Titanfall Game Review

The Game in a Nutshell

Titanfall is a multiplayer only sci-fi shooter. Battles are focused between two fighting elements, titans and pilots. AI grunts are thrown in to complicate matters. Pilots are agile soldiers with a jetpack who can maneuver around the game map with agile, acrobatic movements. Titans are massive mechs which can be called in by pilots as they need them, and who fall from the sky, thus the name ‘Titanfall’.  They’re basically huge mechanical skeletons which you can control and fight in until they are destroyed.

The Setting
Titanfall is set in the future, in a once-progressive world known only as the Frontier. By that time, many planets in the outer regions of explored space are inhabited by settlers who have migrated to these new planets seeking new life and opportunity. The pursuit of resources though have brought a massive war to the Frontier, which has now reduced the beautiful, resource-rich planet to a heap of rubble.

The Elements
Pilots: the Humans
Titans: Gigantic, robotic mecha walkers

The War for Resources
Interstellar Manufacturing Company, or the IMC, a corporation specializing in natural resource extraction have landed on the Frontier to exploit its natural resources. The IMC started out small, in natural resource extraction industries under the name Hammond Engineering. Increasing demand for titan manufacturing and innovation combined with Hammond’s planetary survey technology has led to the explosive growth for the company. Over the course of a century, Hammond Engineering has transformed into the ruthless commercial empire that is the IMC. With the Frontier’s valuable shipping lanes and vast planetary resources ripe for exploitation, the IMC is dedicated to maximizing profits and shareholder wealth using the legal application of force when necessary.

One day, the IMC decides to invade the Frontier to gather its resources, expecting minimal resistance. They make a mistake there, because on the Frontier, the settlers have formed their military arm to protect their territorial interests: the M-Cor, also known as the Frontier Militia. The Militia is a loosely organized group of homesteaders, bandits, mercenaries and pirates, all rising up as citizen soldiers when the need arises. Each brigade within Militia is responsible for fighting in an assigned section of the Frontier territory. Although some brigades are a little more than vast pirate organizations, the Militia has enough resources to be a real obstacle to the IMC’s ambitions on the Frontier.

So to sum it up, we’ve got the IMC who are practically a resource-driven empire who wants to maintain their dominance all over the galaxies. Major IMC players are Frontier operations and commander-in-chief Admiral Graves, intel specialist Blisk and Spyglass, an artifical intelligence companion.

Then you have the M-COR, the citizen-run military of the settlers on the Frontier.  The most important characters of the militia include former mutiny leader and Titan War veteran MacAllan, Marauder Corps leader Sarah, and intel specialist Bish.


Titanfall Game Review

Up to twelve human players choose their pilot types and are thrown on the map to begin the game. Which side are you going to fight on? You as a player cannot choose what side you’re on, so that question is moot. You will be randomly assigned to both factions each time you play.  In the prologue, your mission will be explained and you’re thrown into the game. From then on, the game’s action is fast paced, and most times, as in the calling of a titan, dictated by a timer. You also fight for points which you win as you improve your game and performing actions like killing an enemy pilot, AI soldiers, taking down an enemy titan.  Tactics are also rewards: headshots, strategy, and even jumping on an enemy titan to take them down (called rodeoing).

How does it end? The losing team needs to evacuate, which means they all try to get to the evac point where there’s a ship waiting to fly them out. And the winning team continues to chase them in a last minute effort to gain more points.

Titanfall Game Features
Game Modes: 5
Maps: 15
Primary Weapons: 10
Unlockable weapon modifications: 49
Titan classes: 3
Titan Weapons: 6
Unlockable Titan weapon modifications: 11
Titan Ordinances: 4
Sidearms: 4
Anti-Titan handheld weapons: 4
Explosives: 4
Pilot Perks: 10
Burn Cards: 52

By learning experience and accomplishing challenges, like killing a certain number of enemies, you unlock weapons, weapon attachments and modifications, pilot perks, and burn cards. Now, don’t underestimate burn cards. Single use burn cards may not be as powerful as firepower, but are prizes to be pursued with all enthusiasm; if you want permanent invisibility or unlimited grenades for example, or any other special ability for the rest of your life, then a burn card’s your magic trick.

And of course, there’s also the added satisfaction of detonating explosives and unlocking all those weaponry and using them to blast opposing players and Titans.

What you get to do

You, as a Pilot, can chose to fight free-running or control a Titan. You also get to be either a soldier fighting for the Militia or the Instellar Manufacturing Company.

The mix of all the game features results in a game exceedingly fun and satisfying. As you get better, you gaining skills enabling you to run at high speed and jump utilizing a parkour-style of movement simultaneously performing necessary tactics like arming yourself with protective shields. You play through levels of skills that enable you to gather momentum while running on walls, vaulting over obstacles and flying through ziplines. Pilots can also chain-together double jumps enabled by jet packs. You have even have cool equipment like the Smart Pistol which allows you to shoot around corners.

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