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Preview | Titanfall

So a new franchise that EA will publish onto the gaming scene. Fighting with Mech's / Titan's (the way Respawn Entertainment calls it) is an old principal. Mech Warrior was one of the first. After that many followed. Xbox 360 had the last good one on consoles with Battle Engine Aquila. PC has now offcourse Hawken. But Titanfall is a bit different. It mixes mech attacks with soldier to soldier combat. Which is well balanced. I was lucky to play the beta from the 15th of Febr. till a couple of days later. Too bad it was a short time of beta. But the servers kept going, now lag. And that in a fast paced shooter is a good thing. One side effect I experienced till now. The pace on the soldier bit is a bit out of order. You have sniper and normal infantry and snipers are way slower, even without sniper rifle. But I had not that many hours to play, so maybe when you level up as sniper it's better. But in the beginning it felt like the infantry was more powerfull. The mechs are good to control. And feel really mech like. The weapons are good. You can even take down a mech in soldier mode, with a special wapon for it. Or take over the mech, which I did almost succesfull in the first run. The training is good, and give you the basics. But could have been more to the pace of the multiplayer. Last but not least: the points of real interest...

The jet pack is a real plus. You can bounce from wall to wall. Get real high on walls to enter a building from the top, towards the ground floor. You can enter the mech but can also leave the mech for a bit to follow or protect you. Don't know how well this will work in multiplayer. But in training I was suprised by this. And it worked well. I hope that there is an offline training area with computer controlled AI. So you can train to be up-the-pace. That would help. Overall this is a first solid game from the original founders of Infinity Ward / the Call of Duty franchise...

But now I need to return to Hawken, sorry.

March '14: PC.X360.XOne | EA, Respawn Entertainment