Titanfall was recently released on the Xbox One to be it’s next Halo, it’s first big killer app that sells the new Xbox One. As a product from a business standpoint it’s done just that. Reports have already come in saying that the Xbox One’s sales in the UK increased almost 100% and Titanfall seems to be on all of the mainstream gaming media’s minds at the moment. It showcases the Xbox One in all its visual and audio glory. But how does it stand as a game?
Is it great? Yes. Is it going to redefine the genre like others have? Probably not. Don’t get me wrong, the game is great. As a student with ADD it fulfills every bit of attention-grabbing action and movement that I would ever want from a game. It’s fast, fluid, and exhilarating. There is always something going on. Bots landing in, pilots to hunt down, or titans propelling and blasting themselves around the battlefield. It’s a hard experience to get in any other FPS game, but it’s successes are based on other games. The shooting and controls are very reminiscent of Call of Duty, its movement like Mirrors Edge, and it’s titan-combat a reminder of the days of MechWarrior or Armored Core. There’s nothing wrong with this; it all works together seamlessly to provide that unique experience of Titanfall, but it keeps it from being that new genre-defining game that all others want to mimic.
The story also leaves something to be desired. There is no traditional single-player. There is a campaign that you play through multiplayer matches with other players; which could have been outstanding. The idea of multiplayer matches sometimes being more than the mundane Deathmatch variants was something that attracted me (I adore objective-based modes). But the game fails to grab you. You get 10-30 seconds of interactive story at the beginning or end of a match but the rest of the story is played through audio clips during the match. Which, with everything already going that you would expect from a standard Titanfall match, becomes very hard to follow or pay attention to.
Overall, Titanfall is worth the purchase. Especially for those who are comfortable with Call of Duty, but are looking for something a little more unique or fast-paced. Just don’t expect it to be that killer app you’ll come back to a year or two from now.
~ Brett Daly