Titanfall Review: Will The Score Have A Say In Pushing Xbox One Units?

Repsawn’s multiplayer title is its biggest but will it sell systems?

Posted By | On 09th, Mar. 2014 Under Article, Editorials


Titanfall will be out on March 11th in North America, which means in less than two days. While there may be the occasional early player here and there, this will mark the opening of the floodgates for gamers everywhere. Ever since it debuted at E3 2013, Titanfall had made a strong impression across the industry. The concept looked new and yet felt so very familiar, with the movement and giant robots feeling almost too fluid to possibly be real.

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"Why did Titanfall opt for a purely multiplayer experience? Why did it release only for Xbox platforms? How would it compete with the likes of Battlefield and Call of Duty?"

It wasn’t until the recent beta that we actually realized it was. Titanfall was everything we could it would be and so much more. It not only showcased its strengths but proved that they were nothing but second nature – it was the tight map design, over-arching structure of combat, balancing of Titans versus Pilots and overall, showcasing your skill within these parameters.

However, Titanfall has come under enormous scrutiny for some reason or another. It’s felt that the 12 player cap is ultimately a hindrance for the experience and that having bots just makes the first person shooting dumbed down. There were criticisms of the lack of environmental destruction, especially in the sense that giant robots should be able to easily shoot through walls with their giant guns to eliminate pilots. Why this was ultimately skipped was obvious when it comes to game balance.

But that’s not all. Why did Titanfall opt for a purely multiplayer experience? Why did it release only for Xbox platforms? How would it compete with the likes of Battlefield and Call of Duty? Would it live up to the massive expectations of its creators, with the men founding Respawn Entertainment having been the architects of Medal of Honor and then Call of Duty? While many of these issues were somewhat resolved with the recent beta, there are still many factors to consider with the release of Titanfall.

Titanfall

"In fact, it shows those of us who don’t partake in video games or just restrict ourselves to single-player titles or abhor first person shooters altogether just why the genre is so cool."

For instance, while Sony will have inFamous: Second Son and DriveClub in the coming months and having surpassed Microsoft in next gen console sales with the PS4, Microsoft only has Titanfall to boost sales of the Xbox One. We haven’t had news about Sunset Overdrive and Halo as of yet, and Gears of War is a long, long way off. But Titanfall not only represents one of the bigger exclusives currently available –it’s also one of the biggest multiplayer games ever.

That being said, what is it about the game that feels so worthy of critical acclaim? Put everything else aside – just what is it about Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall? Why does it feel like such a big deal?

It could be that it’s just fun.

It caters to a long-lost gaming nerd sub-culture without losing sight of the mainstream. In fact, it shows those of us who don’t partake in video games or just restrict ourselves to single-player titles or abhor first person shooters altogether just why the genre is so cool. Titanfall is cool. It’s serious, it’s played straight but it’s so much fun and so cool to play. It’s that classic case of being so deceptively simple yet so very complex to get into.

Titanfall

"Maybe you just want to stick to the Smart Pistol and capture points for your team. Maybe you just want to run around with a shotgun. Heck, maybe you just want to feel powerful and overwhelmingly awesome – Titanfall caters to all these whims."

You don’t even need to be hyper-skilled to enjoy it – either become more skilled at utilizing your Titan or become a hardcore Pilot that is skilled at close combat. Maybe you just want to stick to the Smart Pistol and capture points for your team. Maybe you just want to run around with a shotgun. Heck, maybe you just want to feel powerful and overwhelmingly awesome – Titanfall caters to all these whims.

It’s probably why the beta managed to attract 2 million unique users. It’s probably why most players, like with Call of Duty and Battlefield, will ignore the reviews and just dive into the experience without worry about the critical response. It’s why they’ll accept the so-called “limitations” of the game and just enjoy it for being a new experience that it is fun and awesome to play.

It could be the most critically acclaimed multiplayer title in a long while, even judged by the usual standards by which first person shooters are judged. Regardless, it will be one of the most memorable games of the year, if not the decade. If that’s not enough to push Xbox One unit sales, what is?


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  • trfe

    Infamous is a 12 hour game. People will be done with it in a week. Titanfall is going to last most 40-50 hours and many 100+ hours of gaming. You. Can’t compare the two.

    • Rich Scales

      And everyone knows its online only……the bot inclusion was excellent….lesser skilled players to have fun

    • wrestlefan01

      yup.it has something for everyone.the casual who will not put in many many hours at a time so they can enjoy the game without getting destroyed and it is a good fit for those who will be really great at the game by putting in many many hours at a time.love the way they balanced it out.

    • KingRell25

      No duh, that’s any multiplayer game genius.

    • Andri

      Infamous has always had replayability as it´s an open world game. Just cruising around the city, finding collectables and enjoying the traversal is very enjoyable. Plus playing as good and evil you get totally different main missions and karma sidequests.

      I logged 70 plus hours during my playthrough of infamous 2. Try playing the games instead of spouting your ignorance all over this comment section.

    • trfe

      What! 70 hours!!! Doing what? You must be horrible at finding collectables or te most easily amused gamer alive.

      70 hours on infamous 2? Everything online says 6 hours for the story, 10 hours with exploring. You spent 7 times that long? Could you be having seizures and losing chunks of time? Maybe you should see a doctor?

    • mustbepbs

      My inFamous 2 play through was over 30 hours. There’s a lot more content than just the story, and then you can play again and choose the opposite karma.

    • trfe

      If you’re really bored and have nothing else to play then sure. But i don’t know how many people want to play through a game they just beat again, to be evil and see maybe 2 hours of new cutscenes.

    • mustbepbs

      If the game is fun, why not? inFamous 2 is fun. Why don’t you play it instead of whining about it?

    • Dion Abbott

      Whatever makes you sleep at night, meanwhile ps4 continues to make a mockery of x1 in Worldwide sales.

    • trfe

      Yet there are really no games to be excited about. Their launch games were a joke. The indie games they’ve put out have been average at best. And even with infamous, it’s not a game people are excited about really, they just have nothing else to play so everyone is going to buy a copy simply out of boredom.

      The worldwide sales are just sheep following the herd. It’s like the wii-syndrome. Buy it, bring it home, play it for 2 months then it’s a doorstop for a month until the next halfway decent indie game comes out. Play that for 4 hours and wait another month.

    • Michael Norris

      MS has nothing this year as well…so what is your point?

    • Michael Norris

      it has a good and bad ending so that is about 24 hours of gameplay minus the side missions and collecting.

    • trfe

      False. If you spend 10 hours beating it and collecting everything, then the next play through you won’t have to collect things, which would make that playthrough 6 hours.

      If you’re bored sure. I have too many games to play than to beat a game and then turn around and start it again to see 1-2 hours of new cutscenes.

  • incendy

    Word of mouth is always the best way to sell. The game is so fun, people will definitely want to join in.

  • Rich Scales

    If the points ære to be taken into account…..the ps4 Is selling well……best game killzone…..is just above average. Sø no…..points wont matter unless it gets like a 7.
    Which it wont

    • wrestlefan01

      knack and ryse got around average ratings.and i think both games are vastly underrated i enjoyed playing both


 

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