Titanfall: Expedition - Xbox One

Release Date:

May 15, 2014

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
8.1

Summary:

Titanfall: Expedition begins in the wake of the Battle of Demeter, IMC Expeditionary Forces travel deep into Frontier space to recover from their recent defeat. On an uncharted world, the IMC begin construction of a new fleet operations base, using newly acquired water collection and filtration plants to support the new base. When drainage operations reveal ancient ruins and artifacts of an unknown origin in a nearby swamp, Spyglass activates an archaeological team to investigate the site. To maintain battle readiness at the new base, IMC Pilots use simulation pods to train for anticipated Militia raids, based on lessons learned in Angel City and IMC Airbase Sierra.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Respawn Entertainment
  • Publisher(s):
    • Electronic Arts
  • Release Date(s):
    • May 15, 2014
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Online Player(s):
    • 12
  • Online Play:
    • Required
  • Series:
    • Titanfall

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • Minimum
    • 1.92GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • Source
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 31 Hours
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2015-02-25

Steven_Shaw

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Xbox One

8.0

'Titanfall: Expedition' on the Xbox One is a fascinating expansion to the popular series known as 'Titanfall'.

When 'Titanfall' dropped back in 2014 as a lead release for the Xbox One fans were appropriately overjoyed. The game was developed by Respawn Entertainment (How perfect is that name?) and published by Electronic Arts. The game focused heavily on the method of success that the 'Call of Duty' series made so popular. The game featured an online only campaign that put players into the story in a hectic but fascinating way and it built upon the core concept of a mech and its pilot. The game featured a fascinating tutorial that bled into a fun campaign and it had some legitimately fun new variations to the FPS shooter. With the success of the initial release it wasn't long until we were salivating over DLC. 'Titanfall: Expedition' released to positive reviews but is it good enough for you? Keep reading to find out.

A good expansion...

The core of 'Titanfall' is focused on the sheer awesomeness that is the mechanical robots you pilot. We've heard the game described as 'Call of Duty' inside of giant mechs, but we feel that is a pretty lazy comparison. Does a knock off game win 60 awards at E3? Does it break records for originality?

The game features soldier pilots who command giant exoskeletons aptly called 'Titans'. The game pushes you into groups of other players online in order to accomplish different objectives to push the story forward. We are immediately launched into the game in the hectic Frontier, on the fringe of space. The colonies are being destroyed in a frantic war between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation and the scurvy rebels, the Militia. The basic 'big guys' versus 'little guys' cliches tend to hold true but they let you decide who you want to align with as you play through the game.

One of the first titles to demand an internet connection to play the campaign, 'Titanfall' quickly pushed our boundaries on what to expect going forward. The game mixed single player elements with massively multiplayer scenarios. In one instance you would be watching a cut scene with dialogue and NPCs and then you would be staring down 11 different human players, most of which wanted to kill you. The lack of an offline mode definitely put some people ill at ease, but other gamers quickly bought into the concept. The heart of the game was in how the pilots and their mechs experienced the different maps they were forced into. And that is where 'Expedition' leads us to victory.

'Expedition' caters to the core of the game by giving players a slew of new maps to play on.: War Games, Swampland, and Runoff. We'll take a look at these three different. For only a couple of bucks we were able to get the DLC and expand the universe that we had grown to love. Many hours of sweaty palmed multiplayer had gone by and it was time for an upgrade.

WAR GAMES

This map is probably one of the most meta inspired, and interesting maps on the whole game. This map is a virtual simulation that melds together a variety of different maps in order for soldiers to 'train on'. It is one of the most unique maps in the game, and one of the most unique maps in recent first person shooters.

Rather than starting with your typical dropship entry you are thrown into a simulation pod. You get out of your pod and you are told what level your pilot character is. Shortly afterword the map 'initializes' and the action begins. After briefly sprinting around the map you'll quickly realize that something has gone very sideways here. There are grids everywhere and disintegrating extensions to the level. There are crazy new areas to explore where the different maps converge and the whole area has a new level of strategy involved in it. Playing through the different game modes was a ton of fun, with Capture the Flag probably being our favorite.

The way that the level was designed definitely lent a hand to being careful and simulating strategy over all out warfare. There are tons of places to hide and take cover so the firefights can become prolonged and intense, which is exactly what we want.

SWAMPLAND

Next up on the list of new maps is Swampland and it couldn't be more different than the prior entry if we tried to redesign it ourselves. Swampland is set in a gorgeous outdoor swamp that is both expansive and mind boggling. As the primary force behind the marketing campaign for 'Expedition', Swampland gives gamers exactly what they want. Among the giant looming trees you will quickly get lost, only to run into a slew of enemy Titans that seemed to materialize out of nowhere. The level is huge and it is easy to get caught up in the maze of trees.

Getting up into the mountains allows you to have epic Titan v Titan battles that the map seems tailor made to cater to. In fact these moments came close to giving us chills. How cool is a giant robotic battle on the side of a mountain overlooking a gigantic swamp?

RUNOFF

The final map in the expansion, and probably the most generic, is Runoff. This map is set on a water treatment facility out at sea. There are urban sprawls of buildings, long pathways, and giant roofs for you to engage in your favorite brand of Titan warfare. The map is perfect for Capture the Flag due to how hectic the matches can get in the relative confinement of the map. It isn't an inventive area but it more than does the job.

If you are a fan of the 'Titanfall' game then you owe it to yourself to give 'Expedition' a shot. The DLC merely expands on an experience that caters perfectly to the modern FPS fan. With a slew of new levels at hand, two of which are unique and fully engaging, fans will certainly fall in love with the experience.

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