Titanfall, from the original creators of the Call of Duty franchise, promises to be the next step in the evolution of first-person shooters, offering action-packed gameplay.
Basic shooter with a new twist: First-person shooters (FPS) may not change much over the years, except for more guns, better graphics, and bigger explosions. But Titanfall introduces a couple new elements into an otherwise stale genre. Parkour-style wall running and giant mechs force old-school FPS-ers to adapt or die.
Seamless mechanics: What sets Titanfall apart? Activating actions is almost completely intuitive. When you run up buildings, cling to walls to set ambushes, and hop into your Titan for mechanized combat, Titanfall's engine makes every action feel like second nature.
Engaging play: In some other shooters, inexperienced players get preyed upon by old-timers. Titanfall is accessible to players of a wide range of skills. With AI combatants and ability-boosting Burn cards, even newbies can forge their skills and stay competitive until they've leveled up enough to take on experienced players.
Sidelined plot: Respawn Entertainment created an intricate history, background, and story for the Titanfall's world. However, the game rushes you from one intense firefight to the next, forcing the story to take a backseat to the gun battles.
Online only: Titanfall was designed to be an online multiplayer game only. There is no offline mode, nor can you play by yourself, aside from the first tutorial mission. Moreover, the matchmaking service could use some work. Be prepared to spend time finding a game if you play during off hours.
With over-the-top, guns-blazing gameplay, Titanfall requires little commitment and is perfect for pick-up-and-play gamers. Matches are unpredictable but addicting, and no two matches are the same. Even offline mode isn't a drag if you're seeking to hone your skills solo. AI targets let you get your feet wet before the game shoves you into the deep end. But the best way to learn something is to do it, right?
This is a review of Titanfall for PC.
Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key developers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall is among the most highly anticipated games of 2014, having been shrouded in mystery for nearly three years. The visionaries at Respawn have drawn inspiration from their proven experience in first-person action gaming, and are building on that pedigree by taking a new approach to game design and creating an all-new universe with Titanfall. The advanced combat techniques of Titanfall give you the freedom to fight your way as both elite assault Pilot and fast, heavily armored Titan. Introducing the experience that combines fast-paced multiplayer action with the dramatically charged moments of a cinematic universe.