Introducing the first Next Big Game: Titanfall

Learn more about a new GameSpot feature highlighting the biggest upcoming games.

2014 has already brought some exciting changes, both big and small to GameSpot and we're nearly ready to unveil one more. Today, we're starting The Next Big game.

It's a new feature that not only focuses on the games that will have a big impact on the industry, but it also brings more attention to the talented people that help bring these experiences to life. There will be a new piece of content each day for the next five days, and all of it can be found on an easy-to-navigate hub.

It should come as no surprise that our very first entry is about Titanfall, a game poised to grab everyone's attention in the very competitive first-person shooter genre. The beta alone has already become one of 2014's major events leading up to the game's launch on March 11. But it's important to note that the Next Big Game isn't just about the triple-A games. We'll also cover the independent games that are forging new gameplay mechanics and concepts we think you might be interested in.

And that's the key to all of this: the GameSpot community. You've had a tremendous influence on the design of this feature, and you'll have even more influence on the games we select, both classic and upcoming, for future Next Big Game installments. Our choices will be based on what games you're looking at on the site.

With that in mind, we also welcome your suggestions and feedback in the comments below. None of us would be able to do this job without the time you spend reading and watching our content, so let us know what you think and prepare for Titanfall.

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joey391
joey391

So the next big thing is a multiplayer only game huh? No thanks. 

If it had a single player mode, I'd play it, because I never do any multiplayer on consoles...

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

BTW I just learned that you can block the NextBigGame header with Adblock. Thank god, it's so much better now.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

This Next Big Game feature sucks and it shows. It became a troll-bait, the only people commenting on the articles are fanboys who don't need that coverage already and weary and angry readers who didn't need it in the first place. Dedicating a headline for a single game for 5 days is maddening, my eyes bleed already, I'm sticking to IGN for my reading needs for this time. That "feature" is too intrusive and obscene.

dnathug
dnathug

Had the chance to play the beta for the last couple of days on xbox one and it was really a lot of fun, I didn't have one issue finding a game or bugs. Could be a pre order for sure. 

pip3dream
pip3dream

I agree with the people saying No Single Player No Buy.  I'm actually disappointed that I won't bee able to explore this beautiful world in a single player campaign.  All of the small crafted rooms in these buildings almost tell their own stories, I'm really genuinely curious about this world and would love to spend more time in it.


As it is, if I want to explore I'll have to put up with people telling me about what they did with my mother the night before.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Huge disappointment for me.  I was hoping Respawn would bring back the days of some of the best FPS Single Player campaigns out there.  Campaign's that can compare to the first couple of Call of Duty games.  Instead they bring out a bleepin' multi-player only game!  If it was on Steam, I might have picked it up on a Steam sale at 75% off.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

Huge game! Possible competitor for the GOTY! I played 5 hours and a half of the Beta, what I have to say is, this game have the best fluency ever founded in a FPS, and I think TTF is the FPS witch has more information in the screen than ever, great game! If you follow Metacritic, keep folowing, I think we'll see a 80 of 100 for more in March 11, I can't wait for the realese!

johnnylowfive
johnnylowfive

If you hate fps and Microsoft why are are you commenting? Anyone who ENJOYS fps you owe it to yourself to give give it a try. I hate Sony fan boys which I classify as almost everyone who says xbone or comments constantly on resolution or or frame rate. On the thr flip flop idea I don't like the Microsoft fan boys either I had a budget to by one one system and went with the X1. Totally bummed about about about the games I'll miss out on but am real pumped for t ones I'll get get to play. PC is not a real alternative alternative to most console gamers as a sits been proven Proven promenade proven ad nauseum that mouse a keyboard beats controller in fps. Imo most most fun I've had in a fps since halo 2 or cod 4 (always always struggle to rank those those two shooters. I I think kill one plays horrible but looks pretty and and Titanfall looks nice/very nice and plays amazingly. For the Sony ponies who constantly go on about indie games it's funny to to see them constantly talk about resolution or fps. For the MS fan boys just accept accept accept that ps4 is a more powerful system. I don't own a Playstation but I also have never commented on a Sony game. I'll probably never post again but I really love how South park hit it right on the head. MS and Sony have have somehow recruited armies to fight in the most meaningless war ever started. Sorry for the rant my Gamertag is Johnny low five would would love some people to play Titanfall with. I'm competitive competitive but also want gaming to be a relaxing experience. Can't wait for March 11.

quidditch3
quidditch3

The game is great, except for some of the on screen text could be tweaked a bit to get rid of some odd spacing for example: Victory is written as Victor y, and Titan Ready looks like Tit an ready. (Now that you have read this you will never unsee this)


I feel bad the PS fanboys miss out on such a great game, its only in beta and it is amazing.

MigzBR
MigzBR

Played on both my pc and my xbox one. My PC version running on my 780 ti runs laps around my xbox one version. The resolution downscale is very noticeable on the xbox one. For example whenever u use the auto lock pistol on the console you can see that the like is not that smooth, you can see some edges. This game is a master piece on the PC. They promised a new type of multiplayer and delivered it. Game is very fast pace but fun and the AI does a good job

flacker001
flacker001

I must admit the game is graphically beautiful (1080p or not), but for me the lack of single player makes it a no buy. A well crafted single player story could have made this the next Halo in my opinion, but the visually detailed world is wasted on a multiplayer only game that you charge through in a frantic run. Asking $60 for a MP only game is pretty ridiculous too in my opinion.

Shenmue_Jehuty
Shenmue_Jehuty

I cannot trust a source (Gamespot) to give me an impartial assessment of a game when they've obviously been given thousands of dollars to advertise for this so called "revolutionary" game. Microsoft and EA are shoveling so much money into this website's pocket, they'll say anything about this game that MS and EA want. I already know when it's released, Titanfall will get no lower than a 9/10 because of this bribery. Thank goodness for the community, although MS is trying their hardest to buy these people over as well, sickening.

adambomb007
adambomb007

Game is 10x better than I expected. Not sure what else to say but that it does live up to the hype. Even if you do not like FPS games you have to respect it.

itmustbepaul
itmustbepaul

With all the ads wrapped around the site, this game, coverage, and inevitable 8+ review all scream payola. And we know how Microsoft rolls.

Ombus
Ombus

guys guys ! look ! a new mario !! ohh right ! lets not play it because its not a next gen game... -.- stop with the stupid blabering and if you want to play it play it.. god lord ..


Triton
Triton

Finally a next gen game. But still not enough to get me to buy a new system with all the current gen ports.. I'll play it on my PC.

croxus
croxus

G$ is trying so really really hard to hype up the next EA poster boy, they have gone really far with that, they must be really desperate and of course very well compensated by M$ and EA.

Every non M$ fanboy should be deeply offended by G$'s behavior. It is insulting to our IQ.

Ok we know that G$ always favored M$ by those Halo reviewes/ratings and how hyppocrites they were with Battlefield 4 buggy launch, that saw other titles getting a 4, for having half the ammount of those bugs, but c mon, with the titanfall hype campaign they have gone far too far!!! 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

I think before people bitch about this game......i recommend one thing first.



have a guess what that 1 thing is.....................



come on guess.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Sony may have moved new consoles based on marketing, but with Microsoft having a true next gen game on their hands, the tables may have turned.

Lol 1080p - the more powerful console rarely wins the console race. Games usually win over customers.

Good job Microsoft - you have a game everyone wants. Just read below for the Sony fanboy tears.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue


@pip3dream Well, besides the jerk in me pointing out the obvious "you can mute the children"...


We don't know yet how the "campaign multiplayer" thing in the game works, or what other game types we see in the full version. Who knows, maybe you get to spend more time admiring the details?


For me, it is sad that there is no campaign, but it's not a deal killer, really. I'm fairly positive we will be seeing more of this franchise in the future and hopefully singleplayer too.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@johnnylowfive Nice post. I like your non-subjective demeanor. I am a PS guy, but I have nothing against anyone arguing for their respective console as long as it's cordial. It's the morons who feel the need to bash for no reason that bug me. They have nothing better to do or feel like their console of choice is being berated and they have to make themselves look like complete fools in order to defend them. Maybe if we stop letting teenagers speak their minds until they get old enough to be competent some of this will at least slow down. Don't know how that will happen, but it couldn't hurt.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@quidditch3 "Tit an ready" FTW!!!  :)


The real question is, when the Hell are the Titanfall-branded cases getting officially released?

wookiegr
wookiegr

@quidditch3  Why? many PS4 owners have PC's. I have a PC, doesn't mean I will play this though. Why is it always the assumption that gamers have just the one console and nothing else? VERY narrow minded.

MarioMan9112
MarioMan9112

@flacker001 I think you're wrong on that your likely to get a lot more play time out of a MP only game then a SP game most single player games you play for between 6-12 hrs before its put on a shelf never to be played again whereas you can put an almost indefinite amount of time into MP.

If anything I think its ridiculous to keep paying $60 for  6-12 games regardless of how good the story is.

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

@Shenmue_Jehuty  Yeah, I'm sure they are paid to attack the X1 on the daily basis too. Double standard much?

MigzBR
MigzBR

@Shenmue_Jehuty  trust them or not it is a good game, and there are other gaming websites out there if your not happy here.

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

@Triton  "Finally a next gen game" , 

CoD with mechs, with dumb as hell a.i running around, isn't my personal idea of a next gen game.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@croxus It helps to have correct spelling if you want to be serious. I am not one who cares for that sort of shit, but if you want people to listen it helps to be able to spell.

visanbogdan
visanbogdan

@croxus They did the same exposure with the GTA5 last year, you must rethink your arguments.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@croxus  why? it looks pretty fun to me and its not Battlefield or COD.


ecurl143
ecurl143

@nyran125tk  I recomment the (XBox) one thing first............I see what you did there.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Sevenizz I don't care which console you or anyone else prefers, but I'm a Sony guy with nothing against MS. I just like Playstation better. Doesn't mean a god damn thing IMO. If it makes you feel better that you think everyone wants a COD game with Mech suits then that is totally fine. Just don't think everyone else is going to agree. Everyone will be satisfied with what they play and Titanfall has nothing to do with that. I am happy for the people that play their games on whatever console or PC they choose.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@Sevenizz  i think they are moving consoles based on price mostly.  I never doubted the ps4 would outsell the xbox one at first due to being cheaper.  most average gamers aren't so into all the 1080p vs 900p vs whatever resolution debate like all the fanboys here. go to best buy and talk to a person browsing the gaming section and they probably would be clueless about the resolution differences of games and all that.  they just know "hey i heard titanfall is about to come out".


That's why you're right, the more powerful console doesn't always win, it's all about the games. 

ecurl143
ecurl143

@Sevenizz  I don't know how many times we have to say this but it's not an XBone exclusive - it's going to be available on the PC - imo, the superior platform.

What the hell are you talking about PS4 fanboys? - My guess is, most of those who have a PS4 will also have a pretty decent rig.

If we wanna play it, we'll pick it up for PC.

Not quite so exclusive now is it?

johnnylowfive
johnnylowfive

I would would bet money you're the one with a narrow outlook. I don't have a single friend relative or coworker who games on a PC. Playstation and/or X1 for every single one. If you do awesome but nobody I know does. Have fun with almost every exclusive because very few other (relatively speaking) have that opportunity.

sorrowsrevenge
sorrowsrevenge

Lies. How can a group of people complain about price and constantly point out how cheap the ps4 is and then turn around and have a gaming PC. Lies

croxus
croxus

@nyran125tk  

Because it doesnt seem next gen to me. And personally i was never attracted by sci fi shooters, unless they were original.

They are countless japanese mech games, some very good free to plays launched only last year, of equal at least graphical fidelity.

I feel that the game has copied far too much from the warhammer 40k universe, they should at least try to find an original name for the titans...

This is why i will pass, but this is not why i feel disgusted by G$

The problem is that they have been hyping this game far too much for all the wrong reasons.

We have seen that type of hyping only on M$ exclusives or EA flagships and this one here is the result of G$s combined sponsor bribing.

Ok i excpected some epic hyping this team and treating us like mindless sheeps, having this game in the top for weeks/months, but they have gone too far with this, they are completely ignoring games that have appeared, or will soon appear in a few days, like Lords of shadows 2, only to post again and again the very same hyping for titanfall, in their desperate effort to make is sound important and eclipse the casual gamers attention to everything else.

Many games have come and went, during the titanfall hyping period, that were unfairly completely dismissed by GS. Instead of doing their duty and review those games during their launch window, all they do is collecting revenue form M$ and EA for the titanfall hype...

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

@Tomcat2007 @Sevenizz  It's 720p... 900p is wishful thinking on your part, fanboy. In the current gen resolution matters greatly, or have you not been paying attention to the sales and the developers? "That's why you're right, the more powerful console doesn't always win, it's all about the games." If this is true then Xbone is in some deep shit, because MS doesn't care about games, they want a cable box.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@ecurl143  okay fine it's on the PC, but lets be realistic. What percentage of gamers have BOTH a gaming PC and a new console?  Yes, most PS4 owners have a PC but I disagree that it's a gaming rig.  it's probably a laptop or entry level desktop.  I know a lot of people on this forum will disagree and say you have a full blown gaming rig + console, but you guys are more hardcore than the general population.  The fact is for the general console gamer, for all practical purposes, you can only get Titanfall on Xbox.  Period.  And that's not a bad thing, since all the sony fanboys say Titanfall is overrated anyway, is't full 1080p, and won't sell so i guess you won't miss anything.

Burniz
Burniz

@ecurl143  we all know it is on PC but this game has been made First on xbox one!!!

wookiegr
wookiegr

@sorrowsrevenge  "Group of people" that statement alone means you are a fanboy. There are LOTS of gamers out there with all sorts of things going on that you know nothing about. 

Burniz
Burniz

@Luizao2779  it depends on how good you are with your mech and there's some burn cards where the drop time is less 80 seconds....

Luizao2779
Luizao2779

@wexorian @Burniz @Shelledfade1 @Triton  i have played it and it does feel like a COD with mechs and wall jump. Moving thru the map and walking on walls and the parkour are very enjoyable though. The pace is too frantic for you to enjoy riding a mech, it takes longer to wait for them to appear than what you actually get to play on them.

ecurl143
ecurl143

@croxus Agreed - I like to keep informed about game development and technology in general, that's why I visit Gamespot - overall, it's my favourite site but it does irk me when every time I open up a tab for this site, there a Titanfall article taking up all the space and grabbing my attention - that must be costing something? - all that huge publicity can't be free?

I just think it needs dialing back a bit - OK, I know what the game is about, i know it might be the next big thing and I know people are excited about it but jesus christ, less is more sometimes guys.

Here's an example from the front page of Gamespot today - no less tha 4 huge articles regarding the game.

Titanfall Starter Guide.

Introducing The Next Big Game - same article repeated on the front page one hogging the entire banner headline and another listed on the newswire - 5 huge days of coverage - really?

Titanfall Beta

Top Games - TitanFall.


No other games are getting that kind of exposure - seems very biased to me.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@Tomcat2007  let's be realistic, this game was meant to run on calculators. It runs on 360, it will run on virtually every PC - a thing that most PS4 owners have anyway.

AYrols
AYrols

@Tomcat2007  you dont need a gaming PC to run this game on full-hd hell even my laptop can run this game which is sad considering  the XB1 cant even run it at Full-hd.

you want the definitive edition get this game on PC a even the new nvidia 750 ti (med-low range card) run this game better than xbone this system is a joke,it's already beaten by mid-low range card.   

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

@Tomcat2007  It's on Xbone, 360, and PC... A lot of people have gaming PC's or at least something that can run Titanfall (the requirements are pretty low) and also have a Xbone or PS4, don't be so dense, fanboy. 

ecurl143
ecurl143

@Burniz I can guarantee that this game has been built, developed and play tested first and foremost on a PC - in fact pretty much every game in existence is developed on a PC first, then shoe-horned onto it's target hardware - in this case, the XBone but make no mistake - it's born from a PC my friend.