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Chances are if you're reading this you have in your
possession a smart phone of some type. Maybe even a tablet...of some type. You might
even own one of each. And upon these magical little devices we install apps. We
have apps for everything. Apps to increase our productivity. Apps to connect us
on any number of social media channels. Apps for this and apps for that. We
even have apps we don't really need but can be a lot of fun to have.
If you read any of my blogs, the dozen or so about Titanfall
might be an indication that I'm huge fan of Titanfall (and that I've blogged
about the game way too much). I was excited when I heard EA released a
Titanfall Companion App. Then I was disappointed to find it wasn't available on
my phone. Then I was pleased to discover they eventually released it for my phone.
And then I tried it.
TitanfallTM experience with the TitanfallTM Companion App. Provides you with
notifications for all of the latest info and updates to TitanfallTM. Features
rich intel about the history of the TitanfallTM universe, characters, weapons,
maps, modes and controls. Now review your stats from anywhere including total
kills, favorite weapons, time spent playing and more. Includes exciting
features available when connected with your Xbox One Console. With the
second-screen map feature, you have at your fingertips a full screen, real-time
interactive mini-map of the game you're playing. See and track your teammates
and where the action is happening live and with the ability to zoom in and out
to focus on key areas of the map. With TitanfallTM Companion App, you will have
the ultimate TitanfallTM experience.
I have to be fair...and honest. I wish I could say the app was
great, and perfect and totally cool. And in many regards it is. But it has a
few flaws. Serious flaws.
The app essentially has two functions - Intel and Stats.
The Intel function works awesome. It's like a Titanfall Wiki
right there on your phone. You can read about the maps, weapons, equipment and
game modes. Who's going to pull that out while you're in the middle of the
game? Meh, maybe...maybe not. But if you're not near your console and you want to
read about the game since you can't play it - then it's pretty handy. Or maybe
if you're in the middle of the game and you have a question, you can look it up
on your phone. Yeah, that would probably never happen, but it might.
The other function is the stats. This will track your
in-game stats and from what I've read, provide you with a second-screen map
feature. It's supposed to show you where your teammates are at and you can zoom
in and zoom out. Sounds amazing. Unfortunately every time I try to use it, it
crashes my Xbox. How does that happen? I dunno. I've tried it on a phone and a
tablet. When I'm not logged into the app, Titanfall runs fine. Load the app
while the game is running - crash! You can imagine how frustrating that might
be. Oh, you want to pop up a little reminder for me to rate this app...sure
So as much as I like the app or want to like that app...and as
much as I want to use that app or at least try to tell myself I would use that
app, I can't. At least not all of it. Half of it, maybe. Not the cool part.
Okay, that being said...I look at the potential of the technology
used in this app and how it might be used in the future. I mean, we're talking about
the console broadcasting game data to a device that can be interfaced external
from the game. Or in conjunction with the game. The map overlay is cool.
Imagine if this this was incorporated into Google Glass or the Oculus Rift or
some other device. Kind of like the helmets Apache helicopter pilots wear that projects
the Heads Up Display info on the visor, but they can still see the battlefield
in front of them. When you activate the app, the User Interface simulates
opening a datapad on your wrist. Something our soldiers are starting to use on
the battlefield now. Using the app on a tablet - that larger screen - it really
is a pretty cool concept.
In the end, I guess I will hold out hope that EA will
release an update that fixes many of the issues associated with this app. The
concept is there. The look and feel of it is there. The functionality is...lacking. At least it was for me.