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Titanfall: It's Not New

In my eyes, Titanfall is nothing new and shouldn't be held up as such.

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I found myself talking to a friend of mine earlier today, a journalist coming up in the industry, about Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming sci-fi first-person shooter Titanfall. We spent a good hour discussing the game and how the media is praising it for being so unique and the “future of shooters.” We couldn’t help but laugh.

The rant begins.

Sure, Titanfall looks good. Let me get that statement out of the way. This article is not about how good Titanfall looks. No, instead it’s about how good it doesn’t look, and how people are praising it for being such an inventive and thrilling take on the shooter genre. It really isn’t people. It’s quite basic, in fact.

Nothing I have seen shows me a good game at all. Everything Respawn has told us, which isn’t much, points to the same old aspects that we’ve all grown so tired of in Call of Duty. All right, so there are mechs known as Titans in the game. Who cares? If we want a true mech-combat game, Hawken just released on Steam Early Access. It isn’t a groundbreaking feature to have giant mechanical walking behemoths in your game, nor does it make you innovative.

We’ll start with the AI/bots, which have become a huge controversy on their own.

6v6 is fine with me; there doesn’t need to be a massive amount of players for the game to be good. In fact, lately I’ve found myself gravitating towards the smaller game modes in games like Battlefield 4; they’re just easy to manage.

But filling the entire game with AI-controlled bots is not good. Not only is it just pure cannon fodder, all too easy to kill, it lacks substance and difficulty. It won’t be too difficult to find other players, however; I have a feeling they will all end up in Titans anyway, foregoing the use of their feet.

I’ve seen gameplay where the majority of players were all in Titans--I was under the impression they were rare and could only be called upon in certain circumstances. Nope. There were 4 on one team and another 2 or 3 on the other team. Again, I refer to Hawken, why not just make a mech game and get it over with, Respawn?

The lack of marketing on the game has also made me a little suspicious. Respawn claims to not want to give away too much information on their shooter, instead allowing the player to discover it through gameplay. And yet the Press is eating the game up and praising it as “A brave new vision of the future of multiplayer games.” Why? A beta with a couple of weapons and a map or two... we’ve seen it all before.

It… isn’t… new.

A lack of a single player campaign also has me riled up. I’m spending $60 on a game; I would like a little more than a rehashed multiplayer with a few maps and a couple of classes. “Single-player moments” are all well and good, but single-player they are not. It’s a multiplayer-only game, one that would fare far better as a downloadable title on the Xbox marketplace. That’s basically what we’re getting for a full price.

Lastly, the $250 Collector’s Edition.

I can’t argue that there isn’t a market for this, I buy Collector’s Editions simply for the extra goods in them. But $250? For a game no one has ever played before? The “true fan” of Titanfall will definitely want this, won’t they, Respawn? Unfortunately, those true fans don’t quite exist yet. Something like this would have been better off saved for the second entry in the planned franchise.

I intend to play Titanfall, probably at launch. It is my job to do so and I will keep a level head while playing it. The critical portion of my brain will come into play and my own opinions will be launched out. This is just a little rant over a game that doesn’t deserve this much hype or praise, at least not yet.

Rant concluded.

Originally Published Feb. 18th 2014

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    ty_8001 7 months ago
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    ty_8001 7 months ago
    Looks at headline...looks at uninformed rant...looks at history of authors previous writings and notices a lot of ps4 love ....yup sound like a typical sony fanboy
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    Fathoms_4209 7 months ago
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    It's vastly more informed than what you wrote here, which doesn't exactly improve my view of Xbox fanboys (i.e., teenage boys with poor vocabulary and grammar).
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    Chardy G 7 months ago
    Firstly, you really should have made the article about your disapproval on the hype of Titanfall and not the game itself. This reads like you haven't played it. So it's either poorly written or your talking trash on a game you haven't played....either way you sound stupid.

    Secondly....please name at least one game that plays like Titanfall? I don't want 12 games that all have elements of the game play. Because that is parts of different games. If the game play doesn't feel fresh to you, you need to have examples as to why! You have put down zero. Again making yourself sound stupid.

    Your points....
    Bots - these are meant to add a layer of complexity to the play. An alternative way to make a contribution to your team.
    Campaign - Titanfall is a multi-player FPS, they have not marketed it as anything else. So for no campaign to be an issue for you....again stupid!
    Collectors Ed - All I can say is....don't buy it. They aren't for everyone (I never buy them). If you want it...the prices are always over-priced...don't act like that's anything new!

    I played the beta. It was awesome! Will I buy the game? Sure will! Will I be playing it after a couple of weeks? Probably not much. I love RPG or strategy games more. But I'm a gamer first and appreciate a good game. And can recognise when gameplay feels fresh to play and don't just go off what stupid people write on the internets!
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    Chardy G 7 months ago
    Firstly, you really should have made the article about your disapproval on the hype of Titanfall and not the gameplay itself. This reads like you haven't played it. So it's either poorly written or your talking trash on a game you haven't played....either way you sound stupid.

    Secondly....please name at least one game that plays like Titanfall? I don't want 12 games that all have elements of the game play. If the game play doesn't feel fresh to you, you need to have examples as to why! You have put down zero. Again making yourself sound stupid.

    Your points....
    Bots - these are meant to add a layer of complexity to the play. An alternative way to make a contribution to your team.
    Campaign - Titanfall is a multi-player FPS, they have not marketed it as anything else. So for no campaign to be an issue for you....again stupid!
    Collectors Ed - All I can say is....don't buy it. They aren't for everyone (I never buy them). If you want it...the prices are always over-priced...don't act like that's anything new!

    I played the beta. It was awesome! Will I buy the game? Sure will! Will I be playing it after a couple of weeks? Probably not. I love RPG or strategy games more. But I'm a gamer first and appreciate a good game. I can recognise when gameplay feels fresh to play and don't just go off what stupid people write on the internets!
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    Zach_M 7 months ago
    Constructive criticism here but I felt like I was reading a giant comment from something of the like below, the comment section. I thought the beta was fantastic and I can't wait for more.
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    Leo_8730 7 months ago
    Playing Titanfall made me want to play a new Armored Core ):
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    Max Jay 7 months ago
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    I have to disagree with you. I seriously hate only shooters, but I decided to try out the beta for Titanfall just to see what all the fuss was about. Needless to say I was pretty blown away by it.

    I don't think it innovates in leaps and bounds, but it certainly mixes things up.

    Firstly the emphasis on speed and verticality is something the industry hasn't seen done well since the old Unreal Tournament games (which I couldn't play because they were too hard). The wall running doesn't breathe new life into an aging formula, but it contributes to the greater picture.

    Now, the bots I can kind of understand. I can internally justify this because the matches are all point based, as opposed to kill based. Getting far fewer points for killing the dumb bots is a solid way to justify this and fill out a map. I can honestly take it or leave it, but it didn't detract from my experience at all.

    The lack of a dedicated single player is the only thing that really troubles me. As someone who focuses on narrative a lot in games it's kind of upsetting that Respawn is (allegedly) neglecting this. Though, I hear, that there is a campaign: From what I understand matchamking will pair you with players that are in the same phase of the story as you, allowing whatever story tidbit to take place mid-level. I haven's seen this be explicitly confirmed, but it's an interesting premise at the very least.

    The collectors edition is ludicrous though. I could build my own giant robot with that kind of money.

    Either way I think you're judging the game unfairly - just as many are praising the game without having all that much solid information. I think the hype train is a bit out of control on this one, but no one that played the beta can deny that it's a fun, interesting take in a genre that has rested on itself since the first Halo. I'm putting myself in the wait and see category on the release, because I'm not sure it'll work for me, but saying that Titanfall is nothing but eye candy is shortsighted.
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    Brian Skahan 7 months ago
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    The speed and verticality were my favorite parts. It felt so much like an old school shooter. That's probably my favorite part. It rewards movement far more than camping, which I saw maybe twice during the several hours I played the beta.

    And I suggest you watch the story trailer, which is kind of old, to my understanding, and you'll see what happens. There's an in-game cutscene where you see characters talking with their names over their heads--very CoD--and then the fight begins. Once the cutscene is over, the actual game starts. It seems interesting, and I'm definitely going to play that first once I get it. My only real concern is how easily it can be played after people stop playing it. If it's just one of the standard game modes but with story added on, then maybe matchmaking will work in some kind of special way. I dunno.
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    Synzer 7 months ago
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    I understand that you don't like that everyone is calling the game fresh and spectacular. You may have played the Beta, but the article doesn't make it seem like it.

    You aren't in the Titans all the time. If your team is good enough and you're good enough not to get killed in the titan, then yeah you can be in it a while.

    I like single-player too, but that has nothing to do with the price of the game and I think it is perfectly acceptable to have a multiplayer only game.

    The bots are perfectly fine. They are really only there to speed up your time to get a Titan. League of Legions and other popular games do the same thing.

    Sure the beta doesn't have anything too special, but the Beta is not the full game and I'm certain that people have played a version that we didn't see in the beta.

    What makes Titanfall good is the combination of infantry and mech, it isn't just another shooter or mech game. The fluidity of movement, controls, and switching between Titan and Pilot is great.

    Overall, I agree that the game may be over hyped, but that doesn't make it a bad game.

    Your article doesn't read like you're just upset about it being over hyped, it reads as if you haven't played it and just hate it based on what you've seen.

    I have no problem with it and you're entitled to your opinion. I'm just saying what it looks like compared to what you might be trying to say.
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    medman_9866 7 months ago
    A multiplayer only game would have to be pretty darn spectacular to get me interested, as I'm a single player gamer first and foremost, only occasionally dabbling in multiplayer. Titanfall is not that game. It looks are unimpressive, and it really doesn't seem all that different or interesting to me. When I see the sub par resolution, hear it's 6v6, with no destruction in the environment, and full of bots, that doesn't scream innovation to me at all. I hope the game does well, and I hope it's enjoyable for gamers and not a disappointment, but I definitely think the hype it generated at E3 2013 was way too much and when a game receives so much attention it's hard to actually live up to that level.
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    Frankie_6706 7 months ago
    A very persuasive argument. Does the lack of content justify the full price? Will there be enough content to counterbalance the lack of single player narrative?

    The mechs/titans being taken down in 15 secs by a player with a fancy pistol seems to negate its value. It would make more sense to have less of them and require multiple players to tear it apart. It may look cool but I am increasingly unsure how great a game it will be and if the price is justifiable. If the review embargoes go to or past launch please wait.
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    Smiling_2700 7 months ago
    I think Titanfalls biggest problem is its hype. Its a fun arcady game, but nothing that speciell. I doubt its gonna lure the Cod or Battlefield consumers away from their franchises. It will sell a cuple of millions, mostly on pc. I think EA made a big mistake making it console exclusive to Ms and alienating 70 million possible buyers. Titanfall will find its crowd but its probably gonna be alot smaller than its hyped up to get.
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    Brandon Morgan 7 months ago
    Featured Contributor
    Couldn't agree more. I think Respawn may have jumped the gun a little making an exclusive deal with Microsoft, considering how well the PS4 has sold since its launch. They were a new studio looking for a break and took the first good thing they saw instead of shopping around. Can't blame them for wanting to succeed, however.
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    Adam_7702 7 months ago
    The reason Titanfall is so hyped up is Microsoft and Xbox fanboys hype it up to ridiculous degrees. It's one of the few positive things they have left in their console's arsenal.
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    Brandon Morgan 7 months ago
    Featured Contributor
    I think the Xbox One has some good stuff coming its way, Quantum Break and the upcoming Halo have definitely caught my interest. Dead Rising 3 and Ryse still capture my attention, but I'm waiting a bit before buying the X1.
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    Adam_7702 7 months ago
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    Cozomel 7 months ago
    Lol at this article. Hmm mechs and pilots in a online fps, yup we've seen that before.....oh and all the parkour with pilots....sure we've seen that right? Didn't think so. Of course it's innovative and does a ton new but it also has guns and shooting which is the only familiar part.

    All this "article" is trying to do is stir up controversy to get hits on the site instead of actually using good journalism lol.
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    Brandon Morgan 7 months ago
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    I actually thought very little of the controversy it would bring while writing it, I just felt like voicing my own opinion on a game I believe doesn't deserve the praise it is receiving. Since the articles posting it has received hundreds of comments here and on N4G and I am pleasantly surprised. I read them all, each opinion by a different gamer and I don't judge them for having that opinion. As I have said before, I did not write this to stop people from enjoying the game or buying it, simply giving my perspective.
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    Wrong._2677 7 months ago
    So let me get this straight, it's completely new, but it's not new because you say so, and provided zero evidence for your claim? Maybe that's my rational side speaking but, fuck off, kindly? Bitch all you want, it plays fantastic.
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    Brandon Morgan 7 months ago
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    No doubt, it does play pretty good. For a little while. My problem isn't with the overall gameplay, which does need some work, but what game doesn't? My problem is with the amount of hype and praise it is receiving. The hype train needs to end.
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    Fathoms_4209 7 months ago
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    For the record, the author is perfectly entitled to his opinion even if he hasn't played it. There's a ton of information and footage out there, so it's not like you can't get a very good idea of the gameplay and atmosphere.

    Furthermore, he makes several good points you all seem to be ignoring. For instance, the lack of a single-player campaign, which is a critical omission for many (including me), and the reason why I couldn't possibly be less interested in Titanfall.

    Plus, a $250 collector's edition for a brand new IP is awfully presumptuous, and it doesn't sound like it's worth even close to $250. The bottom line is that plenty of legitimate points can be made against Titanfall, even if you haven't played it.
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    Germaximus 7 months ago
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    This article screams "I haven't played it". I want more from Titanfall, mostly more players, but I went from loving it to hating it back to loving it again. It's an excellent game and the best multiplayer shooter yet gameplay wise. I still prefer the objective modes in Brink.

    First Impressions: http://gameversevault.com/titanfall-beta-impressions/
    Second Impressions: http://gameversevault.com/titanfall-beta-impressions-part-two/

    Your comment about multiplayer only for $60 is also very silly. I think that about everyone that says that nonsense. People pay $60-$120 for Battlefield and CoD and a lot of those players don't even tough the campaigns.
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    Brandon Morgan 7 months ago
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    People definitely pay $60-$120 for Battlefield and CoD, but not I. That seems ridiculous to me. Perhaps when Titanfall is fully launched it will surprise me and I will praise it then. We'll have to see.
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    Raxyn13 7 months ago
    I think the problem with this attitude isn't that Titanfall does anything new, it's that it adds some old ideas into a new, and very fun to play, game. In it's separate parts it's just CoD with some Mirror's Edge free-running and riding around in a Mech (which plays almost exactly the same as being on foot). If you're looking at it that way, then yes, it's doing nothing new. IF.

    When you actually get behind the wheel and take it for a spin, the game is overflowing with fun moments that wouldn't be possible if the game didn't borrow so heavily from other success stories of gaming. Making a jump off of a wallrun onto an enemy Titan is so satisfying I feel like I should skip my next meal. The combination and dichotomy of running around as a Pilot and stomping faces as a Titan do not exist outside of this game.

    I know it's only in Beta (*cough*demo*cough), but I have a lot of hope for this game. That isn't to say that there are no flaws; I think you're right about how quickly the game can devolve into a robotic slugfest, and the amount of games I've been in that are one sided is WAY too high to ignore. But to call disparage this game for being a jack of all trades, master of none is a pointless endeavor when the games strength lies in how it brings all those pieces together.
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    Brandon Morgan 7 months ago
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    No doubt it has its fun moments, my issue is what they are claiming it to be and spouting out. Sure, it's marketing, but it's ignorant. Gives a bad impression overall, which can hurt the game in the end.
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    GabrielKross 7 months ago
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    Title says it all, it's every othe FPS with mechs.
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    Brian Skahan 7 months ago
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    I despise most first person shooters. I hate the "gunbro" attitude of rehashing the same thing over and over. Call of Duty is kinda fun, but if you've played one, you've played them all. This article is written as if somebody is judging Titanfall by the same standard without having actually played it, because I can tell you, it is the most fresh feeling FPS I've played, having spent several hours on the beta.

    The game is fast paced like you'd imagine older fps games like Quake or Unreal were. You die, you respawn, you move on. You move crazy fast and jump ridiculously high and it just feels fantastic--it feels like a modern take on Doom and the like.

    I spend most of my time just frantically running around. The titan fights aren't as interesting to me, but they add a level of complexity. For Hardpoint Domination, I would run around with the enhanced speed ability (I forget the real name) and have my titan follow me around as I guard the hardpoint. In Attrition, I'd just wait for the titans to start landing, and I'd rodeo them and hit them with guided missiles. The number of players feels just perfect. The game has to be able to support twelve titans on the field at once, and more than 6v6 would just be too cluttered. The AI bots help point out useful information and yes, they ARE cannon fodder. That's kind of the point. They aren't nearly worth as much as human pilots, but they give the feeling that each battle is important.

    Arguably, you're right. The game doesn't look too good, at least visually. You also mention that there's no singleplayer campaign, but fail to mention there is a multiplayer story mode.

    I guess what I'm saying is, don't knock it til you try it. And even so, look at what it does differently. It's not a realistic shooter by any means, but it builds on the fps genre of the last decade and excels beyond into something that feels new, regardless of whether or not it actually is. Considering how stagnant the fps genre has been recently, that is remarkable.
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    Real nigga 7 months ago
    Not too come off as a fan boy or anything but from your choice of words it seems like you haven't played it , its like writing a movie review for a trailer! LOL your funny hahaha
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    Brandon Morgan 7 months ago
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    I have played, it was nothing special. This opinion based rant was based off all the pre-beta hype and what little marketing there was. Claims of the game being "the future of shooters."
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    I don't like you 7 months ago
    So have you played it?
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    Brandon Morgan 7 months ago
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    I have. Have you? What did you think of it if you did?
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    Fathoms_4209 7 months ago
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    Well, you can't very well dissuade the millions out there who basically just want a fancier shooter. They have no interest in innovation or originality; they just want the familiar. When it comes to the mainstream masses, you can never go wrong with familiarity.

    In that respect, no chance we were going to get anything "new." I still expect it to be a great game, though.
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    Brandon Morgan 7 months ago
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    Everyone has their own opinion and that is fine. I certainly don't want to dissuade anyone if they enjoy the game, by all means play the hell out of it.