How to pilot a titan? - Titanfall beta

The most significant difference between classic FPS games and Titanfall are the titans. If you have not noticed them - they are two-story high, massive, heavily armed robots. It is easy to miss them. There are some things you need to know before you'll be ready to use them.

Just like typical soldiers, Titans can carry different kind of weapons and have some special abilities. Before battle we can choose how we want to arm your little toy. First, the primary weapon - so far we have only 3 kinds of weapons. After that we choose a tactical skill - in this slot you can put for example a shield reflecting projectiles back to the enemy. There is also "Ordnance" - an additional offensive ability - by default it is a salve of unguided rockets and that works well. And finally, we have two slots for uprades of our battle abilities. At the beginning all slots are locked and we can choose only between predefined combinations but just after few battles we can choose our favourite weapons. Unfortunately, in beta we can not change class of the titan, but of course there will be more after release. So far they have announced three.

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. - Will Rogers


The first mech, Atlas, is the one that we met in beta. If someone is looking for a universal tool - he will choose this guy. He is both good for fast attacks and slow defence - this is a powerful unit, can take a lot before he falls into pieces, but do not forget that he also has good maneuverability. He is definietely not the fastest unit in the game but in case of emergency, with a good pilot in him, he can fire surprising rockets from behind of an enemy.



But if you want to feel more secure choose Ogre. Sit down and forget about evasion. This is metal can that can be opened only with a plasma torch. Or, if you are lucky, a ton of TNT will be enough. He was created to step forward in the rain of missiles. Maneuverability? Good joke - it is easier to move a building than to make him avoid the missile. Even the slowest one.



And then there is Usain Bolt - Stryder. He can run faster than all the other Titans, so on a medium-distance he can easily defeat this giant. When you are piloting Stryder, your objective is to run to the other end of map, get in a few flanking shots and run away before they will notice who you are. This titan should be chosen by sadistic masochists who both like to check the strength of your opponent's nerves, and who are not sad when their toy is broken - even one light set of rockets will eliminate him from the battle.




Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. - Douglas Adams

Even if titans are stronger than typical soliders, piloting them requires some tactics (unless you are in Ogre, then - "Hulk smash!"). Each titan has a forcefield that protects their soft metal skin. It is crucial to keep an eye on the level of one's own shield and to catch the enemy with his protection down and kill them while they are reloading their gun.
Of course, if your forcefield is down, you have to get into cover. And no, hiding behind the building is not cover. Check the minimap and go somewhere where your friends are. Kind of obvious, but in the heat of battle is easy to forget about it.

And use slides! Not only to walk faster or to stomp on enemies but also for dodging. Slide from behind the building, shoot some rockets and slide back just to jump out from the other side of the cover. This tactic is good for medium-distance. In close quarters combat use the slide to get close to the opponent's mech and crush him with a few metal fist punches!! - works as good as butt-kicks of typical soldiers.

Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room. - Christine Todd Whitman

It is easy to lose your titan if you are not aware of your surroundings. Even if soldiers are not a big problem in the open field, they can jump on your back and "fix" the electronics of your robot. If you are lucky enough to have your allies notice him, they kill him without problems, if not - you must do it yourself. You have to get out of your titan as fast as you can and try to clean your armor. Sitting inside is just asking for trouble..


Choosing a weapon is a matter of individual choice. For example, I prefer the 40mm cannon. However, the Vortex Shield is obligatory - it allows us to to deflect missiles shot by the enemy and direct them against them. It works much better than offensive smokescreens, but you have to use it wisely. Don't try to deflect every projectile; it is better to avoid them, and then to shoot your own missile. And what if they are using Vortex Shield? Do the same thing! You will catch him without protection and with an empty clip.

And what are your observations after the beta? Which titan will you use?

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