Thanks to the storyline, expanded multiplayer, and tactics available from newly included abilities, this adventure title is a huge improvement on the original. When the original Titanfall was released, it was well-received by both fans and critics, but it still felt a bit incomplete. The game's multiplayer-only structure made it hard to piece together any sort of complete story. Titanfall 2 addresses this problem right out of the gate, thanks to the inclusion of a new single-player story campaign. The man-meets-mech tale of survival and friendship expands on the Titanfall lore, but admittedly it occasionally slips and assumes the player knows about events from the first game. For PS4 owners, this is a bit more unnerving since the original never made its way to that console. Still, the campaign is a welcome addition and lays a strong foundation for the franchise moving forward.
As good as the campaign is, it's not the only great new addition to the Titanfall formula. Multiplayer opens up a host of new features, both practical and cosmetic. On the practical side, new tactical abilities such as the grappling hook opens up the gameplay in unique ways. As if running and jumping along walls weren't enough, now you can launch yourself to new heights or catapult yourself out of danger. New Titans also add to the mix, with six models available, each with its own distinct style of play. From the Scorch, a massive flamethrowing behemoth, to the Ronin, a sword-wielding stainless steel ninja, to the Northstar, an airborne sniper that can hover above the fight, there's a Titan catered to just about anyone's interests. Once you find the right combination of Pilot and Titan, you can customize both with various paint jobs, decals, call signs, and camoflauge to make your presence known throughout the galaxy. Combine all these new features with the game's solid controls and fast-paced action, and it feels like Titanfall 2 is the game the original wanted to be.