One of Titanfall’s biggest gripes when it landed back in 2014 was it’s lack of single player campaign. The on-line only game seemed to have lost some depth by ignoring a storyline to set up the online action. Respawn have remedied this with a full single player campaign mode in Titanfall 2, giving you the name of Jack Cooper and throwing you into a VR training session essentially to learn the nuts and bolts of the games controls. You know the drill, wall runs, power slide, jump boost, and how to aim and shoot your weapons. Basic stuff to be sure, but essential just in case any un-trained players pick up a copy of the game!
Cooper – I mean, you – dream of being a pilot, so it’s good when your training is interrupted and you’re dropped on a planet called Typhon, where you are fighting the IMC, why you’re fighting them, you’re not sure. But it does fell great to be out of the VR sim and into real life.
Things however don’t go well, and the battle turns against you. Your mentor is cut down in battle and by the time you reach him, it’s too late to save him. As luck would have it, with his last breath he authorizes control of his titan, BT-7274, to you to finish the mission.
Your dreams of becoming a Titan pilot have come true. Oh wait, you’ve got to go find some batteries first…
Yes, your Titans are now powered by batteries that run out and have to be replenished. This even carries over to multiplayer to a degree offering some more tactical possibilities.
When you get into multiplayer its quick to realise that Respawn have taken their great concept and tweaked it. Changed a few things, added a few subtle things, and just made everything a little bit more awesome. The game looks and sounds amazing. The guns feel solid and the game play just flows well. Of course, coming into Titanfall after playing a ton of traditional first person shooters will get you killed real quick.
That single player campaign – don’t ignore it. Stand around looking for targets like you’re playing Battlefield is a quick way to die. There is a reason you have abilities like wall running, sliding and double jumps. It’s to traverse the environment quickly as you seek out your next target.
Titanfall 2 just like it’s predecessor won’s be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you stick with it and give it your time and energy, you’ll soon be having a blast with the fast and furious play styles offered in Titanfall.
Rating: R16 Contains violence.