Posts Tagged ‘Titanfall’

Wot I Think: Titanfall 2

The Titans are the worst thing about Titanfall 2 [official site]. In the campaign, your robot buddy BT provides occasionally amusing commentary and support, but the game really sings when you’re free of him and permitted to engage in the kind of wall-jumping, face-kicking heroics that are usually the domain of cutscenes rather than actual play. Multiplayer is where Titans shine, acting as both a cathartic death-dealing reward in some circumstances, and a welcome change of pace in others, but they’re still the worst thing about the game.

They’re great though. It’s just that everything else is so much better.

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No Titanfall 2 Season Pass, No “Hidden Costs”
“All Maps & Modes Will Be Free”, Say Respawn

It’s a sign of how quickly expectations change that Respawn Entertainment’s announcement that Titanfall 2 [official site] will not have a Season Pass for post-release content is something of a surprise. The new normal for big releases, particularly those with multiplayer, seems to include a pass that costs as much as the base game, promising oodles of extra maps, modes, and other DLC bits and pieces across an entire season. A season, like a piece of string, is of indeterminate length.

Titanfall 2 is having none of that: “No season pass required: all maps & modes will be free in Titanfall 2 Multiplayer”, it says on the site, bold as brass.

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Robot Buddies And Space Adventures: Titanfall 2’s Campaign

At a recent gaming convention, I had a brief conversation with someone who described Titanfall as a “dead franchise”. That seemed harsh, given that there has only been one Titanfall game, which was fairly well-received even if it didn’t set the world on fire. That said, I barely played the first game at all but that’s mainly because I’m not a big fan of multiplayer shooters. If only it had taken all of its lovely robots into a singleplayer game.

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Meet Titanfall 2’s New Titans

Respawn has rolled out its entire titan roster for Titanfall 2 [official site], giving us a look at all six mechs in action in a new trailer. It looks like there’s something there for everyone, as all of the giant, stompy robots have unique abilities and weapons to cater to individual play-styles. There are jet-packs, ample lasers, and raw fire, to name just a few of the toys you’ll get to play with. Let’s take a look!

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Titanfall Devs Announce Mysterious Star Wars Game

Respawn Entertainment are making a Star Wars game with Electronic Arts, the Titanfall developers announced today. They say their Star Wars game will be “a third-person action/adventure game” and… that’s it. That’s all. That’s yer lot. Will players be a Jedi, a Naughty Jedi, or perhaps even one of those famous Star Wars morally ambiguous characters like a Ferengi? Dunno, man.

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Mass Effect Andromeda, Titanfall 2 Before April 2017

We don’t know very much about Mass Effect Andromeda, and the Titanfall sequel has only been heard of in whispers so dull that I don’t think we’ve even mentioned it at RPS. However, we do now know a teensy bit more about both games: they’re due to launch before the end of March 2017. A new Battlefield is coming soon too, unsurprisingly. I’m not sure what you’ll intend to do with this information. Perhaps you’re planning to have a baby in the next 14 months and might want to add some themed names to the list? Beautiful bouncing baby B3 Wingman.

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Robargain Bucket: Titanfall’s Season Pass Is Free

Titanfall was a pretty good multiplayer shooty-bang game, most especially because it made playing as a squishy little human as exciting as playing as massive stompy roboguy. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t all that much of it, and what there was got a little obfuscated by too many menus and too much waiting. As such, Titanfall doesn’t appear to be thriving. Maybe it’s too late in the day to change that, but giving out the season pass and attendant DLC for free is a worthwhile roll of the dice. Hell, I’m extremely tempted to head back in now (it’s only really a shortage of hard drive space which stops me), and I very much doubt I’m alone in that.
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On The Evolution And Development Of Mech Games

Wasim Salman writes about videogames using short, mechanical sentences. We asked him to do that for us with an article on a suitable subject: the evolution and development of mech games.

Stomp.

In 1997, I bought MechWarrior 2 for the Playstation.

It received a lot of hype a few years earlier on its initial PC release.

MechWarrior 2 was sluggish and barren on console, its mechanics were opaque.

Having no understanding of what either simulation or mech games were, I tried to play MW2 like an action game.

I never made it very far.

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Co-bot: Titanfall Adding Co-op Survival

Botbuds.

A co-op wave survival mode is coming to Titanfall tomorrow in its next big update, Respawn have announced. With that basic news out the way, let’s focus on a tiny small bit. When players die in Frontier Defense mode, they don’t sit around idly in spectator mode like in many games. Nope, they’ll be circling above the battlefield in a chopper, raining inaccurate fire down from afar. That’s a lovely little touch, isn’t it? Down, but not out. Spectating can ruddy do one.

Soon it’ll also get an awfully clever-sounding mode, Deadly Ground, which changes regular levels so “the floor is covered in deadly electrified fog”. It’s The Floor Is Lava with guns and mechs.

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Titanfall Without The Titans: A New Humans-only Mode

Get out of here, you crummy robot.

Titans are fairly central to Titanfall. They’re right there in the name–that’s what the game calls it when your honking great mechs plummet from orbit to the battlefield. I actually preferred the plain old manshooting though, darting about, double-jumping, and wall-running as a regular supersoldier with a jetpack. Well gosh golly, the next Titanfall update will introduce a new mode with simple 8v8 manfights, no Titans and no AI battlefield buddies.

Which makes me wonder: if we can remove the Titans from Titanfall, what titular elements can we remove from other games and still have something interesting?

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Free Sneaking: Dishonored’s Steam Weekend Trial

Stab that man and you risk contaminating the fine spread.

You could finish Dishonored for free this weekend. It’s free to play on Steam until 9 o’clock on Sunday evening, which certainly gives enough time to zip through and stab everyone in the neck. You would, of course, be a monster–not just for the reckless murder, but for missing some of the finest first-person sneaking of recent years. No, unless you have nowt going on, the trial will give sneaky players just enough time to crave closure. Handily, the game’s on sale cheap too, as are its ace DLC chapters.

Killfreaks can alternatively play Titanfall and Borderlands 2 free this weekend, mind.

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Whaddya Buyin’? Titanfall’s Black Market And Second DLC

Much like Barney and his beatings quota, I am way behind on giant stompy robot explosion-fests. Titanfall has a good shot for my game of the year if I ever find the time to actually play it again. Most likely everyone left on PC at this point are hyper-elite maniacs with actual cybernetic implants to control the game with their thoughts. At least we’ll all be equally unfamiliar with the three maps coming in the second DLC pack, Frontier’s Edge.

It’s also launching a “Black Market” that will sell some cosmetic items and packs of the one-life buff Burn Cards. These are bought with a new in-game currency that’s earned through normal play or by binning unwanted burn cards, effectively letting you trade in a few for one you particularly want.

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Your Titan, Sir: Titanfall Adding New Modes And Butler Voice

A few of the new Burn Cards for Titans.

“Mm, yes, that’s a sensible change,” I mutter, reading over the next Titanfall patch notes. “Oh ho! And matchmaking did indeed need improving too. And how delightful: customisation options for your robot including decals and a snooty English butler voice named Jeeves. I do certainly enjoy customisation in games. I’m not sure about those shotgun changes mind. But yes, it’s a solid patch: new features, bug fixes, balance tweaks, all that patch stuff. Certainly patch-y. Very patch-ish.”

There I am, all ready to be wearily resigned about the very idea of even looking at a video game, when I notice Respawn Entertainment are also adding a rotating lineup of new modes. The first sounds pretty interesting. I think I might return to Titanfall to play that.

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Trialfall: Origin Kicks Off Free Timed Trials With Titanfall

Blam.

According to Origin, I have played Titanfall for three hours. I enjoyed those three hours but look, the world has so many other video games, and I feel antsy staying indoors on a sunny day, and Titanfall’s giant revolver is so far down the unlock line I couldn’t bear to be apart from it. It is certainly worth a try, though, especially as it’ll be free to play for 48 hours this weekend.

EA are launching an Origin equivalent of Steam’s free weekends, letting everyone play the full version of a game free for a short while, under the name Origin Game Time.

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Flag Returned: Respawn Putting CTF Back In Titanfall

I know there are two robots fighting in front of me, but all I can think about is flags

Graham doesn’t get mad. If you cut him, he will bleed forgiveness, understanding, and reassuring smiles. Titanfall made Graham mad – not because it’s bad (he adores it), but because it took something from him. His favorite game mode. And he wasn’t alone. When Respawn realized two Titanfall modes, Capture The Flag and Pilot Hunter, had issues, they outright removed them from regular rotation instead of popping open the 20-foot-tall trunk and cleaning up the mess under the hood. Players were not happy, and fortunately Respawn listened.

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CTF WTF: Titanfall Cuts Game Modes From PC Version

This is what happens every time I quit the game.

When Titanfall came out back in March, I recommended it mostly on the strength of its Capture the Flag mode. I now retract that recommendation. Developers Respawn Entertainment have removed the ability to play both Capture the Flag and Pilot Hunter modes on PC, except through the Variety option (which picks your mode at random) or Private Match beta (which pretty much requires that you have eleven friends all waiting to play with you).

In other words: two months after release, they’ve removed the main thing I liked from a game which costs, via EA’s Origin, £45.

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Into The Woods: Titanfall’s ‘Expedition’ DLC Video-ed

If a Titan falls in a forest and no one's around, does it make a sound?

Titanfall is getting content of a most downloadable sort, and we’ve already shown you still images of Expedition, as it’s known, in hyper-peaceful quadrotantric un-action. What happens, though, when images spring to life, unaided by the hand of man or puppet strings or even sorcery? What then? Well, that’s how trailers are born, and there’s one below. It’s all about maps, which I was shocked to discover is not just an incredibly catchy number by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Maybe I’ve been doing too much karaoke lately.

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Bomb Voyage: Titanfall Expedition DLC Due This Month

Three contentious subjects: EA-published first-person shooters; DLC packs for multiplayer games; and news stories about little more than screenshots. But in this instance I’m willing to look deeper than my own initial feelings about all three of those. This is like when you take three foods that don’t taste that great but maybe cover each of them with cheese, to trick yourself into eating them. And the cheese in this instance is Titanfall.

Look, I’m still pretty tired after the Monday break, but these Titanfall: Expedition screenshots below look pretty good, alright. Put them in your eyes.

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Lotta Bots: All Titanfall Updates Except Maps To Be Free

Are the best things in life free? Are they really? I don’t know, but I do know that giant-robot-related things are pretty darn cool, and those are going to be free from now until the end of time. Well, Titanfall time. Respawn’s laid out its update roadmap, promising more information, regular tweaks and additions, new modes, and free everything – except for map packs. That’s a shame because it fragments the community, which in turn fragments my heart. OK not really, but it is kind of a pain.

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Titan Was Alone: Titanfall Finally Adds Private Matches

All aloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooone

“Privacy? Privacy is dead!” say the cynicism-sick portions of the peanut gallery referring to the modern state of surveillance and not really shooty shooty bang bang games about giant robots at all. But if, for the sake of argument, they were upset about the multiplayer-only Titanfall‘s bizarre lack of multiplayer options, they’d now have one less thing to complain about. Titanfall’s latest patch adds in the oft-requested option to break off from the rest of the world and host matches with friends, neighbors, fellow Illuminati members, etc. Take that, everyone else.

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