The lights are on
Respawn Entertainment’s flagship title, Titanfall, is just around the corner. The Xbox One/PC/Xbox 360 first-person title fuses frenetic small-arms firefights with deadly clashes between towering Titan robots. In preparation of the forthcoming multiplayer-only powerhouse, we’ve assembled a list of tips we learned during our extensive hands-on time.
If you’re still in the dark regarding Titanfall’s core gameplay, check out this extensive video from Respawn detailing the game’s mechanics. The basic concept is that nimble, wall-running Pilots battle on foot against other Pilots and Titans while waiting for their giant bipedal robot to become ready. It’s intense, fast-paced, and full of strategic possibilities.
Here are some tips that can give you an edge when it arrives on Xbox One and PC on March 11.
First-person players are used to battling to their last breath, but there’s no obligation to go down with the ship when you’re in the cockpit of a severely damaged Titan. Planning a prompt ejection from your flaming wreck of a robot is the best way to exact revenge on your destroyer. We recommend jettisoning yourself into the air and breaking line of sight with an elevated position, or aiming for your enemy’s Titan itself. Manage to land near the Titan’s mother-brain computer, and you have a chance to destroy your enemy’s rig.
Deploy Your Own Iron Giant
Controlling Titans is a blast. What’s not to love about unleashing missile volleys and ripping enemy Pilots from their cockpits? But don’t forget that your Titan can also be used as an unmanned sentry. Your Titan automatically clicks into defense mode upon exiting it. This automated mode is great for back up while you take control of a capture post in Hard Point or simply want to double your firepower. Titans can also be set to follow you across the battlefield, which is great for baiting enemies and launching a surprise strike from above.
Cloak And Dagger
Every Pilot begins with the ability to cloak themselves. This Predator-like invisibility isn’t flawless, but it obscures you enough to lend an advantage. The cloak’s cooldown is quite generous as well, so don’t hesitate to activate it whenever. This stealth feature is great for fading away after firing on a Titan or keeping a low profile while securing a capture point.
Don’t Ignore NPC Grunts
Titanfall’s max player count may be 12, but multiplayer matches are populated with NPCs on either side who also duke it out. Don’t ignore the grunts, either. Popping every enemy NPC you see will speed up your Titan’s deployment, which means you can stomp enemy Pilots before theirs is ready.
Pilots Should Stick To The High Ground
Titans dominate open spaces with their lumbering mass and explosive firefights. Pilots will get squashed quickly unless they stick to building interiors or rooftops. Wall-running and double-jumping allow Pilots to traverse buildings without ever touching the ground. Chaining together wall runs also increases Pilots’ speed, allowing them to sprint through maps faster. Devising your route through a map and mastering it is key to speediness. Also, try stabbing your knife into a wall to stop mid-wall run and gain a new vantage point.
Certain anti-Titan weapons allow Pilots to lock on to their targets. This lock-on function can be exploited to create a boomerang effect and attack Titans’ vulnerable backs. Successfully pulling off this move allows Pilots to prevent Titans from catching projectiles in their vortex shield and tossing it back.
Calling in your Titan for the first time in a battle is exciting. Players’ first instinct is likely to designate the Titan drop point in a safe spot far off from a heated combat zone. While this ensures your Titan will arrive unscathed and reduce personal harm, you’ll be missing an opportunity to destroy an enemy Titan in one fell swoop. If you manage to call in a Titanfall on top of an enemy Titan it will destroy them instantly. Of course, an unsuccessful attempt will land your Titan dangerously close to the enemy, so proceed with caution.
Spawn From Your Titan
The default option for respawning after death is to reenter the battlefield as a Pilot. But if your Titan is ready, you can save some time and energy by respawning from your Titan by selecting the option after dying. It’s a fast, efficient way to seek revenge on your enemies without wasting a moment.
The Low Profile Anti-Titan Weapon
Early on in Titanfall’s Call of Duty-like progression system, Pilots have access to two anti-Titan weapons: The Sidewinder and Archer. The Archer deals heavy damage with a single homing rocket. Its downsides include a long reload time and a lock-on warning that enemies Titans can see. The Sidewinder may deal less damage per shot, but it’s multiple round magazines and lack of enemy warning give it a slight edge in our opinion.
Use Those Burn Cards!
Respawn recently announced Titanfall’s Burn Card feature. These special ability cards are earned throughout the game, and can be activated once per match. Bonuses include increases to Pilot movement speed, beefed-up anti-Titan weapons, and decreased Titanfall cooldown. Effects only last as long as you stay alive, so you’re encouraged to keeps streaks going.
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Cool tips guys. Hope I can try it out in the beta. The only thing I am worried is that there wont be enough content to sell me long term, but I also don't know a ton of info on the game!
I get goosebumps when I read/play/think/talk about this game. Ugh, come on March 11th.
Excellent tips. Beta is going to be a blast.
I'm getting more and more excited for this. I'm getting Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare along with Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 on the 25th (I'll be reviewing PvZ:GW for Leviathyn). Then two weeks later I have this. Two weeks later is MGS V: Ground Zeroes, and there'll be a few games coming shortly after that. I'm really glad there wasn't much of a drought. I just finally granded Powerstar Golf the other day, and am looking forward to what will be coming in the the next few months.
Wow, this does the best job at describing the gameplay in full detail outside of a gameplay trailer. Great write!
Alpha was great, can't wait of beta.
So basically, don't play it like Call of Duty, or you'll die. Gotcha.
This game is literally the only reason why I haven't gone next-gen yet.
Was planning on going Ps4, but then no Titanfall. I know they said "only the first title is MS-exclusive", but c'mon...I think we all know MS will change this later.
I'm still on the fence, and until Ps4 has an answer to this or the X1 gets more must-haves, I think that's where I'm going to stay. :/