Game Review - Titanfall 2 on Xbox One

Written by Alpha_Lambda_Man on December 09, 2018 @ 6:54 pm

The first entry in this franchise was skipped due to a lack of single player campaign but they made up for that in this second visit into the Titan universe. Titanfall 2 was able to keep me riveted in my seat even if it was for a short amount of time.

Story - You take control of a forgettable character who is given authorization to handle a Titan robot due to extreme circumstances. From then on, this games becomes more of a quest to survival rather than building a legacy which both due occur as the story progresses. Survival turns into purpose when this pair resumes a mission previously designated to an ally and it just keeps getting bigger. The most impressive aspect about the story is the relationship between the man and the titan as they traverse diverse areas with several gimmicks in each one. In one level, you're dealing with time rifts while another deals with aerial approaches. Needless to say, the levels always offer something fresh and the titan provides some unexpected humor along with some emotional attachment to its character.

Graphics - They're as good as any other game of its time. Animations are smooth and the environments are vibrant with color. I wish there was more diversity in enemy AI because the only difference is on whether you're shooting humans or robots along with their throwable weapons. There's creatures in some levels but that's about it.


Gameplay - The gameplay has two versions of play depending on who you are controlling. The human pilot deals with more close encounters and is the typical shoot em up while the Titan controls like a true monstrosity and deals with the bigger foes. As stated earlier, each level has its own gimmick and lends itself to be really unique from its previous levels which keeps the gameplay fresh. Titanfall also uses a wall running mechanic that is assisted with jets to hold some cool maneuvers as you run on walls and shoot at your enemies from every direction. The one glitch that came up when wall running was that my player would throw grenades at random times when wall-running. I changed controllers to check if it was a malfunction but it kept doing this.

Overall, the game provided some great moments while also leaving room for a sequel. The relationship between man and machine is often characterized in the media but this one made it feel more like the Iron Giant rather than Terminator. I greatly enjoyed its single story campaign and can not wait for the next one.

Gameplay Rating: 9
Story Rating: 8
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 8
Sound Rating: 7
Overall Rating: 8

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Game Information

Platform
Xbox One
Developer(s)
Respawn Entertainment
Publisher(s)
Electronic Arts
Genre(s)
First Person Shooter
NA Release Date
October 28, 2016
JP Release Date
October 28, 2016
EUR Release Date
October 28, 2016
AUS Release Date
October 28, 2016
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
18
CERO Rating
D
ACB Rating
MA 15+
MVGL User Score
8.2
Composer
Stephen Barton
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