Standby for Titanfall

Titanfall 2 is out and chances are you skipped over this game, yet you might be missing out on some of the most fun you’ll have in an FPS. It’s quite understandable, though, if you did skip over it since it dropped between the release of Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. If you missed out on the original game that came out two years ago in March, don’t worry, you didn’t miss much. The original Titanfall, while fun and exciting, was flawed in so many ways. Thankfully, Respawn took the criticism in stride and presented us with a fabulous sequel that can be played not only on the PC and Xbox One, but also the PS4.  So for you PS4only gamers, welcome to Titanfall!

I implore you not to sleep on the campaign. As much as you want to get out there and drop a titan on someone, the campaign is actually pretty damn good.  It’s well known that the first Titanfall didn’t have a legit campaign and left most of us wondering what the hell we were fighting for, but now we get to dive into a story that’s worth our time.  Yes, it’s incredibly short, but the campaign not only tells an interesting story, it also makes you utilize pilot skills and abilities that will come in handy for the multiplayer experience.  You’ll also get a good introduction to the six different titan classes which are also available in multiplayer.  

Once you’ve finished the campaign, it’s time to drop into the multiplayer.  Be prepared for an incredibly fastpaced thrill ride.  Trust me, it’s fast paced and will make other games feel slow and plodding.  Each match, no matter the mode, goes by in the blink of an eye.  Depending on the game modes, you’ll encounter a mix of other players and AI bots.  Don’t ignore the bots, kill them.  If you’re struggling to kill other players, go after the bots, especially if you’re playing Attrition.  

For some of you, this may not seem like a big deal, but for those of us that played the original Titanfall, the customization options for both the pilot and titans is huge.  There are now six titans which all have unique weapons and abilities.  A few you will have to unlock through purchases with the ingame currency, which you earn for playing in multiplayer. So fear not, you don’t have to spend real money.  Beyond the ability customization, there are a ton of different skins and paints to unlock that alter the titan appearance.  These paints have specific tasks that you need to complete to unlock them, plus those tasks grant merits which go towards leveling your character.  Not only are titans customizable, your pilot is, as well, and there are a slew of weapon options this time around and some new abilities and perks to go along with the additions.  I definitely recommend trying out the different weapons and abilities to find the right one for you.  

The player leveling is based upon merits earned and there are multiple ways to earn merits.  The most straightforward way is the consistent use of a primary weapon and titan class which you can rank up as you play.  Another means to earn merits is to complete the tasks to unlock the customization options.  This does require you to look through all your options and perhaps play a little differently than you’re comfortable with, but doing so will help you level faster.  Join a network and jump on during the network’s happy hour!  Every network has a dedicated happy hour which grants you five merits if you play during the specified hour.  You can also be in a total of five different networks.  Yes, SGN has a network for those of you on the PS4 and Xbox One, though not sure about the PC.  Once you reach level 50, you’ll be given the option to regen, which all you Call of Duty players refer to as prestige.  Unlike the original Titanfall, you will not be required to complete a sequence of tasks to finish the regen.  You’ll simply regen and start the leveling process from 1 to 50.  The highest regen is 10 but you’re now well on your way to becoming a level 10 Regen Pilot.  

Are you excited yet?  Titanfall 2 gets even better!  I know it’s hard to believe, but all future DLC will be free.  Yes, it’s going to be free!  No more splitting of the player base and sadness that you can’t play with a friend because they didn’t buy the season pass or the DLC.  No more paying $60 for the base game and then shelling out another $50 to play the rest of the game.  

Titanfall 2 is a huge improvement over the original, yet doesn’t lose its fun, fast paced and addictive gameplay.  If you’re looking for a game that’s different from the Battlefields and Call of Dutys, then this may be a solid option for you to try.  If you’re a fan of FPS games and don’t have it, what are you waiting for? Drop a titan on it!

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