If Titanfall is the Future of Gaming, I Won't Be Playing Much

Titanfall

This week Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment released Titanfall.

Rarely do I get as excited about a new game as I was for this one. After playing the BETA and seeing first hand how amazing this game was I couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

This morning I popped the disc in and began to play the campaign.

For those of you who are not gamers, the campaign is the storyline you play through. You are given a character and you play through the story until you win the game.

These are living movies that I can escape into. When done right, I get sucked in and can’t wait to play more.

But, as I began my campaign and completed the training module,  I noticed that I was being put in a lobby. Huh?

The cornerstone of today’s gaming is multiplayer.

This is when you and a bunch of friends or strangers gather in a lobby and then play against each other. A lobby is where you wait until there are enough people to start a game.

Why was I being put in a lobby I wondered?

That is when I realized that Titanfall has changed the rules for gaming. The entire game is multiplayer and can only be played with other live humans playing at the exact same time online.

As me and my fellow players dropped into the hotzone and began battling for control of the gas supplies, I was thinking about how big of a change this was as I ran around waiting for my Titan to be ready.

The story would unfold, but only as I played with other people. Now, not only did I have to complete the missions, but those playing along with me did as well. The more I think about it, the more genius I believe it is.

Why is this a problem for me? Because I rarely want to play multiplayer games. Listening to the players scream at each other is not my kind of escape.

When a game is really good, it sucks me in and I forget everything going on around me. Just like when the theater lights go down, I don’t care about anything else for the next couple of hours while what is happening on the screen in front of me takes over.

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This isn’t meant to be a “get off my lawn” type of post. The hope was that it would give fair warnings to others before they drop $60 on the game so that you would know what you are in for.

I know I’ll play it some more to see if any of the campaign evolves back to single player. A mesh of the two styles would be very cool and that is what I’m hoping happens, but I have a gut feeling it won’t.

The visuals and game play are top notch. Being able to run along the sides of buildings, rodeo a Titan and explore the world until get sniped by a twelve year old is a lot of fun.

I just hope that not all gaming companies go this route. I’ll never be a hardcore gamer, but I do love video games.

  • Jonathan Hutchinson

    The option to play multi-player or single player campaigns is what I like. I played MMOs for years and stopped playing the ones that only allowed for multiplayer experiences to continue the game. Being forced to play a game a certain way only limits the game and depending on the game players will leave/stop playing.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Agreed.

    • Nerdmaster

      Thank you for showing me that I’m not the only one who thinks this way. I was loving Final Fantasy XIV, but I stopped playing it when the game told me I had to play 3 whole dungeons with a random party or else I couldn’t advance the story or even get important stuff like Chocobos and banks to store items. When I complained about it, and said that I liked how WoW handled it by letting us get as far as we wanted by playing by ourselves, people treated me like I was crazy.

      • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

        To each their own right?

        I applaud Titanfall on it’s decision. I was just sharing my personal thoughts because I knew there were others who might think like me.

        They are going to make a boatload of money and have tons of players.

  • thebanditking

    Don’t bother waiting for it to go more single player, it doesn’t. The game is multi-player only. I don’t think this game will make a big enough impact to change gaming to the point where every game studio sees this as a viable option, but the lack of SP is a bit of a let down.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Yeah I’ve figured that out after doing some more reading, but wouldn’t that be awesome?

      I do think this is a logical step where many games are going. Multiplayer is where the hard core gamers go and where they spend money. It makes sense.

  • lester perdomo

    saw the title of the article , im just here to laugh …

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Glad I could help make you laugh.

      • lester perdomo

        :::::tips hat:::::

  • Goodacre

    don’t you research games before you buy them?

    • lester perdomo

      exactly.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Yup, but none of the marketing materials I’ve seen anywhere says it.

      Not an issue since my son will be playing this all the time. Just not for me.

  • Steph

    U whine about a game being multiplayer….no doubt u made this article to get hits to ur site but u could have at least tried….this article is just ridiculous

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Sorry it wasn’t for you. How did you end up over here reading it? Now, I’m curious.

    • GODLIKE10101

      yea he clearly needs to kill himself or be murdered.. whichever comes first

      • http://www.gradontripp.com gradontripp

        How very un-godlike.

  • TheDuDe

    Uhhh we knew this was MP only from the day they announced it. How can you be so excited about something but clearly not know what it is???

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Obviously I missed that bit of news and based on conversations with other people, I don’t seem to be the only one.

      It’s all good. My son will play it plenty since he lives in multiplayer games.

  • GODLIKE10101

    what a complete fuckwit.. from the very second this game title was announced we all knew it was multiplayer..stop writing your bullshit dumbo crap pls.. kys

    • http://scottmonty.com scottmonty

      It’s a shame not everyone can be godlike.

  • Exposed

    The author of this article is either a mental midget or a troll. Does he really think Titanfall on face value is the “future of gaming?” Please. Its a FPS game that is designed around the cloud to provide a certain kind of experience. This doesn’t imply that the future of gaming is going to a clone of what Titanfall does.

  • teemorris

    Like you, I’m a casual video gamer. I was curious about this game, but this is a dramatic change in the industry requiring people to play in a multiplayer mode. Honestly, like you, I prefer to play games on my time, and sometimes my time isn’t going to mesh with others. Additionally, if I want to play multiplayer-style games, I would rather play a board game like Ticket to Ride or a card game like Dixit. Video games, as selfish as this may sound, are for me.

    I wonder if this is a Microsoft thing, or an industry trend. I’m hoping it’s an Xbox-only thing, but if its a direction for the gaming industry, I don’t know where I’ll fit in there.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      It will be interesting to see if more games do this in the future or not. That is what got me writing this morning because it could be a very smart business decision with endless expansion packs and other content to keep it fresh and the players coming back.

      There has always been only multiplayer games like this, but first one I remember on a major console.

      It’ll be fun to watch.

  • http://davefleet.com/ davefleet

    I heard rumblings (on Gamespot, if I remember correctly?) that they may produce a single-player expansion. I’d be all over that, as there’s a whole lot of rich storytelling to do around the game.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      I think there is a lot of opportunities for that. I’m going to play through the campaign because I’m curious, but I wonder if I’ll finish it or not.

  • http://www.gradontripp.com gradontripp

    My son loves Titanfall. Me? I love Tiger Woods 14 (campaign mode) and
    Skyrim. Give me an immersive story (Winning the FedEx Cup! Fighting dragons!!) over battling other players any day.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      My son loves both but definitely prefers multiplayer if he had a choice. It is what he has grown up on so it makes sense.

      He is a gamer. I like to play video games. There is a big difference.

  • JerkDaNERD7

    Oh look, he thinks we care….(⊙.⊙(☉_☉)⊙.⊙)

    • Garrett C

      you cared enough to comment,Id say he wins this round.

      • JerkDaNERD7

        8…months…later…..

        ….(⊙.⊙(☉_☉)⊙.⊙)

  • ilovegoogleglass

    It’s your opinion :)

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      And that is ALL it is. One guy’s opinion.

  • jackburtonHERO

    Biggest problem with the game is its multiplayer only. I hate getting beat by people that only play these style of games and CoD fanboys must be jumping up and down because Titanfall is CoD just with mechs and the ability to double jump. I do think the campaign missions are pretty neat they inject a much needed narrative to a extremely boring and overused gametype. I just would of expected to see the mission objectives change dynamically depending on the mission and narrative instead of the mission type staying as either just domination or team deathmatch.

  • Meg Tripp

    YER SO DUMB WHY DON’T YOU READ ANYTHING I TOTALLY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR OPINION EXCEPT I TOOK THE TIME TO COMMENT ON IT AND MAKE ASCII ART TO BACK UP MY THOUGHTS EVERYONE KNOWS THIS GAME IS MP Y U WHINE DIE DIE DIE I LAUGH AT U BACK TO MY MOM’S BASEMENT

    Oh, wait, sorry, I thought this was where I was supposed to go to be an anonhole. ;)

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      F**K OFF MEG!!!

      Oh wait…I spelt that all right…..I must be a n00b

      Damn you made my day.

  • Carcharon

    Totally agree with the author on this one. I love the game engine and graphics, the play experience is good, but I was blindsided by the online only multi-player only aspect of the game. The learning curve is steep, the ability to practice and train is not that deep, and the campaign mode did not even launch for 10 minutes as it was looking for a game and other players to join with.

    It kinda feels like half the game I was expecting. After playing it for a while It has more in common with Blacklight than something like halo (or even Brink or LP2 which it is better than, except for having a story).
    I will still play and also hope that they build out their campaign more through expansions.

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