Attack on Titan has garnered a very large audience from its anime and manga series, which has led to the creation of a few games released on various platforms. If you never go to check out our review of Attack on Titan 2 for PlayStation 4, you can read it right here. But since its initial release, Attack on Titan 2 has gotten additional downloadable content that adds another layer onto the fast-paced and chaotic gameplay, released as Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle. There is some new story-based content that follows Season 3 of the anime series, but fans will also get to experience a few extra modes that mix up the gameplay of Attack on Titan 2.
The new story content is exactly what fans of the anime and manga series expect, which is season 3 of the show that continues the plot of Attack on Titan. You have more cutscenes fleshing out the plot and relationships between characters, even though a lot of it might be familiar territory for those who have already looked ahead in the show. Whether you like the new content or not will be entirely dependent on how much you’re already invested into the Attack on Titan storyline.
The cinematic cutscenes with different characters in battle and flying through the air look good, despite a few moments looking a bit awkward from time to time. Some of the audio can get desynced in cutscenes and not match the movements of characters, which may or may not become a nuisance to some.
There are over 40 different characters to use in Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle. Most of the characters you can unlock by completing missions in both Story Mode and the additional modes like Another Mode and Character Episodes. Most characters play similar to each other, having you swinging through the air using the Omni-directional gear, but there are slight variations in how they move and what actions they’re best suited for as they level up.
Completing missions with high rankings allows you to gain experience and level up each character, which can take a while depending on how well you complete missions. Fighting the titans is similar to the original release, but there are a few things you’ll have to pay attention to this time. Some titans won’t go down as easily this because of stamina that you must deplete before you cut them down. This usually ends up with you constantly swinging around and latching onto specific limbs to attack over and over again. It doesn’t always end up being clean but you can still get the job done and kill the titans.
The new modes in Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle includes Character Episodes and Territories. Character episodes are specific missions that require you to use a certain character, which gives you item rewards and experience upon completion. These episodes give more context to parts of the Attack on Titan story and have cutscenes that feature other perspectives during certain events in the series plot. Completing them all will take a while, but if you wanted more info on what was happening during the story then you’ll get a lot of that.
Territories put you in control of leading a regiment. You gather materials and reclaim different points on a map outside of the walls of your home base. Taking over territories requires you to enter an area and take down the titans roaming around, which can get repetitive but you’ll be able to gain more materials for stronger items and dominate the surrounding areas. Those that already love the gameplay of Attack on Titan 2 will enjoy this mode, but you’re not going to get a lot of new stuff here beyond that.
There are new items and materials you can craft and utilize in each mode. Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle now has the use of firearms and other items seen in the show, which helps mix up fighting the titans using your swords and directional gear. The game also includes fights against other characters at various points, some of which use the new weapons frequently, so you’ll have to be vigilant in how you approach some battles.
These types of fights can get very annoying when you’re not able to lock onto an enemy and attack them as easily as the titans, mostly because of how much smaller and faster your targets are moving around. Most players won’t enjoy these fights as much as the bigger battles with the titans, but you’ll need to pass them in order to hunt more titans.
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle has more content for fans of the show, but unless you’re already invested in it then don’t expect to jump on board. Many of the same issues from the original game are still present, but if you’re able to look past them you’ll enjoy all of the new content much more. There’s multiplayer in a few of the modes that allow you to team up or get competitive against other players online, but the matchmaking is not always the best. But if you wanted more Attack on Titan action, you’ll get exactly what you want in here.
These impressions are based on a digital review code of Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle for the PlayStation 4, provided by Koei Tecmo.