Titanfall Review Roundup

The new IP from a team of former Call of Duty developers is finally here; is it worth your time?

The wait is (nearly) over. Titanfall comes to Xbox One and PC tomorrow, March 11, in North America, but should you buy the game or hold off? To help you out, we've rounded up what the critics are saying about the new IP from Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment.

Something to consider: Titanfall is an online-only title and the integrity of the battlefield could change from what it was when reviewers critiqued the game. Should anything go wrong tomorrow, we will of course make this known. Titanfall is also coming to Xbox 360 on March 25 courtesy of Bluepoint Games. We'll have a review roundup for that version of the game when critics have a chance to finally play it.

Right now, Titanfall boasts an 87 metascore on GameSpot sister site Metacritic. That number only includes Xbox One scores.

Polygon -- 9.5/10

"Titanfall is the rare game that feels like it came out on top of the few compromises Respawn has had to make. Sliding the spectacle and holy shit moments of an epic campaign among bold, fast multiplayer that steals unlikely elements, Respawn has made them shine like they belonged there all along. Titanfall may not mark the same kind of sea change that Modern Warfare started but the pieces are all there in a game that delivers on its potential as the next big thing." [Full review]

Joystiq -- 4.5/5

"When it's not all a clash of the you-know-whats, when there's a volatile mix of scampering boots and earth-rattling bipeds on the battlefield, Titanfall truly excels. It subsists on imbalance and the race to bear big arms first. It feeds on the fallout that results when equality means the other guy gets a robot too. Titanfall isn't tuned to perfection for everyone yet, but it starts as a smart, swift, and startling movement in well-traveled space." [Full review]

Official Xbox Magazine -- 8.5/10

"A consummate multiplayer shooter, Titanfall has little to offer those interested in story--but for everyone else, it's a must-play." [Full review]

Electronic Gaming Monthly -- 10/10

"Titanfall lives up to all the expectations established when it was first revealed, in a way that so few games are able ever to accomplish, and represents nothing short of first-person shooter multiplayer taken to new heights." [Full review]

GameSpot -- 9/10

"The overarching experience of playing Titanfall is one of rejuvenation and reinvigoration. The sprint speed, the arsenal, the game modes, and more are all firmly derived from some of the most successful online shooters of recent years. But by reinventing the way you move, Titanfall reinvents what it feels like to play a competitive shooter. The high-flying action intertwines beautifully with the brutish, tactical titan battles, creating battlefields that crackle with possibility. Titanfall is a leap forward for shooters, a game that combines the vibrant and new with the tried and true to create something special." [Full review]

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) -- 7/10

"The total lack of single-player capability is at odds with most other FPS games. If the likes of Call of Duty or Halo can provide both single- and multiplayer modes for the same price tag, it doesn't seem right that Titanfall can't. While Respawn and EA are cutting down on the price of development by foregoing single-player, those savings aren't being passed on to gamers, which is the concerning part of the game. At the very least, including an offline AI bot mode would seem to be a no-brainer, but it's not here for whatever reason. So, while Titanfall delivers amazing next-generation action, its next-generation business plan isn't nearly as impressive." [Full review]

Videogamer -- 8/10

"But for all its strengths, its reliance on tried and true modes and rigid maps stops Titanfall achieving its full potential. Capture the Flag, Attrition, and Domination are the best gametypes, but none of them show the same invention that's occurring elsewhere in the title, leading to a feeling of natural fatigue. Some of the maps also feel too similar to each other, lacking in distinction, and campaign multiplayer is sadly non-dynamic. A very good first installment then, but the best is yet to come." [Full review]

VentureBeat -- 8.2/10

"For a multiplayer-only game, Titanfall should have some amazing options and ways to play. But it doesn't. It has a very healthy number of maps (15), but the lack of interesting new modes will make you feel shortchanged for not getting a single-player campaign. Hell, even shooters like Halo 2 from two console generations ago offer more in the multiplayer-options department. A lot more. It all feels like a temporary stop for Respawn on the way to Titanfall 2. But what is there is so incredible, assuming you're already into such games. (Don't like shooting things? Nothing here will change your mind.) After almost 20 hours of playtime, my hands are cramped from gripping the controller so tightly--and I'm going back for more." [Full review]

For more on the critical reception for Titanfall, be sure to read Metacritic's full coverage of the game.

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SEADRIVE
SEADRIVE

I am with you pertaining to that...most of the single player campaigns are not very good anymore and the multiplayer portion is what gets the mileage...so, I would rather more work on an improved multiplayer with more interesting maps instead of a campaign...except for Halo...I do like the story...Call of Duty and such, I could do without.

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

I don't really understand why people still care about single player campaigns on a FPS.  A story is for a game like Zelda that has nothing to do with other players.  You finish the story and that game is over until you want to do the same thing over again.

Despite what vocal nerds say masses buy FPS type games because you can have a different experience every time you play it.

I play all types of games and I enjoy them for what they are. 

snaken313
snaken313

Might pick it up on 360 because the gameplay looks great. Just bought my PS4 though... looks like it's MGS Ground Zeroes for now!

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

I had an opportunity to play Titanfall at a friends house.  I looks pretty, but i played this years ago when it was called Mechwarrior.  

parhar67
parhar67

Lmao you are a moron. Thats like saying I played uncharted years ago when it was called prince of persia

Iemander
Iemander

Eeeeeeeeeeeeh, why is there no Dark Souls 2 review round-up. This stinks of Microsoft sponsorship money.

maxload70
maxload70

@Iemander  instead of trolling xbox articles, look around.  Check the news for Dark Souls 2 asshat!  

il_loco2k
il_loco2k

@Iemander  wow, such a bad trolling attempt (or completely idiotic conspiracy comment).... there IS a Dark Souls 2 review roundup, look it up

zelotath
zelotath

I wont waste my time with this game I always thought from the beginning it looked pretty horrible.  Dark Souls II it is for me :)!

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

@zelotath Translation I don't have an xbox and I don't have any friends.  So I'm going to troll and make myself feel better.

uninspiredcup
uninspiredcup

Why didn't you have a Shogun 2 review roundup when it was out? Sega not pay enough?

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

@uninspiredcup  Then why are you here? IGN paying you a lot to bitch on other websites, or are you just a whining, crying Nancy on the internet and real life as well?

soccerpzn
soccerpzn

@uninspiredcup my god i wish people as dumb as you would stop coming to this site it would be such a better place.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

It's boredom man. They have nothing better to do but comment negative shit on a gaming site all day long. It's pretty pathetic too comment non stop about games or console you don't like and I guess I will never understand why waste time even doing it

beamzor
beamzor

@uninspiredcup  Quite the obscure game reference there...


Everyone saying "why didnt you review roundup this or that" are morons. They did a roundup because this game was SO incredibly hyped, it got great reviews across the board, oh and generally, no one gives a flying F about Dark Souls II or Shogun. I didnt even know if was DSII launch until the guy at GameStop told me when I went to pick up Titan Fall...

*The DSII comment was in reference to another guy with the same comment, only with DFII instead of Shogun 2

europeitch
europeitch

Why anyone would try to knock this game because it doesn't have a single player is beyond me. From the beginning is was announced as a multiplayer game, so you're supposed to go in with those expectations. This game is awesome. 

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

You know I said the same thing yesterday in a comment about meta critic... Half of the reviews are zeros and reason being( I gave this a zero cause their is no single player or it's cod with mechs hort hort). You can't review or critique a game on something it isn't and never was supposed to be from the start and if you do I personally consider them either 12 years old or their fucking retarded

commando1992
commando1992

@europeitch  If you expect a quality single player campaign from what's obviously a generic multiplayer FPS, you aren't very bright, but one of the reviews did make a fair point that at least the other games try to make a campaign and multiplayer for the same 60 bucks. 

europeitch
europeitch

@commando1992 @europeitch  although I agree to an extent, I feel the opposite. I think a multiplayer addition to a game makes it more worth the 60 bucks you pay. I've played some games for 3 years just because the multiplayer kept me coming back. Single player games on the other hand collect dust or get traded in almost as soon as I beat them. 

marcusa86
marcusa86

I wouldn't waste my time when's the witcher 3 coming out

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

@marcusa86  Yet you waste your time posting when no one here could give a shit about your opinion. Genius!

kagento
kagento

So... why is there criticism for not having an SP campaign? It's not like it's the first to do it...
Haven't played it yet and, as such, I have no opinion formed, but seeing this fact mentioned as a negative point so many times in different reviews and comments is definitely surprising.

hwrdstrnsbals
hwrdstrnsbals

@kagento  They don't "get it"


The only reason most people play FPS games is for the multiplayer.  Why waste resources on a part of the game that will make up 1% of the games appeal?  I have always questioned this.  I never play FPS campaigns in games that are developed mainly for online, like Battlefield and CoD.  I always just think some of my money was wasted on that aspect.


The simple fact is, the reviewers who mention it aren't really that into playing shooters online.  They are not the target audience for a game like Titanfall.  They would never mention, or even acknowledge that, because that makes them seem insignificant, and makes their review less credible.

kagento
kagento

@hwrdstrnsbals @kagento  I don't think that's entirely true. I know plenty of people that dish out the MP in favour of an SP, and I myself find it a highlight when you get to play a decent SP shooter. However, there is always the complaint when a tacked on MP is implemented on a mainly SP game, but the same can be said for an MP game with a tacked on SP.

Personally, I think a game should stay with it's original vision, and if that's MP so be it... and I'm looking at you DICE. I would love to see the percentage of players that own BF3 or 4 that have completed the SP campaign.

In any case, an interesting discussion. I think it comes to a gameplay style: do you play for the gameplay, the story, or both? It will always depend on the game, but the fact that the COD feature set has seeped in as a standard even to reviewers is sad and, as you said, doesn't say much about their credibility.

hwrdstrnsbals
hwrdstrnsbals

@indignantgoat @kagento  i wasn't defending this game.  I am defending the genre.


I think this game is lame.  its shallow, and uninteresting.  no one will be playing, or talking about this game in 6 months.  i'd bet money on it.


this genre needs to move back into more tactical waters.  CoD and Battlefield are both dying.  The genre is dying.  tactical FPS will reemerge as the only interesting option as FPS gamers mature and move on.


Core FPS gaming isn't getting more popular.  It's had its renaissance.  Teens are not flocking to games like CoD anymore.  The last bastion of FPS'ers will undoubtedly tire of twitch shooters and high octane action.  The average age of Battlefield players is 28 yo.  10 years ago it was 22.  That just means the genre (and core gaming in general) is not attracting new players.

hwrdstrnsbals
hwrdstrnsbals

@kagento @hwrdstrnsbals  I just think they are two different things and devs should have the balls to make the game they want and not compromise one aspect or another in the quest for "mass appeal" at the request of the publishers.


compromised games lack integrity and focus.  Two things required to reach the goals of any respectable idea or concept.

indignantgoat
indignantgoat

@kagento  It's like complaining about the lack of combat in Forza.


I get knocking off a point for not having a wealth of modes / options, but it's the first game in a new IP on a new platform, and I really enjoy what's there.


None of the reviews I've read say the game isn't any fun.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

@kagento  Because PS4 fanboys have to find something to complain about since the only good games on a PS4 are also on Xbox One and PC. How did that new Killzone work out? Oh yeah, just another mediocre FPS that couldn't even rate higher than multi-platform titles like CoD: Ghosts and BF4. In a couple years PS4 people will be wondering why they ever bought that PS4 in the first place. Save a 100 bucks now, nothing to good play...later.

kagento
kagento

@klugenbeel @kagento  Dude, my question was an honest one. Keep you're fanboyism to posts that actually share that. Bring a point to the table instead of babbling verborrea just for the sake of it.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

@kagento @klugenbeel  I think you a mistaking FACTS as Fanboy comments. I mean what game does the PS4 have that is exclusive that is doing better than multi-platform games on their console? None. Their best selling titles are Call of Duty, Battlefield 4, and Assassins Creed 4.

kagento
kagento

@klugenbeel @kagento  *Facepalm* Again, take your "facts" to other posts. I'm sure there are plenty of people here that think the same as you do. If I have to explain why that initial comment was fanboyish, this conversation is going nowhere. When you have a constructive argument, I'll be all ears (eyes). Good day until then

shevonnehill9
shevonnehill9

Battlefield 2142 had Mech Warriors with infantry already. This worked perfectly. This is not even slightly new. To makes things worse its 6v6 only and there is no local servers in the entire country in Australia. None at all. It is a FPS, there has to be local servers for an FPS. Then they have absolutely no esports and its using a old Source engine. I see the reviews but considering everything else releasing this year, this is not game of the year. This is a complete must not play. It is for very young children only to introduce them to FPS. There is absolutely nothing new this game has added to the genre of FPS considering Quake and Unreal have already been released. Titanfall also has no LAN play. Lets not forget its an EA game as well. Who absolutely love DLC. And playing against BOTS in a game where you MUST be online. What on earth were they thinking. Titans and Mech Warriors and jumping around is not new. Having them both in the same game is not new either. 


Where is the destruction in this game?! I'm sorry but even with Battlefield 4's problems this doesn't take anything away from it. BF 4 still wins. Lets not even get into how few weapons are available in Titanfall or the fact there is not recoil, no leading of shots no skill required to play. Titanfall is casual gamer to the max. 

so_hai
so_hai

Yet another rather lengthy nail in the coffin of single player modes in shooters...

hwrdstrnsbals
hwrdstrnsbals

@so_hai  dont be so dramatic.


plenty of good FPS that are ONLY single player.  they are two different types of games.  don't forget that.  Bioshock Infinite was one of the biggest games of 2013.  Metro Last light was amazing!


and also don't forget, that way more people want to play online than those that don't.  obviously.  people spent 500 billion man hours playing online last year, vs 5 billion in campaigns.


not everyone is like you, not everyone wants every game to have a campaign.  in fact, you are the minority.  sorry if that doesn't gel with you narcissistic view of yourself.

zulls
zulls

I feel I'm getting my moneys worth with this game. 

Playing it on a 3 year old, minimally upgraded PC at maximum graphical settings. It runs smooth and the servers are stable. It is so much fun, and not as noob friendly as some might suggest. The more skilled players can really shine in this game, and the beginners are able to contribute as well.

I really enjoy a good story in a game, but here the gameplay is king.

dpclark
dpclark

@zulls

"beginners"?  Everyone is a beginner in Titanfall.  Gosh, the game is only one day old.

zulls
zulls

@dpclark  I ment people unfamiliar with competitive online shooters. My bad.