A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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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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 ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. How does the presentation of violence in games affect the thoughts and behavior of kids? Does the abundance of violence, particularly in a war setting, desensitize people to the consequences of it?
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?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Release date: October 28, 2016
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Language, Violence
- Last updated: November 24, 2019
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