A.O.T. Wings of Freedom sees the player taking on the role of various characters from the popular Attack on Titan anime and manga series. For those who have never watched the anime, it takes place in a world that has been overrun by Titans – humanoid giants that eat people – leaving humanity on the brink of extinction.
The game’s main missions faithfully follow the first season of the anime, so it goes without saying that this game will contain spoilers for the anime. The game assumes that the player has seen the anime and already has a basic understanding of the world and the Titans that inhabit it, so any in-game explanations are glossed over pretty quickly. At times this can make the game confusing, and important events don’t have the same impact for players who have never seen the anime in comparison to those that have.
The game begins with the player learning the basic functions of the Omni-Directional Mobility (ODM) Gear, which is best described as a grappling system powered by gas. This gear allows the players to engage Titans in aerial combat, closing the height distance on the giants and making it possible to land a kill shot on a Titan’s only vulnerable point – the nape of its neck.