By Jennifer Tan AKA Mrs Fett
“Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key developers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall is among the most highly anticipated games of 2014, having been shrouded in mystery for nearly three years. The visionaries at Respawn have drawn inspiration from their proven experience in first-person action gaming, and are building on that pedigree by taking a new approach to game design and creating an all-new universe with Titanfall”. -Respawn
Let’s face it. FPS junkies have clung to the idea that if you are not a soldier trying to get headshots on a way over stimulating map with poor respawns, you aren’t really playing an FPS title. But somehow, I have confidence that Titanfall is going to finally make gamers transition to a Mech dominated battlefield, and leave their COD titles to gather dust…for a little while at least.
Both Respawn and EA have released a small, Xbox One exclusive, Alpha Testing phase, in which select users were allowed to play the online only, multiplayer experience. Quickly after, a gag order was enforced, and an official BETA testing phase is set to launch February 14th (Happy Valentine’s day to me!) through the 19th, to a larger audience including PC and Xbox 360, although this has not been confirmed by either developing side.
More impressive than the gameplay, and open communication and involvement with the public, is their capitalization of the branding and merchandising opportunities that come with being one of the first, major titles of the Xbox One in 2014. The limited edition Titanfall Xbox One wireless controller is as much a work of art as the Ogre Mech itself, and is sold out everywhere, far before its release on March 11th.
Guilty of paying over $200 for a collector’s edition of a game myself, including every prestige edition for Call Of Duty, I wasn’t too surprised at seeing the steep $250 price tag for the Titanfall CE. The individually numbered, exclusive collectible Titan statue standing over 18″ tall and 16″ long, handcrafted from over 300 individual parts, being the headlining object of desire in this CE. It also comes with the routine Hardcover book, an exclusive poster, and the game of course.
The game is set to release March 11th, everywhere. As always, if you want to get the exclusives, GameStop is the place to go for pre-orders. If you happen to HAVE the Beta access, let me know what you think @GAEMS_GIRL!