Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga became a true hit and the anime certainly cemented the work’s popularity around the world. Now, Attack on Titan quickly evolved into a franchise, and aside from the core manga and the anime adaptation, a lot of other spin-off works, as well as derivative works have been produces. Among the latter are the Attack on Titan video games, which are going to be the topic of this article.
In it, we are going to bring you a ranking of the 6 best Attack on Titan video games. There has been a substantial number of Attack on Titan video games, although not all of them are proper video games in the classical sense. For example, several of theme were visual novel video games that were released alongside the home media releases of the anime. Now, in this article, we are going to deal only with the “proper” video games, as we rank them from worst to best.
Release: Unreleased (beta only)
Platforms: iOS and Android
Attack on Titan: Assault is an upcoming mobile game that will be released for iOS and Android devices. The originally untitled game was scheduled for release in all major English markets in late 2016. In 2018, the game was renamed Attack on Titan: Assault, with an open beta available for download. The game is expected to combine elements of runner and action games and feature a multiplayer mode.
GameSamba began beta testing Attack on Titan: Assault on iOS and Android devices in late July 2018, and a trailer was released on January 22, 2019, showing off some gameplay and in-game graphics. The open beta game on Google Play has been available for download for all users since March 19, 2019.
Release: April 18, 2019
Platforms: iOS and Android
The story mode contains two different types of levels: the normal mode, which all players must complete before moving on to the next section, the hard mode. In this mode, players can get a larger amount of rewards, such as more experience to increase their player rank or more money to buy items with.
This is a unique, non-official character development scene created to show how characters change throughout the story. There is at least one episode per character type, and each episode contains different aspects of that character that show their history. Example: If there is a character with 3 card variants, there are at least 3 episodes that show the evolution of that character throughout the story.
This is another unique event with at least 5 events that always change after a certain period of time, except for three. The three that do not change are: the Gold Challenge, the Awakening Challenge, and the Training Challenge. Here the player can get certain rewards such as gold, training items and awakening medals that can improve the character’s overall rank, abilities and level.
These events have a limited time in which they can be done, and each limit is refreshed after twenty-four hours. For example, in the Gold event you can do the main event once and the side missions 5 times in one day. Attack on Titan TACTICS ended service on August 30, 2020, 23:00 PDT, as it was announced via Twitter.
Release: May 11, 2017
Platforms: Nintend 3DS
The visual novel takes place before the Female Titans story arc, and the Survey Corps is given the task of investigating Elsnir Castle. The protagonist is an original member of the Survey Corps and a local resident; he leads the group to their location. During their investigation, they are surrounded by Titans and the ground gives way beneath them, scattering the group. The protagonist’s omnidirectional mobility equipment is broken by the fall. They must escape from the castle’s underground ruins, working together with the characters from the series.
Players decide on the name and gender of their protagonist. If you choose a male character, Mikasa will be your default companion, while Levi will accompany you if you choose a female character. Additional characters will be unlocked if the player successfully escapes with at least one partner. These special characters are paired when they travel with the protagonist: Reiner and Bertholdt, and Christa and Ymir.
There are two important character parameters that influence the likelihood of a successful escape: “desperation” and “affinity.” Both affect the tone of character interactions during the game. Despair lowers the probability of survival and hinders the player during random events. Death occurs when it reaches 100%. Affinity lowers Despair and increases the chances of escaping alive and unlocking additional character events.
To progress in the story, you need to search each area. To do this, double tap on the shiny parts in an area’s touchscreen mirror. You can find and equip items to advance the story, change the dangers of the Titans and random events, or find different weapons to challenge the Titans. Events that advance the main storyline are indicated by exclamation points on the touchscreen map.
During the search option, the Titans can attack the player (“battle action”). Battles are fought via button sequences; by pressing the correct button combination, the characters in the series can dodge the Titans’ attacks and fight back. Keystrokes are rated “miss,” “good,” and “perfect.” The “Good” and “Perfect” ratings increase affinity; “Perfect” is also a necessary requirement for unlocking events with certain characters.
Rooms can be locked by a trapdoor that starts the “Synapse Link” sequence. Three gears keep the door locked. Listen carefully to the protagonist’s partners to choose the right keywords to break through the traps. If you do not succeed in breaking the trap, the door remains locked; if you succeed in unlocking it, the group can pass.
If the player reaches a place where there are no Titans, the player can initiate the “pause time”. This is the easiest way to get the character’s opinion of the protagonist and provide additional insight to their respective partner. Each break time is limited to three topics per session. Topics that can potentially increase affinity are marked with a star symbol. These conversations often contain multiple choice answers; try to choose the correct option to further increase affinity. The player can earn special stills when he successfully completes the events of a specific character.
Release: December 5, 2013
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
The game follows the story of the anime, starting from the year 845, when the colossal and armored Titan first attacked and destroyed Wall Maria. The player initially controls Eren, but as the game progresses Mikasa, Armin and other members of the Scout Regiment become playable characters. The game ends at the point where season 1 of the anime ends.
World Mode, which you can unlock after helping Eren seal the gate in the Solace District, is a mode in which the player creates a character that joins the Scout Regiment. The player can buy equipment, invest in and upgrade facilities, develop equipment and participate in various missions. The more the story mode progresses, the more cosmetic items and accessories you can wear.
Release: February 18, 2016
Platforms: PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox One, PC/Steam
The game follows the story of the anime, starting with the year 845, when the Titans first attacked and destroyed the walls. The player initially controls Eren Yaeger, but as the game progresses Mikasa Ackermann, Armin Arlelt and other members of the Scout Regiment become playable characters.
The main storyline of the game spans from Episode 1, To You, in 2000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1 to Episode 25 Wall: Assault on Stohess, Part 3, while the epilog loosely covers the period from Episode 26 Beast Titan to Episode 32 Close Combat, avoiding most of the spoilers that would later be covered in Season 2 of the anime.
The game has ten playable characters, including Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Jean, Connie, Sasha, Christa, Levi, Hange, and Erwin. The player is assigned either Eren, Mikasa, Armin or Levi for each of the main story missions. The other characters are available for replays or optional exploration missions when they are unlocked.
Attack mode is the story mode of Attack on Titan. It consists of three main chapters of the game that go up to the capture of the Female Titan, as well as a prologue and an epilogue with a total of 25 story missions.
Chapter 1 includes the story arc Battle for Solace. Chapter 2 consists largely of original content showing Levi and the Scout Regiment on their mission outside the walls before their return to Solace. The OVA Ilse’s Notebook: Notes from a Scout Regiment Member is covered in this chapter and Levi participates in the capture of Sawney and Beane.
Chapter 3 covers the arc of the 57th reconnaissance mission outside the walls and the arc of the attack on Stohess. The 5 missions of the Epilogue are unlocked sequentially by first playing through a certain percentage of the side missions. The Epiloge introduces the Beast Titan and the appearance of Titans in Wall Rose, but does not go into detail about the specifics of Season 2 of the anime. The final mission of the epilogue against the Armored and Colossal Titans is unique to the game. It takes place in Wall Sina and defends a possible invasion of the capital.
Release: March 15, 2018
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One (US/Europe only), PlayStation Vita (Japan only), Nintendo Switch, Steam
The player is tasked with creating a character to join the Scout Regiment with the rest of the cast. The story mode covers the first two seasons of the anime and takes place from the point of view of the player’s own character. Various dialog options are available to the player in the cutscenes, and the custom character can mingle with the squadmates between missions. By improving friendship with his comrades, the player can increase his effectiveness in combat.
As the player gets closer to his squad, he can address the custom character differently, for example, by his first name instead of his last name. Like the first game, the main story of this game also contains an original scenario created under Isayama’s supervision. Completing this mode will unlock additional characters and features. To unlock scenarios that rescue characters that have perished in canon, you’ll have to play through the game once in its entirety.
The “Dire Subjugation” Titans have been updated to be tougher and have rarer SS loot for equipment. In Another Mode, players participate in challenging scout missions as their favorite characters unlocked in Story Mode. At the camp, players can purchase equipment, buy and modify gear, and call up the next mission by talking to certain characters at the camp.
Inferno Mode is unlocked after playing through Story Mode once. Similar to the True Attack mode of the first game. It will not be possible to choose between the three difficulty levels and the Titans will be harder than on the Hard difficulty level.
Town Life will serve as a break between battles, where characters can take time to build relationships or train for their next expedition. Players will be able to access challenge missions that explore side stories and increase their combat power. In Town Life, players will be able to visit the Titan Research Room to look at the Titans they captured with a hold gun, develop new equipment and manage the Scout Regiment by creating proposals for new policies.
The territory restoration mode includes a non-canon regiment of characters that can be either one of the four in your roster or simply in the character list. These four characters in your roster (which can include your custom protagonist) take part in reconnaissance missions to regain territory lost by the Titans. Along the way, you can recruit characters (as long as your friendship indicator is active – friendship does not carry over from another mode, normal mode, or inferno mode) to join your roster or be added to your character roster.