Titanfall 2

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Violent, fast-paced play shown in popular sci-fi shooter.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 79 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Single-player campaign features positive themes of friendship (between Jack, BT), working together to overcome adversity, obstacles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main protagonists, Jack, BT, are positive role models. Jack aspired to become something more than a simple grunt. He also refuses to give up, regardless of odds. After meeting with BT, the two bond, build a strong friendship as they count on each other through their experience.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn, but features like grappling hook, wall running, shift from ground to mech combat can take adjustment.

Violence

Combat central to game; violence is fairly persistent. Players use realistic, sci-fi weapons against mechs, robots, humans. Plenty of explosions, destruction. Depending on weapons used, human enemies spray blood, explode into flying chunks.

Sex
Language

Profanity frequently used, including "f--k," "s--t."

Consumerism

This is the second game in the franchise. Although additional maps, modes will be made available as free downloadable content, numerous cross-promotions with brands such as Doritos, Mountain Dew, Buffalo Wild Wings, other EA titles (like Battlefield 1), which offer players in-game rewards for buying these products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Titanfall 2 is a futuristic sci-fi first-person shooter. There's no shortage of violence, with players using futuristic but still realistic weapons against Titan, robot, and human adversaries. There's plenty of blood when you're fighting against human opponents, with some weapons even causing them to explode into chunky bits. There's also some profanity in campaign dialogue and in the background chatter of multiplayer, plus there's the risk of being exposed to offensive behavior from other players during online matches. Finally, while additional maps and modes will be available as free downloadable content, there are numerous cross-brand promotions encouraging players to buy other products to unlock in-game content.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byJoe H. November 26, 2016

This game is amazing!

This game is almost identical to destiny I had watched my son play it and asked gim the rating and he said M and I replied to him with a look of complete shock... Continue reading
Adult Written bylucien g October 2, 2017

Amazing, underrated,

As you may well know, this game was released between Call if duty and battlefield 1. Bad bad bad marketing move for EA. The only thing I can figure is they were... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMat001 November 27, 2018

100% Not 18+

I know that all the parents never pay attention to the Kids reviews but I may as well put this review up. I am a thirteen year old kid, and I have played the en... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGamingGamerWhoP... April 6, 2020

Great game with great mechanics

Titanfall 2 is a heavily fast paced first person shooter involving Titans. The advanced movement system is fantastic, as it's the only series that perfects... Continue reading

What's it about?

TITANFALL 2 is the sequel to the sci-fi man-meets-mech multiplayer shooter game Titanfall. This time around, Respawn and EA have beefed up the content with new pilot weapons and abilities, six brand-new and distinct Titans, and a host of cosmetic customization options. Most importantly, the game adds a single-player campaign that expands the Titanfall lore through a story about a soldier and a Titan stranded together on an alien world, forging a personal bond of friendship as they work together to survive. On the multiplayer side of things, Titanfall 2 features new and returning game modes, including Bounty Hunt, Amped Attrition, and Last Pilot Standing, with support for 10 to 16 players (based on the game mode). There's also a new option for players to create their own "Network," a social club of sorts where players with shared goals, interests, and play styles can come together in an organized manner.

Is it any good?

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

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  • Talk about friendship and teamwork. What are the advantages of working with others to overcome obstacles, and how can working together help develop bonds of friendship?

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