It’s odd, sometimes, how gaming seems to come and go for me. There are times where I can go weeks and hardly play anything with the only reason for turning on my XBox One is the fact that I’ve hooked up my digital box to it. Then there are the times where I game almost every night which, since I bought Titanfall, has been the case. What makes playing so much Titanfall a rather exceptional occurrence is that it’s an online only first person shooter (FPS) which are two things I rarely play (multiplayer and FPS).
So what is it about Titanfall that’s gotten me hooked? Simple; balance. I’m not a great FPS player by any stretch. I’m okay I can hold my own against fellow average players but more often than not I’m propping up the table come the end of a round. Now that’s not change much whilst playing Titanfall but unlike my days playing Day of Defeat or Counter-Strike I’m rarely annoyed or frustrated by this. Perhaps it’s because you have NPC grunts and spectres to take aim at as well as the human controlled players. Sure, you don’t get much kudos for taking them out but at the same time you feel like you’re doing something. It’s not a rinse and repeat scenario of spawning, running around for 10 seconds or less before being taken out by some player halfway across the map.
I’ll concede that, over time, Titanfall may end up descending into this pattern but I get the feeling Respawn have taken a lot of time focusing on the balance and with that in mind I don’t think this will happen; I hope this does not happen. I’ve had so much fun playing it, learning how to traverse each map, finding their hidden secrets. I’ve marvelled at some of the places other players have managed to get to and try my best to find my own ways too. I’ve been part of a ad-hoc team of players who decided it was more fun to work together than to just run around the map concerned only with their own score. It’s these sorts of scenarios that make Titanfall that bit different from other FPS I’ve played in the past and the reason why I’ve bucked my usual trend of avoiding multiplayer aspects of games.
So if you see me around on Titanfall say hi and let’s work together; my tag is s33r.