Prepare for Titanfall: 13 beginner tips to help you through the early levels
Titanfall has rocked the foundations of the Xbox brand, and now intergalactic warfare is raging across both the Xbox One and 360. With the first DLC pack on the way, here are eight beginner tips to help ease you back into the crazy pace of Respawn’s awesome debut FPS.
Don’t forget to check out eight pro tips you should probably get your heads around, here.
Standby for (speedy) Titanfall
Once your boots hit the ground, you’ll find enemy Grunts and Spectres running amok on the battlefield. They aren’t the best soldiers, but they are fairly effective canon fodder. Capping these helpless saps will feed your Titan gauge, ensuring you get your mechanical killing machine a little bit quicker than anyone else on the field. The fun doesn’t stop once inside your Titan; continue killing the AI to quickly overclock your damage core, giving a limited damage boost. The enemy Pilots won’t know what hit ‘em.
Get into the action
It’s impossible to understate this enough – be in the action, all of the damned time. Titanfall was built as a speedy shooter to serve a particular purpose; there’s really no reason to ever be sat in a corner, cloaked, waiting for your Titan to be built. It’s a scary world out there, so the best thing you can do is lock & load, and get into the fight. Besides, the more kills, assists and objective points you earn, the faster your Titan will warp into the thick of it.
Did someone order a bodyguard?
You should call in your Titan at every opportunity you get. Even if you don’t want to crawl into its hull, you can have it follow you around or even guard a specific area. Double the firepower can only be positive, and at the very least it might be a suitable distraction for you to move into a good flanking position approaching Pilots and Titans. If sticking it in guard mode, try to avoid areas with adjacent rooftops or second story windows; the AI is helpless against roadied antagonists.
Burn cards are gifted to you for performing exemplary acts in the field. For a single spawn, you’ll be able to get the upper hand on unsuspecting enemy assailants. Everything from boosted firepower to faster Titan build times is available. You can set three active cards at a time, and these can then be activated with the Y button as you spawn. Refreshingly, with no monetization system in sight, it looks like these cards are simply a reward for playing well. Don’t be afraid to use these often, you’ll quickly build a pretty packed deck.
One of Titanfall’s greatest strengths is its weapon balance, though you’ll want to utilize a couple of tricks while you find your bearing. New players may find it useful to take the Smart Pistol out for a spin, which lets you line-up up multiple auto-targeted shots. It’s not great against real players, but being able to quickly take out four AI players will exponentially speed up your Titan’s build time. Alternatively, the shotgun will be your best friend through your early levels. It’s got wicked damage and decent range, there’s not much in this world that can withstand a flurry of buckshots.
Use your cloak
Every Pilot will find an invisibility cloak inside their load-outs at launch, and it’s stupidly useful at all levels of play. The recharge time isn’t so bad, so you’re best off using it at every opportunity you get. If you find yourself scrambling for your life while Titans stomp around you, the cloak might just seal your safety. It’s also worth activating it while attempting wall runs, giant leaps and the anti-Titan roadie. Bear in mind, the shimmer it gives off will be incredibly easy for enemy Pilots to spot at close range.
Become a rodeo hero
While it’s never wise to go up against a Titan solo, if you can catch one unaware be sure to double jump onto its hull. This move is called the rodeo. Your Pilot will clamber onto the Titan’s hull and open a hatch we can only assume houses some pretty integral electronics. From here, you’ll be able to blast away until the Titan explodes – or the Pilot clambers out and attempts to shoot you off. If you can pull the Rodeo off, it’s one of the most effective ways of getting excessive amounts of XP.
It’s obviously really, but if you find yourself constantly staring at the respawn screen, consider the possibility that you’re approaching Titanfall like Call Of Duty. Running along at ground level is a textbook mistake, and one that’ll quickly get you killed. To survive, take advantage of the verticality of the maps – use your innate parkour skills to quickly navigate into positions. Rooftops will not only give you great cover, but the perfect set-up for long distance gunfights. And remember, Titan’s can and will stomp all over you with their giant mechanical feet, should you be caught with your pants down.
Titanfall is from the creative minds behind Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, so it’s no surprise to see Challenges make their way into the leveling systems. The Challenges serve a dual purpose: to get you pushed through the higher ranks, and to get you trying new things! It’s easy enough to fall into a routine in multiplayer FPS’, and Respawn Entertainment is eager to get players experimenting with different weapon, Pilot and Titan tactics. Word of advise; by all means take a look over the challenges– but don’t chase them religiously.
You’ll want to spend a good amount of time tweaking your loadouts. From here, you’ll be able to create custom Pilot and Titan builds – editing everything from primary weapons, their attachments, your ordinance and two perk abilities. Completing challenges will help you unlock new weapons and attachments, so it’s worth taking some time to try and figure out what sort of player you want to be and build your Pilot around that ideal. It’s here where you’ll also be able to change the chassis type of your Titan between Atlas, Ogre and Stryder builds.
Hitch a ride
Sure, you can jump on the back of an enemy Titan and do some serious damage, but you can also jump onto a friendly one. Your Pilot will clamber up onto the hull, sit inside its rechargeable shield and be able to shoot from the mobile vantage point. Because of how quickly Titan on Titan fights can shift from domination to unmitigated shitstorm, this is an incredibly risky move. Be ready to leap to safety at the first sign of danger.
Use the force
Titan’s can harness a variety of extra skills, though one of the most useful is the Vortex Blocker. Like Neo at the end of the Matrix, the Vortex will let you catch all incoming frontal fire and toss it back at your attacker. Beware: the enemy can catch the returned fire with their own Vortex Blocker and send it back should they be quick enough to react. Managing the recharge time of the Vortex is hard, but if you get it right, you’ll find yourself getting into the deadliest game of tennis known to humanity.
Don’t trench as a Titan
Just because you’ve jumped into a behemoth mech, it doesn’t mean you can trench in and blast away to victory. You need to keep active and you need to keep moving. Titan’s are a lot more vulnerable than you might think, with most firefights being one by the Titan with the best positioning. Use your thrusters, activated with A, to jet around – they are integral for dodging missiles and dipping behind cover to recharge your shield. When you unlock the Stryder chassis, you’ll find the thrusters make you a lightning quick force to be reckoned with.