It's been awhile since I've done a game review. So prepare your body for this mess. Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is a 3DS game based on the manga Shingeki no Kyojin which actually translates to Advancing Titans I'm not sure why, but there it is. To be completely honest here, I had never had much interest in this series until about two months ago. I knew OF it, I just had no particular interest in reading or watching it until one day for no reason other than boredom I decided to watch the first episode. Given the show's popularity you can imagine what happened after that and now here we are. When this game was first brought to my attention I was immediately interested, if not for any other reason than its namesake. Luckily for me and anyone else who decides to pick it up though, this game is amazing. It loosely follows the storyline of the Anime, touching on major plot points as you progress. The game is played through the perspective of five characters from the show (Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Levi and the one and only POTATOE GIRL AKA Sasha). You start the game with Eren as the only playable character but as you complete more missions you begin to unlock the others. Most of these missions take place within the walls but later in the story you get to ride a horse around open fields and a forest. The storyline is shown through scenes taken straight out of the anime, which I felt was much better than pre rendered cut scenes like most games tend to do. I get why a lot of people complain about it by calling it lazy though, but I feel like those are simply the words of people who don't appreciate the amount of work that is put into games of any size. I think this was a great idea as many of the scenes shown give you the feelings you should have going into some of these fights and the rest are just incredible to look at so you can't really go wrong here. The thing that really makes this game shine like a weird, naked, fleshy star though is its world mode which for all intents and purposes is an Attack on Titan RPG. You begin by creating your own soldier which can be customized with different faces and outfits, some of which are unlocked during the story mode. You can customize you character further as you progress through the missions in world mode by upgrading your Omni Directional Mobility (ODM) gear as well as the blades that you use to battle the Titans. Fighting of giant naked sub humans is no small task on its own but upgrading your character through better equipment and stat improvement, the struggle becomes a bit easier. I probably should have mentioned before that where you complete missions you get EXP, which raises your level and that in turn gives you stat points to apply to one of your five main stat's. These basically boil down to health, defense, speed, attack and your ability to break free from a Titan's grasp. I do have two very specific complaints about this game though. The first is the camera, IT'S TOO DAMN CLOSE. That is all. But seriously the camera is almost touching your back, to the point that I feel like at some point during the development of this game someone suggested that they make it a first person game. It's only really a problem when you're surrounded by Titans though, so I guess it's more of a minor annoyance than anything. My second complaint about this game again has to deal with the camera but specifically the cameras targeting and camera snap. You can use the L button to snap the camera behind you. Under normal circumstances this is a great thing but for some reason this games likes to have the camera get caught on the corners of buildings and trees. Maybe it's something that will be fixed in a patch, but given that this game had a stealth release on the Eshop I seriously doubt that it will. All of this is okay though because overall I think this game is great and I would probably play it without any prior knowledge of the show. It may not be for everyone but Atlus has certainly filled a hole in the market. It may have been a hole filled with weird looking naked people and one inside out blonde girl, but it was a hole nonetheless.
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