Scout Regiment were on a mission outside the Wall. The principle role of the Scout Regiment was to scout beyond the Wall, seeking a way to take back Wall Maria which was lost 5 years previously. Setting up supply bases in destroyed towns and villages, they sought to secure a route for a large force to make their way to the Shiganshina District, where the Wall was destroyed. Fighting with the Titans outside the wall as they go, they sought to secure the route while making new discoveries along the way.

The brave resistance offered by the Garrison Regiment, combined with the return of the Scout Regiment, was enough to keep Wall Rose safe from the Titans. Within the Walls, however, the same chaos descended as was experienced when Wall Maria was lost 5 years previously. Not only has the Colossal Titan attacked humanity again, but the damaged Wall has been repaired - unbelievably - by the "power of the Titans." Is Eren an ally for humanity or just another enemy? As the debate continues within the Walls, the Scout Regiment - newly joined by Eren - begin their 57th mission to the outside world.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

The game's visuals matches that of the anime series and it features one player fighting multiple enemies. The 3D Maneuvering Gear can be used to ascend to high areas.[7]

Characters[edit]

The game features ten playable characters. Initially, only three can be selected. But as players progress through Attack (story) mode, more characters are unlocked.

Development[edit]

The game was published by Koei Tecmo and developed by Omega Force, and was first announced at Gamescom.[8] A new trailer was unveiled on November 6, 2015, in addition to details about the Collector's Edition.[9] It was released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita in Japan.[10] Subsequent versions for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows were announced following its Western announcement by Koei Tecmo.[2] Initially the English voice cast were going to recorded dialogue, however the budget would not allow for this.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
GameSpot6/10[11]
IGN7.3/10[12]

Attack on Titan sold approximately 150,682 copies in its first week in Japan,[13] outselling Street Fighter V during that week.[14] As of April 28, Koei Tecmo announced it had sold 280,000 copies in total in Japan.[15] As of Koei Tecmo's 2016/17 FY report, the game has sold in 350,000 copies in the West and a cumulative 700,000 copies worldwide. [16]

Attack on Titan received polarizing positive reviews. Famitsu's four reviewers awarded it consecutive scores of 8/9/9/8, which added up to an overall score of 34/40.[17] PlayStation LifeStyle awarded it a score of 8.0 out of 10, saying "Attack on Titan is an excellent example of a passion project made right."[18] However, in other places, it got mixed to negative reviews.

Sequel[edit]

A sequel game to Koei Tecmo's Attack on Titan (titled Attack on Titan 2) was announced in August 2017 and was released in March 2018.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A.O.T. WINGS OF FREEDOM - ACTION TRAILER". YouTube. KOEI TECMO EUROPE LTD. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Attack on Titan - Announcement Trailer". YouTube. KOEI TECMO AMERICA. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Miller, KK (December 1, 2015). "New 'Attack on Titan' game release date announced". Japan Today. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Romano, Sal (August 21, 2017). "Koei Tecmo and Omega Force announce Attack on Titan 2". Gematsu. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Sato (August 21, 2015). "Koei Tecmo's Attack On Titan Game Includes The Entire Story From The Anime". Siliconera. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Attack on Titan". Attack on Titan Official Site. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  7. ^ Barder, Ollie (August 20, 2015). "Upcoming 'Attack On Titan' Game Looks A Lot Like The Anime". Forbes. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Gelmini, David (August 6, 2015). "Koei to Publish New Attack on Titan Game". Dread Central. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  9. ^ Barder, Ollie (6 November 2015). "'Attack On Titan' Game Gets New Trailer And Treasure Box Collector's Edition". Forbes. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  10. ^ Sato (November 26, 2015). "Attack on Titan To Release In Japan On February 2016 For PS4, PS3, And Vita". Siliconera. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  11. ^ Corriea, Ray (August 26, 2016). "Attack on Titan Review". GameSpot. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  12. ^ Sanchez, Miranda (August 26, 2016). "Attack on Titan Review". IGN. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  13. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2016/02/24/week-sales-kancolle-kai-attack-titan-street-fighter-v-take-charts/
  14. ^ http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2016/02/24/japanese-sales-chart-attack-titan-outsells-street-fighter-v-ps4-remains-1st/
  15. ^ http://www.dualshockers.com/2016/04/28/total-sales-for-dead-or-alive-xtreme-3-attack-on-titan-and-more-announced-by-koei-tecmo/
  16. ^ https://zhugeex.com/2016/11/koei-tecmo-h1-fy201617-report-attack-on-titan-sell-in-exceeds-700k-worldwide/
  17. ^ Romano, Sal (February 9, 2016). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1419 (PS4)". Gematsu. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  18. ^ Wood, Chandler (August 26, 2016). "Attack on Titan Review – Licensed to Kill (PS4)". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  19. ^ Romano, Sal (October 24, 2017). "Koei Tecmo's Attack on Titan 2 launches March 2018 in North America and Europe". Gematsu. Retrieved February 10, 2018.