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.

Read reviews:

Polygon 9.0

GameSpot 9.0

Linda Breneman

Linda Breneman

Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda Breneman.com or her family foundation's website, ludusproject.org.