Titanfall 2 Review – Crystal Mech

The real Titan Falls starts here!

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Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Format: PC, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One
Released: October 27, 2016
Copy purchased (EA is scared of me)
May contain microtransactions

The first Titanfall was a legendary example of hype culture in action, a culture the game’s promotion went out of its way to embrace. An embarrassing IGN quote – “believe the hype” – was circulated by Electronic Arts itself, a testament to how games media and games marketing are often indistinguishable.

Titanfall itself was a pretty great game, but it could never live up to the ridiculously overblown expectations generated by publisher and press alike. Looking back, it’s mostly notorious for the quickness with which interest in the thing dropped post-launch. That’s a shame, because like I said, it was a good fun while anybody cared.

With Titanfall 2, Respawn hopes to retain investment not just in the multiplayer but the world built to house it. Now boasting a real narrative campaign as well as new ways of hooking online players, this is a sequel that truly does what it can address its predecessor’s failings while keeping all the enjoyable stuff.

What really shocked me about the campaign is how well crafted it turned out to be. It would have been easy for Respawn to simply cobble together a facsimile of the multiplayer experience and wrap a story around it, but the level design and directing showcases a genuine effort to produce a standout experience.

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Titanfall 2‘s story is about the bond between a pilot and their Titan, which for the sequel runs much deeper than simply calling down a giant disposable robot. Apparently they can talk and have some semblance of feeling, as seen when our hero Cooper first becomes acquainted with his new robotic partner, the affably tone deaf BT.

Cooper and BT’s relationship is an archetypal one that goes back further than Flight of the Navigator as machine struggles to comprehend man’s sarcasm and emotional responses.

Much of the dialog between the two principle characters is trite – BT doesn’t get Cooper’s jokes, Cooper is put off by BT’s cold analytical approach, etcetera – but their personalities are likable enough to where it’s usually forgivable.

While much of the plot treads well-worn sci-fi ground (evil military corporations, destructive superweapons, you know the drill), the characters driving it and the stylish presentation do a fine job of covering up what could have been a yawnfest.

Its cadre of villains – a band of mercenaries working on behalf of the nefarious IMC – are surprisingly memorable even though they get criminally minimal screentime. From sadistic cyborgs to scene-chewing Schwarzenegger parodies, the Titan-riding Marauders are all fun to fight, and the way in which their leader’s arc resolves is strangely satisfying despite what some may consider a lack of payoff.

Nevertheless, much of the story is predictable, enough to where I was a little annoyed when the credits started rolling. I won’t spoil anything, but the most obvious thing to happen at the end happens,  bold-faced and unashamed, in all its hackneyed glory. I’m sure many of you familiar with bromidic “AAA” game writing will guess it from miles away – and you’d be correct.

Sad really, because the whole thing is put together so well and it deserves more than shopworn mawkishness.

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Rather than simply deliver big shooter arenas full of soldiers and robots, levels have been designed to make use of all that Titanfall provides. The campaign finds plenty of ways to separate Cooper and BT, which means it’s always a powerful reward when the two reunite and players get to stomp on everything.

While outside his robotic friend, Cooper navigates fantastically designed sections that make use of wallrunning, jumping, cloaking, and more to create a challenging game of environmental navigation as well as fast-paced shootouts. Just for the heck of it, time travel gets thrown as a temporary mechanic, because why not?

One standout stage takes place in a factory that’s building an entire new world from scratch. Full of moving platforms that shift and twist as they become prefabricated settlements, it’s truly creative and not something I’d have expected to see in a series that once considered a campaign completey nonessential.

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While the campaign is shockingly good, the multiplayer holds up its end of the bargain admirably. Changes from Titanfall are subtle, especially if you abandoned the game a week in like most people, but some things have been reconfigured and expanded.

Character customization allows for a huge range of alterations, both functional and cosmetic. The card system of the last game is gone in favor of a more traditional upgrade structure, with weapons, mods, boosts, and Titans funneled to the player as they rank up. Almost everything available via ranking can also be obtained early with an in-game currency, though that currency isn’t generously awarded.

Despite the slow currency gain, unlocks are frequent thanks to the fast accumulation of XP-earning Merits per match, as well as the large number of gameplay challenges that award skins and modifications to weaponry.

Gameplay itself is the same fast-paced, parkour-infused pilot-on-pilot gunfire disrupted by the dropping of humongous mecha that can make mincemeat of regular soldier and get into brutal fights with their Titanic brethren. The contrast between the elegant, acrobatic pilot gameplay and the unpretty mess that is Titan combat works really well.

I can’t say I like the maps as much as the ones found in the original game. They’re alright, but they’re not quite as memorable as the alien deserts and destroyed cities of the last game.

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There are some great game modes, with Bounty Hunt being the new hot flavor. This mode pits opposing teams against waves of CPU-controlled enemies, individual players earning cash every time they kill something. Between waves, the teams must bank their cash in one of two drop areas, and can steal money from opponents by gunning them down.

Titanfall 2 also retains epilogues, those post-match escapes where the losing team has to get to a dropship before the winners slaughter them all. While not a game changer, it was always a neat touch in Titanfall and I’m glad to see it return.

One-on-one fights are entered by spending the coliseum tickets that appear as random rewards. Victory in this single combat arena will net players a rare Advocate award. Advocate awards often contain the juiciest cosmetics, and can occasionally be earned outside of the Coliseum as players progress.

Efforts have been made to keep online combatants returning, with various joinable factions and even a “Happy Hour” that awards extra Merits for a limited time a day. Titanfall 2 borrows a few mobile gaming tricks to keep customers coming back, but not to an egregious degree.

Respawn has promised free maps in future – including a returning fan favorite – as well as DLC, but be aware that microtransactions may be coming. At this current time, there are stories claiming they’ve been confirmed and denied. Electronic Arts has started a new trend of adding them into games post-launch though, so be on the lookout for any fee-to-pay elements in future.

Currently, the game does not boast any, and works well enough without such grasping tactics.

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Respawn’s roboticized sequel is gorgeous, perhaps moreso than Battlefield 1, with vivid environments and fantastic designs for Titans, pilot loadouts, and the assorted flora and fauna of Titanfall‘s universe. Music and sound effects aren’t particularly remarkable, providing more of an underscoring service, but in that regard they do their job without drawing much attention.

Of particular note are the animations. In both the campaign and multiplayer, characters move superbly, especially the Titans. Their mechanical motions give off a real sense of personality, and the Apex Predators’ unique mechs give off a terrific menacing vibe.

Titanfall 2 is everything Titanfall should have been – storified, robust, and sufficiently multiplatform. The real series starts here, and I’m surprised at how nothing at all feels phoned in or tacked-on.

The campaign’s story may suffer from frequent moments of banality, but its inventive gameplay, entertaining baddies, and glossy pacing make for an unexpectedly catchy adventure. Meanwhile, the multiplayer is swift and chaotic in all the right ways, adding to the impressive crop of multiplayer shooters EA’s been able to cultivate this past year.

It’s a good time to jump on the Titan train if you haven’t already done so. This is, as far as I’m concerned, Titanfall‘s debut.

9.5/10
Superb

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

About the campaign ending… That thing that is obviously gonna die dies right?

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Either that, or because of how much of an emphasis there seems to be on bonding, the bad guys are going to capture it, during a moment of sacrifice to save you, and try to break it’s bond and serve them.

You’ll have to fight it toward the end, and right before it lands a killing blow on you, it regains senses, you both kill bad guys, cue sunset ride-off.

diamond
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diamond

Yes and no, stick around after the end credits, that’s all i’m gonna say.

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

That makes it even worse.

diamond
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diamond

no it does not.

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

Yes it does. It means you’re fucking gutless and can’t kill off a character.
If Aerith from FF7 died but then came back a few minutes later, it would nullify the dramatic effect of that scene.
Seriously. Either kill off the character for real or don’t even do it all.

diamond
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diamond

You are talking out of your ass.

diamond
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diamond

Not every single character has to die, if that does happen it’s gets really fucking old and tiresome, and it’s painfully predictable, I don’t like Game of Thrones and Walking Dead because of their fetish for constantly killing off characters, it’s like why should I even bother getting attached to any of them knowing they could die at any time?

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

I don’t mean “lel, kill everyone”, I mean “if you’re gonna kill a character, go through with it”.
Like a Youtuber I enjoy once said: “if you’re gonna make it clear you’re not going to really kill a character, then you might as well say “and then they got in a bus for a couple of weeks for all the fucking difference it makes”.

Eric Arraché Gonçalves
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Titanfall 2 is probably FPS of the year for me, even with Doom on board

Elvar Ingvason
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Elvar Ingvason

Awww can’t be arsed to spend money on another Titanfall sigh

Austin
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Austin

Only EA would think it’s a good idea to release *two* futuristic FPS’s within a week of each other in order to compete with Battlefield 1.

JC Denton
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JC Denton

But EA is also a publisher for Battlefield 1?

Supersruzz
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Supersruzz

I think you may be confused

Austin
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Austin

Yeah, brain fart. Looong day.

Will Bertazzo
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Will Bertazzo

Next should be a crossover game: Gundamfall!

David Everard
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David Everard

That would be interesting – now I’m just having fantasies about running around as Milliardo Peacecraft, shooting people until I can call down Gundam Epyon and wreak havoc

Will Bertazzo
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Will Bertazzo

I dunno, was there really much out of mech combat in Wing? I really only remember that happening in the UC timeline and in IBO, maybe a little bit in Seed as well.

Shui Gor
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Shui Gor

“VOTOMFall”…..hey, I can dream, too.

Will Bertazzo
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Will Bertazzo

Votom?

Shui Gor
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Shui Gor

Another anime mecha series, though it came after Gundam started in 1984. I always envisioned the mecha combat from VOTOMs to be akin to Titanfall.

Will Bertazzo
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Will Bertazzo

Ah, I see the resemblance. Where should I start when trying to watch it? It seems to have several different incarnations.

Shui Gor
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Shui Gor
Here’s the chronogical order of VOTOMs: Red Shoulder Document: The Roots of Ambition – set roughly a year prior to the 52-episode TV series Pailsen Files Armor Hunter Mellowlink – “spinoff” of sorts; occurs 4 months before the 52-episode TV series set in the same universe TV anime episodes 1-13 “Uoodo” arc The Last Red Shoulder TV anime episodes 14-27 “Kummen” arc TV anime episodes 28-39 “Sunsa” arc TV anime episodes 40-52 “Quent” arc Battle Of The Heterogeneous Species (or “Big Battle”) – set during the one-year gap in the TV series TV anime end of episode 52 “Quent” arc… Read more »
Will Bertazzo
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Will Bertazzo

0_o well I certainly have some watching to do. I’ll defintiely get on it after I finish Robotech now that that’s on netflix and everything (Robofall? Or maybe TitanTech? TitanCross?)thank you very much.

Halloumi-cutlet
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Halloumi-cutlet

This is shaping up to be a vintage year for FPS games. Overwatch, a surprisingly brilliant DOOM reboot, Deux ex, This (which is outstanding).. and then Dishonored 2 later this month. I’d actually struggle to pinpoint another year where so many brilliant FPS’ games came one after the other. (that’s assuming Dishonored 2 doesn’t stink.. which I can’t imagine it doing).

Clark Kent
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Clark Kent

I’m haven’t researched Dishonored 2, but if it’s anything like the first one, that’s not what I’d call an FPS.

Halloumi-cutlet
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Halloumi-cutlet

Yeah, I guess if you wanna get all anal i’ll let you knock off the ‘S’.

Lies That Bind
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Lies That Bind

How about first person stealth?

diamond
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diamond

Replace Overwatch(or as I call it, OVERrated) with Battleborn and I agree with you.

Anjin-san
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Anjin-san

No one gives a shit about Battleborn. There is such a low number of people for that game its laughable. If It launched as a F2P title it would have done fine, but no it launched with the same price tag as OW but with the joke of a $60 season pass. Its not in Overwatches or Blizzards league. LOL

diamond
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diamond

More people the you think give a shit about it, from what I hear the game is only really low on PC where it has a lot more competition, but it’s actually doing OK on consoles.

I think it’s leagues better then Overwatch, which gets repetitive really damn quick.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I wrote something long and hateful, but I’m just done trying to talk with you. Have your opinions, despite facts and reasoning. Go hog wild.

diamond
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diamond

Yeah sure you did, keep telling yourself.

Anjin-san
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Anjin-san
That was my point. Lots of garbage does well on console because there is zero selection of games everytime a new box comes out. Plus there are no where the amount of F2P and cheap games. Battleborn is just a repetitive as Overwatch so don’t give me that BS. Thats fine you think its better you’re part of that small group that wanted a FPS DOTA game where people PC have far better games to play for little to no cost. DOTA, Smite, Heroes of the Storm, Awesomenauts, League of Legends. I’m happy you’re enjoying the game and I hope… Read more »
diamond
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diamond
You’re point is fucking bullshit, just cause a game does well on console does not mean it’s “garbage” at all moron, also that statement makes no fucking sense considering that Titanfall 2 is NOT a console exclusive game, it’s also out on PC and it’s selling well on Origin, so that totally destroys your asinine post. Battleborn is not repetitive you dumb fuck, and Gearbox did not fuck up with that game, Blizzard deliberately released Overwatch open beta on the same day as BB, it was a calculated move, Total Biscuit himself said so, and considering the close relationship he… Read more »
Anjin-san
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Anjin-san

Truth hurts man. Its ok let it out. You also must learn reading comprehension if you’re going to bother writing back. True being on console only does not make a game garbage battleborne and many others happen to be. Titanfall is not selling well on the PC get your facts straight.

Also Total Biscuit is just some random guy he does not work at Blizzard so no one with a brain cares what he thinks. You believe what you want, I’ll stay in reality thanks.

ManuOtaku
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ManuOtaku

You forgot hard reset and shadow warrior 2 as well, and i will even put far cry primal as well, because it is a different far cry beast.

Stormbringer
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It doesn’t sound like this is a build-a-mech game; and seriously, the mecha (*errhm, Titan*) has a personality? I don’t understand why Armored Core style games are not more popular! They’re the apotheosis of action game: They’re a shooter, a racer, a builder, all rolled into a massive competitive, versus, sporting event, with every outrageous superhuman ability on display. Every mainstream video game combined, amped up to “11.” I mean if you are going to go violent! do it in a hotrod robot you build and pilot. Nothing is more violent.)

Wes Roth
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Wes Roth

Because Armored Core game are ridiculously annoying to play and have terribly dull stories. Their color pallet is dust and rust, its really ugly. And because as you said, its everything in one, meaning it has no core strength as a game. its not focused, its trying to do everything it can to bring in a new audience and failing to cater to the one already there.

Stormbringer
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I think Armored Core is dead. I just mean, I don’t understand why building/fighting mecha is not something more games do. It seems like if Titanfall let you build/design its giant robot, it would have a lot more to get excited about. Adding that dimension doesn’t take anything away, since the designs used in the game, can just be the director’s favorites.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Fromsoft is done with Dark Souls for now, so it’s not out of the question they’ll bring it back. I wouldn’t mind seeing a new Armored Core with the level of polish, care, and maybe some mechanics they brought to their souls games.

I wouldn’t say no to more mech combat.

Stormbringer
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From Software did exactly that with Armored Core V (5) and it was a total disaster; so I’d be surprised if it comes back from the dead, since they chose to totally debase it that way, and it didn’t work (and more importantly–these days–it didn’t sell.)

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000
I remember 5, you’re right that it didn’t do well. Me and friends would play it, but stopped when they cut support for anything outside of Japan. Last few patches didn’t make it out of there. In it’s defense, it didn’t have Miyazaki’s direction, and it was before he was promoted to President. In 2012 Miyazaki would have been hot off of DS1’s dlc and in pre-production of Bloodborne. I’m optimistic (perhaps foolishly so) that a reboot to the series with the main Souls team would be cool. Miyazaki is on record of saying that he wants to move on… Read more »
Stormbringer
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I am kind of devoted to From Software’s classic games. On the PlayStation 2, Armored Core was pretty much it. I work very slowly (I am not really time conscious, as much as quality) but one thing I definitely have an interest in is memorializing the PlayStation Armored Core trilogy, and hopefully there will be a community that will develop around that. I think it will have a future, just probably a public domain one if so. I am interested in tying it into actual robotics also, because a lot of the technology I’m involved with is also used in… Read more »
Stormbringer
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Also, sadly, From Software IS Dark Souls today. So, I can’t see them doing anything else. They’ll just change the words around like they did with Bloodborne. It’s kind of pitiful.

diamond
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diamond

They also did that Kinect Heavy Armor game, which I actually liked.

Stormbringer
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That’s crazy. I had no idea From Software was involved in that.

Nerfts
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Nerfts

From Software kinda wink wink nudge nudge confirmed another Armored Core was in development alongside (possibly) bloodborne 2 and another, new IP.

Stormbringer
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I hope so, it certainly seems like there must be enough money lying around to do something after their success with the Souls series. I’m not a fan of it, so I wish they’d take a gamble on something big or small from a position of relative financial security.

(Unfortunately these days I don’t have any of the consoles or anything. Either video games have gotten to be too bourgeois for me, or the risk is no longer worth the reward. Too many bad experiences.)

Stormbringer
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FYI: None of this is true. You must be thinking of a different game. “Dust and rust” is a dead give away, because Armored Core literally has like a clown color scheme, since you totally customize all of the paint on the mecha you design and build, and there are many A.I. character’s with their own mecha, and they all have their own emblem and color scheme, it’s really most like that movie Chappie, with Die Antwoord’s loud colors and painted yellow gun; they would fit right into Armored Core complete with giant penises and weed for their emblem/insignias 🙂

Deedee Pilgrim
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Deedee Pilgrim

funny how EA was scare of Jim’s review and the last 2 games had better scores than even UC4

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Man, I hope the game’s MP has more staying power this time around. It looks good, and the beta was fun enough, but it is such an unfortunately poorly timed release, for me at least. My dance card is full enough between BF1 and CoD4 that I don’t see my friends and I having time to dig into another new MP right now.

It’s a purely selfish view, but I would have loved to see this as a March release.

But hey, free maps are cool, that’s gotta be something worth keeping the community from diminishing. Good on ’em for that.

HaveSomeOatmeal
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HaveSomeOatmeal

Too bad it didn’t suck. Shite-anfall 2 would have been a fun headline.

Bind
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Bind

Kinda a poor choice to sandwhich it between Cod and B1. From what I’ve seen at the retail store I work at, it is not selling well, and that probably won’t change after CoD hits.
I ALWAYS wanted to own the first after I played a free weekend on PC. My laptop could barely run it though, and I own a Ps4.
It’s a shame that I can’t drop the cash, as I just got Skyrim, B1 AND I’m buying CoD.

zarathustra2k1
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zarathustra2k1

Which sandwich?

Nivmarx
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Nivmarx

So you liked the game… Wild Card!

Bind
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Bind

im a draw 4

David Everard
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David Everard

I change suit to Blue

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

Not so fast! You activated my trap card!

Maxx Kilbride
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Maxx Kilbride

But it’s not your turn!

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

Screw the rules, I have money.
The money to pay for the microtransactions to skip your turn!

Colin
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Colin

How lengthy and/or replayable would you say the campaign is? Trying to decide whether this merits a purchase as somebody who plays very little multiplayer.

Teh
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Teh

SP will take around 6-8 hours depending. I plan on going back and playing it again on the highest level possible, though, because I enjoyed it so much. It’s a pretty typical “one and done” type single player, though. There’s small collectables that may be worth hunting; they have a “get the best time” stage in the very beginning; they have different difficulties. That’s about it, though.

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

This isn’t looking like a single player buy unless it’s on sale. About 8 hours for the campaign by most accounts. While the campaign does sound pretty good, it’s not the meat and bones, so if you aren’t really going to touch the multiplayer, wait.

Halloumi-cutlet
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Halloumi-cutlet

Took me about 7-8 hours. I put in on Hard (not extra hard) so I died a few times as opposed though. It’s insanely replayable though.

Colin
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Colin

I would agree with you wholeheartedly on the last point if money were no object. As it is, I’ll probably wait a year or two until this game is dirt cheap, and save my premium dollars for a game where more of the meat is in the single player.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex
Part of me is wondering if their choice of release date for this was to get in on the futuristic warfare lovers before COD sucks all the funds away. Still allowing their Battlefield baby to take the limelight due to its’ established name and fanbase, but not letting COD overshadow anything too much. I feel like this will be a brand new purchase for me before Battlefield 1 as the latter is already well and I’d rather support the deserving underdog here first. Spread the good word, people! We need to substitutee the lack of marketing on EA’s part, as… Read more »
David Everard
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David Everard

Given that Battlefield 1 released recently, I would say Titanfall 2 should’ve waited for a post-Christmas launch – what Yahtzee Croshaw likes to call the “‘Phew, coast is clear’ gang”. After this, I wouldn’t be surprised if Respawn gets shut down by EA

Brandalf
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Brandalf

EA does not own Respawn or the Titanfall IP, they can’t shut them down or kill the IP. At worst they will just tell Respawn they aren’t going to publish another Titanfall game for them.

Edward Turvey
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Edward Turvey

I was so pleasantly surprised by the campaign, I immediately wanted to jump back in a play it again once I finished it. I’m not usually one for MP but i’m tempted to try this one out.

Halloumi-cutlet
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Halloumi-cutlet

I’m on my second play-through already.. which for me is unheard of for me. A lot of folks criticize it for being short (which is fair enough), but I find that makes games more re-playable for me.

zarathustra2k1
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zarathustra2k1

How’s Kevin?

Gurphardt
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Also glad to hear the old Infinity Ward talent FINALLY gets to flex their campaign muscle again after god knows how long it’s been.

Johnny Burnes
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Johnny Burnes
I think it should be emphasized further how enjoyable the guns and combat truly is. It’s also a game that remembers how fun a shotgun is supposed to be…So you get 3! Most every weapon is satisfying to use, and incorporating them with parkour, special abilities, and your robot buddy is delightful in the purest sense. It’s all especially noticeable in the campaign since you’re better focused. I’ve been seeing comparisons to the recent Doom, and it’s actually quite fair. If you liked the flow of Doom’s combat, you’ll probably like Titanfall plenty. They both have their different and shared… Read more »
Gurphardt
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Ah, now I can feel safe in purchasing this. Can’t say if I’ll stick around too long for it though, a certain other multiplayer FPS from earlier this year had been eating up my free time.

Big_Pappa_Keegz
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Big_Pappa_Keegz

Neither BF1 nor COD really pique my interest. Looks like I should give this one a shot.

Bind
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Bind

It’s nice that we have 3 distinctly different shooters this season.
Surprisingly, I’m not being sarcastic.

Big_Pappa_Keegz
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Big_Pappa_Keegz

Agreed. It’s just a shame the sales numbers indicate that this may very well be the last Titanfall game we get.

HaveSomeOatmeal
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HaveSomeOatmeal

Upvote for using and spelling the word “pique” correctly.

Tune in next week to see if he can do the same with “whet!”

Big_Pappa_Keegz
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Big_Pappa_Keegz

Why thank you. I am fairly adroit at crafting a good comment.

Levly
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Levly

You should! The gameplay is so tight and responsive, feels great both as pilot and titan. I actually get kind of the same vibe as Doom (of course different style, but still), ie. fast paced, mobility above all, feeling of power as a Titan… In short, pure bliss to play :).

Alexi Mikhailov
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Alexi Mikhailov

Hackneyed, obvious ending… So the robot dies then?

David Everard
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David Everard

Either that, or you sacrifice yourself, or the baddie escapes because sequel bait

Manioc
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Manioc

I was going to go with “it’s all a computer simulation to prepare you for the REAL war”.

Benj
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Benj

After these last two reviews your in real danger of getting your wild card revoked!

MJC
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MJC

I hope it does, only for the next game EA puts out to be a stinker that gets a 2 or 3 out of 10 to make them scared all over again.

FieldMedic
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FieldMedic

If I hate multiplayer shooters and refuse to play them, is this game still worth the asking price? Does the single player experience offer enough content to be worth 80 Canadian loonies?

diamond
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diamond

I wouldn’t know since I used my store credit at Gamestop to buy this game.

Alexi Mikhailov
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Alexi Mikhailov

Thanks! Wanna share your Gamestop employee number so we can call them and commend you on the great job you’re doing?

diamond
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diamond

Unfortunately I don’t work at Gamestop, which is too bad as I would really like to have a job there, apparently there’s a lot of people who actually want to work there.

My sister did used to work there though, and I got to enjoy an employee discount thanks to her.

Dylan Walsh
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Dylan Walsh

I would wait until its on sale then, if your not going to touch the multiplayer.

David Press
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David Press

Honestly, the campaign is really fun. I don’t usually get invested in FPS campaigns. I’ll play them a bit, get the gist of the game, and dive into multiplayer. I’m already on my second playthough of this campaign. That being said, I wouldn’t pay $80 just for single player. If you absolutely hate multiplayer games its just not worth it, because that is where this game will have its staying power.

Kopacetic
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Depends. The campaign is pretty fun because the missions and levels are designed so you can utilize all the mechanics that TF2 offers. A lot of the levels are designed like puzzles and you have to use your abilities to go pass them. I thought that was cool. The campaign is almost designed like an arcade, in order to finish a mission, you have to defeat a boss titan that has its own perks. I do think the campaign is a bit short, but I did play on easy difficulty so it may take some more time on harder difficulties.… Read more »
nalex66
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nalex66

You can get it with an 18% discount at Green Man Gaming, if that helps. I’m not big into multiplayer, but I bought it due to the good reviews, and I enjoyed TF1.

The SP campaign is really good. You could blow through it in as little as 4 hours, or spend longer finding all the collectibles and enjoying the combat instead of running past it.

I’m at about six hours so far, and I still have 3 of the eight chapters left to play.

keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

I would wait for a sale if you have no plan to play the MP, the SP is fantastic and really worth playing but it is around 5-7 hours long depending on your skill. For me its completely worth full price as i also got it for its MP (in fact its MP is why i got it with the SP being this great bonus) but yeah don’t pay full price for just its SP alone.

diamond
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diamond
The original Titanfall was pretty meh to me, too little content for it’s asking price and the gameplay got kinda repetitive for me. So i’m happy to say this game is a massive improvement, the campaign is really damn good(unlike BF1’s campaign, which spread itself too thin by focusing on five different characters and not giving any of them enough time to get much in the way of character development, not to mention the game coming off as more then a little bit too over-the-top to really be taken seriously), my favorite level was the one where you get the… Read more »
Ollie Hood
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Ollie Hood

I’m not really interested in the multiplayer aspects. But I am very interested in a singleplayer campaign, I just wonder if that alone is worth the price of admission.

It’s ~£40 for what I understand to be a 6hr campaign, at ~£7/hr I expect this campaign to be absolutely incredible, and if it’s your standard action cheese-fest in terms of plot, I don’t know if it would be.

Maybe when it’s gone down in price.

diamond
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diamond

Fortunately it’s less of an issue if like me, you have games to trade in at Gamestop for store credit towards new releases(I prefer physical releases as I zero benefit to digital ones), they also take electronic devices like iPads and IPods.

I didn’t have to pay anything for this game thanks to that.

Alexi Mikhailov
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Alexi Mikhailov

Thanks! Wanna share your Gamestop employee number so we can call them and commend you on the great job you’re doing?

Johnny Burnes
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Johnny Burnes

In terms of plot, it’s not so special. In terms of gameplay, it certainly is.
Most of the character’s aren’t amazing, but they’re enjoyable enough. With your mech, BT, being the best by far.

It is short, but it has your hidden collectibles. Which generally test your platforming skills, and going through utilizing the different weapons can change up how you might’ve played before.

It’s probably 6-8 hours overall. So take all that for what it’s worth to you.

zarathustra2k1
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zarathustra2k1

~£50

keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

This is my comment from Destructoid’s review.

“Whats annoying sales wise is that Titanfall 2 is doing everything people wish “AAA” games would do, near rock solid 60fps on both PS4 and X1, a fantastic SP campaign (what some are calling one of the best ever in FPS history), fantastic MP with no server troubles at all, no Season Pass with all future maps and modes being 100% free and no
microtransactions at all (well not at the moment, all though if the gamebombs EA may add them to get money lost back).

People should be buying and supporting this.”

goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo

1. negative beta reception

2. release date so close to BF1 and CoD
3. many people dont have fond memories of the first game
4. shooter fatigue?

Jim Sterling
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I may do a video on this. Amazing game that EA fucked.

Fairy Princess
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Fairy Princess

If I were a conspiracy nut I’d say they did to show that only games made their way can be successful.

Anton
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Anton

They have a wonderful bullshit PR department to do that. Given how much as EA loves money, I highly doubt they would sink so much into a game they knew would fail.

Fairy Princess
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Fairy Princess

I was being quasi-facetious.

Shadow Fire
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Shadow Fire
TL;DR Failure will justify EA’s attitude of requiring microtransactions and corporate interference in development. PR department was either incompetent, intentionally sabotaging the game’s press, or simply was told to focus on BF1 up to release, leaving no time for TF2. The success of BF1 and the failure of TF2 will give EA execs evidence to demonstrate fee-to-pay games are more successful both in initial sales and sustained profits. Plus it makes whatever devs/execs fought against MTXs in TF2 look like they don’t know what they’re doing to people who only speak finances. Another thing to consider is how the marketing… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

I wouldn’t mind seeing a JQ on Silent Hill Downpour now that it’s backwards compatible on Xbox One, I know it’s November, but the Simpsons aired their Treehouse of Horror episodes in November for a number of years, so i’m sure people won’t object too much.

Shadow Fire
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Shadow Fire

Please do. I love to hear you talk openly about corporate fuckery, because I get the distinct feeling you set a good tone for constructive criticism in the gaming industry (as crazy as that sounds). Most of the sloppy blowjibbers given by other critics I ignore, but when I see Jim giving one I immediately perk up and watch.

Anton
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Anton

When Jim gives a sloppy blowjob, you know he means it!

TheRealSlimShazbot
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TheRealSlimShazbot

I really hope you do. This game desperately needs more attention. I don’t want this to be a game we look back on in the future and get depressed about what could have been.

Brandalf
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Brandalf

I think it’s far too soon to say EA fucked Titanfall 2, but on the other hand I would love for a video similar in tone to your Battleborn Jimquisition(a game I adore) BEFORE the game in question dies. Maybe, just maybe saving it from the same fate before it’s too late.

You’re the hero we need, Jim!

TimRobbins
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TimRobbins

Arguable 5. A search of Titanfall 2 on the steam store yields nothing. Platform exclusivity on PC may not hurt EA saleswise, if Battlefield and whatnot are any indication, but it still rubs people the wrong way.

George
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George

I think that the main is 3.
Sometimes it’s just not worth it to try twice. That said 4 is another big one. Is it just me or is everything a shooter of some kind?

Benj
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Benj

From EA’s point of view it’s a win-win. Either:

A) they have a big hit game with great sales. With people who normally criticise them being evangelists for the game’s profitability.

B) the game underperforms and they have clear evidence to point to when defending their shitty money-grabbing tactics.

MJC
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No, it’s not. I don’t wish AAA games would have review copies carefully meted out to reviewers they think they can trust so they can cherry pick the best scores possible. I don’t wish AAA games would get on Twitter saying “remember when you bought a game and it was complete” even though they intended to sell DLC later on down the line. I don’t wish AAA games would be sold on platforms that prevent PC players from launching the game they paid good money for (on Oct 29, Titanfall tweeted “Origin is having issues that may prevent some PC… Read more »
RickyWL
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RickyWL
When he said support them he clearly meant people that are interested in the game should buy it and support the devs, not to buy it to support the devs if you won’t play the game. That and you’re saying the campaign is lackluster for what reason? You haven’t even played the game, you seem to be assuming that because people lump it with CoD and Battlefield that it isn’t a TRUE FPS SHOOTER FOR HARDCORE GAMERS SUCH AS MYSELF. The campaign is excellent; it features interesting level design that is built around the movement system, varied gameplay elements that… Read more »
Anjin-san
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Anjin-san

Boss comment. MJC What are you playing currently?

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