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[March 30, 2014]
The New Review: Critics: Radio & Games: Titanfall Xbox One, Electronic Arts, cert: 16, out now
(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) "From the makers of Call of Duty," blares the marketing message behind Titanfall, and it's easy to see why, with its fast-paced online gameplay, EA's shooter has all the hallmarks of classic CoD. But here we have soldiers who parkour over obstacles and leap up buildings like gun-toting ninjas. And then - once a few minutes have passed - they can pilot a Titan, hulking machines that dash around, dodging missiles and dishing out wanton destruction.
It's a satisfying experience that does a wonderful job of making you feel like a mechanised superhero. But the game is lacking in modes, particularly compared with its rivals, and the story campaign is effectively a glorified training session. No doubt the inevitable sequel will fix these issues. But for now, Titanfall remains the most refreshing shooter the genre has seen in years.
(c) 2014 Guardian Newspapers Limited.
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