After a short spell on Xbox, Titanfall has gone multiplatform and was even hoping to make the jump to mobile with a strategy card game. After a beta trial period it seems that Titanfall Frontline will never see the light of day as a full release onto app stores with the servers going offline on January 20, 2017. Here’s the statement in full, which can be found on the game’s official website.
It is our goal to create the best Titanfall mobile games that showcase the fast-paced action, mobility and, of course, the power of Titans in this iconic series. We’ve learned an incredible amount in the beta test of Titanfall: Frontline, but in the end felt the experience wasn’t ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall. While it’s never easy to cancel a game, we’re excited to take some of the concepts we saw resonate with players and build off of them in future Titanfall mobile games. Titanfall: Frontline’s closed beta will be winding down in the next few days, and servers will go offline on January 20, 2017.
It’s unclear whether the decision was taken due to fan feedback, lack of take up or just that they felt (as mentioned above) that the game wouldn’t hit the right chords with the audience, either way, it’s Titan down for Frontline.
With Vince Zampella and his team of Infinity Ward veterans at the helm, there was hope that Titanfall 2’s single player offering would be something impressive. And indeed our hopes were realised. It’s not the most gripping story overall, but smart level design that compliments the fast, fluid movement of your pilot, as well as an excellent bonding experience between you and your Titan’s AI, makes for a pretty compelling tale.
Whilst the original Titanfall’s storyline saw you fight both sides of the interstellar conflict, piloting mechs for the IMC and the Militia, Titanfall 2 focuses on John Cooper, a Militia fighter stranded on the planet Typhon attempting to stop the IMC from powering a devastating weapon called The Ark. After a Vanguard-class Titan, BT 7274, loses its pilot, it’s up to you to repair the hulking, walking mass of guns and missiles and jump into the control seat.
Throughout the 6-8 hour tale, the characters of Cooper and BT bond, and the relationship they share proves far more interesting and compelling than the story would otherwise be alone. As their friendship develops, you’ll find yourself truly caring about what happens to the duo, and you’ll learn more about each of them as they share jokes and stories from their pasts. It’s reminiscent of Master Chief and Cortana, adding some much needed personality to the series and its lore, better grounding you in its fiction.
The rest of the experience is set piece after set piece, separated by some platforming and slightly slower paced sub-missions. To anyone who’s played the Modern Warfare Call of Duty titles, its structure will feel familiar, and much like those standout Call of Duty campaigns, Titanfall 2 throws some spectacular set pieces into the mix. Indeed, you’ll enjoy the impressive fireworks of massive mechs firing missiles and huge calibre guns at each other, and there’s a selection of nice surprises on offer that you might not see coming. It offers some excellent sci-fi action.
Moreover, the platforming throughout is absolutely terrific. The speed of wall running and leaping, followed by sliding and performing thruster boosted jumps, all before felling an enemy with deadly melee attacks or accurate gunplay, is superb. It all happens at a breakneck speed but remains intuitive to pull off, making you highly agile and adding dimensions to combat and platforming that you don’t expect from a first-person shooter.
BT also feels great to pilot, feeling as agile as the heavy Titan from the original game but with some new tricks up his steel sleeves. You can customise BT throughout the campaign as new features and weapons are discovered. There are eight in total and these give you access to new weapons, such as a grenade launcher, and new talents which include the good old fashioned barrage of missiles and reflector shield, as well as the new wall of flame that travels across the ground. Additionally, there’s the custom cores which act as BT’s special ability or ‘Boost’, these range from a laser shot from the chest, a sword for dealing huge amounts of melee damage, or a minigun that locks onto enemies.
Of course, Titanfall 2 also includes an extensive multiplayer. Attrition returns, acting as Titanfall’s take on Team Deathmatch, as well as Free For All. Meanwhile, Amped Hardpoint challenges you to capture points, however, unlike the original Hardpoint, this time sticking around a captured point ‘amps’ it for extra credits. Of course Capture the Flag returns alongside Pilots vs. Pilots, which takes the Titans out of the equation, and Last Titan Standing makes them the focus, and Skirmish, which offers a variety of objectives. However, the new Bounty Hunt mode is the standout.
Bounty Hunt splits the match into three waves, with your objective being to earn cash by killing the enemy and then depositing it at a bank to earn points. However, there are also bounties spread across the map that earn you large bonuses. If you’re killed whilst holding money, your amount of cash is halved. The strategy then, is measuring up the risk/reward of earning too much cash before depositing, however, Banks are only available at certain times. It’s easy to accidentally become a big target for the enemy, adding a great aspect of teamwork as you either group together to defend big earners, or team up to take them out on the enemy team.
Customising your titan and loadout has changed somewhat from the original title too. Gone are the burn cards and there are a more distinct selection of Titan types to suit multiple play styles. Fans of the original’s chassis customisation options are likely to find the new options have simplified the experience a bit, but there’s still plenty to tinker with, with a large range of weapons, attachments, perks, Boost abilities and cosmetic options for both your Titan and pilot.
The multiplayer maps have also been transformed into larger, more varied locations. These better cater to the wide variety of playstyles, with sniping locations, open areas for Titans to roam, plenty of elevation and wall running opportunities for pilots, and interiors for close combat.
Indeed, Titanfall 2 does a great job highlighting the series strengths: agile pilot movement, and impactful, exciting mech combat. The single player campaign’s story is fairly shallow but its focus on Cooper and BT’s relationship is excellent and memorable. Meanwhile, the fast paced, action heavy multiplayer with its tweaks on the original formula are the cherry on top or a very well-designed title.
Thanks to Xbox and Respawn Entertainment for supporting TiX
The EA Play event has kicked off and first up was Titanfall 2, complete with a teaser showing off a new grappling hook for manoeuvring and grabbing fellow players, six new titans and expanded pilot gameplay, more customisation, and an offline singleplayer campaign.
Peter Moore stepped up on stage to announce that EA Access would be giving fans early access to Madden 16 this August. Not only that, as reported by TiX earlier, Titanfall will be joining the vault too. He then went on to confirm that later this year Dragon Age: Inquisition would also be available on EA Access.
To celebrate this excellent news, Moore revealed that EA Access would be free for all Xbox Live users this weekend.
Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries opened the show and wastes no time in letting the crowd know about the fact that there are plenty of awesome games coming to the Xbox One in 2015, taking a shot at Playstation saying that Xbox have the best exclusive games THIS year!
Before we know it, Halo 5: Guardians gameplay is shown off, and it looks fantastic. Josh Holmes, Executive Producer then came on to talk about seamless co-op and introduces Warzone. Hopefully we’ll see more info about that soon, but here is a cool trailer to check out:
Next up, a World Premiere of ReCore, a first party title from the legendary creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime. As one of the last remaining humans, forge friendships with courageous robot companions and lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world.
Then came some news that many have been waiting for since the Xbox One was first announced… Backwards Compatability. Even better news is that it’s available to Xbox Live Preview Members right now. Here is a list of games available.
Next Phil Spencer announced a new Elite Xbox One Controller that allows you to swap out features, change the analog sticks, bumpers and D-pad as you wish. There are also hair-trigger locks and the D-pad has been replaced by a textured rolling pad.
Todd Howard then came on stage to give us a good look at Fallout 4. After gameplay footage was shown it was revealed that PC Mods would be usable within the game on Xbox One.
Next up Peter Moore took to the stage and spoke about how successful EA Access has been and followed up by confirming that the next title to join the vault would be Titanfall, followed by Dragon Age Inquisition later this year. Then it was time for some zombies with the world premiere trailer for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
Forza 6 then took centre stage, quite literally at one point. It’s looking really impressive, but will it overshadow Project CARS?
Ubisoft then joined in by showing us a brand new trailer for The Division before telling us that the Xbox will get an exclusive Beta later this year. Rainbow 6 Seige also got some time in before we were told that the Xbox 360 Vegas titles would come free with the game to play as backwards compatible titles!
A new cartoony title was shown off that would also play on Windows 10 called Gigantic, before a whole host of great looking ID@Xbox titles were shown off.
Xbox Game Preview was then revealed, it’s a new early access system that allows you to try out a game for free and then pay to be involved if you like the look of what you see. Elite Dangerous and Day Z are two of the first games involved.
Rise of the Tomb Raider then got its time to shine, this is one title I really can not wait for, and the trailer shown was pretty epic.
Rare have been up to something for a while and tonight we finally got details of what they something was, Rare Replay, a mega pack of 30 games such as Perfect Dark, Battletoads, Conkers and more. They also went onto reveal Sea of Thieves, a pirate based adventure.
Hololens made an appearance for the first time too, showing how it could be used with Minecraft, it was certainly interesting, but whether it will take off is another matter.
Last but not least, Gears of War Ultimate Edition was revealed. The original game remastered for Xbox One and releasing on August 25. The multiplayer is getting a public beta today. In fact, you should already have a code in your Xbox One messages. Gears of War 4 was then shown off, the game is due to be released at the end of 2016.
And that was it! Microsoft really went to town and impressed a lot of people, we would love to hear your thoughts!
We all like a nice bit of speculation and gossip and the latest rumour going around is that Titanfall will be joining the already extensive list of free to play games in the EA Access vault.
Well I can confirm that this indeed does look like the case, as even though it’s not appearing in the Vault if you search for it via the game store you can download and play it for free. Also you are no longer required to have the disc in your console if you wish to play, again confirming that the license key is now part of the free games in the vault.
This is great news for EA Access owners that don’t yet have this game as with the season pass becoming free to celebrate the games anniversary all the DLC for this great game is also yours to have for nothing.
EA are yet to comment but it looks like one of the announcements EA was going to make at E3 is already out of the bag.
EA Access is the exclusive subscription service where you receive discounts on EA games, but also have access to the vault, a selection of the best EA games that are free to play and download. Membership will also grant you early access to upcoming titles, such as the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront.
Just last week, the Titanfall twitter account revealed that the DLC maps were being included in PC playlist with Xbox One to follow suit in a “future patch”. That future patch is now – from today, DLC packs will now be included in all playlists although there’s no word on when they will be included for Xbox 360 owners.
Hang on though, won’t this force those that don’t own the DLC to buy the Season Pass or the packs they don’t have? Yes it will… but at the grand sum of FREE, you really don’t have a reason to pick them up!
See you on the battlefield.
Xbox One Update: Now available for download, look for playlists to now include all DLC content. #Titanfall
Who loves a freebie? (waits for the obligatory hands up and cries of “Me!”).
Who loves a bit of Titanfall? (See above for obligatory waiting.)
Well, without any prompting from Microsoft or EA, it would appear that all 3 of Titanfall’s DLC packs, Expedition, Frontier’s Edge and IMC Rising are now free, gratis, costless, on Xbox Live for both the 360 and Xbox One version.
There is speculation that this might be because the game is part of Games with Gold next month, or it might be because it’s Titanfall’s first birthday today.
To be frank, who cares, free stuff, fill your big metal boots if you’ve got the game and didn’t get round to buying either the Season Pass, as that’s free too, or any of the DLC packs.
Actually, pick up the Pass anyway, even if you don’t own the game yet, that way, these will still be free for when you do.
This weeks Deals with Gold has been announced and there are some great bargains to be had. If you missed out on the brilliant Titanfall deal over Christmas then you can pick up the deluxe edition for only £10.
There are also some great Xbox 360 deals on games like Skate, Crysis and Mass Effect.
It’s that time of year again folks, Black Friday is finally here and it’s filled with great discounts on some of the years most popular games.
The best part? You won’t even have to leave your house as these deals are available directly through the Xbox One marketplace and they’re some of the best we’ve seen yet; blockbuster titles like FIFA 15, Titanfall, Battlefield 4 and The Walking Dead: Season 2 are available for up to 75% off but only until Monday, so you better hurry!
NHL 15 – 45%
Madden 15 – 45%
FIFA 15 Holiday Edition – 45%
Watchdogs – 33%
Titanfall – 75%
Titanfall (Bundle) – 75%
Titanfall Season Pass (Add-on) – 75%
Battlefield 4 – 50%
Battlefield 4 Premium (Add-on) – 50%
Wolfenstein: The New Order – 50%
Ryse: Legendary Edition – 50%
The Evil Within – 50%
The Walking Dead Season 1 – 40%
The Walking Dead Season 2 – 40%
The Walking Dead Season 1 + 2 (Bundle) – 50%
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition – 10%