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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:10am 11/03/14 | 51 Comments
It's been the topic of discussion since its unveiling, and not many new IPs could generate a buzz like this but, like it or not, Titanfall is very clearly here to stay.

In Australia we might have felt somewhat shafted, but since we've become more and more vocal about our geographical disadvantage, it looks like Respawn and EA have heard us and we're likely to get a server solution for Titanfall Downunder, after all. So, under the best conditions we took a look at the game in its ideal environment for review purposes via one Joaby Gilroy. Once it's playable in Australia though, we'll be taking another more local review look at it for proper transparency.

Click here for Joab's Titanfall review, in an ideal environment.





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Lamb
Posted 08:48am 11/3/14
Why review this in an ideal environment and give them slack??

This should be reviewed as is in Australia. They should learn that they needed the local infrastructure and should get reviewed
appropriately.
konstie
Posted 08:58am 11/3/14
i think it's a fair review - they put a disclaimer on the top (which they didn't really need to do..)

doesn't sound too bad i guess. will wait before picking it up i think.

I miss games like UT - fast paced, rocket jumping.. aw man.
Faetan
Posted 09:05am 11/3/14
Yes the review is fair but it is not how most of Australia will experience it unless you live in WA.
Eorl
Posted 09:12am 11/3/14
As Steve said in the OP; "Once it's playable in Australia though, we'll be taking another more local review look at it for proper transparency."
Faetan
Posted 09:30am 11/3/14
I understand what is being said, though to be fair they did not launch the game in South Africa due to players getting pings 160-180ms saying the game is not ideal for playing like that.

Most of the east coast of Australia is getting pings like that but EA still wants to release it here.

Unless they get servers within the next 2-3 weeks in Australia I think they should be getting reviewed on those pings as most of Australia will be getting those pings.

They can do a review of the review once local servers are in which is fair but until that point the review is not genuine to the game play we will get here.
ravn0s
Posted 09:42am 11/3/14
I guess no body learned from sim city.
Mosfx
Posted 10:12am 11/3/14
Still on the fence with Titanfall, the game looks fun and it has mechs, the only thing holding me back is the server situation.
Faetan
Posted 10:20am 11/3/14
@Mosfx

I did play in the beta for PC and to be honest it was a lot of fun.

The ping issue will be an issue as I would hit 180+ pings from Brisbane and the difference between someone with a lower ping was night and day.

Getting killed behind walls is always a lot of fun especially when you watch it on kill cam /s
Steve Farrelly
Posted 10:50am 11/3/14
Just to clarify for everyone.

We're being as transparent as possible, hence the disclaimer at the beginning of the review. There are two ways to look at reviewing like this as well: on the one hand, we're taking the product, as was intended by the developers based on the ideal environment, for a proper review spin. This also allows Joab to analyse the product and its systems properly.

The other way to look at this, based on the idea we plan to present an Australian play environment follow-up, is we now have a benchmark that isn't just taking into account other reviewers reviews or media from EA or Respawn. Joab was on the ground and took everything you read in this review away from his experience.

We ABSOLUTELY plan to highlight the game's running here in Australia, but without it actually being available, this is a bit hard right now. We'll endeavor to have something up as soon as the game has been in Aussie hands properly though, and we'll be including video capture as part of this new process.
greazy
Posted 11:08am 11/3/14
Lol, I too would fly to SF on EAs dime to (pre)review this game.

What other perks did you guys get?
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:09am 11/3/14
No perks, just early access to the game
Mass
Posted 11:32am 11/3/14
After playing the beta and seeing that Aussie servers are touted as being available sooner rather than later I pulled the trigger and ordered Titanfall, its preloading now. Looking forward to this one, I don't play many games these days but I really enjoyed the beta.
MARLINBLADE
Posted 12:11pm 11/3/14
Same... Even with 200+ ping it shat all over BF4 lag wise.

50 gig Preload... BOOM, thats a huge B****!!
kappa
Posted 12:13pm 11/3/14
I really enjoyed the beta even with the highish pings. Still waiting for local servers though. Can only imagine how much better it will be then.
Fixah
Posted 12:18pm 11/3/14
After playing the beta and seeing that Aussie servers are touted as being available sooner rather than later I pulled the trigger and ordered Titanfall, its preloading now. Looking forward to this one, I don't play many games these days but I really enjoyed the beta.
My sentiments exactly, though i haven't ordered it yet and when I do it'll be on the xbox one. Using the controller was surprisingly good but it also helps to have a game that's mainly run, gun and spam the s*** out of everything you see. Who needs head shots when you have a titan loaded with destructive rocket launching missile nukes of mass destruction (similar to the ones that were never found in Iraq).
glynd
Posted 12:19pm 11/3/14
Already got my cdkey from CJS. Can't wait for this. I was pissed about the ping but surprised how much fun I had despite the 160 ping.
Eorl
Posted 12:57pm 11/3/14
CJS and CD Key House seem to be running the cheaper prices, both available in any region without VPN.
ravn0s
Posted 01:13pm 11/3/14
50 gig Preload... BOOM, thats a huge B****!!


30+ gig of that is audio.
Hogfather
Posted 01:26pm 11/3/14
Given that EA is trying to get local servers and the disclaimer was nice and prominent I'm ok with the format of the review.

To be honest I kind of like that EA sent you guys out there, it shows that they actually give a f*** and that local servers are on the horizon at some point, and it gives hope. Getting you to do an ideal condition review for the AU market with no intention of local server would be an epic PR disaster.

That said, if we don't get servers at launch we should expect that the follow up review was appropriately honest about how the game plays and how much you get destroyed by LPBs. I won't be buying in until we know for sure, I'm not good enough at FPS to add a lazy 200ms to the problem :)
RuleofBooKz
Posted 03:40pm 11/3/14
i think those pre ordering or buying this game is equivalent to letting the team down by breaking ranks.

The only thing these big game corps (like EA) listen to is $$$. Sale numbers. The whole "play it as best" is an attempt to get peoples money by getting around an issue. Its spin no matter how "honest" they are about the whole thing.

The bottome line is IF we want servers at launch and due respect with this game, and into the future, we cant have people buying the game "just because" we are told it will be ok "soon". IF and when its fixed - different story.

EA wont be seeing a red cent of mine, or any true Australian gamer, until there are local servers. Its a message of love to EA to thank them for their regard.
badfunkstripe
Posted 05:13pm 11/3/14
Heads up to people, some of us unlocked the game early and the connection problems with OPTUS still exist. So unless it fixed by the proper release. Looks like it's unplayable on Optus.

So check into this if you're with optus.
Audi
Posted 06:14pm 11/3/14
Personally I wouldn't touch this game with a barge pole.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 06:12pm 11/3/14
RuleofBookz. There's A LOT of information trickled throughout this review, its news post and even other news posts close to it, time-wise. No one has yet said their WON'T be local servers for Australians. Try and take note of some of things that have been said and the language around them
Tollaz0r!
Posted 07:50pm 11/3/14
*there
RuleofBooKz
Posted 08:30pm 11/3/14
what are you on about Steve Farrelly? where did i say there "WONT" be Australian servers? In fact I specially said when Aust severs get released "it will be a different story".

You will find im "up to date" on all the info regarding this game and how it relates to australian gamers - mostly thru the efforts of this great site. Im not bashing the reviewers or this site my aim is squarely on EA here.

Im saying no one should give EA a dime until there are servers. Ive payed too many gaming corps good money for broken promises in the past. Delays, changes, misrepresentations, demos nothing like release and broken games on launch. Now we get FPS games with no local servers on launch like we shouldn't expect good pings - its just f*****g rude and a huge presumption of EA that Aust gamers will take this kind of crap and still hand over $$$ with pre orders etc. Well if you do hand over $$ im saying you are telling EA "im fine with how you want to treat your Australian customers" because $$$ is all they understand.

So now, to me, the message EA should get loud and clear is its action first and then you get paid. Lets see the servers then we can talk

hope that is a little more clear on my position
Herron
Posted 09:40pm 11/3/14
Im saying no one should give EA a dime until there are servers.


You don't need other people to validate your decision so why get upset with those who are happy with what they get and not toeing your line?



E.T.
Posted 09:44pm 11/3/14
As Steve said in the OP; "Once it's playable in Australia though, we'll be taking another more local review look at it for proper transparency."


But not one of the "What we didn't like" items has anything to do with the game not being played local. All the points are about the game play no matter where it is played.
I'm so glad to see an honest review like this. Nice work Joab.
Whoop
Posted 10:23pm 11/3/14
As Steve said in the OP; "Once it's playable in Australia though, we'll be taking another more local review look at it for proper transparency."

Then until this happens it should receive a score of zero. Game devs should be given ZERO slack when it comes to this s***. We already get f***ed over by high prices, now we're getting f***ed over by a lack of servers and you guys have basically accepted bribes in the form of free trips over seas to give the game a review.

What bulls***.

To be honest I kind of like that EA sent you guys out there, it shows that they actually give a f*** and that local servers are on the horizon at some point,
No, it means they can get a good review so people will pre-order and they can just go yeah we'll get you some servers some time. I'll believe it when I see it. How quickly people forget. THIS IS EA!
Steve Farrelly
Posted 10:45pm 11/3/14
*sigh*

Just wait and see
Whoop
Posted 03:16am 12/3/14
Wait and see, you mean like Battlefield 4? Which seems to get more bugs added with every patch? With the latest patch for some of us, it no longer shows who killed you or what weapon they used. LOL EA / DICE lol.

Pump out mass produced s***, get money, "fix" it later.
RuleofBooKz
Posted 03:52am 12/3/14
You don't need other people to validate your decision so why get upset with those who are happy with what they get and not toeing your line?


u might of missed this:

i think those pre ordering or buying this game is equivalent to letting the team down by breaking ranks.
fryzeegunner
Posted 08:22am 12/3/14
Bought this yesterday, preloaded 20gb, started playing 6am this morning. turned off at 8am. Requested refund. I honestly wasn't that impressed. I paid $50 through mexican origin store, and that still was too expensive for the quality of game it actually is. I was on US servers with most people only playing attrition and hardpoint, as usual barely anybody playing different modes like capture the flag (took 10 minutes to find a game). I also was playing on US servers because asia was DEAD. I wish I enjoyed it more but it's lacking something. My opinion. Also the maps were not good at all. I played at least 7 and they are just bland. The tropical maps are just reskins of eachother. Not cool. I miss cod 4 quality maps.
Jeffro
Posted 08:42am 12/3/14
I am picking up my Xbox One version tonight. Interested to see how that works out. If we have to play on garbage connections like we usually do I won't be buying another EA game.
Dan
Posted 09:15am 12/3/14
I'll believe it when I see it. How quickly people forget. THIS IS EA!
Is it really fair to extend that auto-judgement to this situation though? This isn't like Battlefield 4 and DICE which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the megacorp publisher.

Respawn Entertainment is an independent developer contracted under what used to be the EA Partners label, the same mechanism that published games like Portal 2, Crysis 2/3, Rock Band etc, where depending on the terms of the relationship, leaves the developer with a greater element of the control over the product than an internal EA studio would have.

imo, EA hate has been pretty misguided at the best of times, but it's even less relevant here.
Khel
Posted 11:30am 12/3/14
I also was playing on US servers because asia was DEAD


Maybe because it isn't out there yet? Can't knock your other criticisms though, sounds like even if you could have played on better servers its not the game for you :(

I'm still hopeful we get local servers sooner rather than later, because I did have a lot of fun in the beta, but I can't bring myself to pre-order or buy it without some kind of confirmation that I wont be stuck on a 200ms ping.
Fixah
Posted 12:19pm 12/3/14
Too late! already paid and downloaded it through my Xbox One, except i changed my region to US and instead of paying whatever the aussie rip off price was i paid $60 in total.

Played it this morning for a few hours, was very playable, very fun, though n****z be running around all level 40 already n s*** wtf.
TiT
Posted 12:34pm 12/3/14
Reading its 50gb download and no unmetred
fryzeegunner
Posted 12:35pm 12/3/14
Nah its out in korea/japan and i was on those servers. which is sad. And I loved the beta khel.
Monkeez
Posted 12:51pm 12/3/14
Is there an option for a version that isn't ridiculously huge? I don't care about uncompressed sound and 50GB is unfortunately half of my monthly quota.
fryzeegunner
Posted 12:59pm 12/3/14
It only downloads 20gb even though origin says 50gb.
Draxonic
Posted 01:09pm 12/3/14
I agree with Whoop. it should score ZERO until it has a proper local Australian review.

I played in the beta, and it was clear that ping differences were a significant problem.

Until this has local servers, count me out. I'll re-assess when they have local servers, but if they leave it too long, I'll simply have moved on to something else.
badfunkstripe
Posted 10:16am 13/3/14
Too early to tell about game play. However so far I am just jarred by how far this seems from innovative, the next step and next gen.

Graphics are clearly old gen. Fairly early old gen. I know game play is the 'most important' thing but really, bad graphics are distracting. Worse than the last few COD's for sure. Textures and the effects on them is bad. Lighting is bad. It just makes it ugly. Seriously game loaded up and I immediately went into graphics settings thinking textures were set to low. Nopes, maxed out.

The other thing is, so far nothing at all has come across innovative. You start off the training in something that reminds you instantly of the portal testing laboratory.

Then you go through training and realise they've basically just taken a lot of elements from Crysis 2/3 game mechanics. You have a recharging cloak shield. You have a less smooth and satisfying ledge grap. Your meelee and it's like they directly copied the Crysis animations. Oh you have recharging abilities to sprint etc.

The wall running stuff reminds you of mirrors edge.

I do like the little jumping boosts stuff, that actually came really natural to use.

It really just feels like a remix of elements from other FPS games. So I am not sure what exactly is meant to be new or revolutionary.

I know none of these elements are exclusive to other games, the whole genre is based upon borrowing, but this all seems very familiar. Not fresh and new.

As far as smooth game play, yeah it feels better than the mess BF4 is, but it doesn't feel as smooth or satisfying as BF3 or Crysis 2/3.
Twisted
Posted 05:25pm 15/3/14
So like... is it 40v40 ... 20v20 ... I read one thing that said it was 5v5 with the rest of the team made up of AI bots?
ravn0s
Posted 06:11pm 15/3/14
I read one thing that said it was 5v5 with the rest of the team made up of AI bots?


it's 6v6 with bots + titans if you set them on roam.
Khel
Posted 09:56pm 15/3/14
So like... is it 40v40 ... 20v20


6v6, small tight maps, its not Battlefield. The bots aren't really part of the equation, its not like they're AI controlled team-mates, they're essentially Dota style creeps that mill around protecting key points and you can farm them for score and to speed up your titan.
tvcars
Posted 11:41pm 15/3/14
Got to admit I now always go straight to the negative reviews at metacritic to find the constant complaints with a game before reading any 'officially sponsored' reviews like this one. Did they fly you 1st class? Surprisingly though, after reading this review if found similar (not the same) negative point that seemed very important to the neg's on meta. The main point there was that the game wears thin pretty quick, peeps are saying that, well it just dies in the ass quick. Here, the statement 'Titans continue to lose their reverent sheen the better you get. A player can take down a Titan in about 15 seconds..' is a pretty big negative and I just can't help that its being way over looked when giving this game that 8.7. Good review though, always nice to read a review by someone who isn't noobtown.
tvcars
Posted 02:41pm 26/3/14
Price has already dropped $20 on mightape.com.au, a friend told me the servers are already hacked. This game's going to the bargain bin fast.
glynd
Posted 03:26pm 26/3/14
You do know how MightyApe works right? 95% of the games are priced at a ridiculous price and then they show their price claiming "SAVINGS!!" when really they're lucky to be $10 cheaper than the average brick and mortar stores. Quit worrying yourself over a game you don't want.
Khel
Posted 05:17pm 26/3/14
Looks like its still $80 on xbone and $70 on PC, I got it for $55 on xbone at launch, so its still overpriced even with their 'discount', hardly bargain bin.
ph33x
Posted 10:53am 27/3/14

This is interesting:

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/132104-titanfall-cheaters-will-be-forced-to-play-with-other-cheaters/?hl=titanfall

Q.) So what happens if I get banned?

A.) Great news: you get to keep playing Titanfall! Less-great news: you only get to play with other cheaters. You can play with other banned players in something that will resemble the Wimbledon of aimbot contests. Hopefully the aimbot cheat you paid for really is the best, or these all-cheater matches could be frustrating for you. Good luck.

Q.) If I'm banned, what happens if I make a party with my non-cheater friends?

A.) When anyone in your party is banned, then everyone in your party will be treated as banned for that play session. If you are a non-cheater and you invite a cheater friend into a party, you will be stuck playing against cheaters. If you stop inviting your cheater friend, you will once again get to play with the non-cheater population. You do not get permanently tainted just by playing with a cheater - you are only banned for cheating if you are actually cheating.


Fixah
Posted 12:15pm 27/3/14
Just wanted to say i'm still having a blast (no pun intended) with this game. 1 more level away from Gen 3 to reset again but i really do not want to let go off the Chain Gun fitted with Accelerator + Core Accelerator Kit (allows you to activate your damage boost faster when you're the Atlas titan - which is a bit like quad damage from quake). Rate of fire goes through the roof and even adds an extended magazine at the cost of heavy recoil but it doesn't matter against titans cause they're so big - it rips through them.
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