Titanfall is a new first person shooter that will be played on both PC’s and Microsoft consoles in first quarter 2014. This is a new IP from the makers of the Call of Duty franchise, and features only a multiplayer set of maps and games. Hardpoint is an objective based game similar to Call of Duty’s Domination game type, but can be played in several different ways.
Hardpoint similarities to Domination
Like in the COD franchise, Hardpoint features three capture and hold points throughout the course of the map. By moving onto and standing within the field of a capture point, you or your team will hold that point and score points based on keeping the location. If the location is lost, the opposing team will receive points instead. The game concludes after one team has eclipsed the amount of points needed for victory. The following tips are important to maximizing your personal point totals in the game type.
Tip #1 Understanding how Hardpoint differs from Domination. (COD)
There is a significant advantage to defending points, as opposed to holding and trying to capture. If you are within the field of the capture point, you will continue to “tick” points in the form of defensive bonuses. Essentially, the game rewards you personally for holding the captured point. This differs from Domination in that you would only score defensive points against players if you kill them while capturing the point. Maximize your point totals not by capturing points but holding the points you capture.
Tip #2 Know your role
If you are playing with friends, assign each other roles to accomplish. For instance, once a game starts, everyone rushes to the closest point and captures. Then, two players stay behind to defend while the other teams capture the middle or “B” point. Once this occurs, two additional players are slated to defend the second flag, while the others go about what has previously been agreed upon. Basically, set a plan, and stick with it, at least for that game. Roles can switch up every game or so… just know what everyone is supposed to be doing and stick with it. Teamwork is always the key to winning games.
Tip #3 Get that Titan
Titanfall rewards players with their titan once a specific number of points have been met. In Hardpoint, this comes in the form of killing players and NPC characters, as well as capturing and holding points. The quicker you can get your titan, the quicker you can control the map. Be wary however, as getting your titan makes players forget their roles, and may try to go on a killing spree as opposed to sticking to the plan.
Tip #4 Make your Titan work for you
There is a certain amount of joy involved in getting into your titan and going crazy. But in Hardpoint, that isn’t necessarily the best way to go about things. Having a Titan active can essentially allow you to be in two places at once. For instance, you can leave your Titan in “guard” mode at a point and attempt to go capture another point if your team only controls one. Your Titan will attack and attempt to kill any enemy that comes across its path. Put that Titan to use and allow it to be an extra player on your team… it could mean the difference between victory and defeat.
Tip #5 Maximize your movement
The single most different aspect of Titanfall vs. COD is the movement. Double jumps, wall running, and faster than normal pilot movement make firefights far more interesting. You can get to areas and places you may not feel are possible, and it takes the normal COD type player longer to master and understand these movements. Anticipating where a player will be or is going is more important than knowing where they are. Keeping that in mind is important in all game-types, but also for Hardpoint.
Tip #6 Learn the maps and capture points
The capture points in Titanfall’s Hardpoint are HUGE. A point may be in the middle of a warehouse, but the entire warehouse may serve as the point itself. Titanfall is also a 3 dimensional game, and it pays off realizing that. Most points have access not necessarily from the ground, but from the air… such as an open window or a skylight. Height is always key… try to stay off the ground as often as possible.
Tip# 7 Use your burn cards
Too often players will not remember to use burn cards during matches. While I won’t necessarily say you should use all three that you have set up during one match, try to use at least one. A great player who plays correctly will have ample opportunities to gain additional cards if they play well. Since burn cards directly contribute to you scoring points, sitting on them doesn’t help.
Following these tips will help you attain higher levels in Titanfall, and unlock items much quicker in this game mode. With higher the levels, you will have more opportunity to max out your loadouts. Don’t be afraid to experiment by trying different routes to certain areas, and don’t be dismayed by a low Kill Death ratio. You may not score a single pilot kill the entire game, yet still EASILY be MVP of points in you play the game correctly.
Most importantly, have fun. I was fortunate to play early in the beta on the Xbox One, and Titanfall is quite simply a fantastic game.