February 17th 2014 10:48 am PT

Respawn Answers Your Titanfall Questions

Recently, we asked you what you wanted to know about Titanfall. Literally hundreds of you contributed questions, many of them quite excellent. So we filtered out questions that we knew would be answered by other articles about the beta (for more on the beta, click here), then we sat down with Respawn Community Manager  Abbie Heppe, who graciously provided detailed answers:

Michael Gulliver asked: What features, using the Xbox One, set Titanfall apart from other next gen games?

Abbie Heppe, Respawn: We’re one of the first games to really take advantage of the Xbox Live Cloud and to have dedicated servers across the world to provide a really consistent, awesome experience for gamers. That’s been amazing. Of course, we do some of our AI calculations in the cloud as well, and really, it powers our game.

We had a tremendous opportunity and the right timing to create something new right at the start of next gen, and to have the option to use Azure.

Adam Bankhurst asked: I am a huge fan of story-based games and tend to lose interest in multiplayer-only games after a short while. What will Titanfall offer to keep me coming back for more?

Respawn: We have a variety of classic modes, three which we’ve shown so far, there’s some that we haven’t talked about yet. That’s if you wanna hop in with your buddies, get into a quick match, skip the story elements of the game. With the campaign multiplayer, you’ll play once through as the IMC and once through as the Militia. Because it’s a multiplayer game, it’s always moving. It’ll start out with these scripted sequences, and there’ll be way more dialog and characters and way more context for the world than you would otherwise get in the classic modes, but it’s not a single-player game. It is still a multiplayer game with story elements woven in. So when we talk about the game having single player elements, one of the things we’re really talking about is the quality of what you’re seeing in multiplayer. It doesn’t get done a lot, because normally you’re saving the high-quality art, animation, everything like that for the single-player and scripted portions of the game. For us, we’re trying to get that attention to detail and those big, epic moments and that really cinematic stuff, but have it happen in multiplayer. So, doing things like having those cool animations where the Titans reach and grab you out of the air or slide through their legs or getting on their back and rodeo-ing them, all of these are part of the way that you’re going to weave that experience where you come out of that and you’re going to have your own story. That’s one of the consistent things when people play, they come out of it and say  ”so, I did this thing and then I did this other thing and then this cool thing happened!” That’s you building your own story within the story that we’re giving you context for.

 ƦeνoƖυtioɳ asked: Are there plans for supporting competitive play in tournaments and such?

Respawn: That really hasn’t been our focus. Our focus has been to get a really solid foundation out. A game that is really fun, that will attract players, and keep them playing for a really long time. That said, we have a TON of interest from the e-sports community, and I know we’re not going to be shipping with all the features that they’re going to be wanting in the game, but we’re in our first iteration. A lot of the games that have developed good e-sports features and the competitive community are ones that multiple iterations to get that done and to build in those things. So while that couldn’t be a priority for us here, we’re definitely listening to all of the feedback. We’re interested in what competitive players think when the game ships, and it’s definitely something we’ll look into, but not something that’s been our primary focus.

Paul Rogozinski asked: Circle strafing is one of my biggest complaints in most Mech games, usually due to reduced maneuverability coupled with high defensive capabilities. Have there been any design decisions with the Titans themselves or environments that would push people away from just circling around each other and force them to use other tactics?

Respawn: The mode that we’re showing today, Last Titan Standing, will help you get an appreciation for the higher-level Titan tactics. Yeah, you can just run at people and swing your Titan fists and shoot off your shoulder rockets into them, but there’s a lot that you can do almost fighting game-style, spacing people out with quad rockets and using the electrified smoke to provide cover while you dodge behind a building and flank someone from the side. Especially with the three different kinds of Titans, it benefits different gameplay styles. The Strider is not going to be rushing in on anyone; it’s weak, it’s going to attack from a distance. The Ogre is definitely your rush-in-and-melee Titan, but if you’re up against a Strider and it moves a lot faster than you, you’re going to have to rely on a different tactic like trapping them or working with your teammates. It’s not about “I’m a big Titan and I’m going to smash my Titan fists into you!” Although that is awesome fun.

Kade asked: Can friendly team members be killed by calling in a Titan on top of them?

Respawn: Not friendly, but enemy for sure, and it is so embarrassing to get killed by Titanfall. You’ll see better players try to trap people. You’ll be like ‘why is he just hanging out right there?’ and you’ll realize he wants you to walk over there so he can drop a Titan on you. It is probably the most satisfying way to kill someone.

Robert Sparks asked: How many levels will it take to reach max in Titanfall, and will this game feature a prestige style system?

Respawn: You are definitely going to put in some time levelling, but we are going to leave that stuff for the players to figure out. We really like to strike a balance between a slow grind and a really rewarding levelling up system. We don’t want you to spend all your time hating that you have to  complete some task. There are some [tasks to unlock things] in, but we try to make it so that it’s not overwhelming.


Wayne Mcd asked: Will Titanfall feature deep customization options? weapon attachments, Camos etc?

Respawn: There are attachments and unlocks that you’ll get as you progress through the game. Right now the customization is not visual, it’s your loadout and how you want to equip your character based on how you want to play. We do get the customization question a lot, and there are three different types of Titans with different looks, and different colors depending on which side you’re playing on. As far as pilots go, we have a male and female version of each one, so you’ll at least get a super-cool looking pilot that’s your own. The artists have had a lot of fun with the look of the pilots and those cool helmets – there’s some that we haven’t shown yet that are just super-cool looking. That’s the extent of visual customization, but as far as your loadout, sure, we totally want you to play your way with the stuff that helps you do the best that you can.

Rick Aguillon asked: Since there will be AI players. In the game modes you’ve created, will we be able to interact with them? Meaning, (securing points, flanking, suppressive fire, calling for backup, etc.) or will they calculate those decisions on their own?

Respawn: So the AI stuff is something that we’ve really been passionate about talking about, because it’s such an integral part of the game. AI can refer to four different things:

You have the Marvins, they are like the handyman of the universe. They’re not worth killing. They’re kind of sweet, and you’re kind of a jerk if you sit around shooting them. They’re there for some flavor.

Then you have Grunts. Grunts are your sort’ve standard military cohorts. You’ll see them rappelling in from helicopters, and they’ll assist you on the battlefield. They’re rushing into  points. They follow the flow of battles. They can also help you find where there are enemy soldiers and enemy Titans. They’re not very dangerous – maybe if you had lost a lot damage and one of them hit you, yeah they could kill you.

Jeff Rubenstein, Xbox: I was killed by one.

Abbie Heppe, Respawn: Yeah, it happens. But in general, they’re there not only to help newer players feel like they’re accomplishing something and getting a bunch of kills, but they also provide the sort’ve humorous element to the world. They will talk to each other, they will melee each other, they will drag their buddies behind cover. They will be like ‘oh, there’s a Pilot coming through.’ ‘I don’t see what the big deal about Pilots is anyway.’ So you should eavesdrop on them, because it’s kind of funny.

But they’re human, and they don’t move like Pilots do, and you’re very much more powerful than they are, and they do make the world feel really alive. There’s some more high-level tactics: for example, if I’m going into a hardpoint, sometimes I’ll let the AI rush in first. I’ll wait for the guy who’s upstairs waiting there to hit them, see where he’s at and take him out myself because he thinks I’m one of the dudes running up. So they can be used to your advantage, even if you’re a stronger player.

Then there’s Spectres. Spectres are much tougher, much more dangerous. You can hack them to turn them to your side with the Data Knife. They’re way more powerful, way more deadly, and they also move differently. They can jump up multiple stories. So sometimes you’ll catch one out of the corner of your eye, you’ll think it’s a Pilot. They’re way more mobile and scarier.

The fourth AI is the Titan. When you’re not in the Titan, you can have it follow you around the map, you can guard where you are and it will fight other Titans for you. It will grunts for you, it will take out Pilots for you, and it’s really satisfying when you’re doing your own thing on the map, and you’re racking up kills because your Titan is doing really well.

So AI is really more than soldiers running around. It’s a really integral part of what Titanfall does.

Dan asked: How many pilots would need to stand on top of one another to equal the height of one Titan?

Let’s say they’re maybe 6 feet tall… three and a half, almost four. Let’s check with the collector’s edition. [Abbie gets up, and measures the CE Pilot figurine with the CE Titan model] Yeah, I’m going to stick with three and a half.

Thanks to all of you who sent in questions – due to the huge response, we’ll be sure to do this with more titles moving forward.
Winners of the Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controllers have already been contacted. 

If you haven’t already, be sure to apply for the beta here!

Titanfall, Xbox One By Jeff Rubenstein

  • NBA Kirkland

    When does this Totemball beta I keep hearing about start?

    • ElektroDragon

      No one likes your joke, but I do!

      • NBA Kirkland

        lol, thanks. At least SOMEONE has a sense of humor :-P

  • Please Clarify

    Was the X360 release postponed because there is not much difference between that and the Xbox One version?

    • usrev

      different devs are making it which could be the reason. I highly doubt they will be the same at least graphically. the xbone is 10 times more powerful than the 360 with roughly 16 times the ram (which was what held last gen games back the most)

      • slasaru

        Looks like 8 times and 15 times of this 10 times/16 gig config are busy with cancer cure calculations or whatever, just not games

    • Riddick Snipes

      Highly likely. Hi Mitch.

  • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

    Welcome aboard, Jeff. I won’t lie that was embarassing moment of my gameplay, lol!

    • Jeff Rubenstein

      Let’s… pretend it never happened.

  • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

    Can’t wait to pick up titanfall on release day! On another note.. The resolution war has finally angered me enough after finding out yet another game is going to look better on ps4 (mgs ground zeroes) that I think I’m going to have to pick up that game for my ps4. It really sucks that all these games are looking nicer on ps4 because i love my Xbox One.. but screw it I’m going where the best graphics are. Definitely will be playing all the xbox exclusives tho!

    • Baz

      The resolution war is a figment in the imagination of those gamers who firmly believe style outweighs substance. It doesn’t.

      • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

        Dude don’t get me wrong graphics are not what make a game good in my eyes at all.. I could care less as long as the game is fun.. but in this case it’s the exact same game on both platforms man.. only one looks much nicer. So since I own both systems I can’t keep justifying to myself buying the one that doesn’t look as good.. know what I mean?

        • Baz

          Yeah of course I do – and I suppose that is one of the advantages of having both systems

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            Yeah that’s all I’m saying. I just wish the xbox was a little more powerful ! Ah well. Just gotta go with it and hope they can get it worked out

          • Connxtion

            I feel you man :-(

            The xbox one should be able to do 1080p without breaking a sweat, yet it’s struggling to reach 1080p without sacrificing quality, ie, Forza. At E3 the game has all 3D crowds higher shadow maps & just all round better visuals, currently it has no AA I thought we got free AA with the ESRAM.

            I’m really doubting my purchase of the Xb1 since every site puts the console down & rightly so since I’m not seeing it do anything remotely Next-Gen.

            I really hope they have some secret sauce.

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            While I agree with some of your points.. I’m definitely NOT regretting my purchase of the xbox one.. I was just venting about how it’s really starting to drive me crazy having these resolution differences shoved in our faces daily… but not for a second do I regret my purchase of my Xbox.. I think xbox one has some amazing exclusives released and going to be released.. I recently went back to beat Dead rising 3 and I am loving it.. I loved ryse like forza a lot more now that they changed the economy around, think killer instinct is a great fighter and their upcoming exclusives look great I’m so excited for quantum break. Not only that I love the features of the xbox one.. love having my fiber op tv hooked into it and love the voice commands.. the list just goes on. That being said, multiplat games used to be always played on my xbox… but I’m rethinking that these days. I might start playing multiplat games on my ps4 as long as they continue to be higher framerate and resolution…

          • xstalker

            yes the resalution thing is getting out of control and it should be expland to us all. is it a driver problem or did microsoft just make a pore design decision.

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            Yeah exactly ! I just want them to make a statement about it.. Instead of just pretending like it doesn’t exist.. they need to give us something. I really hope you’re reading this major nelson! I’m a super passionate gamer and I love my Xbox One but this situation really sucks!

          • SPONGEGUMS

            Personally I think you guys are all crazy quibbling about these minor things.

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            Quibbling? I haven’t said a word about it for months because I’m a strong believer in letting the games do the talking..it’s just hit the point where literally every game that comes out now is hitting lower resolution or framerate and I can’t keep ignoring it. it’s just hard for me to justify to myself buying a game on xbox one that runs 720p over the same game that runs 1080p on my ps4.. they cost the same. I want to play it on my Xbox but the difference between 720 and 1080 is quite large.. I own a 75 inch smart led tv that I do my gaming on so it especially shows up as a big difference for me. I’m not bashing xbox I love my Xbox I’m just venting about my concerns. If you don’t agree with it that’s cool but I’m not going to stop because you think it’s not a big deal

          • Dylan

            It’s an eSRAM issue. According to the Sniper devs, they say that the eSRAM helps with making up for lost ram compared with the PS4, but there’s simply not enough to output native 1080p.

            The DDR3 in the One is too outdated and not enough for current standards. The eSRAM helps and is enough for native 720 for the most part.

          • ElektroDragon

            Brilliant analysis, Dylan.

          • ElektroDragon

            I’m not regretting my purchase because I could not wait for Peggle 2, Max was super fun, and Ryse was a blast. But my PS4 will remain the multiplatform console for this gen. I wish more of you had the good fortune to have the finances to just afford both.

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            Yeah I was looking forward to having my Xbox as my multiplat system but it’s starting to look like it’s going to be my ps4. I only have killzone for my ps4 so far… I have 13 games for my Xbox One however. Can’t wait to get infamous next month though. Looks great

          • ElektroDragon

            The secret sauce is Mountain Dew.

        • bill

          I’m an xbox controller addict. I hate ps controllers however the new one is an improvement. I had a ps3 since mgs4 came out and played it very little. The only franchises they have that I care about is uncharted and the last of us. I’ll wait till they have games I want that I cannot play on my xb1!

    • Nick Peck

      I bought and played (not the whole way on the ps4 version because I returned it) Tomb Raider for both systems. Playing them side by side there was literally zero difference, even in the frames department, you couldn’t tell.

      I get what you mean but as I get older there are some things I just don’t care for anymore, and resolution is one of them. As long as the game plays good and looks pretty good, I’m happy. Of course I love high end looks (graphics) but the whole 1080p/60fps debate is just so annoying overblown (imo).

      Is the game less fun at 900p/60fps? Not at all. Ryse still looks better than any of the ps4′s current 1080p games. I get what you are saying though and I too wish they chose a bit better video card to modify, but oh well :P

      • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

        I know what you mean by ryse.. but I’m talking about games that are the exact same on both consoles only one is 720p and one is 1080p and they cost the same. There is a big difference from 720p and 1080.. it sucks but there really is.

        • Nick Peck

          Yah I understand what you are saying. Honestly, I think MS has a bit of the (ps3 syndrome) going on this gen and that the dev’s seem to need a bit more time with the system before they crank out the same #’s for both systems. I’m not really sure but that’s what it seems like at the moment.

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            Yeah I hope so bro! I’ve already got thief preordered on xbox so I’m def getting that on there.. to be honest playing mgs on xbox feels kind of weird anyway haha. I completely hope we will start to see the gap being closed up by xbox in the future man!

          • Nick Peck

            Yah I just pre-ordered Thief as well. I have largely ignored it up until now, looks pretty good. I did play the original one on the PC all those years ago so it will be cool to revisit that.

            Yah I’m sure once they system has been out for awhile and the dev’s aren’t rushing to get games on so quickly we might see things getting done better. Yah I only ever played MGS on the PSOne and MGS4 on the ps3. MGS4 was a chore to get through, but what you did get to actually play was really fun.

            MGS though? Fantastic game, I really enjoyed that one (like when you had to fight phsyco mantis and move the controller to port 2 to beat him???>?> LOVED it!). Not sure if I’ll play Zeros but we will see.

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            Haha yes! That was so badass. Loved mgs. It was so cool when he tells you you’re careless or careful by checking how many times you’ve saved lol. Such a sweet game

          • Nick Peck

            Agreed. That is the perfect example of what I want in the next gen games, the little details like that. Those seemingly “little” things can leave such a big, long lasting impact and it sucks we don’t see much of it anymore.

            Sure, I like good looking graphics, but I would rather have top end physics and smaller, but butt kicking details any day of the week.

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            It sucks so bad man anytime I check out gaming news it’s just constantly being thrown in my face like nonstop. I see at least one new article a day about it. I’m just fed up lol

          • Nick Peck

            Trust me, it is annoying no doubt.

          • slasaru

            Thats a good note about ps3 syndrome, but they had this example right before their eyes. Why couldnt they learn Sony’s lesson? And i mean they consulted different game devs, why did not any one tell them xbox one config was a stupid idea and will give you only 720p? Gamedevs hate MS?

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            I know eh.. doesn’t make sense to me that the developers didn’t tell them straight up that it was underpowered..

          • ElektroDragon

            Maybe the developers DID tell them it was underpowered and they didn’t listen due to arrogance? Or maybe Sony played their card close to their chest and then shocked everyone with massive spec increases.

          • xstalker

            ok sony pone we get it ps4 is the most powerfull console ever made. happy now and could you please head back to neogaff or n4g this is not a sony site.
            ps thanks.

          • ElektroDragon

            There is no ps3 syndrome because the X1 is no harder to code for than the 360, since they used similar architecture despite the change from RISC to CISC. And let’s not forget both are DirectX. Sony just outengineered MS this time around. It happens.

          • ElektroDragon

            There will never be parity unless its forced parity by dumbing down the PS4 version if MS cries enough to a publisher or developer. The only way you can make a Ford Focus as fast a McLaren F1 is to drive the McLaren at half speed, I’m sorry. Hardware is what it is.

      • Realmusik Recordz

        Spoken like a wizard. I agree

      • ElektroDragon

        Just because you can’t tell on some games, doesn’t mean you can’t tell on all of them. As for Tomb Raider, I also tried it on both new next gen systems and let me tell you, they LOOK the same, but they don’t play the same. Tomb Raider on PS4 is silky smooth and often approaches 60 FPS, but the X1 version is LOCKED at 30 FPS and its a huge difference.

        This is also confirmed by Digital Foundry in case you think I’m making it up.

    • Riddick Snipes

      R u two-faced or something?

      • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

        Um.. what?

        • Riddick Snipes

          All of a sudden u give a damn about resolution. But when I talk about it I’m a troll.

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            Let’s back it up here. Every time you comment it’s to bash the xbox one or to literally troll people to be a jerk. I still love my Xbox One, I’m just disappointed about another game running at a lower resolution on the xbox. I’m not here ripping up xbox at all I’m still very happy with the console in general. I just think im going to start playing the multiplat games on my ps4… though I will continue to play my Xbox exclusives as always. More than anything I’m just venting because I’m sick of the resolution stuff being thrown in our faces literally every day on gaming sites.

          • Riddick Snipes

            I’m sick of it too. But I don’t blame the sites. I blame ms. And it will not change the entire generation. Whatever it does change will change also for ps4. In that case it would be 1080p….changing to even better 1080p and/or completely solid 60fps.

          • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

            MS is to blame for this.

    • Dylan

      More important than just the resolution, is the frame rate! Games play so much better on a silky smooth frame rate.

      MGS runs at 60 FPS at 1080 on PS4
      While at 30 FPS at 720 on Xbox One.
      That’s an unfortunate difference, and it is very noticeable.

      • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

        That’s actually not true.. it runs at 60 fps on the xbox one.

        • Dylan

          AGH! You’re right, accidentally read the 360 version stats! Will edit…thanks.

          • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

            Yip. No worries. It still sucks. I wish they were hitting that 1080p more often

    • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

      Graphics are important! I’m going to have to buy the PS4 as well. MS has left me no choice.

  • xstalker

    major i see mgs is confirmed to run at 720p on xbox one yet another 3rd party game getting slaped around by the ps4 in the resolution department.
    i owen the xbox one and the 360 and never owend a ps anything.
    ive listened to all the comments from yourself and microsoft at e3 about letting the games do the talking in the resolution debate. well its talking alright and the ps4 has a lot to say. can you please explane to me and the rest of the xbox one community how we could spend 100.00 more on your console and not at the very list achieve parity.
    i would like an explanation on this site so everyone can see what the future holds for the millions of loyal xbox one fans. if this sounds like a calling out you would be correct sir. no more beating around the bush straight answers to a direct post.
    ps.
    i also here through the internet grape vine watch dogs and the witcher 3 will also be runing at 720p not yet confermed but it would be par for the course.
    the podium is yours major nelson and please don’t disappoint.

    • slasaru

      Im the owner of xbox360 and xboxone and i do not understand, HOW in the world they could not make it powerful enough when very cheap PC configs can give you 1080/60. I really do not understand what kind of engineers work in MS but i bet they got huuuuge bonuses for “successful” start. Thats just ridiculous and humiliating.

      Im going to sell my xbox one, that is if anyone buys it.

      • xstalker

        ya i here ya but being out sold 2-1 is not that successfull :(

      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        sell it for $450 on ebay and someone will snap it up. you will have to go lower than you paid now. plus, you will prob have to put free shipping.

    • ElektroDragon

      Maybe your should open your mind and try owning a ps something? I mean its quite simple really. If comparing to the PC world, the X1 is a like an entry level video card with no video RAM just a super fast cache to system RAM, and the PS4 is more like a mainstream mid-tier video card where everything is video RAM. Nothing they can do short of a new console will change that. Just be happy that due to things like lighting, textures, and modeling, games like Ryse end up looking as good as if not better than anything on PS4. The fact that it would look even better on PS4 is irrelevant.

      • xstalker

        thats not the point i payed more for less we all need an explantion on this
        as gamers.

        • ElektroDragon

          You paid more for less because of Kinect, is that not obvious?

          • xstalker

            kinect should not be the cause of the resolution problem
            cost mybe but not the res.

          • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

            I imagine that there are system resource allocation issues, the Kinect requires system resources to run and those resources can’t be used by devs making games.

          • xstalker

            ok you pay 400 xb1 at lower resolution than ps4 your still getting less for more without kinect.

          • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

            You’re right!

      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        Yeah, the 360 was my go to console and it looks like that’s going to change in this generation.

        Last generation MS acted like an industry leader, this gen it looks like they’re playing catch up and doing damage control because of some decisions they made that weren’t so good.

        I’m not sure if I’ll keep my Xbox One or not, but I’ll probably buy a PS4 next holiday season and then just buy the 3rd party software version that looks the best.

  • Ross Kemp

    Off topic . R.E. digital downloads – most stores are offering pre order store specific DLC – example GAME in UK are offering ” Bank Job ” DLC for Thief . Will there be free DLC on Xbox1 to match what brick and mortar stores/online stores are offering , if only for a limited time ?

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      i just read that xbox is testing pricing digital games cheaper starting with ryse so dlc bonuses for digital games shouldn’t be too far ahead i am betting.

      • Ross Kemp

        Yes I read that too .
        I am thinking of getting Thief digitally , but if they do not offer the extra mission that physical copies come with then my money is going to GAME store and not Xbox store .

        • Liquidfx Xboxdude

          right now i do gamefly so when i rent the game it automatically gives me the option to buy it “used” at a $10 discount plus an extra 10% for having been a member for more than a year so i usually don’t get many good free dlc bonuses but i do get new games for $45 so there is that.

  • xstalker

    wow are you guys that confused about my post its not the resolution its about paying more for less you guys keep talking like that and microsoft will laugh all the to the bank every time. please stand up for whats right or we all get the short end of the stick

  • xstalker

    still waiting major nelson.

  • AlwaysRight

    Awesome game, wish it was coming to ps4, shame, hope the sequel does tho.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVr5Cc2ovbA The saying of the truth

    Major, What did you mean when you said Metal Gear Solid V is exclusive to Xbox One
    Or your twitter account is hacked ?

  • xstalker

    major could you or the microsoft team please speak out about the resolution problem so we can stop the SDF from blasting the xbox fans every time a 3rd party game showes up. im getting blasted on your on blog that needs to end good news bad news just clear the air please.

    • Samuel Herrera

      There is nothing to clear. The PS4 has proven time and again that it has more powerful hardware under the hood than the Xbox One. That being said, only an idiot would let a lesser resolution affect the way they feel about a game’s content. For anyone who can’t live without 1080p/60fps don’t even think about buying a console as in the next few months even the much touted PS4 will begin to experience cut-backs in graphical fidelity. The Order: 1886 running at 1920x800p with letterboxes around the screen is clear indication of this.

      • ElektroDragon

        1886 is a design choice, not a limitation.

        • Samuel Herrera

          OMG LOL!!!

          • ElektroDragon

            Read developer interviews, they could have easily made the graphics as good as Killzone SF or Infamous SS and full screen. Laugh all you like, it’s a design choice. And the letterboxes aren’t “around” the screen, they’re at the top and bottom preserving the aspect ration of a 2.35:1 movie you might see on BluRay.

          • Samuel Herrera

            Yes, because the developer of the game would not try to defend their own product a tell a lie that would make their game seem better -SARCASM-

    • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

      Unfortunately for us who bought the Xbox One it appears that the issue is simply one of power and available system resources. MS used a slower RAM and requires more of that RAM to power the 3 operating systems including the Kinect. Also they chose a GPU that is less capable than the one Sony used.

      I’m sure there will be some great games for Xbox One but you can probably expect 3rd party multiplatform games to look better on the PS4.

      I’m not happy with it either and I will probably end up buying a PS4 as well. I had a PS3 just for exclusives but didn’t use it for much else. Looks like PS4 could actually end up being my go to console.

      I guess time will tell.

      I’m going to buy Titanfall it looks good.

  • Dylan

    The answer about the story-line in the game was totally not answered. Just basically saying that the narrative comes from the “Hey you won’t believe what happened that last match!”. Which is a total cop-out.
    So I guess it has a similar story structure as “Payday 2″, which means almost none at all.

  • Barry Csonka

    Not really a great way to talk up “the power of the cloud” when speaking of the AI routines, seeing as how all the bots are completely brain dead and spend most of their time with a half dozen camped in a room on the entirely wrong side of the map, or staring at a wall.

    • Guerrero Ultimo

      The bots are great. You can farm them for wins in Attrition. They WILL let you kill them. One match I had 10 of those suckers in less than 30 seconds. And they are very weak to those electric grenades, not sure they name maybe arc grenades. Anyway, chuck those in to were the dots are flowing on the mini map and you have you 4,5, even 6 kills. I scored 113 points on Attrition by getting 53 bots. Thanks to the bots I got first Titan (was able to do that a lot) which not only gives every bonus points (not attrition points) but allows me to more easily get pilots early. If my Titan is destroyed I have auto-eject. I throw a grenade to make it hard to hit me and cloak. Go find more bots and repeat. Works well. Only usually die 1-2 times and sometimes none.

      A very cool thing about the bots is that I was outside a building they just entered. I fired a couple rounds and they nicely filed back out and set up so I could kill them easily. And they will set up in spots that allow for easy kills with Titans. Get a Titan early and kill them off. Just keep and eye out for other pilots and you should be fine.

      They also make this game great for players like my wife. Finally talked her into playing and she did very well. I told here how to avoid pilots and such and she scored really well. Did not really did much outside the occasional pilot who she ran into when outside a Titan. And she is pretty bad at these types of games.

  • Samuel Herrera

    So we both agree that your dumb, that’s great!

    • ElektroDragon

      Aren’t you guys supposed to stick together?

  • Samuel Herrera

    The full game will have 15 maps and 7 game modes…

  • barackobama

    just played that game to lvl .11 it’s ok but nothing special. anyway first time in 2 weeks i played xbox one and not ps4, and what really bothered me was the kinect symbol in the upper right.

    could you remove that with next update. it’s just ugly and I sold the kinects already.

    MGS is 1080p on ps4 , xbox one gets 720p. instead of the kinect ms should have made a 2.5 teraflop console.

  • Riddick Snipes

    You’re not dumb. Ms is dumb. Back at e3 they bragged and let on that games were gonna b in 1080p. They lied.

    • kvfive

      Is there actually any literature on this point (1080p) genuine M$ written content claiming this ? I’m curious to know…. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling a bit duped by my purchase, wondering what the legal grounds are.

  • MagicMarker007

    I am not happy that there is no Australian/New Zealand servers. We need to use an American server which is not the best experience. I will not be purchasing this game unfortunately, until they sort that out. Really disappointing seeing as we were part of the Day 1 launch…

  • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

    The game seems cool, I only played a couple matches. I was expecting more out of the graphics. Honestly, the game seems like it was developed for the previous generation with some additional detail and a bit of a resolution upgrade for Xbox One. Not exactly the title that shows us what this new generation can do. I’m still interested though.

    What exactly do you get with the Xbox One version that the 360 version doesn’t provide. My 360 has full surround sound and is compatible with my nice gaming headset. Other than the visual upgrade is there really a reason to buy this on Xbox One if you also have a 360?

    Still no announcement on 7.1/5.1 Dolby surround sound for Xbox One. Not exactly impressive Major, not impressive at all.

    • SPONGEGUMS

      You’re kidding right? Graphics always are slightly lessened in multiplayer compared to single player gameplay. Look at all that is going on in that game and the AI going into it and the accuracy when you are playing unlike that pile of garbage called “Ghosts” that the developers do not even seem interested in fixing.

      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        It’s my understanding that this game is only multiplayer.

        There is a lot going on in the game but I did expect more on the visual front. It looks good, I’m not saying it looks bad but I’m also not blown away by it.

        It’s smooth and it does feel accurate. I like it, just not sure if I’ll love it or not. And I’m still not sure if I should buy the 360 version or not. I think I may wait to see it before I buy the game.

        I stopped playing COD after MW2. I don’t like Treyarch’s work and The studios that work on the game now aren’t great.

        • SPONGEGUMS

          I get that this particular game is only multiplayer but even still. I think what it is you may not like the particular art and it isn’t the graphics necessarily.

  • SPONGEGUMS

    You were dumb before you bought an Xbox one so let’s not blame things that are irrelevant.

  • SPONGEGUMS

    Agreed.

 

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