Titanfall was released today for the Xbox One (it’s also available on the Xbox 360 and PC).
Titanfall is a first-person shooter with a couple of twists. First, you can fight as a Pilot (an elite soldier) or jump inside a giant, heavily armed Titan (huge robot, or “mech”). Second, the game is online multiplayer-only. You’re matched up with other players in teams of six.
The game has a sci-fi setting with 15 different elaborate battlefields. Its beta release has gotten kudos from a range of reviewers for solid game mechanics and fast-paced, fluid parkour-like movement—such as spectacular double-jumping and wall-running.
According to the ESRB, “Combat is frenetic and realistically depicted, with frequent cries of pain, impact sounds, and blood splashes. Some weapons blow enemies apart into small chunks of flesh.” In other words, the game is violent. There’s also a lot of swearing. Add to that the multiplayer-only requirement, and you’re looking at a game that’s innovative and an adrenaline rush to play but that deserves its Mature 17+ rating.
Not too surprising—since the game was created by some of the same developers who worked on Call of Duty (Respawn Entertainment, published by Electronic Arts).
Some of the big game sites are withholding their ratings until reviewers can play the game under real multiplayer conditions. Early reviews do cite server problems, which probably isn’t surprising given the hordes downloading this hyped and heralded release.