Titanfall was designed and created by the same people that brought you Call of Duty. It is not a continuation of the Call of Duty scenario, although there are many elements of the overall game design that will be familiar. Titanfall is currently offered to new Xbox One buyers for free as a bundled game. It is available for purchase via Xbox One distributors and online retailers for everyone else. It is getting a lot of attention form reviewers and players. It offers fast and complicated play, but not so complicated that it gets in the way of fast and furious action.
How Good is it on Xbox One?
Titanfall is getting some excellent reviews on the Xbox One. As a single player or multi-player game it holds together well. There is nothing unexpected about the navigation and controls; they will remind you a great deal of its source of inspiration, Call of Duty. It also has some upgrades that would have made Call of Duty even better, but the game was already too far in evolution to be able to back engineer the upgrades for controls better. One of the things that is helping the game is Microsoft’s choice to do away with all the third party controllers and focus on making their bundled controller work well with the upgraded hardware.
Controlling the Titans
In the game, players build and control mechanized combat “titans.” This leads to endless opportunities for customization, and for battle. The better you get at controlling your Titans, the further you will advance in the game. The majority of their combat is derived from weaponry, but there are also power moves that are physically based as well. The story line is there, but not something that is the primary source of focus. The main goal is to fight and to win. Off combat time is spent repairing the Titans and upgrading them for the next battle. It is a multi-player environment, but there are also plenty of opportunities for single combat as well.
Cheat Codes and the Cheating Bans
As with every game that rolls out these days, following soon after are streams of cheat codes that have been hacked and then published. The creators issued a caution against those playing with cheats, especially those using PC access, but in March of 2014 that actually started banning players for using cheats. Unlike other games, like Grand Theft Auto, there isn’t a method where Titanfall can recognize the use of a cheat code and disallow the gain of points or the award of a trophy.
While PC gamers are now facing bans for using cheat codes (and they are being issued at a faster rate), the cheat ban has yet to catch up with the Xbox One system. The creators are saying that it will only be a matter of time before a similar ban can be put into place, but that is going to require some negotiations with Microsoft as it may impact their Live Gold subscription service.