How To Make Titanfall 2 Better – Mechs With Swords!

We all love video games which stretch the imagination and add a new form of combat to the mix, be that controlling drones to spot your prey before they see you or having echo goggles to locate the biggest threat before you’ve even left your cardboard box, Titanfall did the opposite. Rather than going small, Titanfall wanted to make combat bigger, and it did so by introducing giant mechs, so how will Titanfall 2 beat this? Mechs with Swords!

Titanfall had two battlegrounds mixed into one, the fast and agile pilots running for cover amongst the giant towering Mech suits that seemed to rain down on the battlefield. When it came to combat you would often find yourself preparing a volley of rounds only to have a shield deflect them back at you, a fate which often caused pilots and mechs alike to fall, so the natural inclusion of swords will topple the shields kill count in classic mecha style!

With Titanfall 2 also offering a campaign mode, something that was sorely missing from the original, players can expect to enjoy the chaos on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.  With the original game suffering from a post-release drop in players, let us hope that Respawn, its creators, and masterminds, are able to keep the game running longer so more are able to enjoy the mecha battles that they will always crave for.

Titanfall Sequel in the Works, Won’t be Microsoft Exclusive

Respawn Entertainment has just announced that there’s a sequel coming for Titanfall. IGN also reports that the title is dropping Microsoft exclusivity, having it come to PlayStation 4 as well this time.

Studio CEO, Vince Zampella, said that the title will “be multiplatform” and COO Dusty Welch stated that the decision to release the first title only on Microsoft platforms was purely a business decision, having Zampella adding that the game wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Microsoft did a lot of financial lifting for Titanfall, just as it did for the first Mass Effect title.

The upcoming title is said to still not have an official name and is still early in the development stages. This means that there aren’t a lot of details to go by, but Zampella did state truthfully about how the first game’s multiplayer-only campaign turned out and affected the sequel.

“I mean it obviously prohibits a certain group of people playing the game, and as content creators you want to get into as many peoples’s hands as possible. We put some single-player elements in there though, and tried to mix it up. Maybe we could have mixed things up a bit better because some people blew right by it and didn’t even see it because there was so much action happening around it.

It’s tough, because if you hit people over the head with it, it becomes intrusive and there are people who don’t want or care about it. Where does the needle fall? I think it takes a while to figure that out and we haven’t figured it out yet.”

This does not mean that a single-player campaign is being developed, but it is at least being considered. Also, the studio might be making the sequel’s DLC free. Given that all DLC for the first titles are free, that might seem the most likely move.

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Xbox One and 360 Get Free Titanfall DLC

If you have and Xbox One or 360 and Titanfall, then you might be happy to hear that the new DLC for the title is currently free on Microsoft’s console. The DLC includes three separate map packs: the IMC Rising, Frontier’s Edge and Expedition packs.

Respawn Entertainment, Titanfalls developer, might have made the DLCs free on the store due to the fact that today is the title’s one year anniversary, having it released on March 11 last year. Users can download the packs separately or get the Season Pass through the Xbox Games Store at $0.00, though the Season Pass is reported to be free only for the Xbox One console.

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Origin Mega Sale: Far Cry 3 for Just $7.48, and Much More

Origin is currently running their Mega Sale, with games up to 75% off.

The massive Mega Sale includes games like Mass Effect for $2.49, or Far Cry 3 for $7.98; but there’s also some older titles like Theme Hospital for $2.49 and Wing Commander IV for $2.49. Titanfall on the other hand, drops from $59.99 to just $29.99, so if you were holding out on Respawn’s mech FPS, you can grab it now cheap.

Source: Kotaku.

Respawn Announces Titanfall: Deluxe Edition, Includes All DLC

Respawn Entertainment has announced Titanfall: Deluxe Edition, which includes the original game and its three DLC packs.

Deluxe Edition includes Expedition, Frontier’s Edge, and IMC Ricing – with 9 new maps in total added to the game. The new version of Titanfall is currently available for Windows PC right now, while the Xbox One version of the game will arrive sometime next week.

In the above video, Repsawn and EA talk about Titanfall’s multiple updates, all of which have modified the game from its original form. Titanfall has been played by over 7 million people so far, but this doesn’t result in 7 million sales.

Titanfall: Deluxe Edition costs $39.99 for Windows PC and is available through Origin, while the Xbox One version will retail for $49.99 when it hits on November 25.

Source: Polygon.

COD: Advanced Warfare Sales Teabag Titanfall, Destiny Sales… Combined

With the original Call of Duty title being released back in October 2003, the series has seen many fans come and go, many haters surface and many different studios working on the projects as a whole. But there’s one thing for certain – its always going to sell copies.

Recent news has come to light that the latest release, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, has sold more copies than Titanfall, Destiny and Wolfenstein combined. This news couples the fact that it is outselling the previous version – Call of Duty: Ghosts. In only its first week of sales, it’s able to topple Titanfall and Destiny combined, which is surprising given the massive amount of production and marketing budgets that were thrown into these two games – this isn’t even taking into account the consumer backlash for these games either, we’re only looking at week one sales!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a continued installment in the CoD series, this installment see’s you as a soldier of the future, donning an exoskeleton and short range jet pack propulsion system enabling you to jump at greater heights. As #pcgamingmasterrace reports go, many people I’ve talked to have confirmed the game is quite fun as a shoot ’em up – seeing this game not get the full “cod is always bad” stigma that is common amongst competitive and hooked casual Counter Strike and Battlefield players.

All of this information still doesn’t change the fact that Call of Duty is going to set you back $50+ US for a copy, when compared to other popular competitive FPS titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive sitting at under $20 US. Is the higher price something that you’re concerned about personally as a gamer? Or does the inclusion of single player make up for the fact?

Image courtesy of Forbes

Titanfall Currently Free on Origin for 48 Hours

Steam Summer Sale has started and the craze has begun, drawing gamers and ‘wallets’ alike towards Steam’s Store for opportunities to buy everyone’s favourite game(s) or at least get a great deal for game(s). However, Electronic Arts has something up its sleeve to draw gamers away from Steam’s hypnotizing sale event.

The company has apparently added the Game Time, a feature which allows users to play game titles for a limited period time. Along with its latest addition, EA has made Titanfall free for everyone for a 48 hour timeframe. It is said that once the timer starts, it will start counting down even though you are not playing. Comparing the new promotion offer from EA with Steam, it looks and sounds somewhat similar to Steam’s Free Weekend offer.

“We’re launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don’t see it available yet in your territory, you will soon,” Electronic Arts stated on Origin’s blog. “Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they’re available to download.”

Electronic Arts has also stated that this is just the beginning of Game Time, having more game titles in mind to add with Game Time. Also, achievements and progress for users who choose to play the 48h version can be carried over should users choose to buy the game at the end of the ‘preview’.

In addition to the new feature, the timing is also interesting, having Electronic Arts release the Game Time at the same time as the Steam Summer Sale. This move is without question an ‘offensive’ towards Steam’s deals and an attempt to ‘steal’ potential Steam clients and draw them towards EA’s Origin platform.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information

Turtle Beach Titanfall Atlas Multi-Format Gaming Headset

Introduction


Turtle Beach is one of the biggest gaming brands around, having earned a great reputation for producing a wide range of headset products that cover a wide spectrum of budgets. Whilst I’ve seen and heard a lot of good things from their budget models, the really exciting stuff is obviously at the upper end of the budget scale. The latest addition to their range certainly falls into the premium bracket, with an RRP of £119.99 (and many retailers selling at around £140) they’re obviously not targeted at your average gamer.

With the release of Titanfall came a huge wave of associated merchandise and peripherals, the Titanfall Earforce Atlas is the official headset of EA’s new FPS and as such it should be one of the best headsets around to enjoy one of the most popular games on the market right now.  Designed to work with the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, the Atlas offers improved value for money as it works on multiple formats, hopefully negating the need to own more than one headset. I also know that since this headset features a 3.5mm jack plug, it’s perfectly compatible with the PlayStation 4 and mobile device, something work keeping in mind if you’re not an Xbox fan.

I normally find something here to say about the features and specifications of the products I test, but for some reason Turtle Beach haven’t published technical specifications of their headset. The only thing I did find was this marketing riddled feature list that you can see below. In summary we can say that the headset features multi-format support, powerful drivers, bass boost features (360 and PC only) and microphone monitor.

Features

  • Designed for Xbox One – Headphones are tuned to provide the highest quality audio from the Xbox One Audio Adapter.
  • Customize Your Audio – Personalize game & chat mix volume, plus mic mute right at your fingertips.
  • Be Heard Loud and Clear – High-Quality removable mic for chat on Xbox One, Skype, and Xbox Live.
  • Comfortable, Twist-Cup Design – Breathable mesh cushions on ear cups rotate-to-flat for wearing around your neck.
  • Bass Boost – Built-in Bass Boost adds more depth and punch to the game audio (Xbox 360 & PC only).
  • Mic Monitor – Hear own voice in the headset to avoid shouting.
  • For Your Entertainment – Ear Force Atlas isn’t just great for Titanfall. Enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows with superior quality sound. Then crank up your tunes from music services like Xbox Music or Skype with friends!
  • Mobile Gaming – Perfect for gaming on your mobile phone, tablet or portable game devices.
  • Turtle Beach Audio Advantage – With more than 35 years of audio experience, Turtle Beach delivers innovative technology to provide a competitive advantage and the most realistic and immersive audio experience built into a high quality, comfortable headset. Outstanding sound, features and quality. That’s why we are #1 in Gaming Audio.

The packaging on the Atlas is really nicely designed, lots of cool graphics and a nice image of the headset on the front of the box. Down the right side is a labeled image of the Xbox One audio adapter and the Xbox 360 / PC in-line amp which are included in the box.

Around the back is a slightly more detailed run down of the headsets features, but once again the packaging lacks any real technical specifications of the hardware other than the fact it features 50mm drivers. The box is also keen to point out that Titanfall is not included in the box.

Upon opening the box, you’ll find all the components neatly laid out and well protected by the plastic mould packaging.

Almost everything you need to get you going is in the box, including the Xbox One audio adaptor, cables, microphone, in-line controller /amp and of course the headset. The only thing not included is an Xbox 360 audio adaptor, so those wanting to use the 360 will need to buy that separately, fortunately I already own one from previous headset reviews.

The in-line amp and controller is only for use with the Xbox 360 and PC, but offers you volume controls, mute functions and an extra long cable to run it from your console / PC to your seating position. The AUX to 3.5mm female cable for the Xbox is included, but again, you will need your own Xbox 360 audio adaptor to connect it to your console.

The Xbox One doesn’t need the in-line amp, but gets the same audio control functionality via this clip-in attachment for the Xbox One controller. Do keep in mind that your console needs to have the latest update applied for the headset to be compatible.

Finally in the box you’ll find a detachable microphone, it features a flexible boom and a large foam head which can easily be removed for cleaning.

First Titanfall DLC Confirmed & New Updates Inbound

Gamers can rejoice this week as Respawn has finally given confirmation of the new Titanfall DLC, which is now known to be heading to the block buster online shooter next month.

Titanfall developer Respawn confirmed at PAX East and on their Twitter shortly afterwards that gamers can expect to see the DLC, which is called Expedition, some time in May. The DLC will be the first additional release for the title, but the developer has told us to expect a wave of updates as well, so expect some tweaks and performance improvements very soon.

Three new maps; Swampland, Runoff and Wargames are to introduced in the Expedition DLC, while the new updates are suggested to include “Burn Cards” and “hashtag” matchmaking filters, as well as a new 2 vs 2 Last Titan Standing game mode and limited time “riffs”, which are similar to L4D mutations.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Kataku.

PC Specialist’s Latest TV Ad Campaign Launches Today

When it comes to getting your name and brand out in there in the wide world, we typically see system integrators and computer hardware vendors advertising their presence through online ad campaigns on websites such as ourselves and through printed press such as tech magazines. There is, however another method of advertising that can reach a far greater audience in a fraction of the time that it takes a printed advert to get noticed – this is of course TV advertising.

Following their formation in 2003, PC Specialist are one of the few specialist vendors and system integrators out there to have used this method to reach out to the most people in the UK for entertainment purposes at any one time. With PC Specialist now topping the charts as the UK’s biggest and most successful system integrator, they are today launching their third TV advertising campaign to once again push their brand out to the UK market and will be seen on a number of channels including Channel 4. To assist in the production of the advert, PC Specialist has teamed up with Asus and Intel on the hardware side along with Ubisoft and EA on the gaming side to produce a thirty-second clip that coincides with the launch of two of the biggest games for 2014 – Titanfall and Watch_Dogs.

If that is not all, we are working closely with PC Specialist this year to bring to you reviews on some of the best gaming systems that they have to offer, be it a budget gaming system or a no reservation top end rig and this started off last week when I had a look at their mid range Vanquish 230XT. Whilst we are eager to see the advert appear on the TV ourselves, PC Specialist have been kind enough to upload the advert to Youtube for the world to see and share their support for this award-winning team.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_t7UEbHEOA[/youtube]

Free Titanfall Offer And Price Drop Announced For Xbox One

Good news everybody (bonus points for reading it in Professor Farnsworths voice), the Xbox One is about to get a price cut in the UK to help it compete with the PlayStation 4 and there are plans in place to bundle upcoming online shooter Titanfall with new consoles, awesome!

While the rest of the world will have to wait for a price cut, the UK will be getting £30 slashed from the price of a new Xbox One, while not the biggest price cut ever, it’s pretty great for a console that is only a few months old. The PlayStation 4 is still £50 cheaper even after the discount, but it certainly makes it a little more competitive vs it’s rival.

On top of that, the new game Titanfall will be bundled, offering a further saving of £40-50 for those who have yet to pick up the console. So overall that’s a saving of up to £80 for those who were going to buy an Xbox One for Titanfall, of course this will offer no joy to early adopters who recently paid full price for the console and will have to do the same for Titanfall.

The limited edition Titanfall bundle will be priced at £399.99 here in the UK, but the bundle will be available globally. The price cut will take effect this Friday (February 28th).

Thank you CVG for providing us with this information.

Leaked Image Shows The Full Xbox 360 and Xbox One Achievements List

Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall is one of the most anticipated FPS shooter games awaited from PC, Xbox 360 and One fans. The game has been made exclusively for Microsoft-based platforms due to a partnership with the company giant. Ahead of its release, it appears that a list of achievements for the title has been leaked.

Respawn Entertainment have launched the Beta testing stage for Titanfall, which turned out to be a great success having millions of Xbox One and PC gamers participating in the test. Having finalised the Beta testing, Respawn Entertainment is now focusing on polishing the bits and pieces for the official title’s launch date which will be next month.

The installation size for the Xbox One has been released by Microsoft, taking up 15.88 GB on the console’s hard drive. The PC versions should be expected at around the same size. Since its unveil at E3 2013, a lot of information has been released about the title, having gamers dribbling while anxiously awaiting its release. However, there has been one thing kept from Xbox 360 and One players. The Achievement list.

But thanks to neoGAF, and more specifically to user Sangreal, a leaked image of what looks to be Titanfall’s achievements has been revealed. It contains a total of 35 achievements, having the majority giving out a reward of 25G.

The similarity between the achievement names and in-game events adds some credibility to the leaked image, having one achievement in the list confirming Titanfall’s Prestige mode, also known as ‘Generations’. The achievement is named as “My Generation” and is described as “Become a second generation pilot.” No official confirmation in regard to the list has been made by Respawn Entertainment, therefore we will still have to wait for the game to be released in order to find out if the alleged Achievement list is actually in accordance with the game’s achievements.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of WCCF

Xbox 360 Version of Titanfall Delayed Until March 25th

Those of you awaiting for EA’s latest sci-fi FPS title, Titanfall, and still play on the older Xbox 360 might be a bit disappointed, since the publisher decided to delay the title for that particular console. The Xbox One and PC versions are said to be released as previously announced though (for now).

The Xbox 360 version of Titanfall has been pushed back to March 25th. It’s worth mentioning that the Xbox One and PC versions are being ‘polished’ by Respawn Entertainment, while the Xbox 360 is being handled by Bluepoint Games. Electronic Arts’ Executive VP, Patrick Söderlund, stated that Bluepoint needed more time to ‘put the finishing touches on the game’ for that particular platform.

“To give them (Bluepoint) the time they need to put the finishing touches on the current-gen version of the game, we are moving the Xbox 360 ship date to March 25 in North America and March 28 in Europe. The extra two weeks will ensure the full world of Xbox gamers has an awesome experience,” he said.

While the first public beta is set for February the 14th, the Xbox One and PC title will launch on March 11th in North America and March 13th in Europe.

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Titanfall Edition Atlas Headset Announced By Turtle Beach

While the upcoming shooter title from EA, Titanfall, is around the corner, it is bound for manufacturers to release editions for the most anticipated games. This si the case for Turtle Beach, where the manufacturer will introduce its Titalfall edition of Atlas headset.

The Titanfall Edition Altis headset is said t be a high-end gaming headset, which the company will release at the same time as the Titalfall game, though the date will coincide with the release date from North America, therefore potential buyers will still have to wait for the game to launch in their country to be able to use it for the actual game itself (you might plan on listening to some music with it to pass the time though).

The Atlas headset style and design is made to reflect the elements in the Titanfall game, having a futuristic design and a combination of muted grey with bright blue and a drop of red to create a more “I want to buy this!” attitude for dedicated gamers.

Turtle Beach states that the headset is made to be compatible with all platforms on which EA’s title will be launched on, namely the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, as well as mobile platforms. It is said to offer you a stereo audio from its twin, full-range 50 mm speakers, having a built-in amplifier to help you get the kick out of it. Though, it is highly recommended to use it at an acceptable volume so as not to damage your hearing over time.

The headset will also feature game and chat volume controls for a better integration with the dedicated game for which it is initially made, coming also with comfortable earcups which are designed to give the user a comfortable wear for hours of continuous gameplay. Other features consist of a detachable microphone and a built-in bass boost.

Turtle Beach’s Titalfall Atlas headset is stated to be released on March 11th, that is the Titanfall game’s release date as well if you did not know that until now, and will be seen on retailers’ shelves at a price tag of £139,99.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of KitGuru

EA Reveal Huge Range Of Titalfall Merchandise Ahead Of Launch Date

With Titanfall just weeks away from release on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and of course PC, it couldn’t be a better time to reveal that there will be a huge range of merchandise released alongside the game, and we wouldn’t have expected anything less given that it is a game created by people who worked on Call of Duty titles and of course Electronic Arts are in charge, two teams that are well known to cash in as much as possible on each franchise.

Titanfall is one of this years most hotly anticipated titles, with already 80 awards from around the world to its name without even having been released yet, it will be the first original shooter that hits ones of the new generation of consoles. The prospect of frantic FPS action and having heavily-armoured 24ft Titans at your disposal is a tempting proposal, and we really can’t wait to see how this game plays.

A wide range of licensed merchandise will be available including the Titanfall standard and collector’s edition strategy guides from Prima Games, premium gaming peripherals from Turtle Beach and MadCatz, apparel from Jinx! and Level Up Wear and Titan constructions sets from K’NEX. The full line of Titanfall licensed products consists of:

  • Turtle Beach Xbox One Headset
  • MadCatz PC gaming peripherals including Keyboard, Xbox 360 headset, PC/MAC/Smart Device Headset, Mouse and Mouse Pad
  • Prima Standard and Collector’s Edition Strategy Guides
  • Titan Publishing Art Book
  • JINX! Apparel & Accessories
  • Level Up Wear Apparel and Accessories
  • Posters by Trends and GB Eye
  • EP Memory USB Drives and Cases
  • K’NEX Construction Sets

Titanfall will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on March 11, 2014 in North America, and beginning March 13, 2014 in Europe.

Thank you Titanfall for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Titanfall.

Rumour: Xbox One Dashboard Update & 3 new Xbox One Consoles Designs On The Way

Rumour has it that the Xbox One is expected to get a major dashboard update in March, which will reportedly fixed a number of issues with the Xbox Live service on the console, as well as the usual wave of bug and system fixes that you normally expect with any update. With console users suffering issues with Party-chat, and with the usability and placement of some of the consoles social features, Xbox Live is in need of a few tweaks. The leak first came from a post on NeoGaf, but was later verified by the team at The Verge.

This is no doubt great news for Xbox One console owners, especially those who have been affected by bugs on the console, so hopefully it will address and resolve the issues without creating and new problems of its own. Yet not content with just revealing an update to the dashboard, the anonymous leaker also revealed that there will be three new designs for the console this year!

The first will we a while Xbox One which is expected to launch alongside the release of Sunset Overdrive, as well as a 1TB edition of the console in November. The white one will be the one that was previously seen being gifted to Microsoft employees.

Also revealed this week is the special Titanfall edition of the Xbox One (pic above) and it was only a matter of time before we saw this kind of special edition given that there were many Xbox 360’s launched in a similar format, such as the Halo and Star Wars editions.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of The Verge.

Leaked Pictures Point To Titanfall Beta In February

It seems these days there is always leaks of new game content and release dates of games and DLC, if latest leaked picture is true we could be seeing the Beta release of Titanfall coming in mid February. The leaked image comes from Micromania, which is a French wholly owned subsidiary of none other than GameStop.

While this image is coming straight from the retailer we can guess that it’s not a fake, however there is still no word from both the developers (Respawn Entertainment) or publishers (EA) as to when the beta release of the game will occur. However seeing as the game is set to release early March 2014 these images seem accurate. Some form of testing will be needed to be done before the games released and since there has been no word on the invite-only Alpha trials that were meant to be happening, hopefully this image is accurate and the Beta will start in a couple of weeks. Guess we’ll just have to wait for either official word from either the developers or publishers on a Beta released date or just wait until February 14th to see if Beta will finally become available.

Thank you The Escapist for the information provided 

Image courtesy of Worlds Factory 

 

Mad Catz, EA & Respawn Join Forces To Create Range Of “Titanfall” Peripherals

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. have announced that it has joined forces with Electronic Arts to create a new range of Titanfall branded gaming products in time for the the games release later this year.

Expected to be in stores for the launch of Titanfall, the Titanfall branded product range includes TRITTON gaming headsets, R.A.T. mice, S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards, F.R.E.Q. gaming headsets and G.L.I.D.E. gaming surfaces. All of which has walked away with a multitude of awards from us here at eTeknix, as well many other awards around the world.

“Titanfall has earned critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including Best of Show, Best Original Game, and Best Online Multiplayer at this year’s E3 conference. Mad Catz is excited to bring a range of cutting-edge, innovative, Titanfall-branded products to gamers in connection with one of the most anticipated game launches in recent history,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “The Titanfall license builds on Mad Catz’ strategy to align our product portfolio with AAA content that appeals to passionate gamers.”

Unfortunately, MadCatz are being super sneaky, not releasing any images of the new designs or perhaps maybe even new features on these products. I’m sure details will come soon enough, but for now we can at least have a refresh of what the current product range looks like.

Stay tuned for more information as we approach the release of Titanfall.

Thank you MadCatz for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of MadCatz.