Titanfall

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Manic, violent multiplayer combat game lives up to hype.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 51 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This Mature-rated game focuses heavily on kill-or-be-killed combat. Some modes focus on trying to capture and hold a position on a map. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players choose one of two sides fighting a high-tech war. Because it's a multiplayer-only game, there isn't much backstory or context here. Are you on the side of the good guys or bad guys? There isn't enough information about any of the characters to ascertain whether they're good role models or not, but the focus is on racking up points for killing the enemy faction -- on foot or inside a Titan.

 

Ease of Play

Titanfall is pretty easy to pick up and play. It begins with a mandatory tutorial and some guidance throughout play. The controls are similar to other first-person shooters.

Violence

Deeply rooted in combat, this is a pretty violent game. As a soldier on foot or while inside a 24-foot Titan (a mechanized machine), players can shoot and kill enemies with headshots, stomps (crushing them), grenades, and high-tech weapons. There is some gore, including dismembered body parts, and blood, too. Enemies can scream out in pain. Also, Titanfall is multiplayer only, so players are always shooting other humans, represented on-screen as soldiers (inside or outside their Titan). 

Sex
Language

The game contains strong profanity, including words such as "f--k" and "s--t," plus it's a multiplayer-only game, meaning players run the risk of hearing inappropriate language spoken by other players.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Titanfall is rated Mature for its intense violence, blood, and some gore. Players can shoot and kill other humans in a near-future war-like environment, using a number of weapons including Titans -- giant robotic suits --  to destroy the enemy. It's a multiplayer-only game, too, with no filters or moderators to curb profanity or other inappropriate words or phrases.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byBest reviews around April 13, 2014

Do not belive what other people are saying

I have never allowed my kids to have a game that involves violence. I talked to some of my friends and they said that there kids loved the game. I took a chance... Continue reading
Adult Written byTheRealReviewNow March 26, 2014

The Real Review: Titanfall

this game should not be rated M the "Blood and Gore" is only the smallest little squirt and the game is so fast paced that that you probably cant see... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPoopMagee April 19, 2014

Shouldn't be rated M.

Titanfall is an Online Only multiplayer First-Person shooter in which players take role as a Titan Pilot flying across "The Frontier". Pilots use weap... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 22, 2014

Perfectly made game and isn't that violent

This game isn't bad for kids. It's a great experience to play. My dad was reluctant to preorder it for me because he doesn't like games where you... Continue reading

What's it about?

If you're into video games -- especially first-person shooters -- you no doubt know about TITANFALL, EA/Respawn's much-hyped sci-fi action epic for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC. And it's no wonder there's so much hype for the game: It's developed by many of the same people who launched the multibillion-dollar Call of Duty franchise into the stratosphere, and Titanfall cleaned up at last year's E3 awards, winning a ton of awards including Best of Show.

For the uninitiated, the futuristic shooter lets players fight on foot as an agile Pilot as well as climb into a 24-foot-tall Titan, a 'mech' -- kind of like a giant robot -- with some serious firepower. The multiplayer-centric game has players fighting across varied maps waiting for the chance to call in their Titans, which drop from the skies with a satisfying thud. In the Titan, players have a different arsenal of weapons and abilities and, of course, some serious height. When the Titan takes too much damage, players eject before it explodes and fend for themselves on the ground.

Some of the main modes include Attrition, a Deathmatch-like game that's recommended for newbies focused simply on killing the other side and scoring points; Hardpoint, which might be compared to Capture the Flag and wherein players need to capture points on the map and defend them; Last Titan Standing, wherein everyone starts off in a Titan, and it's a no-holds-barred fight to the finish. As with Call of Duty, players earn points for success during play that can be used to level up, change equipment "loadouts," and gain new abilities.

Is it any good?

Controlling Titanfall feels good and bears a lot of similarity to the action-packed shooters that came before it. But the added combat variety that mixes on-the-ground Pilot-style play with the amped-up, mech-style Titan combat does a lot to push the genre in new tactical directions. Players have a lot of new choices to make: Should I stay on foot, jump in my Titan, or have the Titan follow me around? It's also important to note that the game ran smoothly and quickly, even with 12 players on one map.

Too bad there's no single-player campaign, however. Whether the game developers ran out of time or decided early on a multiplayer-only experience -- apparently the latter is true -- it's disappointing not to learn more about the story and characters and to practice your chops against artificial intelligence. Still, this great-looking and intense shooter does in fact live up to the hype as the first must-own game of 2014 -- but for mature action fans only.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the violence of a futuristic, sci-fi setting such as Titanfall compares to a game set in a world like ours such as Grand Theft Auto? Do more fantastic settings reduce the sting of violence?

  • Get kids thinking about responsible behavior in multiplayer games. What might you encounter when you play online with other people? How should you conduct yourself? How should you deal with a cyberbully?

  • Families can consult a list of Common Sense Media-recommended Teen-rated games here to try to find an alternative.

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