Perfect sequel made the right way
VIDEO GAMES -- When the first Titanfall game was released in 2014, there were high hopes for the game that introduced a new twist on the first-person shooter genre with the pilot/titan partnership.
However, the game seemed to lack quite substantially only giving gamers a multiplayer mode that pits the player controlled ‘pilots’ and their partnered titans against others.
The game did succeed nonetheless winning many awards and having its mechanics praised.
On Oct. 28, Titanfall 2 was released on Xbox one and for the first time on PS4, and this game shows that developers at Respawn Entertainment listened after their last game and fixed it up right.
Titanfall 2 comes with a single player campaign and this is what should have been included in the first game of the series.
The player is put in control of Jack Cooper and titan partner BT-7274 for this campaign which explores the bond between pilot and titan, who have to overcome impossible odds to defeat the foe.
When Cooper is first introduced, he’s just a rifleman in the Militia who dreams of piloting a titan in the war against the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC). After some training you’re thrown right into the battle where your mentor, Master Pilot and Capt. Tai Lastimosa is killed and his titan BT is left damaged.
With his dying breath Capt. Lastimosa makes Cooper the new pilot of BT and your adventure as a pilot begins.
The game does a great job of balancing your play as just a pilot and linking with BT, as continually piloting a 40 tonne killing machine would make the game a little tiring and get old quickly.
The game forces you to adapt to the changing environment around you and take advantage of all abilities at your disposal. You also can’t get too attached to a weapon, as the lack of universal ammo means you must constantly change the guns you use and learn how each one works in the right situation.
The controls for BT are similar to just controlling Cooper and it’s not difficult to pick up and get right into the parkour style attacking the pilot can do, then switch over to the assault style attacks of a titan.
Overall, Titanfall 2 has one of the best first-person shooter campaigns to release in a while.
The game is constantly throwing you a curveball, and there are surprises that keep on coming to make your jaw drop until the very end. The creators have certainly learned from their mistakes during the first game, which is rare for a company that thinks they put out a popular video game (just look at games like Destiny).
Respawn should continue this series, and from the surprise ending there’s definitely room to do just that.