Titanfall

Common Sense Media says

Manic, violent multiplayer combat game lives up to hype.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Titanfall is a multiplayer-only game, and on every version -- Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows -- gamers can chat freely while playing, which might expose players to inappropriate language, such as strong profanity or abusive words and phrases. There are no filters or moderators here.

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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:March 11, 2014
Genre:First Person Shooter
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Robots, Space and aliens
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence (Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byxgamerbrox April 25, 2015
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Stand by for titanfall!

This game is very fun! It is a little iffy for 12 yr olds but i think they can handle it. The violence is somewhat bloody, when you shoot an enemy blood spurts out, titans can step on humans and kill them, there are a BUNCH of explosions but it is not the worst game ever for tweens. I personally have not heard any swearing at all. There is absolutely no sex. Okay for a mature 12 yr old
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written by1uke March 29, 2015
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

No gore just lots of guns,

Great game and fun.
Kid, 10 years old March 27, 2015
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Why wpnt my parents get it!!!!

I think as a child who is trustworthy its fine for ur 10 years old and up there is a little swearing in it but mOstly in campaign and the most violent bit is were u do a move called execute where you can break their neck but that doesn't even show blood. NNot that violent should be 10+
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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