I remember the first time I played Call of Duty: World at War. I was at a friends house after having a couple of beers when he kicked up the idea of playing some split screen. I had been out of the gaming world for a bit, although I was an avid gamer when I was younger. I had other things on my mind at the time. Anyway, he powered up his X-Box 360 and that started a whole new shift in my life toward gaming. Ever have that feeling? It’s like a video game epiphany.
That’s how I felt during the Titanfall beta. I played it on the X-Box One with a handful of buddies. Usually in such games I only play until I hit the max level cap. I don’t know why — I guess it’s a psychological thing. Even if the game is pretty fun, I’ll rarely go back to it. For example, when I played Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 like crazy and hit Prestige Master, the incentive to push for the next level wasn’t there. During the Titanfall beta, I hit the level cap within two hours and kept playing. The game was just too fun.
The beta test was watered down to only a handful of game modes. Attachments and other options were scarce, especially the option to play many other maps. It was only the two available, but the game mechanics kept every game fresh and fast paced. I could either go for the objective as a Pilot and run along walls to get away if enemies showed up, or I could decimate my opponents in a fierce Titan and it’s powerful, yet balanced, abilities.
So what about the naysayers? Well, everyone is entitled to their opinions. But in my opinion, this game is *drum roll please* a game changer to the first person shooter market. Many people on forums dislike Titanfall since it’s not on the console of their choice – the Playstation 4. It’s sad, since gamers from every gaming platform should embrace such changes to the genre that has been growing stale as of lately.
Others dislike Titanfall due to their “brand loyalty” to Call of Duty. After playing Titanfall, Call of Duty games even feel slow. Which is great, since there have been major “flow” issues in the past Call of Duty games anyway. By this I mean people camping in corners, blending into bushes, etc. It killed the flow of the game, whereas in Titanfall you don’t see much of that. There’s no reason for it, either; Whereas in Call of Duty there is someone camping in an obscure corner with a shotgun trying to earn whatever killstreak. It has been getting worse every single release of a Call of Duty game.
Overall, yes, this game is totally worth it. The beta was just the tip of the iceberg, but it provided us with how the game would run. The game is smooth and fresh. Don’t be afraid to be a part of the next big thing — Titanfall!