So, for me my biggest 2014 release in Q1 was going to be Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. There is no hiding it, and there is no denying it in the office. I know it's not the most beloved title considering how Diablo III didn't seem to meet the expectations of the majority of those out there. As much as people wanted it to live up to the legacy of Diablo II, it did not. I think for what its worth Diablo III was a solid game, and I think Reaper of Souls will expand upon it and make it better.
Now back to Titanfall. After getting the chance to play Beta in the office today, I can safely say that the hype is real. The game gives you a good 15-20 minute tutorial (that you can skip if you want) that gives you all the basics and then some. Sure learning to walk/sprint is lame, but learning how to parkour and how to use your Titan effectively are well worth it. You can however just dive into multiplayer and learn by trial and fire. One of my biggest worries coming into the multiplayer was the creep styled ai bots, however they actually serve somewhat of a purpose and in someways are pretty satisfying to kill. They don't really hurt you that much, but in some situations can kill you. The only thing that is a little bit annoying for me in the early stages of multiplayer gameplay is my inability to distinguish a human versus an ai creep. I would assume with more time in the game you would be able to make the differentiation though. All and all it looks like a solid game, and if I do end up buying it I'll probably get it on PC and just play with a controller. I don't really want to invest into a Xbox One just for Titanfall.
Highlights of the day for me would have to be seeing Max get killed by a Titan drop, me punching a pilot in a Titan as he was jumping out of his Titan which resulted in a nice red mist on my screen, rodeo'ing Titans, plenty of gibs/giblets and plenty more wow moments. When you can tell stories, or get excited from simple moments like this you know a game is doing something right.
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