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In TITANFALL: ASSAULT, mankind has colonized other planets. But when people start to push back against the planetary colonization company and their strict guidelines, a civil war spanning many planets breaks out. As a commander in the Frontier Militia, your job is to deploy troops so that they can take down enemy strongholds and defenses.
Is it any good?
Though it's yet another game that converts a first-person shooter into a strategic war game with an aerial perspective, Titanfall: Assault manages to be both simple and deep enough for fans of both. Inspired by the Titanfall sci-fi first-person shooters, Titanfall: Assault casts you as a commander in the Frontier Militia who has to use troop deployments, aerial bombardments, and, of course, the giant walking tanks called Titans -- think Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron -- to defeat enemy soldiers and destroy their defenses. As in other strategy games, you can't just throw all of your troops at a problem at the same time. Instead, you have to wait until your different assets recharge, and use resources to deploy them. While this manages to capture the feel of the original game in strategy form, it also, oddly, makes the same mistake as the first game in the shooter series by not having a story-driven single-player mode. Instead, it's solely focused on player-vs.-player combat and player-vs.-computer simulations of player-vs.-player matches. Still, if you enjoy strategy games and the Titanfall series, you'll find this mashup works well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in apps. In this game, you battle other people online, but does that make you feel differently about killing them?
Talk about the responsibilities of command. In this game, you're not doing the killing, but are instead commanding troops who you may be sending to their death. Do you think you could do this in real life?
Discuss money management. Does it make any sense to spend money on a game when you can earn in-game money just by playing it? Or would it make more sense to spend a little on the game to support the creators?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 21, 2017
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Robots, Space and Aliens
- Size: 123.00 MB
- Publisher: NEXON M Inc
- Version: 1.0728.35479
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
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