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Attack on Titan astonishes critic

Jeremy Kohn

Staff Writer

When you find yourself having a bad day, you should be thankful you don’t live in a city where giant cannibals attack, where you and your friends must ban together to stop them or suffer impending doom.

No, this isn’t a plug for the next National Geographic special about a distant tribal land; it is, in fact, the premise of the action anime Attack on Titan.

For those unfamiliar with what an anime is, it is a Japanese animated production, and they are often intended for an older target audience. Attack on Titan is definitely an anime not aimed toward little kids.

It has been 100 years since the gigantic Titans have attacked.  To stop the invasions from ensuing, great walls have been erected around the remaining cities of the world.

The story follows Eren Yaeger and his comrades Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert. In the beginning, they watch in horror as an “armored Titan” breaches the outside walls and leads an attack on the city.  During the impending raid, Yaeger witnesses the death of his mother right before his eyes by a Titan.

After this traumatizing experience, Yaeger decides to seek vengeance on the Titans and he enlists in an elite military unit called the Survey Corps. Their mission is to learn more about the existence of the Titans and stop them from raiding the remaining city walls.

Yaeger, Ackerman and Arlert meet new and interesting characters in the Survey Corps.  They begin to discover new tactics to combat the Titans, as well as learning startling revelations about the Titans’ origins.

This show had all the necessary traits of a great anime.  It portrayed a brutal post-apocalyptic world where each character showed his or her own way of dealing with the reality of a bleak existence.

Attack on Titan has many twists and turns throughout the series to keep viewers on their toes. Hopefully there will be a second season of Attack on Titan because there are still many unanswered questions that remain.

Beyond: Two Souls transcends video game and film industry

Nathan Wilson

Editor in Chief

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so captivated by a video game as when I was playing Beyond: Two Souls. Developed by Quantic Dreams Studios (the creators of Heavy Rain),

Beyond: Two Souls is an interactive drama that revolves around a girl named Jodie, voice acted by Ellen Page.

Jodie discovers early on she has an unexplainable connection to a poltergeist-like entity named Aiden. Due to this strange ability, she is monitored and heavily controlled by the Department of Paranormal Activity, and she is eventually recruited as a CIA operative.

You jump from one phase of Jodie’s life to the next and not necessarily in any sequential order. One moment you will be transported to a time where Jodi is homeless and living on the streets, and during the next “episode,” the CIA is sending you on a mission to Africa to assassinate a warlord.

The control interface is different in the sense that the analog stick is the primary method of interaction. Time will slow down during portions of the game such as combat to briefly allow you to react.

When you are in control of the entity Aiden, you have the ability to freely move through walls, move objects, possess humans and strangle your enemies, all while unseen.

The most common complaint I’ve heard about Beyond: Two Souls is that it’s different; it’s too cinematic, it strays beyond the boundaries of genres, and it feels inconsistent due to the episodic storytelling.

I can understand why some critics might feel the game is inconsistent, but the bit about cinematics and genres doesn’t quite hold up.

As an avid gamer, I’ve noticed more games showing up on the market that are narrative-driven or cinematic (The Last of Us, GTA V, Bioshock: Infinite, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.)

A game shouldn’t be restricted to one or two genres simply because it doesn’t fit someone’s preconceptions of a video game.

Beyond: Two Souls definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you aren’t afraid of a new gaming experience that relies heavily on story and emotion, I encourage you to give it a try.