Attack on Titan 2 Final Battle Review
Platform: PC (reviewed), PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Release: 5th July 2019
Price: 59.99 (Full package) / 49.99 (Upgrade)
After reviewing the original Attack on Titan 2 game on PS4 when it released, Koei Tecmo now released quite a giant expansion titled Final Battle, covering the rest of the anime and a bit beyond and I knew it was time to both give this game a go on PC and explore this new adventure.
While the main story of Attack on Titan 2 left off right where the 2nd season basically ended, Final Battle adds the previously lacking remaining content of the 3rd anime season,
Or so I thought. In reality Final Battle actually breaks the whole narrative structure and lets you play as the actual characters from the show in more standalone sections. Compared to the rest of the game, this feels really odd but was a welcome surprise for me, who thought the custom character was simply fanservice that didn’t add anything to the experience but seemed like a way too forced addition. As a result, the whole last third of the storyline feels like a way more linear, streamlined and actually better paced affair, as it focuses on the main cast’s struggle and removes many of the systems in place for the relationship building etc.
Another cool part is the ability to actually call and play as the iconic titan forms too now. Progressing through the story unlocks new helping abilities like Armin’s form, Eren’s form etc. either for scripted passages in the campaign or free help in the other modes. Speaking of other modes, what I noticed after playing through the game on PS4 and PC, there isn’t a whole lot to it except the campaign and slight variations from said missions.
Final Battle changes that by introducing two new, really, really great modes and some other neat stuff, I’ll get back to later. Okay, well maybe only one cool mode, Territory Recovery (the other one is basically quite boring side mission stuff), which is basically an Attack on Titan 2 take on slight Dynasty Warriors and tactic gameplay. Instead of simply catapulting from titan to titan and base to base, there’s a far bigger focus on base-building, sending troops and actually reclaiming other posts to gain more territory. Here you can
The main hook of Final Battle for me wasn’t any new content in particular though after I spent some time with it. Instead, it just
Another pleasant surprise was how well Attack on Titan 2 actually runs on PC compared to most other Koei Tecmo ports. While the settings are quite few, featuring only the most basic things, it does run quite well and I never had any crashes or frame rate drops on a 1070. Additionally, 60fps are probably the way you want to experience this fast-paced, simply fun action game, especially since it looks surprisingly good too and consoles suffer from quite bothersome antialiasing problems.
I think Attack on Titan 2 Final Battle is without a doubt, the version I could wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in this game. Offering more than 30 hours of content, an almost flawless implementation of the iconic combat and still pretty good visuals. If only existing owners wouldn’t have to pay nearly full price to gain access, to what I believe, are additions that expand and roughen out edges rather than adding a whole new game to the base version.
[A Review Code was provided by Koei Tecmo Europe]