What’s a better way to get this blog section started than to review one of the biggest (albiet overshadowed) games at the moment? So, that’s exactly what I’m gonna do! Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce you to Titanfall 2

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So yeah, that was a pretty epic trailer, wasn’t it? But the big question that many of us have after watching an epic trailer is whether the game lives up to it, or whether it pulls a Dead Island on us? Because, let’s be honest, no one wants to go through that kind of disappointment again, right?

So, let’s get on with it!

Storyline

One thing I always judge a game on is the storyline. I grew up in the 90s, with the SNES, PlayStation (the first one) and of course, a PC. Therefore, I was able to enjoy games like Legend of Dragoon that featured epic storylines across multiple discs – that was some great value for money right there!

But what about Titanfall 2? It had a pretty big hill to climb after the complete lack of a single player storyline, and the fact that the multiplayer “storyline” was mediocre at best…

Thankfully, the developers of Titanfall 2 actually listened to the fans! I know, you’re probably thinking “shut the hell up” right now… But it’s true. This time around, not only is there a story but there’s actually a bloody a single player campaign!

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Now, I’ve gotta say that I’m really happy they’ve put the single player campaign in. The storyline, whilst pretty generic in most parts, does what it needs to – it’s fun and entertaining, which is what these things are supposed to be. Unfortunately, it’s just too short… It comes in at about 5 or 6 hours, which is still an infinite improvement on the first game, but still feels rather disappointing.

However, that disappointment isn’t because the storyline is bad, or the campaign is boring. In fact, it comes from the fact that it was so damn entertaining that I want to see more, dammit! Feed me more! The world building is just enough to make you crave for more, but not enough to get stale. The characters are funny (especially BT) and the war that fuels the storyline is throughly engaging. So, why the bloody hell is it only 5 hours long!? Here’s hoping Titanfall 3 can continue improving on this….

Gameplay

Another one of the important aspects of any game is how it plays, from controller layout to actual enjoyment… And you know what, Titanfall 2 is pretty damn good on both points! Now, I’ve played the game on PS4, but I know people who have played on PC as well, as they have told me that the controls are easy to pick up there too. Of course, that’s to be expected now, as most shooters use the same basic control setup anyway. But what about enjoyment?

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The game itself plays very differently depending on whether you are in multiplayer or single player mode. In single player mode everything is much slower, and you have time to practice aiming and lining up your shots. If you are new to shooters, you should definitely start off doing the single player campaign.

Multiplayer, on the other hand, is epic! The speed that you and your opponents move at is incredible, and the ability to jump and wall run is perfected! Other games have definitely tried to implement this sort of movement, but Titanfall still remains the king! And then, when you all start to bring out your Titans, everything shifts gear and you feel like you are playing old school Mechwarrior! That’s a good thing, by the way, because Mechwarrior used to be awesome.

All in all, the game is addictive, and I really hope that it gets picked up and pushed for eSports. Even just from a spectator point of view, watching matches on Titanfall 2 is so much fun! In fact, here’s one of my personal favourite videos so far, just for your enjoyment!

See what I mean? Just watching it is exciting! Actually playing through those matches is fucking amazing! I’m nowhere near that good, especially on PS4 (I’m used to aiming with a mouse) but even I love each match! There’s just something so enticing and exciting about the shift in tone and speed, the change in tactics and the overall adrenaline rush that multiplayer gives you! So yeah, Titanfall 2 definitely wins in terms of Gameplay!

Graphics

Finally, the last aspect of games that I’ll be reviewing is the graphics. I’ve put them last because they’re probably the least important aspect for me, but I know they are important to most people out there. Now, in terms of graphics, Titanfall 2

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is pretty damn good. I’ve not encountered any graphical bugs yet, and the lighting itself is gorgeous! In fact, whilst writing this I’ve been trying really fucking hard to find something to moan about, and I’ve come up short!

The animations are smooth, even when flying through the air or running along a wall at break-neck speed. I have yet to have any frame rate issues, and the HUD is clean and easy to navigate quickly during combat. All in all, I am really impressed by how subtle and clean the developers managed to make the game, whilst also making it feel like you’re actually taking part in a war! Nice one, guys!

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