Respawn’s newest shooter that they showed off at E3, is called Titanfall. To start, I liked the look of Titanfall. I do think it looks kind of fun. But that’s not enough for me. I’ve seen so much praise for this game. Seeing it winning best of E3 awards and what not. Best Xbox exclusive it deserves, maybe. But far from best overall. It has extremely glaring issues to me that may or may not be problems to other gamers. And in this opinion blog, I will address them.
So I’m going to start with the smallest of problems. The graphics. They look decidedly next gen. But that’s not what I’m referring to. More so to the color scheme. For me, being a colorblind gamer graphics and colors don’t typically matter to me. I’m not fully colorblind yet. Currently, I can’t see reds and blues. They come up gray to me. In this game I don’t see a color scheme. All I see is gray. Everything comes up gray, maybe only to me, because maybe the entire stage was made up of reds and blues. But I’m told that what I was seeing was the actual color scheme of the game. To which I say: ‘Wait, Killzone got bagged on for only doing colors like brown and stuff, yet Titanfall gets praise for only gray?’ I think the graphics are a huge problem. I still play shooters like Call of Duty and stuff, despite not being able to differentiate friend from foe. Typically the game has other colors in the background and enemies look slightly different from the people on my team. If everything is gray and everyone looks the same, how am I personally supposed to know the difference between friend and foe? I know this is a small portion of a problem for most people but for me it’s critical. And if I don’t see more color, I can’t even buy Titanfall.
Now I’ll move to some bigger issues. Starting with the new single player campaign. I used to love online games. I’ve grown out of that because most people online have a bit of a superiority complex. And if I do play online, I just mute most people…typically even people who sound friendly at first. Chances are that sometime soon, they will say something that is meant to be something along the lines of ‘I’m better than you at this.’ So, I play online games less and less. Titanfall is online only. You can’t play it alone. So where’s the interest for a person like me? Or how about a friend of mine like Kyle, who only really plays single player games? The answer is simple: there is none.
This obviously means it’s an ‘always online game.’ For those that were complaining about the Xbone possibly having ‘always online,’ this is an issue. If you don’t have Internet, you can’t play Titanfall. If you have a failing internet connection, why would you even try? So, if you were one of those complaining about that, then Titanfall isn’t the game for you.
The biggest problem that I think many people are completely overlooking is, again, the no single player issue. Respawn has said it themselves, that they are trying to ‘blur the lines between single player and multiplayer.’ They’re calling it ‘a multiplayer game with a singleplayer experience,’ meaning there will be moments where the game has (for example) a ship falling out of the sky towards the overall battlefield. Here’s where I’m going to compare Titanfall to a game like Brink. Tell me how well that turned out? Very few like to play ‘objective’ in shooters. There WILL be objective in Titanfall. It’s confirmed. They have to encourage you to play it. They have to get so much right and it’s so hard to do that. If one thing falters, the whole game fails. Again, I think Titanfall looked good. But, it has to be the best at absolutely everything, since in reality it’s doing so little to be great from the start. You may be saying to yourself, ‘Well we don’t know much about this game yet so how can you say these things.’ Simply put, I’m basing everything here off of what I’ve read and seen. And everything I’ve listed seems legit.
Go ahead and leave a comment below if you have a thought on anything I said above and feel free to elaborate on it, if you so desire. I’m really interested in seeing why people believe this game deserves the praise it’s getting. If you want, can follow me on Twitter: @undertheh00d. That’s two zeros and not two O’s. I’ll talk about relatively anything. Thank you for reading and have a good day!