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Release Date: May 12th, 2015 Movie Release Year: 2015

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains

Overview -

If you're at all interested in modern anime, then you've heard of 'Attack on Titan'. The grimdark anime that features humanity fighting against giant Titans really hit it off in both Japan and in the West, and with any popular show comes merchandise to keep fans happy until more episodes of their favorite show comes out. From that we've gotten our first 'Attack on Titan' video game in the West, the 3DS title 'Humanity in Chains'.

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Release Date:
May 12th, 2015

Video Review


All in all, ‘Humanity in Chains’ doesn’t look all that great. Character models are blocky and ultimately interchangeable, having no personal flair for any of playable characters. Areas and buildings are passable and mainly serve their purpose as arenas, although there isn’t much else to say. Titans look just as absurd here as they do in the anime, but when players get to missions that open up the draw distance, they’ll find that the Titans’ framerates while far away are also comically absurd. Naturally, it's hard to ignore knowing that ‘Humanity in Chains’ could have done far better graphically on another system.

Audio Review


Unlike the graphics, there isn’t really much to say about the audio. Character voices remain in Japanese, and while they sound fine, most English-speakers won’t understand what the characters are saying. The music is a bit hit-or-miss, with one of the vocal tracks sticking out in my mind as particularly bad. Still, the audio overall is a bit of a ‘take it or leave it’ situation, with little else that’s stand-out about it.

Final Thoughts

'Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains' is certainly made with a specific audience in mind, which are fans of the anime. While the gameplay is enjoyable on its own, it's very hard for anyone that's not a fan to get legitmately excited for it. On top of that, the fact that the game tends to carve out massive chunks of the anime in favor for the action scenes, and while that makes sense for the title, it also leaves some holes in the plot that aren't explained within the game. The game's short length makes it pretty easy to try out in depth, and at that point, the robust World Mode is there for those who decide to stick around.