Titanfall – The Hype Vs Reality

By Patrick Toworfe – 3rd April 2014
Titanfall – The Hype Vs Reality

It’s been a few weeks since Titanfall launched and players have been wall-running and Titan punching to their hearts’ content since then. The game had a fairly good launch on both Xbox One and PC, with a few hitches that needed to be worked out, which Respawn Entertainment is fervently aiming to solve. Now the game has finally dropped, the pre-release hype train is over and everyone can see the game for what it truly is. There are a lot of reasons why the hype and fanfare for Titanfall’s launch may been been a bit overkill and players have expressed several reasons why. Titanfall is an amazing game, but the hype and reality of a video game are two different things.

Let’s start off with the very obvious glaring topic; Titanfall as the ‘COD-killer’. For months since the original E3 trailer of Titanfall, gamers had already crowned the game the inevitable ‘COD-killer’, believing that the game would put Call of Duty to rest upon its arrival. This line of thinking is somewhat convoluted and problematic, but it was a view shared by many people, something which you’d hear a lot from YouTube commentators, game journalists and more. The other side of the coin was the camp of people who believed that Titanfall looks like ‘Call of Duty with mechs’, claiming that it’s just like a glorified COD DLC that adds giant robots, whilst the core gameplay remains the same. Whatever the reason, people had enough to fuss over when it came to Titanfall.

What’s puzzling is why people would want the ‘death’ of a game series at all or how they could believe that one video game could bring about such death. The motivation behind it isn’t without some validity, since several gamers are exhausted with the Call of Duty series and don’t want anything more to do with it. The simple solution to this would be to just ignore the series, since at the end of the day it’s just one video game series amongst thousands of others, but as it turns out this seems to be impossible for people. In their defense, they have every right to despise the series for their own reasons and can easily favor any new game over it, that’s up to them. However the problem starts when you begin to measure the success of a game on the downfall of another.

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Part of the issue with the hype surrounding Titanfall is that it often had less to do with the game and more to do with creative wish fulfillment on the part of the gamers. Some wanted Titanfall to usher in a wave of innovation, others wanted it to kill COD, others wanted it to set the standard for all FPS, and so on. People believed that this was the first ‘truly next gen’ experience from watching the trailers alone but as time went on and we saw more of games like The Division, this idea got called into question, even more so when the game entered the resolutiongate conversation. Because of these varying views and expectations, many weren’t looking at the game for its own merits and upon purchasing it, have expressed concern at it not living up to what they wanted. The multiplayer campaign has severely polarized the fanbase, with many claiming that it’s bare-bones and badly done, a missed opportunity for a game that actually has very interesting lore.

  • Vlad Farcas

    Very nice article…. My opinion is that is overhyped because of next generation consoles and next generation gaming… Everybody expected more in general because the technology today can accomplish that and we were promised big things. But the reality is that is more the same. It’s not a big leap forward and it won’t be even in the coming years. Games were promised, new next gen consoles were promised but they look like an small improvement to the last gen ones. Even Titanfall…. It promised something totally different BUT i see it as an improvement to Call of Duty game. It’s still shooting one another’s with low recoil weapons and manageable weapons, fast paced and low time to kill system resulting in who has better movement, map awareness and surprise factor on its side will kill the other player. What I’m trying to say is that its the same formula as Call of Duty and adding Mechs and jumpsuits with more levels of height possibility. Don’t get me wrong its a good step but in my opinion its a small one.
    Titanfall is a game for pleasing the big crowd of gamers, witch were previously also Call of Duty players, and giving them more. The game is simple, it doesn’t have depth, and it makes players feel like they are badasses. Its a pleasing game. Nothing more. To me a game well done should be or very competitive and skill and strategic when fighting other players while having a complexity that could make you original in your own way compared to others… Or if its a singleplayer game than it should give you that feeling of memorable ( you will remember it years to come) , a good entertainment at home, like watching a good movie… Hours well spent. I don’t long time wasting games, lots of missions games, grind games, etc. Those games don’t leave you a sign of accomplishment., of time well spent… Just watching over and over a mediocre movie or listening to radio with the same songs over and over everyday.

    So do I think Titanfall is overhyped? Very YES. I think people will play a while ( some one month, some 3 months, some half a year ) but after that time people will put it away because it offers superficial gameplay ( a Call of Duty dressed different ) for pleasing the majority of crowd gamers ( most of the lets face it is kids and teenagers ) offering some adrenaline rush and no meaningful and deep gameplay to resist in time ( that’s the reason while there will be a sequel – like previously compared Call of Duty franchise ) and after the adrenaline rush from the beginning disappears people will not play the game anymore and then will appear the sequel to keep them going and pleasing the gamers and their search for rush (and their money ).

  • just_got_wicked

    The game was tremendously over-hyped for one reason….MICROSOFT!!!

    This game was feed to us for months in every commercial we saw,
    In every soda we drank,
    And in every bag of chips we ate.

    If the game had been on both consoles the Hype would have been so much less.
    But due to the Xbox One getting dominated by the PS4 right now, Microsoft had to do all they could to sell the systems.

    I mean hell, they’re practically giving you the game for free in the Bundles just to move the Xbones.

    The problem is Titanfall can’t can’t change what the Xbox One is: a under-powered cable box that can’t seem to find its true identity.

    Sony said from day one the PS4 is made for gaming.

    Everything else is icing on the cake.

    But Microsoft wants to make you believe all the extra money you’re spending is for some “Amazing Experience” that never materialized.

    Titanfall is not necessarily a bad game it’s just not a very good game.
    It is not Halo.
    It is not COD.

    The Xbox Fanboys will try to tell you otherwise but more journalists are starting to come out and tell the truth now that they have cashed their checks from Microsoft for thier reviews.
    If you don’t believe me then just look at the difference on METACRITIC between so called “Critic” scores and actual user scores for the game.

    Microsoft paid off the world for this game and failed again misserably.

    Titanfall 2 will be on PS4 due to Xbones failures and Guaranteed it will be 1080p.

    Thats all for now.

    • I agree. in part.

      I’m a big Sony fan so it’s hard for me to say. The Xbox isn’t under powered, It has a costly front end that is always on and it’s really cool to look at, there’s a lot going on at all times. The PlayStation front end isn’t as pretty, but it is a lot more focused on Games and doesn’t hog system resources.

  • My Philosophy exactly. I wait until release then I rent it. If it’s a good game I buy it. I trade my games in often. I only have 5-7 games at any time, for example Metal Gear Solid 4 has been in my PS3 pile since it came out.