If you haven’t already guessed, this article is going to have massive spoilers for the campaign mode of Titanfall 2. If you have yet to play all the way through the campaign, we strongly advise that you bookmark this article and come back when you have finished the game.
Titanfall 2 has arrived, and we loved the game. We thought that the singleplayer campaign was a little short and the visuals could be a little better but that’s all we could find wrong with it. We are now going to go into full spoiler territory and discuss some details about the campaign. We’ll talk about our new hero, the relationship between pilot and Titan, as well as the return of Kuben Blisk.
Cooper and BT-7274
With the introduction of a singleplayer campaign, we were always going to need a hero. In the end, Respawn Entertainment gave us two, Jack Cooper and BT-7274. I thought that the way both characters were introduced was done really well. With BT’s pilot dying, he needed a new pilot and having Cooper already expressed a desire to be a pilot it synched really well. What’s more, the way their relationship built up through the banter between the two of them was spot on. The fact that BT fought to keep Cooper as his pilot was a little cheesy but I still feel it worked. It’s interesting that Respawn has built up the idea of there being a camaraderie between the pilots and their titans, and the way that these huge mechs have a personality. It is a very interesting dynamic that the writers for the game could exploit moving forward with the franchise. It would be nice to see Cooper given a little more character and backstory, but I really hope this is just the beginning of his story.
Why create physical training zones when they can use holograms?
After you make your way through the construction facility, you end up facing some titans in a training area. You also find yourself in another training area when you face Ash and her Titan. I don’t understand why these areas exist though as training appears to be done in VR. While I understand that it is while playing as a militia character that you train in VR, but if the IMC can afford mercenaries they would easily be able to afford that technology. I get that it makes it possible for the game designers to have the level in the construction facility and arenas for the two battles I mentioned, but it doesn’t really make any sense.
One of the most memorable bits of the game for me was the time travel gameplay. I thought that the bit where you see time has stopped mid-explosion was a really gorgeous moment, but the way you had to flip between the past and the present to proceed through the complex was inspired. I’m not sure quite how this time travel device really fits in with the Titanfall franchise, but boy was it fun. It’s almost as if Respawn was trying out a concept for a new game/franchise. I love that it was possible to make my your way through this section without killing anyone or anything. I found it so intuitive to be running at a laser grid or a fire and activating the device at the last minute to progress through in the other timeline. And the way it culminated with wallrunning past the laser grids and blocked walls before jumping down the pipe while flip-flopping between times to avoid the fire and fan blades was just brilliant. This is easily one of my favourite gaming moments of the year.
The return of Kuben Blisk
The most notable returning character was Kuben Blisk. The South African Mercenary from the first title has moved up in the world and is the chief antagonist in this game. I think it was an interesting choice to use Blisk rather than create a new character. This isn’t to say I think that it was bad choice; Blisk’s banter in the “campaign” of the first game was some of the most memorable. I just think that the main bad guy would be the people paying the mercenaries, not one of the actual mercenaries. I also think that it was a shame that we didn’t get to square off with Blisk. I understand that Respawn may want to use him for a third Titanfall game, but there’s no reason you couldn’t have defeated his Titan while he escapes to safety to fight another day.
What did you think of the Titanfall 2 campaign? Are you interested to see what happens to Cooper next? Do you think we will see more of BT-7274? Why not share your thoughts in the comments section below.