Single Player Still A Possibility In Future Titanfall Games

Though Respawn’s CEO seems to think those lackluster story bits were important.

When Titanfall released in March of this year it shipped without a traditional single-player campaign, which is a fact that has been pretty controversial. There were little tidbits of story that were splattered throughout the online portions of the game, but nothing that made any kind of impact or sense.

Now, Respawn Entertainment’s CEO Dusty Welch has spoken with Game Informer about the potential of a true single-player experience in the future. He said the following:

“Would I rule [a single-player mode] out for the future? Certainly not, but I think that there’s a lot of reward in continuing to push the paradigm that Titanfall introduced, which is this always connected, real live visceral multiplayer universe.

I think he’s taking what Titanfall did a little too far in expressing that introduced some sort of new way presenting a game. Pretty much everyone agrees that it is a multiplayer only game and the little story bits are throw away, at best. Charging full price for a multiplayer-only game is too much, so I say either they offer a fully-featured package with a single-player next time or they knock that price down a notch or two. The game is a lot of fun, but I ultimately felt like it wasn’t the best value.

‘Titanfall’, ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ & More Discounted Today On Amazon

In what is a bit of surprising news, Respawn Entertainment‘s hugely-popular FPS game Titanfall is being offered for a big discount today on Amazon as part of their Deal of the Day program. You can get the smash-hit that just released last month for just $37.

This deal is available for all versions of Titanfall, which is available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. However, Amazon notes that the Xbox 360 version of the game may require an additional day or two to process.

Elsewhere on Amazon, today’s Lightning Deals aren’t too shabby either. The following is a list of games and the time they will be available for a discount.

  • 9AM EDT – Skylanders SWAP Force Spy Rise and Rubble Rouser
  • 1PM EDT – Turtle Beach Ear Force PX51 Premium Wireless Dolby Digital PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 Gaming Headset
  • 3PM EDT – Turtle Beach Marvel Seven: Limited Edition Gaming Headset
  • 5PM EDT – Skylanders SWAP Force Single Characters
  • 9PM EDT – Batman: Arkham Origins – Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita
  • 1AM EDT – Beyond: Two Souls – PS3

Condemn (OR) Condone:

Considering it’s been selling like mad and it has only been out for one month has me shocked that any retailer would discount Titanfall so much, even if it is only for a day. If you already have Titanfall, some other quality games like Batman: Arkham Origins and Beyond: Two Souls are definitely ones to watch out for. Good day for gaming deals!

Titanfall Was The Highest-Selling Game Of March 2014

The March 2014 sales report has been revealed by the NPD Group, which reveals that the highest-selling game last month was none other than Respawn Entertainment‘s FPS Titanfall.

Titanfall released on the Xbox One and PC, which gave it a sizable boost over the PlayStation 4 exclusive inFamous: Second Son. The top 5 selling games for 2014 are as follows:

  1. Titanfall (Xbox One, PC)
  2. inFamous: Second Son (PlayStation 4)
  3. South Park: The Stick of Truth (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
  4. Call of Duty: Ghosts (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
  5. Dark Souls II (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Condemn (OR) Condone:

March will go down as one of the best months that gaming has had in a while, as 4 of the top 5 games received great reviews across the board. I would personally have liked to see Dark Souls II at the top of this list because it blew my freakin’ head right off my shoulders, but I won’t complain about Titanfall either. Hooray for gaming!

Sony Was Interested In Releasing Titanfall On Vita?

It’s pretty well known now that Titanfall wasn’t originally an Microsoft exclusive, but a new piece of information has surfaced that suggests a pretty surprising platform the game could have ended up on. That platform is the PlayStation Vita.

Respawn Entertainment revealed in The Final Hours of Titanfall app that Sony had offered to help them make a Vita version of the game at some point, as they apparently weren’t as interested in a PlayStation 4 version.

However, even though round one of Titanfall ended up exclusively on Microsoft platforms, it’s looking pretty certain that the future sequels in the series will be available on any system that can handle the game.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

This definitely surprised me when I first read it, because I would have figured that Titanfall would have naturally been on PlayStation 4 rather than Vita. Also, the more I think about it, the more I realize that the way the Vita handles wouldn’t be very ideal for Titanfall‘s control layout. If they worked it so that it had a different control-scheme for the Vita it could have been cool, but proper triggers and beefier control sticks on the main console controllers would probably deem the Vita version the inferior one.

Future Titanfall Update Types Discussed By Game’s Director

Although Titanfall‘s first DLC pack was just announced, there will be a lot of updates coming to the game that will be free. The game’s director Steve Fukuda discussed that there will be a few different types of updates that will be rolled out in between map packs in the future.

Fukuda said that the updates will fall into 3 categories: Minor updates that will tend to small bugs and glitches, Convenience updates that will make certain game elements more user-friendly, and lastly the Infrastructure updates that will bring sizable changes to the game, such as private matches.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

It’s good to know that minor and major upgrades won’t be pinned down exclusively to DLC. I’m hoping that some substantial content will com that will beef out some of the game’s modes, but some of that has a good chance of coming with a price.

IGN’s Optimus Prime Titanfall April Fool’s Joke Is Hilarious

Before I went to bed last night, I said to myself, “Ok, when I wake up tomorrow I need to be prepared for all of the bogus headlines that I’m going to see.” Some websites simply warned others to watch out, but a few actually went ahead and pulled a prank. IGN was one of those sites, and today they claimed that Optimus Prime would be available in Titanfall’s next DLC.

The video is about a minute long and shows Optimus Prime and a voice actor doing his voice hilariously as he lays waste to all of those in his way. Check out the video right here.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

Alright, so this thing is very obviously fake, but that is what  find to be so funny about. In my honest opinion, with the state of the Titanfall being so fragmented and jumbled, they could totally throw in Optimus Prime at this point without confusing anything anymore than it already is.

Judgment: Condone

[Note] The judgments are the following:

CondemnHate | (O) – Dislike | (OR) – Indifferent | (R) – Like | CondoneLove

Condemn O.R. Condone – Titanfall (Xbox One)

It may be surprisingly lacking in content, but Titanfall is still an absolute blast to play.

Here it is: the moment of truth! I have spent a generous amount of time with this multiplayer sensation known as Titanfall, and have now gathered enough information to write a review. As I booted up the game I was excited to finally see what all the fuss was about, because I’m clearly not a person who likes to be left in the cold when it comes to the hot sensations. So, what are my thoughts about Titanfall and all of the hype surrounding it? Well, it’s complicated.

Titanfall was developed by Respawn Entertainment under the publishing of EA, and many of Respawn Entertainment’s crew consist of employees that were important people in the Modern Warfare series in the Call of Duty franchise. So, when you first drop into Titanfall, things look and feel a bit familiar. The shooting mechanics all feel very much like an extension of the Call of Duty series, from shooting and sprinting animations down to the physics engine. However, a lot more of has been added to the formula here to stop this from becoming a Call of Duty clone. In this gamers opinion, it has surpassed that old formula in every way.

What truly sets Titanfall apart from other FPS games is its movement speed and freedom of movement. In this game, you have the ability to do wall runs and double jumps, which makes areas that would be impossible to access in other FPS games possible here. This sense feeling that you can go absolutely anywhere in the level, from the top of buildings or through normally out of reach windows, gives the game a constant sense of discovery as you consistently attempt to access new areas.

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Of course, there is one other major feature that I haven’t even mentioned yet, and that is the game’s giant mechs called Titans. These Titans can be called into battle after a certain amount of time, and when you enter them you are now a giant beast. What’s fantastic about controlling a Titan is that it doesn’t feel clunky or restricted like mechs usually do in other FPS games. In fact, your Titan moves almost a swiftly as your Pilot does, as you can sprint and boost around levels very quickly. The Titan has access to a machine gun and missile launcher, and has a shield that recharges after a short amount of time and a health meter that depletes when the shield is depleted.

In terms of variety with your Titans, when the game begins you only have access to one “normal” type of Titan called Atlas. However, once you complete the two different online campaign scenarios (which I’ll get into later), you unlock a bigger Titan called Ogre that has higher defense and a smaller Titan called Stryder that is faster. It’s a pretty basic stat differential, as it all comes down to whether or not you want more defense, more speed or a balance of both. It would have been nice if there was a bit more variety with the Titans, as would be the ability to customize your Titans appearance.

For both Pilots and Titans you have the ability to customize your loadouts. You can pick your primary weapon, secondary weapon, grenade types and abilities. As you progress through the game and level up online you will unlock new weapons, skins and perks for your weapons. These all function very similarly to that of the Call of Duty franchise, as meeting challenges with specific weapons will also net you new enhancements.

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Where Titanfall gets a little iffy is not in any of its mechanics or polish, but in the its lack of content. When you boot up the game you will notice that their are 3 modes to chose from; a “campaign” mode, a classic multiplayer mode and a training mode. Training mode is something you’re prompted to do right at the beginning and you never return to it, so that leaves you with two modes that will be taking most of your time. What’s most interesting about these two modes is that they’re very similar, as they are both online multiplayer modes. Classic allows you to play 5 different types of games; such as Attrition, Capture the Flag and Hard Point, and matches you up with players of similar skill.

The “Campaign” mode is almost exactly the same thing as classic, with the only difference is you will have little snippets of story playing before during and after the matches. They try to make what is happening in the story to affect the gameplay of the match, but it doesn’t. Through the course of the campaign you will play as either the IMC or Militia, and all games will be either Attrition or Hard Point. You may see or hear from story characters during the matches, but the fact of the matter is that if you lose the match, the story continues. It would have been nice to see this “campaign” mode feel more consequential, but sadly the end result feels more like an afterthought.

Going back to the classic mode, it is also a little disappointing that the game is launching with only 5 truly unique game modes. For a game that is so heavily focused on multiplayer, you would think that they would accommodate for the lack of a single-player mode with a lot of different game types, but this game ships with less modes than any other FPS multiplayer game that does contain a single-player mode. If this game were being sold at a cheaper price I wouldn’t have a problem with it, but the fact that they are charging $60 for essentially 5 multiplayer modes with the option for a tacked-on narrative is really pushing it.

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Out of all the reviews I have written, this is the one that has me scratching my head the most. Here we have a game that is without a traditional single player experience that is still being sold for $60. You may be thinking, “Well, it’s a multiplayer focused game and that’s where most people will be spending the majority of their time with the game,” but even the multiplayer is surprisingly lacking. For Mike’s sake, there are only 6 multiplayer modes, and one of them is a grab bag of the other 5. Still, Titanfall’s mechanics are so smooth and polished that as soon as I begin playing I forget about its lack of features and just get absorbed in the gameplay. Titanfall is weak on depth of content, but from a pure gameplay perspective it’s very strong, so if you’re willing to accept that then you can have a lot of fun with the game.

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