Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Rewind Review: Titanfall

Big robots, fast paced wall running and big weaponary is what you find when you play Titanfall for the first time.

It uses its combat well to produce a fluid and almost unmatched multiplayer experience. Being a new IP it does stumble here and there with its ability to cope with so much going on (especially on the 360 version) but it does it in a way that makes you want to play hour upon hour. The pilot mechanics work just as well, each pilot has a choice of three abilities, cloak, stim or an visor enhancment which allows you to effectively see through walls.

All three become useful depending on what build you like to use. Stim is for those who want to hit and run. Cloak is for those who like to hide or sneak up on Titans, the third is, well you don't really need me to tell you that. The Titans also boast these, being that they can use a dash core, to escape quicker or catch up to targets. A damage core and a shield core. Again, it depends on the role you want to play on the battlefield as to which you chose to enter with.

True, there are a limited amount of guns but within that Respawn did manage to get a great balance of weapons, notably the snipers are small in number as there are very few occassions that being a sniper is an ideal solution in the gameplay. Broken in to some really interesting (yet familiar) game modes, Titanfall boasts something for everyone. From Last Titan Standing matches, where the object is to defeat all Titans on the battlefield, to the run of the mill Deathmatch.

The best part about picking this up now, is that all the content is free, so you can play with the pros of the game, no matter what the location is. Of these the best map pack has to be IMC Rising, the maps are so well balanced that anyone can get the drop on the opposing team.

The soundtrack can often become annoying as it chooses to loop the same couple of songs, which is a shame for an soundtrack lover such as myself, as it really can enhance the game and it's storyline. Yes, there is an online only campaign to Titanfall, but don't let the Vs campaign put you off. It isn't a bad story (although occassionally you'll get a little lost) and you do get to play mission on both sides of the war.

You should really gove it a go now, since you can pick up new copies for £15 and around £10-12 preowned. There is no reason not to try it.

Overall 8/10
Gameplay 9/10
Soundtrack 4/10
Storyline 6/10
Original release year: 2014
Available for: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC


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