Bullets, Titans and Parkour:Titanfall 2 Review

Titanfall 2 Review:

Titanfall, welcome back. The first game was an interesting mix of foot soldier and titan. It was the start of jetpacks and parkour. This led Call of Duty to do the same. There were some problems with the game; mainly the campaign being multiplayer only. That makes playing the game alone, incredibly hard. The player base was split due to the DLC and made people playing it dwindle. However, that is the past and this is now. Can Titanfall 2 rise above the other shooter titans Battlefield and Call of Duty? Does this game improve upon the first one? Let’s find out!

Single Origin (Single Player)

The main premise is the pilot is an elite soldier. He can inspire and turn the tide of the battle. You are not a pilot, yet. Instead, you are off as a simple grunt, but, a pilot sees potential in you. You can follow what this means. This is a new addition to the series. There is an actual single player campaign. You are a common foot soldier turned titan operator. Respawn has made the titan operator elite fighting force this time. Titans also have are sentient beings. Respawn has decided to give as least the main character’s Titan a personality. It’s an interesting change. The first game these Titans had no personality. I am not quite sure the timeline from the first to second game. Respawn did not go explain that part. I think it’s after the events of the first game.

Respawn has decided to give as least the main character’s Titan a personality. It’s an interesting change.

The game takes us on a journey of redemption and becoming an elite soldier. There a few more reasons, as well; revenge and finishing the mission. The story is by-the-numbers and rarely strays from being unique. The Titan was a somewhat interesting character and there were some unique gameplay features. The time shifting one was pretty fun, but, even Dishonored 2 had something of that nature. The movement is fast and slick; an improvement over the first game. I did manage to complete the single player game in one night. That is a little disconcerting. I wish that for a short playthrough there would be some replayability, but, there is none. For those gamers that want a compelling campaign, this is not the game for you.

I would much rather have choices in a game. However, coming from one of the co-founders of Infinity Ward, this is not their strong suit. They are better to adapt at big explosions, an action movie flick experience. If this is something you like, then, this is a great game. The story and characters are stereotypes. It’s sad that some many shooters stick to these stories. After a half dozen of these games with the same story, it does get old. Players start to go on autopilot. I never cared for any of these characters. I hope that the third Titanfall will create better characters. Players can forgive short single player games, but, not for terrible characters.

The gameplay was fast and fluid.

The game was not all bad. The gameplay was fast and fluid. The transition from men to titan and back was a lot of fun. The wall running and the many different ways of killing the enemy was a blast. Make no mistake, the AI is not the smartest. They will run at you and do the dumb things we expect from the AI. That does not mean players will not enjoy finding news ways of killing their enemies.  The single player does introduce new players to the different titan playstyles. The level a designed well. They provide great cover and plenty of ways to slide and wall run to your enemy. Respawn does know how craft levels well. These do offset the shortcomings of the story. Even the not so final ending. In the end, it is a competent single player.

House Blend (Multiplayer)

This is the main attraction. Even with the new single player, the multiplayer is always what Titanfall is all about. There are some changes from the first game. The biggest change is the lack of customization for the Titan. There are specific Titans but, each Titan has certain abilities. Titans can be upgraded, but, they have some of the same upgrades. The foot soldier has been redone. There are a few different characters. Each character or aviator has different abilities. The big change is not more cards.

The card system was replaced by other unlocks. These can be auto-turrets to drones that explode. The upgrade system has a lot more to offer than Battlefield 1. Each weapon has several tiers to unlock. The more a player plays that weapon the more unlocks he or she gets. These new first person shooters have a growing trend. The developers have cut down the unlocks for quality.

The card system was replaced by other unlocks.

It’s difficult to know which one is better, but, this is what we are left with. There are 10 modes to choose from, but, Attrition is the favorite. It was the same mode carried over from the first game. The only improvement I saw units get tougher throughout the match. The first game had human soldiers and then robot troops. Titanfall 2 adds another NPC unit to kill or be on your team. It’s like mini titans. It’s the only update to this mode I saw.

The card system was replaced by other unlocks. These can be auto-turrets to drones that explode. The upgrade system has a lot more to offer than Battlefield 1. Each weapon has several tiers to unlock. The more a player plays that weapon the more unlocks he or she gets. These new first person shooters have a growing trend. The developers have cut down the unlocks for quality.

The upgrade system has a lot more to offer than Battlefield 1.

It’s difficult to know which one is better, but, this is what we are left with. There are 10 modes to choose from, but, Attrition is the favorite. It was the same mode carried over from the first game. The only improvement I saw units get tougher throughout the match. The first game had human soldiers and then robot troops. Titanfall 2 adds another NPC unit to kill or be on your team. It’s like mini titans. It’s the only update to this mode I saw.

The card system was replaced by other unlocks. These can be auto-turrets to drones that explode. The upgrade system has a lot more to offer than Battlefield 1. Each weapon has several tiers to unlock. The more a player plays that weapon the more unlocks he or she gets. These new first person shooters have a growing trend. The developers have cut down the unlocks for quality.

 

It’s difficult to know which one is better, but, this is what we are left with. There are 10 modes to choose from, but, Attrition is the favorite. It was the same mode carried over from the first game. The only improvement I saw units get tougher throughout the match. The first game had human soldiers and then robot troops. Titanfall 2 adds another NPC unit to kill or be on your team. It’s like mini titans. It’s the only update to this mode I saw.

The other modes were tradition modes you find in other games. It’s common for many developers to have deathmatch, capture the flag and others. On a positive note, Respawn decided to make the DLC packs free. It was a wise choice given the fact that the first game had troubles keeping players. Now, all new updates are free. I hope more companies follow this.

On a positive note, Respawn decided to make the DLC packs free.

Flaws?

In my playtest of 30 hours, I did not run into any noticeable glitches. The game ran smoothly. My only main concern is when the game released. It was a bad decision by EA to release this game in-between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty. My other problem is that the game seems to be a step back from the first one. The Titans seem to lack the customization that pilots offered.

I missed picking and choosing what weapon I wanted to use and the abilities. Now, they are tied to which titan frame you decide. This lacks depth and places limits on what gamers can come makeup. They left that creativity to the pilots. These are only minor complaints and do not detract from the gameplay. I find it odd that camping is still the best way to win this game. It seems to go against what this game is all about.

How it all Tastes:

The game is great.  The single player is fast and fluid. The story is not inspiring, but, you can still have fun playing it. The multiplayer is where most of the community will stay. It’s not the most innovative, but, you can have fun for hours. If you like wall running, slides and fast fluid gameplay, this is the game for you.

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Titanfall 2

59.99
Titanfall 2
7.8

Graphics

8/10

    Gameplay

    8/10

      Story

      6/10

        Balance

        8/10

          Streaming Friendly

          9/10

            Pros

            • More customization with pilots
            • Grapping hooks are fun
            • Gameplay is fast and fluid
            • Little to no bugs

            Cons

            • Titans lack customization
            • Release date hurt the game
            • Most of the multiplayer modes are basic
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