Titanfall 2 — 3.5/5 Stars
Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter developed by Respawn Entertainment. Players take on the role of a “Titan” mech pilot and battle as opposing teams in several game modes. Players start each match without their Titan and must earn enough points to achieve “Titanfall” and call their Titan into the battle. This leads to interesting asymmetric gameplay, as human pilots face-off against giant mechs in a strategic cat-and-mouse.
Players are equipped with a “jump kit,” a short-range jet pack that allows for extreme mobility and parkour-like movement. The extreme speed at which combat takes place as players run up walls and fly through the air has become a hallmark of the Titanfall series. The unique movement-style creates a somewhat steep learning curve that can be punishing without sufficient practice. That said, the higher skill level requirement creates an exciting challenge for seasoned first-person shooter fans.
Titanfall 2 has more weapon options in multiplayer mode than its predecessor, which creates a variety of playstyle options. Unfortunately, the weapons aren’t well balanced; some weapons are unfairly overpowered, while others aren’t even worth using. The variety of Titans available has been doubled, increasing player options with everything from a machine gun Titan to a sword-wielding Titan. The increased variety of Titans is the greatest advantage Titanfall 2 has over the original.
Titanfall 2 has fewer multiplayer maps than its predecessor, and the maps do not feel as well designed. The original Titanfall featured sprawling battlefields with intuitive conflict areas, while the maps in this game feel small, claustrophobic, and confusing.
Unlike its predecessor, Titanfall 2 features a brief single-player story mode. You play as a pilot-in-training, Rifleman Jack Cooper. Jack is thrust into the responsibility of piloting his mentor’s Titan and taking over his mission after his mentor falls in battle. While any single-player mode is an improvement over no single-player mode, I still felt underwhelmed. The story has one exciting chapter featuring time travel, but is otherwise unmemorable and average. The highlight of the story is the interaction between Jack and the Titan, named BT, as they learn how to work as partners. Neither Jack nor BT can survive on their own, and they quickly learn that if the two of them stand together, they will not be overpowered (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
Ultimately Titanfall 2 falls short of the hype and my hopes for the game. While it does offer an exciting, fast-paced multiplayer experience, it falls short in too many areas. If you love the unique mobility and combat style of the Titanfall series, this might be worth picking up, but be prepared for at least a little disappointment.
Chris Clark | Portland | Northern New England