Titanfall 2
Standby For A Better Shooter Than COD
  • Release Date
    10.28.2016
  • Publisher
    Electronic Arts
  • Developer
    Respawn Entertainment
  • Xbox One
  • Playstation 4
  • Windows
Release Date
10.28.2016

Publisher
Electronic Arts

Developer
Respawn Entertainment

  • Xbox One
  • Playstation 4
  • Windows
Titanfall 2 is the sequel that Titanfall needed. Back in 2014, after having a huge amount of hype behind it, the original Titanfall launched on PC and Xbox One to good but not great reviews. The main complaint with the original was that it had a few multiplayer matches with cutscenes that it was attempting to pass off as a campaign with no actual dedicated solo experience. Respawn has returned to us, two years later, with a complete campaign in tow along with some improvements to already excellent multiplayer modes but is that enough to contend with Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare?
THE GOOD
Let’s get the big question out of the way first. Titanfall 2’s campaign is great. You play as Jack Cooper, a rifleman (you know, one of those cannon fodder troops from the first game) in the Militia. The Militia is a group of freedom fighters who are fighting for the independence of their planets from the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC). Cooper, after a botched mission, is given access to the Titan BT-7274 by his dying pilot mentor and Cooper and BT set off on their mission to stop the IMC.
“Titanfall 2’s campaign is a huge improvement over the practically non-existent campaign of the original”
Titanfall 2’s campaign feels less like a Call of Duty campaign and much more like something you would find in Half-Life or Portal, which is a great thing. Instead of running from cover to cover and battling over plots of land full of chest-high walls, you are instead treated to vast spaces of land with plenty of room to run, jump, and wall ride around in. You even get dialogue options for Cooper as he talks with BT which, while unnecessary, was a nice touch. The only time things start to feel a little constrained is when you’re in your Titan, which is fine because you’re in a giant robot blowing lots of stuff up! Overall, Titanfall 2’s campaign is a huge improvement over the practically non-existent campaign of the original and great on it’s own when stacked up against heavy hitters like Battlefield 1 or Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
“Titanfall 2’s multiplayer is even more fun that the original’s”
That sense of freedom of movement and blowing lots of stuff up carries over into the multiplayer as well. The original Titanfall, essentially, survived off of its multiplayer alone and I’m glad to report that Titanfall 2’s multiplayer is even more fun than the original’s. While the majority of players will, most likely, find themselves playing familiar game modes like Attrition and Capture Point, Titanfall 2 also introduces a new mode called Bounty Hunt. In Bounty Hunt, killing NPCs and enemy players grants you a certain amount of cash. You accrue this cash in waves and, at the end of the wave, you bank the money at a dropoff station. If you are killed, you lose half of the money you have so it literally pays to be careful.

Finally, some praise has to be given to Respawn and EA for promising that Titanfall 2 will not have a season pass or microtransactions (yes, Respawn has been shaky on that the microtransactions but for now, they aren’t happening). In a world where competitive multiplayer FPS games are pretty much expected to have either a season pass or microtransactions or both, Titanfall 2 has decided to go the route of The Witcher 3 which is the most consumer friendly option by far.

THE BAD
While Titanfall 2’s campaign is great, it is not without its faults. First of all, I did not find myself really connecting to Jack Cooper as a character at all. He’s your typical coming-of-age hero and, even with the included dialogue choices, Jack Cooper feels a bit bland. Is this really detrimental to the campaign? No, not at all, but if you were expecting to really connect with Jack Cooper, for some reason, then you will be disappointed.
“Jack Cooper feels a bit bland.”
Let’s talk about the real disappointment here though and it doesn’t really involve the actual game at all. Let us discuss when and when not to release a game. EA made a good call when they decided to release Battlefield 1 this year in order to compete with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. EA also made an infinitely bad call when they decided to sandwich Titanfall 2 in between the release dates of Battlefield 1 and CoD. This has caused Titanfall 2’s sales to be sub-par at best and, as a result, the multiplayer experience suffers across all platforms due to player shortage.
THE TAKEAWAY
Despite the rather bland main character and the mind-boggling release date and subsequent small player base of Titanfall 2, I cannot recommend this game enough to anyone looking to get away from CoD but not necessarily looking for a historical shooter like Battlefield 1 either. Titanfall 2 has a great campaign full of awesome platforming and action sequences. When you finish the campaign, there is an amazing multiplayer experience waiting for you to sink countless hours into.
If you are looking for an alternative to the FPS juggernaut’s of this year then look no further than Titanfall 2
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