Coming soon: Titanfall

Titanfall: Mechs make everything that much cooler.

First, I admit that I missed the sign-up period for the Titanfall beta. Yes, even though I was reminded of the game through a half-dozen Twitter tags every minute, I still failed to sign up in time. I feel dreadful. I’m not much for multiplayer of any kind, but I did want to give it a go.

What is Titanfall, I hear some hypotheticals asking? It’s actually difficult for me to gauge how visible Titanfall is, since most of my news on it comes from promos, beta footage, and articles from gaming journalists. But for those of you who don’t know, Titanfall is a first-person war game, multiplayer-only, in which two teams of players duke it out as foot soldiers called “Pilots” and then in huge mech suits called “Titans.”

This looks pretty good for what it is. It’s certainly good-looking graphically, though it does seem to be a case of tech over art, in that the game setting doesn’t seem to have a personality. That doesn’t bother me, though. I wasn’t expecting another Mirror’s Edge. The game was developed by Respawn Entertainment, a company headed by former Infinity Ward employees who worked on the Modern Warfare games, and is distributed by EA.

I almost feel embarrassed to admit any reservations about this game. In a previous article about Battlefield and Call of Duty, I said that I thought the people who make both games should move on, since their attempts at innovation were wasted on those series. It wasn’t until after that article was published that I remembered Titanfall, which is pretty much them doing just that.

But I do have some reservations. There are only three Titan models, and unless Respawn is saving about ten more for the March release, that’s likely all we’re going to get until official DLC comes around. Also, a lot of the prerelease hype has to do with the graphics, not the actual breadth of content or modes of play available for the game.

I am glad this will be getting a PC release, not to mention a 360 release. I think I’ll play on the latter, so as to give my beloved PC a break. I may not have the edge graphically when I eventually do play, but if graphics are all there is to this game, then it doesn’t deserve the hype anyway. I’m prepared for Titanfall. Here’s hoping I can call myself impressed.

I'm the daughter of a veteran who spent my childhood in Killeen. As of 2013, I have a degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. I'm a critic of books, films, television, and video games. Find me on Twitter: @rachel_knows

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