Titanfall is one of the best games of 2014.
No ifs or buts. On a purely objective and mechanical level, Titanfall's gameplay is impeccable, blowing the multiplayer shooter genre wide open with mobility, verticality, parkour, massive stompy robots and some of the best maps of the decade. It certainly isn't the first FPS to feature mechs and jet packs, but no game has ever managed to make these features so fluid and accessible, allowing anyone to get involved while providing veterans with a near-infinite skill ceiling as their abilities improve.
As such, I've returned to it on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis simply because it's that good.
Unfortunately, however, I lied. There was an "if" and a "but," and it's a doozy, because there's no denying that Titanfall was also wicked skinny for a full-priced game. Limited gametypes and throwaway singleplayer notwithstanding, these days most shooter fans expect comprehensive customisation, deep progression systems, addictive metagame and hefty on-paper value that Titanfall just didn't provide. Coupled with matchmaking issues as the population declined, many players angrily upped sticks and never returned.
Perhaps you were one of them. That's okay. But it's also a shame, since you'll have missed out on a huge amount of major improvements, tweaks and upgrades that bulk up and flesh out Respawn's sensational shooter. Now that Update 8 is live, I'd advise you to give it another shot.Click here to read more...
Titanfall is an utterly superb shooter. Partly it's the robots, partly it's the parkour, but it's also due to the impeccable map design that presents you with enormous, detailed, vertical canvasas with a near-infinite skill ceiling. All three map packs have been superb, and better yet, they'll only cost you six quid so long as you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. Which you obviously are, because this is a multiplayer game.
If you haven't logged on in a while, you've missed quite a bit, including some massive new updates. An article on why Titanfall still deserves your time will be going live in an hour or two. Many thanks to heatlight @ HUKD!
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
For many, Titanfall was the vanguard of a year of games that didn't live up to their hype. I am not one of those people.
Titanfall has kept me coming back week after week, month after month, because its gameplay is evergreen. I'm not just throwing myself through the grinder for randomised loot or arbitrary metagame levels, rather I'm playing simply because the thrill of snapping necks, dropping mechs and effortlessly traversing an entire map without touching the ground is nigh-on perfect, and worth every minute. The small yet dedicated fanbase clearly feels the same, enjoying the fact that the skill ceiling is as high as the lofty maps themselves.
So the third and final map pack is Respawn's opportunity to go gonzo; to create a crazy, visually diverse and utterly innovative last hurrah before presumably concentrating on a multi-platform sequel.
This didn't happen, sadly, but IMC Rising is still an excellent expansion that subscribes to a familiar template: two undeniably brilliant maps and a third that reveals a unique edge after a few matches.Click here to read more...
EA have slashed prices on Titanfall and its DLC over on Origin for a day, meaning you can pick up the base game for just £13.49. The individual map packs have also been discounted, and EA have shaved a third off of the price of the Season Pass. Additionally, ifd you've not gotten into the game yet, you can pick up the Titanfall Digital Deluxe Edition, which contains the base game and the Season Pass, for just £23.99.
It's a cracking game, we're still playing it, and the latest map pack, Frontier's Edge, is an absolute winner. Thanks to shahidali47 @ HUKD!
Xbox One + Titanfall + 12 Months LIVE Gold | £361.85 | Amazon
Shopping around for an Xbox One? Well, we might have just the deal for you as Amazon are currently giving away the console with Titanfall packed in along with 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold membership for £361.85. Titanfall is probably at its best on Xbox One (check out Jon's review here), designed as it is with the console's controller in mind, and you'll need that Gold subscription if you want to play online, or indeed do pretty much anything with your XO.
But it'll come in damn handy when the Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians beta arrives this winter. Mmmmm. Tastty Halo goodness. Mmmmmm.
Last time GC had the controller this cheap it sold out fast, so be sure to get on this if you missed out last time. Sure, only the most hardcore Titanfall fan could call this anything other than hideous, but at least it's easier to pick out as your own pad at a glance during a local multiplayer session. This is just a paint-job, underneath is still the excellent official Xbox One controller. GC's recent deal is over a tenner cheaper than anywhere else on the net too. Note: you can get the original black controller for £34.85 at Amazon.
Thanks to darioredkin at HotUkDeals.
Only the most hardcore Titanfall fan could call this anything other than hideous, but at least it's easier to pick out as your own pad at a glance during a local multiplayer session. This is just a paint-job, underneath is still the excellent official Xbox One controller. Game Collection's recent deal is a tenner cheaper than anywhere else on the net too. Note: you can get the original black controller for £34.85 at Amazon.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
2014 has been ripe with fantastic gaming opportunities already. We've already given a nod to some of the best games of the year thus far, but here are a few of our standout gaming moments and personal happenings of note that we've enjoyed in the first six months of 2014.
... I'd failed to kill the flag carrier during the very last break point of the match. Desperate to regain my pride, I leapt into my mechanised pal, charged across the other side of the map (Runoff), voluntarily ejected, landed atop their base and then killed the offending wannabe hero with a well-placed satchel charge, diving to ground-level to return the flag and dying a split-second later in a hail of chaingun fire and sour grapes. Worth it.
... I single-handedly held a hardpoint location for an entire perfect game, glommed to a wall and laughing as the same irate attackers continually breached into the room expecting me to be waiting in the same location. All they succeeded in doing was bringing me a fresh stash of weapons to use, and earning me an Autopistol challenge or two to bulk up my Gen Rank.
... I destroyed a Titan via a rodeo attack and squashed its vengeful pilot with my own, hurtling down from orbit and turning his grimacing face into a pile of slag.
...Profsaurus joined us in a Game Night and laid down his virtual life so Matt, Carl and I could extract safely. We salute you.
... a thousand other brilliant and embarrassing things happened. Typically involving epic parkour and massive robots.
Titanfall may have fallen from grace (ugh) in recent weeks due to its increasingly quirky matchmaking and tedious wait times, but its gameplay is evergreen.Click here to read more...
Expedition was a fun little jaunt containing one of the best maps in the entire game thus far, but with players still clamouring for content despite a major pending update, Titanfall's second map pack can't come soon enough. Especially for season pass holders who already (and ill-advisedly) parted with their cash ahead of time.
Respawn boss Vince Zampella has some good and bad news for you.Click here to read more...
I'm still playing Titanfall on a daily basis and absolutely loving it. Respawn Entertainment delivered a breath of fresh air in the increasingly stagnant FPS genre, and recently granted us three more maps in the Expedition DLC. Robots and parkour. What's not to like?
However, not only is it time for Respawn to add more content, but they also need to address the fact that some aspects of Titanfall have actually got worse since launch.
So because lists are a great way of
getting hits with little effort making numerous suggestions in a convenient and enjoyable way, it's time for a Titanfall Top Ten! Here's what we want from Respawn's game over the next few months. Hell, the next few minutes preferably.
Let's start simple. 90 seconds might not sound like a long time, but after a hard day it can feel like an eternity. We simply don't need to wait this long between matches outside of the campaign -- after all, most players only need to reshuffle their burn card deck.
Frankly, if you need longer than a minute (at most) to tweak your loadouts, you probably ought to quit back to the main menu and take your time, then get involved when you're ready.
Titanfall now has eighteen maps courtesy of the Expedition DLC pack. A goodly number of utterly exquisite levels, but why can't we choose between them?
No, that isn't a rhetorical question. I'd actually like an answer... or better yet for the functionality to be added without delay.Click here to read more...
Last week we asked you for your suggestions for test the gaming skills of our very own video-editing-lunatic Carl, and while some of the submissions were fantastic, and others were just plain cruel, one was just too genius to ignore. Suggested by site regular Teppic2000, it was a standard challenge with a left-field twist, providing a fairly standard goal with a dastardly handicap. So, Dealspwn is proud to present the first ever Challenge Carl - when Carl took on Titanfall with a joystick, and attempted to get into the top half of the leaderboard.
We've captured the highlights of his efforts, so witness as Carl starts off with the effectiveness of a drunken mule, and then doesn't really improve for a while. Watch as Carl celebrates at smiting his foes, crumbles when he is crushed by enemies much faster and accurate that he is, and see how he adapts in an attempt to beat the challenge. Does he succeed in our first episode? Well, you'll have to watch to find out...Click here to read more...
You know, I actually quite like the look of the Titanfall controller. You can get a standard Xbone pad for a quid or two less, but you won't find a lower price than this for Microsoft's "Limited Edition" Titanpad, in fact it'll save you a fiver on the GAME deal from a few days ago.
Then again, as Carl will demonstrate tomorrow in the inaugural episode of Challenge Carl, who needs a gamepad when you can blow your enemies to kingdom come with a flight stick. Thanks to darioredkin for the find!
Respawn Entertainment has revealed one of the three new maps headed to Titanfall in the upcoming Expedition DLC pack: War Games. It's set in a VR simulator, thus allowing for a range of visually striking areas that can visually glitch out as you play. Parkour fans will be in their element, since the geometry is designed around free-flowing mobility.Click here to read more...
This week on Game Buzz... We have a gander at Titanfall's DLC plans and ask what the game needs to keep it fresh, we chat about Marty O'Donnell's departure from Bungie, we touch upon the announcement of Civilization: Beyond Earth, and we take a look at Call of Duty's plans for Snoop Dogg DLC.
Still can't believe that last one isn't a really late April Fool.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
Time to make the generation jump? Matt advises you to save your money, but Gamestop's £344.97 all-in price for the Xbox One and Titanfall will save you a fiver vs ASDA. We did briefly see it for £339 last week, though. Decisions, decisions. Thanks to Currey20 @ HUKD!
Titanfall's first DLC pack has been revealed. Expedition will be included as part of the season pass, offering three new maps set in uncharted territory. Hence the name, really. Runoff, Swamplands and Wargames should provide some temples, jungles and swamps to leap and stomp through - but we hope it's supported by new modes and content too.Click here to read more...
Titanfall is now available on Xbox 360, and practically everyone bought it according to this week's UK charts. Respawn's shooter is back on top, with 71% of sales being the new... old... last-gen version. It's clear that we're not ready to say goodbye to generation seven just yet.
LEGO: The Hobbit has also released and is flying off the shelves, though word on the street is that TT Games have played things a little too safe this time, especially following the incredible Marvel Super Heroes. We'll have a review soon.
Kinect Sports Rivals also launched this week, straight into 14th place. Kinect's delayed killer app failed to ignite much interest, seeing as it's delayed and underwhelming, and frankly should have been a free pack-in. Meanwhile The Elder Scrolls Online is plummeting down the charts, though intensely enjoyable PvZ: Garden Warfare has leapt back into the top ten. See how the other familiar faces fared after the break.Click here to read more...
It seems like Asda and Amazon have been battling for gamers' cash this week with their £349 deal, but this has allowed Tesco to sneak past with their new £339 offer. You'll have to be a bit sneaky too, as the all-important discount code above only works on new Tesco accounts. But I'm sure you'll all agree, setting up a new throwaway email account is worth the £10 saving.
Thanks to scottishgamer at HotUkDeals.
Deals for Titanfall without a console have been a bit thin on the ground recently, but Shop Play have a hot price for those early adopters out there yet to pick up the Xbox One's hottest game. There's nothing quite like Titanfall on the market right now and the combination of massive mechs and jetpacks is all sorts of mad fun. You should get some practice in now, as rumours suggest that aliens may soon be heading to the series as a new DLC campaign. Be sure to check out Jon's review and have a look at our Titanfall hub to see our videos and articles on the campaign and why playing with a pad is the way to go, even on PC.
Thanks to halodudify at HotUkDeals.
Time to make the generation jump? Matt advises you to save your money, but this £349 all-in price for the Xbox One and Titanfall is not to be sniffed at. Decisions, decisions. Thanks to welshdapper @ HUKD!