2014 Game of the Year 9: Titanfall

After years of hype, Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall delivered in spades.

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Years ago, tensions boiled over between Activision and Infinity Ward, with many prominent members of the Modern Warfare development studio exiting for new endeavors. When Respawn Entertainment rose from the ashes, many eagerly awaited their debut effort. Titanfall delivered much of the first-person shooting atmosphere that the former IW devs had become recognized for, while adding in a new future landscape and giant mechs. But even with expectations as high as they were, Respawn managed to exceed them with mechanics nobody saw coming.

The mechs themselves shake up the FPS formula in a big way, with different mech types offering their own unique upgrades. Mechs are powerful behemoths that can cut through infantry like butter, but also make for some titanic clashes on the battlefield. Titanfall also sprinkled in elements of MOBA games by adding CPU-controlled grunts for target practice. Even those that aren't necessarily experts against more seasoned players can still contribute to the team effort by completing objectives or taking out these underlings. There's a role for just about everyone.

Where Titanfall truly shines, however, is through pilot control. No one ever expected being a pilot to be as fun, if not more so, than walking around in a towering mech. Pilot movement is far smoother than in many other FPS games and the addition of wall-running cannot be understated. Vaulting to great heights by running up the sides of buildings and leaping from place-to-place is an exhilarating experience, topped only by taking down a Titan after a successful rodeo.

Titanfall is one of the most memorable FPS experiences to come along in a long time and stands as a stellar debut for Respawn, who will hopefully be in the game for years to come.

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    December 29, 2014 2:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, 2014 Game of the Year 9: Titanfall

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      December 29, 2014 2:15 PM

      I remember it being fun but the lobby system and waits eventually turned me off to the game. And the smart pistol.

      I'd kill for no smart pistol and server browser.

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        December 29, 2014 2:42 PM

        smart pistol does suck but its such a crutch, feel like I never see truly awesome smart pistol players.

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          December 29, 2014 2:50 PM

          Prenerf it could be semi op cheap.

          They patched it about a month in and it was much more legit

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      December 29, 2014 2:43 PM

      is there a more shamefully death than getting crushed by a titan? its so hard to do. I've only crushed one once.

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        December 29, 2014 2:51 PM

        Its easy to do. You get swift titan and just boost charge all over people. Punching and squashing the shit out of people.

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        December 29, 2014 5:10 PM

        I feel dumb every time my neck gets snapped. It pretty much means you were standing around with your thumb up your ass, and if there's one thing you shouldn't be doing in a wall-running double-jumping bunny-hopping zip-lining nuclear-ejecting air-strafing game it's standing still.

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        December 29, 2014 6:44 PM

        I wonder if there are stats for that. I'd say I've crushed more than have been crushed.

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          December 29, 2014 7:23 PM

          its funny I actually just crushed someone in my last game. It'd been very rare. I can say I've been crushed twice and I've crushed others twice.

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            December 30, 2014 12:58 AM

            If the stat is kills by Titanfall I have 106.

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              December 30, 2014 1:02 AM

              Or rather "Titanfall Kills" in the stats menu. Not sure if that includes AI fodder and empty titans. I'm guessing it does because I don't think I've killed 100+ pilots that way. There's been a few dozen at least.

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      December 29, 2014 2:48 PM

      Titan fail game of the year LOL all most a good joke if it was not such a bad game.

      GFX ok
      Gameplay None
      Titan Boring

      Over all dull bland weak gameplay that was more hype than game dam all most forgot i was not talking about Destiny then.

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        December 29, 2014 2:50 PM

        I'd take Titanfall over Destiny any day. Destiny was truly a waste of money. I'd buy an improved Titanfall 2, I will not purchase another Destiny game.

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        December 29, 2014 2:52 PM

        Titans were fun if u knew how to use them properly... But the regular soldier gameplay was better.

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      December 29, 2014 4:10 PM

      WWE SuperCard was robbed!

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      December 29, 2014 4:19 PM

      I just wanna say that I appreciate you guys putting a bit more effort into the video production side of the GOTY intro's, I hope we're going to see more of that kinda thing in 2015.

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      December 29, 2014 5:07 PM

      Hello, TITANFALL thread.

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      December 29, 2014 6:27 PM

      Just played a quick round on oc. Still awesome

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      December 30, 2014 5:50 AM

      I enjoyed it. Wish it ran a little smoother though.

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