Titanfall 2 | Game Review

This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 42 February 2017.

The first Titanfall game was criminally underrated and ignored on its release in 2014. Console exclusivity on Xbox and no offline modes did more harm than good. Both of these issues have been addressed with the release of Titanfall 2 but this time it made another crucial mistake – it arrived at a time that sees it sandwiched between Battlefield and Call of Duty.

But to opt for one (or both) of the two more established franchises would be doing the game and yourself a great injustice. As with the original game, Titanfall 2 brings together fluid movement, satisfying gunplay, mechs and wall running (which another recent first-person shooter game has tried emulating).

With the new singleplayer campaign, you will find yourself entertained by one of the best ‘buddy movies’ brought to life yet. At its core, the Titanfall lore is one of the link between a pilot and its Titan and the campaign does a great job of reinforcing this. The banter between the two and the emotional bond developed is unsurpassed in recent first-person shooters and would be worth the price of the game alone.

If there is one complaint about the campaign, it’s that it sometimes feels more like a platform game rather than a shooter. Considering the quality of movement, you can’t blame the developers for wanting to show it off, and when the shooting happens it is equally as rewarding.

The multiplayer however gets the balance spot on. At the same time, developers Respawn have made some changes since Titanfall and thankfully they are for the better. The high speed action combined with brilliant movement is still there but the modes have been streamlined and player customisation introduced.

For the second outing in the series, new Titan classes have been added as well as more player abilities, including a grappling hook. All the changes bring a new set of strategic possibilities that should suit all gameplay styles. Combine the grappling hook with a sniper and take control of the high points on the map, otherwise use cloak and move in close for kills.

Don’t go thinking that the Titans are indestructible behemoths on the battlefield. Players will first need to earn the opportunity to call them in and even with the Titans in play they can be taken down – either with anti-Titan weapons or boarding them. As a pilot you can also choose to take full control of your mechanized partner or leave it to its own devices as an additional set of eyes and mobile muscle.

Respawn has promised to make all new multiplayer maps available to all game owners for free. This will ensure that the community continues to play together and should see the game outlive a few of its online competitors.

It’s a great looking game too but when placed alongside its competitors, it seems like an ugly duckling. However, when it comes to gameplay, Titanfall 2 is the belle of the ball. And games are all about gameplay right? Right…

Score: 9/10
Available for: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC
Distributed by: Prima Interactive and available at all retailers of games

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.