Microsoft’s latest offering, Titanfall, is available for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows. Titanfall primarily focuses on multiplayer gameplay, so it is important to know all of your options and practice, practice, practice if you want to be a highly successful player.
Hardpoint is a capture and hold the point multiplayer gameplay mode in Titanfall for Xbox One. Similar to your run-of-the-mill king of the hill variant with three points to hold from the opposing team. The following guide will familiarize you with the key elements used in this Titanfall gameplay mode, as well as tell you how to best utilize them.
Protect Your Hardpoints – Once your team holds a point, at least one team member should be staying behind to protect that point, and should continue going for that point throughout the round. Leaving a point unprotected ensures that the enemy can quickly take that point for themselves. Ideally, having one squad mate designated to protect each hardpoint, while all remaining squad mates coordinate attacks on enemy hardpoints.
Titan Deployment – To help ensure the protection of your hardpoints, you can deploy your Titan in guard mode so that even if you are killed, the Titan will continue guarding the hardpoint. To do this, first press “Down” on the d-pad when your Titan is ready for deployment. Once the Titan is on the ground, then press “Down” two more times or until you are notified that your Titan is in guard mode. This means he will protect the area where he is. If you are securing a hardpoint when your Titan become available, you can still press “Down” to deploy it even if you can see outside, where the Titans are deployed to. This will just place the Titan as close to your position as possible. Then you can still put it into Guard mode.
Cloak – Remember that the cloak ability for your pilot regenerates very quickly, so use it liberally. While it doesn’t provide complete invisibility, it is a sure fire way to help avoid detection. Whether you are guarding a hardpoint or attacking an enemy hardpoint, cloak is your friend.
Melee – The melee attack is very useful, as it takes out enemies on foot in a single strike. Use this wisely, and don’t be so trigger happy. By holding your fire, you can remain undetected as you sneak up on an enemy pilot or grunt.
Vantage Points – Once a hardpoint has been taken, find an out of the way spot to guard from a spot in which you can see much of the battlefield is ideal, as you can support your team from there, identify incoming threats, and target enemy Titans.
Evac Point – In the event that your team loses, you will be given an Evac Point, where you can gain extra experience and a small victory despite your loss. Successful Evacuation will require a tram effort typically, as the entire opposing team will be converging on the same spot as your team: the Evac Point. Once there, you must stay alive long enough for the Evac ship to arrive, and to board it. To make matters worse, the opposing team can destroy the Evac ship for major bragging rights.
If you find yourself on the winning team, quickly approach the Evac Point and get set up to take out some players whose only goal is to reach the Evac Point on time. Following them in can allow for easy picking.