E3 2016: Attack on Titan (Hands-on)

by: Matt -
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Color me surprised to find that a show I wasn't all that keen on, wound up being one of my favorite games that I got to try during E3 this week. Attack on Titan launches this August, but I got a chance to play a near final build, giving me access to the game's training mode, and one of the early missions. Developed by Omega Force, this looks to be the best Attack on Titan game released to date, if my hands on time was any indication.

The demo gave me access to the game's training mode, which gets you used to the Omni-Directional Mobility Gear, along with attacking a few training dummies. The Omni-Directional Mobility Gear is mapped to the triangle button, and is quite easy to use, provided you've got the gas to use it. Thankfully there are units on the maps that are there to support you and give you extra supplies if you need them, and after felling a few titans, you more than likely will. The lock-on controls are a little bit confusing initially, but once you get the hang of them, felling titans will be no problem. 

The second portion of the demo put me in the middle of the Trost District, unfortunately it's right in the middle of a titan attack. The colossal titan has struck again and this time has brought many smaller titans to wreck havoc. This is where the game took on a similar feel to other Omega Force titles of the Warriors series. Titans are your primary targets, and during the fight you'll find many of your allies need saving from the titans, and supporting them will reward you with supplies, and more allies to help you take down the titans. 

Unfortunately a half-hour wasn't nearly enough time to feel satisfied with playing this one. Zipping across the building tops and through the forest with the Omni-Directional Mobility Gear was a ton of fun, and really captured the thrill of the show. The titans seemed to provide a decent challenge, as they must be attacked in such a way that they are utterly decimated, and later stages will give you the ability to play are Eren in titan form, so there's that to look forward to as well. The end of August feels a bit further away now, but gamers will be able to pick this one up on PS4, and XBox One, along with digital downloads for PS3, Vita, and PC.