Prepare for Titanfall: 8 pro tips to help you through the early levels
By the time this issue of X-ONE is in your lovely, little hands, intergalactic war will be raging in the stars above. And believe us, you are going to need all the help you can get if you want to survive. Titanfall is a frantic first-person shooter, one that will have you questioning some of the FPS tactics that have been ingrained into your twitchy trigger fingers.
Here are 8 pro tips to help you prepare for Titanfall, the full list of 20 can be found in Issue #109 of X-ONE Magazine on sale now!
It’s all about momentum
Pilots are nimble bastards. Want to get the edge on some of your less-experienced enemies? It’s not enough to double jump and wall run your way to safety, you’ll want to get on the offensive, as quickly as possible. Start by wall running between multiple surfaces to gain some momentum and take a leap towards solid ground. If you time your A button press well enough, just as your feet touch the ground, your Pilot will propel forward with a burst of speed.
What’s that in the sky?
A player-controlled Titan can be a force to be reckoned with, but never underestimate the raw power of blunt force trauma. This’ll take precision timing – and a hell of a lot of luck – but your Titan will crush anything in it’s immediate landing area. If you can time this to land on a Titan , you’ll feel like the king of the battlefield. It’s immensely satisfying to pull off, and admirably frustrating when on the receiving end. It’s the sort of manoeuvre that’ll have you screaming, “Xbox, Record that!”
Smart trick shot
The Smart Pistol isn’t just good for ripping through grunts, it can also be especially useful for catching folks outside of the your targeting range – chuck a grenade and the Pistol will lock onto it instantly. This is perfect for catching eager Pilots mid wall-run, as is it a great tool for clearing enemies out of crowded rooms on Hardpoint Domination. Word of warning: it’s easy to rack up suicides with this move, grenade blast radiuses don’t discriminate.
Get a posse together
Sneaking up on a Spectre – they’re the AI controlled robots running around – will prompt an eager pilot to hack it with their data knife. While it’s tough to resist jump kicking everything within melee range, the hack will reprogram the virtual warfighter to follow you around as a personal, mindless bodyguard. It won’t do much good, but it might get a shot or two on target – or at the very least soak a few up on your behalf.
During a wall run, you can stab your data knife into whatever surface you are navigating across and hang in place with LT. While you’ll feel vulnerable and exposed, you will be able to whip out your sidearm and pop some caps into unsuspecting Pilots. This trick is especially useful while being chased; players are so used to everyone moving at all times, they’ll be slow to react to something stopping dead in its tracks. This’ll give you ample opportunity to shoot them in the back – it might not be honorable, but we’re after XP more than the respect of our fellow XBL compatriots.
This one is directly related to the rodeo; once you’ve clambered aboard and destroyed a Titan’s brain, you’ll be thrown high into the sky as its chassis explodes. If you’re lucky, you should level out with the unlucky Pilot that was just forced to eject out of its destroyed mech. Don’t wait until you touch the ground to start shooting, let rip and try to snag an easy kill.
Take down the chopper
As soon as you hit the epilogue stage on the losing team, guns hit the ground and boots hit the wall. It’s a mad dash to safety as a dropship warps in and out of the battlefield. Those who make it out alive get extra XP. Aggressive winning teams can actually destroy the dropship as Pilots are scrambling aboard for a hella amount of bonus points. Be aware, it has a lot of HP – you better bring a couple of Titans to the party.
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.