Let's talk about Titanfall 2. Yeah, that one fast paced shooter with awesome robots falling from the sky. The game that released at the worst possible time and flopped because EA doesn't know what they're doing.
I'll admit I didn't buy into the hype of Titanfall 1. But when the sequel went on sale this past week I decided to give it a try. To sum things up, the game is fucking great. Seriously. The multiplayer is immersive, fun, and addicting. Titans falling from the sky and battling in front of you while other players zip around you really brings the war to life. The campaign is long, challenging, and full of witty scripting.
Let's start with the fact that zip-lining through a window, sliding through a room, shotgunning 4 guys in the face, dropping a grenade to finish off the rest, then leaping out the next window to be caught by your own titan is one of the coolest fucking feelings a game can give you. The multiplayer is full of awesome moments like this. The fast paced combat completely changes the way 1st person shooters are played. Campers are a thing of the past and now you have to be watching every possible direction for enemies. So why did it flop?
EA. That's why. They released the game a week after Battlefield 1. They dumped advertising into Battlefield 1. Then, when reviews for it came out before Titanfall 2 was even released, people bought into the hype and didn't have money for Titanfall. And even if Battlefield 1 didn't exist, they released it at the worst possible time.
The game is competing with games like Overwatch and Infinite Warfare, and it released during a time of heavy releases. Like who the hell planned that release date? EA explained:
"We believe that Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, while they have some overlap, fulfill very different motivations in what a player is looking for… And so we think there are really three types of players: people that really love Battlefield and that type of big strategic game play that will orient in that direction; the player that loves the fast, fluid, kinetic gameplay of Titanfall 2 and really orients in that direction; and the player that just has to play the two greatest shooters this year and will buy both"
But that's bullshit. If that were true they would have released them both on the same day and advertised them as such. Plus, who the hell buys 2 premium priced titles at once in March? EA has stated that they are "committed to the franchise".
"Whatever the fuck that means." - Respawn head.
The game is great, but there is one hurdle to it. Because the game had so few players in the beginning, matchmaker places new players against the pros. Anyone who missed the 1st wave is going to get their shit stomped for a while. So matchmaker is frustrating with the high skill caps.
That said, I'd encourage you to give it a shot. We need Mech games to make a comeback!