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As a huge fan of the First Person Shooter genre, I must say that a refresh is needed and Titanfall hopes to bring that well needed fresh taste to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One March 11, 2014. Being developed by members of the creators of the successful Call of Duty Modern Warfare series, now apart of Respawn Entertainment, they hope to change FPS the same way they did with Call of Duty 4.

Titanfall's $250 Collector's Edition w/ an 18" LED Titan statue

Titanfall’s $250 Collector’s Edition w/ an 18″ LED Titan statue

When Titanfall was announced and shown at E3, it stole the show.  With over 60 awards including a record six critics awards, Titanfall saw the big shoes it needed to fill a landed a Titan right on top of those shoes. Titanfall is a multi-player ONLY game, which features 6 vs 6 battles, even though the battles will seem much larger thanks to AI controlled bots throughout levels. But don’t worry, there will be “single-player” elements throughout the game, including plot details and character development.

Pilots are able to call in Titans after they are “built” and are able to reduce the time it takes by getting kills or accomplishing other mission objectives.  Titans play like an exoskeleton for the pilot while still keeping the first person view and being very mobile.  Respawn has shown off 3 Titans; Stryder, Atlas, and Ogre class.  All of which play and look different.  Titans once called down, have a few different abilities to keep balance to the game. including Vortex Blocker, which stops and throws the enemies’ ammunition back at them and electrified smoke that stops Pilots from climbing and destroying their Titans.  One of the coolest gameplay mechanics is if your Titan takes too much damage, you have the ability to eject from the damaged Titan and get right back into battle.

Pilots are agile and fast and play like a freerunner

Pilots are agile and fast and play like a freerunner

Titanfall is launching on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on March 11, 2014.   The Xbox One will be the “definitive” version with use of the Microsoft’s “Cloud” for processing power and use of dedicated servers.  With the obvious graphical and frame rate improvements being on the Xbox One version, Respawn has also hinted at more differences to the 360 version besides graphics but are yet to be announced.  Titanfall has the ability to be a system seller and new IP for Microsoft the same way Gears of War helped Microsoft sell 360s.  I am personally looking forward to a fresh game with a familiar taste instead of the usual COD games which are due for a refresh and Halo which it’s multiplayer has taken a dive from the dominance it use to have on the online charts.  And hey if tons of people love the mech style of gameplay the Titans bring to the table, maybe we can see a new Mechassault? PLEASE?!

Aaron Blevins

Just the coolest nerd you'll ever meet. Army Reserve soldier/ college student. Loves anything Nintendo and Halo. Bringing my awesomeness to you!

  • Iron Ballz

    I played the alpha version, and the game is amazing. Had a blast playing it last week-end. It was pretty smooth for the alpha version, better than BF4 that is already released. I have nothing against Battlefield, I’m actually a big fan. But BF4 was sooooooooooo not ready to be released last fall. I was disappointed when they confirmed 6v6 capacity, but once you try it, it makes sense. When every player has their titan on the field, plus AI (even though they’re pretty easy), it’s a hell of an awesome game. In my opinion, Titanfall will go trough the same experience as COD4 MW1 went trough.

  • Garrett Alain Colas

    Were you paid to say that cloud computing stuff? That’s not true… My PC with a GTX 760 and i7 is going to run this game 10x better than the Xbox one.

    I really don’t think anyone in the press even knows how Microsofts “Cloud Computing” Works.

    It’s not going to be magic, all they can do is pre-compute some new AI based on user interactions and stuff like that. Unless they are opening up some crazy streaming service, it will not improve graphics AT ALL.

  • Aaron Blevins

    It amazes me that people think Microsoft was like HEY SAY SOMETHING ABOUT CLOUD AND WE WILL PAY YOU…clearly you must have misread, because I never once said Cloud=Graphics, what I did say was it would be used for dedicated servers and processing power, and that is straight from the horses mouth, so instead of using your PC IS MASTER RACE argument maybe focus on actual facts

  • Garrett Alain Colas

    Woah now. I never said you were paid to say that. I asked if you were paid, and you didn’t even answer…

    Secondly, I am a software engineer and know for a fact that cloud computing cannot be used for real time applications on such a large scale as Microsoft intends. Whatever the “cloud” computes must still be sent to the end user, and not all users have decent internet connections. (Many Americans still have DSL with very low upload rates.)

    Finally, I never said anything to imply that PC is inherently better than the consoles. I said MY PC was better than the consoles, and if you don’t believe me than you need to see my rig playing Skyrim at 2160P (4k) with a ton of mods on.

    Have a good one.

  • I’d like to point out, as the Founder of the site, that we will never take money for reviews or articles, and everything on this site is 100% original.

    As for the Cloud computing, he noted that the cloud computing would be used more for the servers, which Microsoft themselves stated. The reason for saying that the XBox One version of the game may be graphically better isn’t due to better hardware, but more likely due to the fact that every console is the same and the developers can maximize the use of the system for every user. Obviously, some people will have fantastic PCs and see better performance than the X1, but there will still be people who will be on the lower spectrum of graphics.

  • Jessica

    Hey Garrett,

    Glad you stopped by the site and got involved! Aaron was
    just trying to clarify his point in case there was any confusion. Also, as previously stated by Rutledge we do not get paid to make certain statements everything that we say on the site is our own untainted honest opinion. Hope to see you again soon and keep the questions and opinions coming we always like hearing from our readers. Don’t forget to subscribe!