Revisiting Titanfall (Almost) Two Years Later

Titanfall was a game that I couldn’t wait to play on the Xbox One. It was a highly marketed shooter that had a lot of positive buzz from critics and consumers alike and from what I had read at the time, the game showed extremely well at various trade shows. Not only that, it was created by Respawn Entertainment, a studio that had been founded from the core members that had left Activision’s golden goose studio Infinity Ward, the house that pumped out arguably the best Call of Duty games like Modern Warfare and its sequel.

Titanfall Logo

So when the much anticipated game finally launched in March 2014, I was there on day one, experiencing the game’s version of a campaign based entirely within the multiplayer space. As I mentioned in my review, the gameplay was frenetic, fast and a whole lot of fun even if the game, sadly, didn’t do much with it’s lore.

The other main issue I and seemingly many others had with the game was with the amount of content it offered out of the gate which to me, felt limited. Sure enough, I eventually grew tired of the experience as playing the same modes and maps over and over kind of wore me down. I moved on to new games and never looked back.

In an unprecedented move last year, Respawn decided to open the flood gates once more and release all of the DLC for Titanfall for free. As a person who loves free stuff, I downloaded it all but didn’t actually jump back into the game until this past holiday break. So with almost two years having gone by since its release, how does the experience fare now?

Lets take a deeper look after the jump, shall we?

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Saturday Video Round Up: January 31 – February 6

Saturday has returned once more and that means it’s time for another Round Up for your viewing pleasure. I hope you’re ready for some video action this week because there was an avalanche of content, so lets dive right into it shall we? Here’s just a small taste of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

In terms of big releases this year, Bethesda decided to rile up the masses by releasing a brand new campaign trailer for the hyper violent shooter, DOOM. Not only that, fans now know when they’ll be able to kick demon ass when the game launches in May. Not too much longer to wait!

Street Fighter V is only a mere week and a half away at this point and thanks to a brand new trailer, we now know what sort of modes players will be able to dive into on day one. Of course, Capcom is planning on adding more content over time, but for now, there’s a good amount of stuff to keep you going.

I’ve also got new videos for Killer Instinct, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Super Smash Bros DLC and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers! It’s a stuffed Round Up this week folks, so enjoy! We’ll see you in 2016 everyone!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Tom Clancy’s The Division Beta Thoughts and Opinions

I don’t have the data or numbers from the closed beta this past weekend but from all of the social media discussions, forum posts, twitch streams, and YouTube videos that spawned out of it, I’m more than willing to call this beta session for The Division a big success for Ubisoft.

The Division Night

I was able to jump on for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the beta and my feelings towards the game haven’t changed much from this past December when I ventured into the alpha version. For those of you curious, I really didn’t see or experience much of a difference between either version, so whatever console you’re planning on supporting, it shouldn’t matter. I didn’t get a chance to jump on the PC version, though I am eager to see how resource intensive that version is. With that said, the gameplay and missions that were on display were pretty much exactly the same as compared to the alpha, but considering I didn’t have a chance to talk about that experience, I figured now is a great time to get all these pent up opinions out there.

So how was the beta? My complete thoughts can be found after the jump…

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Now Arriving: Games of February 2016

February is finally here and we’re starting to see the release schedule pick up a little bit. Honestly, the big rush won’t come until next month, but for now, here are some of the games that stand out this month.

For fans of last year’s surprise hit, Dying Light, you’ll be happy to note that the Enhanced Edition is finally hitting store shelves. This version includes every single piece of DLC released over the past year, which does include the meaty new story content known as The Following. In addition, the game has also gotten a slight make over and the team has tweaked, balanced, and fixed a lot of elements to the game, which should not only please new comers but those who have played the game before.

If you’re in the market for a big name this month, then for fighting fans, it probably doesn’t get much bigger than Street Fighter. After a lot of beta tests over the past few months, Street Fighter V is finally official, even though it’s cutting a core group of gamers out of the experience by arriving on PC and PS4 platforms only.

Even PC players get in on the fun this month as XCOM 2 finally releases after it’s delay out of the fall time frame last year. Strategy gamers unite!

The complete release list for February can be found after the jump…

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Saturday Video Round Up: January 24 – 30

Another week has come to an end, which means it is time for a brand new edition of the Video Round Up, bringing you the best trailers and gameplay from the past week. As we start to head into February and releases start to pick up, the marketing divisions are in full swing so there are a lot of new stuff to get to. Here’s just a taste of what you can expect below.

With many fighting games like Killer Instinct or Mortal Kombat X placing a spotlight on story, Capcom is planning to follow suit in Street Fighter V. A new trailer this week covers the cinematic story elements coming into their upcoming fighter, which should finally provide answers to both new and longtime fans alike.

With just a short wait remaining before release, Techland has been cranking out video after video for Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition. This week is no different as a pair of videos introduce you to a few of the interesting locations to be discovered in the new area of The Following, which the other shows you some of the horrific new zombie types that are waiting to rip you to shreds.

I’ve also got new videos for Song of the Sea, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Homefront: The Revolution and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers! It’s a stuffed Round Up this week folks, so enjoy! We’ll see you in 2016 everyone!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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My Concerns Over The Division

It’s a well known fact among my group of friends (and maybe here as well) that I’m all in on The Division. The initial CG and gameplay trailers captuired my imagination and I’ve been carefully following the game’s long development period since. After the technical Alpha last December and now the Beta taking place later this week, I’m all in come March 8.

The Division contagion

For as excited as I am about this new IP, I do have some concerns about the game and how certain aspects of it will turn out when it launches officially. These things aren’t deal breakers by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m curious to see if and how Ubisoft deals with them prior to release.

Here is my list, but do you have a list as well or are you ready to go on day one? Let me know your thoughts below in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

More after the jump…

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Saturday Video Round Up: January 17 – 23

Hope you all enjoyed the mega sized Round Up last week and for those of you who missed it (WHAT?!?!), you can check it out right here.

We’re back to the normal edition of the Round Up this week, bringing you the best gameplay videos and official trailers from the past week. There’s a lot of stuff to get to, so here’s just a small taste of what’s waiting for you below the jump. Enjoy!

Ubisoft’s next Far Cry game is a few weeks away and to help get people excited, they released a pair of videos. The first helps introduce some of the major characters players will interact with during their time with Far Cry Primal and if this game stays true to the past couple of entries, there should be plenty of weird and crazy moments. The second is a developer diary that goes into how the language used in the game came to be and further inspired the characters within the title. It’s fairly interesting stuff.

To the surprise of probably no one, Warner Bros and Netherrealm Studios revealed Mortal Kombat XL, essentially the Game of the Year edition of Mortal Kombat, which collects every piece of DLC released and upcoming and putting it all into one package. Surprisingly, this version of the game including Kombat Pack 2 won’t be arriving on PC, as it seems support for that platform has been discontinued. Sorry to all those affected.

I’ve also got new videos for Darkest Dungeon, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Battleborn and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers! It’s a stuffed Round Up this week folks, so enjoy! We’ll see you in 2016 everyone!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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