Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review - Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 was released on October 28th, 2016 by Respawn Entertainment on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. And is a sequel to the 2014 video game called Titanfall. Titanfall 2 was published by EA, but the release of the game between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty almost felt like they wanted the game to fail. We will never officially know, but I just feel as if releasing Titanfall 2 between two major games and expecting high sales seems a bit odd to me. This game would have been better suited earlier in the October month then the date EA picked.

But, besides the conspiracy theory how is the game? Titanfall 2 now has a single-player and that is one of the most exciting things about this sequel. You start off in a tutorial as a rifleman named Jack Cooper who is training to be a pilot (only pilots can use Titans).  The short tutorial was well done and shows you how to play the game and use the features of Titanfall, such as sliding on the ground, running on walls, piloting a Titan, and so forth. After the short but well done tutorial you get thrown into the front lines of the war against the IMC. During the opening battle, your mentor Captain Lastimosa gets killed and transfers authorization of his Titan to you. BT-7274 a Vanguard-class Atlas Titan, but he is named BT for short. This is where the single-player gets interesting as you play along the campaign and form a bond with your Titan. I have to say I really enjoyed the single-player in Titanfall 2. It was well done, with excellent voice acting, interesting characters, a strong bond between you and BT, and a well done story.

Lets not forget the gun-play here, I mean Titanfall 2 is a FSP after all. The gun-play is very solid, didn't expect anything less from Respawn Entertainment. These guys created Call of Duty, so no complaints there. But the thing that hurts Titanfall 2 is a very short single-player. You can complete it in under five hours. This is pretty disappointing, but at least it is there and I had my most fun in the single-player.

As far as the multiplayer goes, I didn't see much of a change from the first game. Though it might just be me, but I felt the matches were way to short. Each match only lasted maybe 10 to 12 minutes, and for some reason after each match the game sends you back to the lobby to search for more players instead of just continuing on. I don't recall if this happened in the first game, but it was really annoying. Even more so since the player base is very low on the PC. It can take a bit of time to find players and start a multiplayer match again. Game modes can range between 5vs5 - 8vs8 and include Bounty Hunt, Last Titan Standing, Pilots vs Pilots, Attrition, Amped Hardpoint, and Capture the Flag. As you play the multiplayer Titanfall 2 has unlocks where you can get more guns, banners, and badges. I didn't really care to much to play the multiplayer, it was fun, but the short matches and looking for a new game after every match just got to me. Plus, it feels to much like Call of Duty's multiplayer. This is my opinion, but I prefer the longer battles in Battlefield 1 then the multiplayer in Titanfall 2.

Now for my final rating on Titanfall 2:

JB The Gamer's Final Rating on Titanfall 2: 3 out of 5 - Good Game.

Overall I felt the strongest part of Titanfall 2 was the single-player, but it only lasted for 5 hours. Respawn Entertainment created an awesome world, and I was left wanting more. The multiplayer wasn't for me, but I will admit it is fun to play. I just wish matches lasted longer then 10 minutes. The short single-player and not so exciting multiplayer is the reason why I gave this game a 3 out of 5. I just really wish they would focus more on the Titans then the Call of Duty style multiplayer. Titanfall 2 is not a bad game, it just didn't keep my attention for long.

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