If you are familiar with Titanfall, it quite possible you dint pay much attention to Titanfall 2 and initial sales figures did indicate the same. The lack of a single player campaign, ridiculous unlock system, Xbox exclusivity and the unbalanced Titan mechanics in multiplayer left a bitter taste if unmatched expectations especially considering the hype it generated post E3 2013.
Instead of teasing you till the end of the page, lets jump right into it, Titanfall 2 is absolutely stunning. It is better than the original in every way and could be our favorite game of 2016. It’s fast paced, visually stunning and incredibly entertaining. The game has a proper 6hr long story driven single player campaign, that’ll challenge fps player and platformer lover alike. COD may have created the whole wall run, double jump atmosphere but nothing comes close to the sheer momentum of Titanfall. The parkour style gameplay isn’t optional either, the levels are designed such that you either master traversal or quit. Luckily you have the Ghost mechanic to aid you if required, basically a hologram directing you on how to get from point A to B. Although you start as Rifleman Cooper, who aspires to be a pilot someday, A mortally-wounded mentor to transfer ownership of his Titan, BT, over to you in the first 10 minutes of the campaign. Although unusable until restored, BT’s voice and humor is a welcomed addition while you leap around looking for fuel cells. The unlikely friendship that grows between Jack and BT elevates the story mode into something that’s truly rewarding. You quickly believe that these characters really care for each other, which is repeatedly demonstrated by their actions throughout the campaign. BT is a devastating vanguard class Titan during firefights and a friendly giant at other times. Although game play is at its core fps, the game periodically separates both pilot and Titan which makes their relation almost symbiotic. You need BT to get through toxic sludge among other perils and often BT won’t be able progress without your aid. Titanfall’s boss battles have you facing other Titans which are interesting but not too challenging. Unlike previous titan fall games the Titan load out can be switched on the fly and picking the right mix of offensive and defensive abilities makes the boss battles much more satisfying.
Multi player has been essential to the franchise and they have improved upon where the original left off. Attrition mode is back, player and Titan mobility has been increased, and Titan drops now happen quicker, thanks to a change which sees players receiving a small passive amount of Titan meter every few seconds. Meanwhile, the HUD has been improved, and bots are available in certain modes such as the new addition Bounty Hunt. Along the aforementioned modes, players can also compete in Mixtape, which constantly changes modes with each game; Amped Hardpoint, which has you stealing and protecting bases, Pilots vs. Pilots, 8v8 Mixtape, Last Titan Standing, Capture the Flag and Free for All. Coliseum allows users to have quake style 1v1 Titan battles but we won’t pay a lot of attention to something that requires you to but Doritos and Mountain Dew. Though some issues from the tech beta still remain, Titanfall 2’s multiplayer remains fun and addictive. There’s no season pass either, meaning every player is given access to any new map, weapon or mode for the life of the game.
A brilliant single player campaign married to inventive, skill-intensive multiplayer that takes fps to a whole new level. If you haven’t played it yet, try it and we are sure you’ll grab a copy immediately. Best played on the PC, Titanfall 2 is also available now on the PS4 along with the XBOX.