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Review Round-Up: Titanfall (Xbox 360)

Posted by Dave Letcavage

If a Titan falls on the Xbox 360, does it make a sound?

When a hulking metal robot descends from the heavens with a palpable degree of urgency, you better believe it crashes into the terra firma with a tectonic-plate-shifting thud. However, when Titanfall dropped onto the Xbox 360 last Tuesday, the internet was nearly silent. There were no reviews to speak of, nor was there any real promotion plastered throughout the industry's most-authoritative websites — at least not to the extent one would expect for a game of this caliber. It makes sense when you consider Microsoft's intention of using the Xbox One version to tempt consumers into upgrading to their latest console, but nevertheless, it was a surreal phenomenon to witness.

Now that nearly a week has passed since release, a handful of reviews have finally accumulated on Metacritic and they're actually pretty spectacular. Long story short, it sounds as if the experience has ported over just fine. Here's a bit of light reading to bring you up to speed.

Official Xbox Magazine UK — 9/10

Bluepoint Game kicks anxiety to the curb with a smart, efficient port, that's fundamentally the same as Titanfall on Xbox One. If you can't afford a new console, save your pocket money for this.

Metro GameCentral — 9/10

A hugely impressive use of last gen tech that is only slightly inferior to the Xbox One version, and as such one of the best online shooters of the last several years.

Game Informer — 9/10

The 360 version of Titanfall holds up well as an overall experience, even though it is undoubtedly the worst way to experience the game, reflected in a quarter-point drop in score compared to the Xbox One and PC versions.

Vandal Online — 8.8/10

Obviously, it doesn't match the technical standards of the "bigger" versions, but it does deliver the Titanfall experience.

Sounds impressive, right? Now it's time for a debriefing. What do you guys think? Will you be picking up a 360 copy of Titanfall and putting off the purchase of an Xbox One for now, or have you already ponied up for the superior version? Share your story in the comments below.


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Generik said:

That's pretty impressive to say the least. Although honestly I think that speaks more towards the Xbox One / PC not really receiving a game that pushes the hardware than to how good the port is to last gen. I love Titanfall on Xbone, played it a significant chunk of time this weekend in fact. But I can't help but be slight underwhelmed graphically. It really is tough to say it's significantly better looking than say Black Ops 2 on Xbox 360. I would expect by this time next year or 2016 for sure, Titanfall 2 or 3 will look beyond amazing in comparison and still run nice and smooth.



DRL said:

@Generik — I know what you mean, though I honestly don't mind that the visuals aren't more striking. I do, however, despise the presence of screen tearing. If the game isn't this powerhouse of next-gen visual capabilities, I really wish technical flaws like that would be smoothed out. Maybe they have by now? I haven't played in a couple weeks.



Gamer83 said:

I haven't retired my 360 yet so I'd have bought this if Respawn could've been bothered to put an offline single-player campaign in. Oh well, maybe for Titanfall 2.



Generik said:

@DRL I don't know if the screen tearing is really fixed or not. I never honestly noticed it much and I'll blame the fact that I'm an old gamer. :-)

@Gamer83 I'd honestly say the lack of single player campaign is not a terrible thing regarding Titanfall as the multiplayer is the star attraction. How many FPS games ship with a campaign that we play through over the course of a weekend or so and then dive in to the multiplayer for the next few months and have no recollection at all regarding the campaign. Seriously I can't tell you offhand what the storyline of BF3 was at all now. BF4 I can recall a bit better as I played at least the initial few levels multiple times thanks to the game deleting my progress. With that said though, Respawn has given glimpses of how deep their new universe is and it is definitely a shame that there is no single player storyline to properly explore it. Honestly I think Titanfall is possibly the largest paid demo ever for a new IP and by 2015 we will be purchasing Titanfall 2 which will have all the expected features and also be available on all consoles and that will truly be the kickoff for the universe of Titanfall.



Gamer83 said:


Don't get me wrong, I understand why Respawn did what it did. I realize I'm one of the very, very few people who play through FPS campaign.



Generik said:

@Gamer83 I don't mean to imply that I don't play an FPS campaign as I definitely do. I'm just pointing out that most of them anymore or completely forgettable. I think that's a pretty negative trend in the industry currently as almost all FPS games are designed for the multiplayer + DLC schedule instead of solid single player experience.

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