(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) "From the makers of Call of Duty," blares the marketing message behind Titanfall, and it's easy to see why, with its fast-paced online gameplay, EA's shooter has all the hallmarks of classic CoD. But here we have soldiers who parkour over obstacles and leap up buildings like gun-toting ninjas. And then - once a few minutes have passed - they can pilot a Titan, hulking machines that dash around, dodging missiles and dishing out wanton destruction.
It's a satisfying experience that does a wonderful job of making you feel like a mechanised superhero. But the game is lacking in modes, particularly compared with its rivals, and the story campaign is effectively a glorified training session. No doubt the inevitable sequel will fix these issues. But for now, Titanfall remains the most refreshing shooter the genre has seen in years.