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Titanfall guide: how to smash the opposition online

Thursday, 13 March 2014 16:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Titanfall is out today across Europe, and VG247′s Dave Cook has been putting silly-time into Respawn’s shooter for a week now. He’s laid down some tips for you to get your online career off to a strong start.

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I’ve been playing Titanfall loads this week, and my years spent slaughtering fools in Call of Duty have given me a some-what transferable skill set for use in Respawn’s shooter. It’s not just ‘CoD with robots,’ but there are similar rules of thumb that apply to both games.

My Titanfall pilot is currently at level 30, and I’ve sunk a good eight hours into the Xbox One version, so I thought I’d put some handy multiplayer tips on this page for you to check out. There are few bad habits you’ll need to shake off if you want to get fully-accustomed to the game’s lightning pace and verticality, but I’ll do my best to help with that too.

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Movement

Titanfall is a game about height advantage, and to get the drop on your enemies you’ll need to make proper use of the environment by wrapping your head around how to reach those sweet concealed spots. You probably already know that wall-running is executed by jumping into a vertical surface at a slight angle, but you can also wall-grab at any moment by hitting the aim button.

This allows you to hip fire while clinging onto a wall, but it also lets you stop, and better align your next jump. The game doesn’t teach you how to do this explicitly unless you consult the manual, but it’s a good way to compose yourself before making your next jump. You can’t grab on indefinitely however, so be wary of falling off if you remain stationary for too long. I’d also recommend combining wall-grabs with your Pilot’s cloak skill to get the drop on unsuspecting enemies.

As long as you keep your momentum up, you can chain wall-running and jumps for a long time. If you’re used to quite grounded shooters like Battlefield – where your solider barely leaves the ground unless they’re in a vehicle – it can be hard to fully adjust to the vertical options open to you. Use the scenery as intended, try running along new walls and leap to previously explored areas. You’ll be killed often at the start by sneaky buggers up high, but as they say; if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

“A wall-grab allows you to hip fire while clinging onto a wall, but it also lets you stop, and better align your next jump.”

The pace of battle is so insane that Pilots and Titans often focus on what’s right in front of them. Chances are two players locked in a small skirmish will be too busy focusing on killing each other that they won’t have time to spot you taking aim at their head from up high. Sometimes gaining some height and taking a moment to observe where these encounters are taking place is a great way of finding your next victim, or scoring some AI kills.

Being up high also gives you a better chance of scoring a rodeo on enemy Titans. By jumping on a hostile mech, your pilot will automatically rip open a panel on the back of its head, leaving you free to shoot at its circuitry until it becomes doomed – which means it’s about to explode. You can take Titans down quickly using this method, but be wary of the Pilot inside releasing a plume of Electric Smoke. It’ll make you choke to death after a short while.

You can also fool Pilots by climbing on their Titan’s back, which triggers a warning inside their cockpit. You can then jump off as soon as you hear them disembark in an attempt to shoot you. As long as you hide elsewhere and are ready for them, they’ll be too busy shooting at the back of their own Titan to notice you aren’t there any more, leaving them open for an easy kill. It’s sneaky but hey – it works.

All of this means nothing if you simply run into the heat of battle without consideration for the map layout or any sort of plan. Titanfall can get hectic at the drop of a hat, but if you stay calm, keep an eye on your screen’s periphery and watch the mini-map for enemy signatures, you should do fine. Never, ever, reload out in the open unless you’re sure no one else is around and keep moving as much as possible.

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Scoring

Each of Titanfall’s game modes are won by achieving a set point total, apart from Last Titan Standing which is a basic game of survival. There are a few tips that can help you maximise your score potential and ensure that your Titan drops are flowing thick and fast. Essentially; points earned also shave seconds of your next mech drop, so ideally you want to keep getting kills or capturing objectives to be among the first to have a Titan in the field.

“Maximise your XP gain and points by helping your team capture Hardpoints or returning flags in CTF. Play to the mode, not your K/D ratio.”

Aside from Pilots and Titan mechs, each map is populated by AI Grunts and robotic Spectre troops. They earn you one Attrition point in Titanfall’s base team deathmatch mode. That doesn’t sound like they’re worth bothering about but trust me; you should be killing this fodder as much as possible. While they dispense low points, they also knock time off your next Titan drop, so they’re an easy way of getting your ride faster. Cook and throw a frag grenade into a pack of them – they usually cluster up – to get a combo multiplier to reduce the timer even more.

This is a hangover from the Call of Duty days, but there’s no point playing Hardpoint mode only to focus on boosting your K/D ratio. While the rest of your team is off capturing the map’s three objective points, you’ll be earning much less score for simply killing Pilots. Maximise your XP gain and points by helping your team capture Hardpoints or returning flags in CTF. You’ll also get more score for killing Pilots trying to steal a flag or neutral objective, or for defending your own Hardpoint from the enemy, rather than a straight-up kill. Play to the mode, not your K/D ratio.

You can also use specific Burn Cards – more on these later – to boost your score and XP intake. Some cards will give you additional XP back for each successful shot landed on specific enemy types, while cutting extra time off your next Titanfall. For example: There’s a card that will give you more XP for damaging a Titan mech, on top of defeating them. You can also use a straight-up double XP card that lasts one life, so if you see a big battle with lots of Titans on the map, play your Titan XP booster and watch your level soar.

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14 Comments

  1. Cathodeo

    Some thoroughly explained tips, thanks for that Dave

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @Cathodeo No worries, I hope they’re useful :)

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    “Maximise your XP gain and points by helping your team capture Hardpoints or returning flags in CTF. Play to the mode, not your K/D ratio.”

    This is the reason why Titanfall will be always above Call Of Duty or any kind of game that does not appreciate team fights in team games.
    Titanfall does it pretty well. I remember playing Hardpoint and I killed most of the folks and had the last place until I started defending out stuff.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. chas

    @Erthazus People bring this up all the time and it’s nonsense. This is the excuse bad players use to discredit legit strategies. In Titanfall, if you’re amazing in the Titan, you completely dominate the entire enemy Titan fleet and make it easy for your infantry to capture hardpoints, you can and will end up on the bottom of the scoreboard most of the time. It’s a badly executed scoring system that makes sitting at or blindly running at points like sheep a more rewarding strategy.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Hcw87

    @4

    There is no way to dominate with a Titan. There are so many things that can be used against them (launchers, grenades, other mechs, burn cards etc) that they are not nearly overpowered. I’ve never seen anyone dominate an entire match in a mech.

    The balance in this game is pretty much spot on.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Erthazus

    @Hcw87, Actually he is right. It is really easy to dominate with a Titan. I dominate with them all the time + some Rare exclusive burn cards can give you a Titan on the arrival to the battlefield instantly.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. TheKeyPit

    Good tips.
    I’m currently at lvl 31 and still testing different loadouts for the different game modes.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. M. K.

    When I first saw your article yesterday, I was like: “Jesus it’s CoD with Robots, why should I read this stuff?!” But after my first few rounds (console and game arrived same day <3) I must admit that it is indeed different. It's more of a Brink, that actually works but with less objectives and skills.

    Anyway Titanfall seems to be one of those games which are easy to learn, but hard to master. I guess you play on the EU West Server Dave?

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @M. K. This is what we’ve been trying to tell people for months now :D

    Really glad you’re liking it! I play EU west yeah. Want my gamertag?

    #9 11 months ago
  10. M. K.

    @Dave Cook We’ve played Black Ops 2 together a few times ;) Soy EL Cookie

    #10 11 months ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @M. K. Oh yeah, jesus sorry :D

    #11 11 months ago
  12. TheKeyPit

    @Dave Cook After the time you already spent with the game, is there one particular map you hate/don’t like?
    For me it’s the colonies map with all the small houses. The map is somehow too small I think.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @TheKeyPit The one that’s mostly indoors, with the low ceilings. I forget the name,

    #13 11 months ago
  14. srussell

    Some nice tips here, thanks!

    A tip of my own; your Titan doesn’t have to be doomed for you to eject (like in the Evac situation you mentioned). You can press up on the d-pad and eject at any time :)

    #14 11 months ago

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    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]