Titanfall is currently on open beta for Xbox One and PC. Although the available content is still very limited, it’s entirely possible to acknowledge the basic features of the game, as well as its positive and negative aspects.
In general, Titanfall is having a great reception but there are several matters that players would severely like to see improved upon release.
Here’s a list of the top ten Titanfall cons that I’ve spotted:
1. Artificial Intelligence is Too Basic and Unchallenging
AI pilots are present in every match but unfortunately, their behavior is purely synthetic and unnatural. They’re extremely easy to kill and their offensive response is no better. Titanfall’s AI urgently needs a player-based system in order to make AI units at least a little challenging.
2. Pilots, Titans and Equipment Can’t Be Customized
It’s a strange fact but a very realistic one. Players have absolutely no appearance customization in Titanfall – pilots, titans and every piece of equipment can’t be redesigned or remodeled. Basically, everyone looks the same. There seems to be no space for personal details – a very tragic feature for a next-gen title.
Titanfall has a quite vibrant and joyful graphical theme but the texture quality is not the best. In both platforms, Xbox and PC, the visuals definitely lack definition, especially at close ranges. But it’s on Xbox One that things really get ugly with the increased general lack of detail.
4. Match Limitation at Twelve Players (6v6)
Twelve players per game (6v6) seem like a fair number for a match, however FPS players are used to play in larger scales and they are demanding more alternatives. For now, Respawn Entertainment seems to be reluctant about adding further match limitations. But in my opinion, it would be a great bonus to play with even more players, maybe a 10vs10 or 15vs15?
There are endless complaints about random frame rate drops during Titanfall matches. It could be a beta issue but maybe it’s not. Whatever the case, it really needs to be resolved as soon as possible since it drastically affects gameplay and players’ performance.
6. Pilots and AI Units Have a Similar Appearance
There’s no visual differentiation between human and AI pilots. Due to customization issues, everyone seems to look the same. It’s not too hard to know when you’re fighting an AI unit because they’re really easy and unskilled; still it’s quite annoying that distinction is inexistent.
Smart pistols are the strongest weapon in Titanfall right now. This weapon automatically locks onto nearby targets and it deals high amounts of damage. This slightly overpowered weapon will most likely suffer some alterations before the release date-it’s a question of gameplay balance.
8. The Cloak Ability Can’t Be Fully Controlled
The cloak is a tactical ability that allows all classes (currently three) to become invisible for a short period of time, however it’s not fully controlled by players. Once you decide to enable this ability, you’re not able to turn it off; you have to wait until it completely drains out.
Burn Cards can be obtained by successfully completing certain challenges and they grant unique bonuses. It happens that some of those buffs are extremely devastating for the enemy team. Example: Map Hack card, which grants full minimap vision.
10. Auto-Eject (Assault Titan) Has 100% Survival Assurance
The assault titan has a different second kit from the other two titans. It’s called auto-eject and it automatically ejects and cloaks a player when the titan is doomed. Unlike the other titan users, assault pilots will have the chance to escape unharned and walk away safety in their invisible cloaks.