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Titanfall: A Day One Impression Journal

by on March 12, 2014
 

titanfallWhat’s Old Is Made New – Hands-On With the Game of the Hour

Oh, Titanfall, you’re finally here. I thought that I’d have to sit back and watch the news from afar; I don’t have an XBone, and I’m currently in a hate/hate relationship with Origin (EA’s online game service) that certainly dissuades me from handing EA money for my PC gaming. Then a frequent GotGame reader (a local friend of mine), @piforbreakfast, allowed me to get a few hours in on his XBox One to install and play the game while he was away (it’s weird to say “my friend let me play with his XBone”). After a good couple of hours of hands-on, mech-blasting combat, the game feels both rehashed and refreshing at the same time, and I’m pretty sure I mean that as a compliment.

Titanfall feels right like Modern Warfare 2, which it wasn’t anything breathtakingly-new, but breathed new life into console online FPS. And who was the team behind that game? None other than many of the guys who formed Respawn Entertainment and made Titanfall, which explains why so much of it feels familiar. I don’t mean “familiar” like the mothball smell that pervades every square inch of your great-aunt Betty’s house; I mean “familiar” like the hoodie you got ten years ago that you’re not going to part with until it disintegrates into rags all on its own. Titanfall offers plenty that Modern Warfare still doesn’t: wall-running, double-jumping, oh, and vehicles Titans.  Some of those don’t belong in Call of Duty, but series vets should feel right at home with the on-screen HUD layout, reticules, controls, voice cues. In some ways, I couldn’t get over the feeling I was just playing the world’s biggest Modern Warfare DLC, but I liked the advantages of the new system.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I’ve been enjoying it myself, but certainly it has a few issues here and there.

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  • Cozomel
    March 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Nice write up, was a good read and nice to hear your impressions. I only own a ps4 and my computer stinks or I’d be playing titanfall right now. I’m actually considering trading my ps4 in for a TF xb1 bundle as the ps4 exclusives coming out this year fail to impress me and I can always buy another ps4 next year. So I’m going to do that this weekend, your article actually helped seal the deal, thanks!

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