European gamers have to wait until Friday to get their Titanfall fix, but that’s not the case in the US where the fast-paced FPS launches tomorrow.
Reviews started to surface this afternoon, and scores are somewhat predictably high. At the time of typing the Metacritic stands at a lofty 87% from 26 critics.
A few websites – such as Eurogamer – have however decided to hold their scores back until public servers are available.
We should also point out that the Xbox 360 version hasn’t been reviewed yet – that iteration isn’t out until later this month. With HD conversion specialists Bluepoint Games behind it, we have good faith that they’ll do the ageing Xbox 360 proud.
Here’s how the Xbox One version has been received so far:
10/10 – EGM: “Respawn’s debut is, unquestionably, worthy of all the praises sung about it”
9.3 – GameTrailers: “If you’re looking for a story-driven experience, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a shooter, Titanfall will satisfy and surprise you”
9/10 – gamesTM: “Forget about whether it’s an Xbox One system seller, if it can beat Call of Duty, or any similar chatter. All you need to know is that Titanfall is damn good fun”
9/10 – NowGamer: “If all goes smoothly at launch and Titanfall does prove to be a stable online shooter, then jump right in, because Titanfall is bloody good”
9/10 – Polygon: “Titanfall may not mark the same kind of sea change that Modern Warfare started but the pieces are all there in a game that delivers on its potential as the next big thing”
9/10 – GameCentral: “It could do with a few more ancillary options, and a more interesting backstory, but in terms of online gameplay Titanfall is now the game to beat this gen”
9/10 – Official Xbox Magazine UK: “An imperfect but utterly unmissable tour de force of multiplayer design, bustling with so many new ideas that it’s a wonder it doesn’t fly apart in mid-air”
8.5/10 – OXM (US): “A consummate multiplayer shooter, Titanfall has little to offer those interested in story — but for everyone else, it’s a must-play”
8/10 – VideoGamer: “A very good first instalment [then], but the best is yet to come”
4.5/5 – JoyStiq: “Titanfall isn’t tuned to perfection for everyone yet, but it starts as a smart, swift and startling movement in well-traveled space”
4/5 – GamesRadar: “Titanfall’s moving parts complement each other well, and take a familiar FPS formula and make it feel fresh–it’s just a shame that it relies so heavily on the familiar”
We’ll take a closer look at the potential Xbox One system seller during this week’s new release round-up, along with Dark Souls II and Yoshi’s New Island. Some unsteady timing there, Nintendo.