Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle - Features Trailer
Who it Caters to
This is a game that, for obvious reasons, caters the most to those who love the source material or did enjoy the previous games in the series. Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle is an upgrade to the game that debuted back in March of last year, but now with a lot of new content based on the third and most recent season of Attack on Titan's anime. You'll be missing a lot if you're not familiar with Attack on Titan as a whole, but on the other hand, playing it could be the nudge you need to jump into this amazing franchise!
What to Expect
Then again, this is just an expansion to Attack on Titan 2, so in terms of gameplay, a lot of stuff feels like more of the same if you've been playing AoT2. At least for us, this is good since Attack on Titan 2 was pretty entertaining already, so Final Battle is more like an excuse to keep killing titans without feeling the boredom, or just enjoying the latter part of the anime from a more interactive point of view. In fact, the best part of it is that it's not only about new weapons or a few extra characters. We'll get to that later in the gameplay section, but the new Territory Recovery mode is something you definitely need to try! But yeah, firearms and thunder spears are incredibly fun to use too!
Have you played Attack on Titan 2? Well, Final Battle looks exactly the same. If you're new to the saga, then all you need to know is that this is anime video game graphics done good, cel-shading and all. Every character, every titan, every building... everything looks exactly like in the anime, but with a more vibrant 3D feeling to it. It doesn't matter if you're in the middle of a frantic battle, nothing looks awkward or unpolished when it comes to the characters (even the enemies) that we grow fond of throughout the years. Sure, there’s a lot of recycled assets here and there, but at least we have enough content to ignore that, right?
The music in this game is absolutely on point. It doesn't matter if you're scrolling through the menus, walking around the city while preparing for battle, enjoying a cutscene, fighting a horde of titans or facing off one of the game bosses; the right tune is always playing on the background to pump you up. A huge plus here is voice acting, not only because everything is perfectly recreated to make you a part of the story, but also because having the same voice actors makes it all more believable for those who have watched the anime.
Since we already reviewed Attack on Titan 2, let's focus on the new content, shall we? Other than introducing the events and new characters of Attack on Titan Season 3 in the Story and Character Episode modes, it also offers a new game mode by the name of Territory Recovery and the possibility to use new weapons: the thunder spears and a few firearms, thanks to the addition of the Anti-personnel Omni-directional Mobility Gear.
The existence of the Anti-personnel Omni-directional Mobility Gear only means you will be facing a bunch of human enemies and not only fearsome titans, but that's nothing new for those who know Kenny and Caven, for example, from the Anti-personnel Control Squad. Battling humans is harder because of their size and agility, but it represents a fun challenge for those who know how to take down a giant titan in a matter of seconds. Using guns may not look as badass and gives room for a more coward approach, but it's the only way to take down some enemies. As for the thunder spears, using them is crucial when going against harder enemies, but you can always have fun with the less intimidating titans since activating the thunder spears is extremely easy. Just watch out for the fire!
While the other modes walk you through Attack on Titan's main story, Territory Recovery is like a combination of a board game and a management RPG. After creating our own regiment, we started as Mikasa and soon we were fighting alongside Annie and Armin, for example, so your objective is to unlock all the characters, create your perfect squad, and train everybody so you can continue exploring the lands outside the walls. You can upgrade your team's stats to help you take down harder enemies, but your ultimate objective is to explore all the map while gathering resources after every match, then upgrading your base; rinse and repeat.
When exploring, you move through the map taking turns, and sometimes you need to think where to move or when to move since you never know when an event (let's say a new character for recruitment) is about to show up. Even if the battle mechanics are the same in every mode, Territory Recovery truly feels like a different game... one that we did enjoy, but also one that we wouldn't pay the full price for. Good move to make it an expansion and not a spin-off!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Truth be told, we really like Attack on Titan both the anime and the video games, so it's only natural for us to enjoy this new content pack. Yes, we'd like to have more things to do, but for what it's worth, Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle gives you enough for a few weekends of grinding through the story. Does it take too much time to finish the new mode? Not really... but you're in for a looong ride if you want a perfect team made up of your favorite characters.
If you truly enjoy Attack on Titan and have the itch to play the final portion of the story, or if this is your first time playing Attack on Titan 2, go for it! If not, and from an objective position, a few new guns and a grind-based mode is not enough to justify the purchase.
Fighting humans is not only fun but challenging! Well, at least for the first hours...
Territory Recovery has the perfect mix of battling and managing your resources.
To continue the story in the form of an expansion is a nice touch. There’s not enough gameplay innovation to justify a sequel yet.
We should be used to this by now, but there’s too much grinding!
Honey's Final Verdict:
So this is how our Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle review ends. Again, we must say that we really enjoyed playing it and all, but there's nothing that outstanding to highlight other than exaggerating the fact of a few new weapons you can use. Territory Recovery is fun if you can stand feeling like doing the same over and over again, but if you're good enough to easily eliminate titans and/or you don't care about crafting the perfect team, then you probably won't find enough motivation to keep playing it.
All in all, Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle is a good game that not everybody will enjoy the same way. Let us know in the comments what's your opinion about it!
Author: Rod Locksley
Hey! I'm Rod, and when I'm not watching anime or playing video games I'm probably writing about them, but I'm also a graphic and web designer, and I even published a comic book and worked like 4 years for a well-known MMORPG. Curiously, my favorite series are quite different from each other, so I'm still trying to understand what I really like in an anime...