Titanfall 2 isn’t like other multiplayer shooters. Almost every single match feels like two different games smashed together. First, you have the fast-paced, extremely vertical shootouts between “pilots,” who fight each other with abilities like grappling hooks, cloaking fields, wall-running and double-jumping. Then at some point in the match, players will call in Titans – giant walking robotic tanks – which literally drop out of the sky to join the fight. Titan-on-titan combat is a slow, tactical affair, and titans fighting pilots is all about quickly reacting to overwhelming force.
If you’re new to the Titanfall series, that dynamic combination of scenarios be hard to get a handle on. Titanfall 2 is full of nuances that most players will pick up over time through playing its single-player campaign, reading loading screen tips, and seeing other players in action. There are tons of cool abilities, and lots of deadly strategies to be executed by combining them.
In the meantime, though, there are a few things you can do to set yourself ahead in Titanfall 2. The first is to focus on being fast and thinking vertically, especially because most shooter players are used to most things being at about their eye level. Titanfall 2 isn’t always a game about taking cover and aiming down the sights, so get good at being speedy. We’ve also got seven more tips that can make you an extra, lethal pilot.
Learn (and invent) some loadouts
This is an obvious one, of course, but there’s something to be said for the default loadout in Titanfall 2. It’s a catch-all set of weapons and abilities that’s actually very effective – you get an assault rifle effective at many different ranges, a frag grenade, and the spiffy grappling hook that lets you move around more freely on many maps. You might get comfortable and never feel the need to change.
While the starting option is well-composed, Titanfall 2’s list of weapons and abilities offers a wide array of viable strategies if you’re willing to experiment. Most biggest change you can make to your loadout is your tactical ability. Your ability can enhance your speed with abilities like the grappling hook or speed-boosting stimulants, or provide completely new options, like personal cloaking. Regardless of what you choose, you may want to build a loadout around the ability you like best, because each one compliments certain play-styles. The cloak, for example, can make you play a completely different game that’s heavy on sniping and sneaking. You can also use it to get close to bad guys and shotgun them in their unsuspecting faces.
Experimenting with different grenades can also make a huge difference. Normal explosives are fine, but you may be more successful with satchel charges, electric smoke, or ninja stars that deploy thermite or activate gravity wells that suck players in and explode.
The point is, there are an awful lot of options for multiplayer this time around, and Titanfall 2 is customizable to the point that you can save several loadouts and switch them around mid-game. Get used to changing up your tactics: don’t just stick to climbing, wall-running, and assault-rifling.
Use your Titan to squash some bugs
In most Titanfall 2 matches, players start to summon their Titans around the same time in something of an arms race. As soon as you get hold of your own Titan, it can be tempting to turn around and go find another Titan to fight. That’s a good instinct if your heavy firepower can help your team accomplish an objective, such as capturing a hardpoint, or protecting a flag carrier from attack. If you don’t need to immediately go try to trash another giant robot – and almost certainly sustain major damage to your own Titan in the process – you might consider a different approach.
Titans are phenomenal anti-infantry weapons, and if you don’t need to go fight a robot, try fighting other players running around the battlefield as pilots. You can instantly thrash a pilot with most of your Titan capabilities, especially your melee attack. It’s also hilarious to punch a pilot and turn them into a fine red mist. And while pilots can threaten Titans with rocket launcher-type weapons or by “rodeoing” Titans and stealing their batteries, you can usually still run them down and squash them. Once you’ve gotten hold of your walking tank, take the opportunity to rack up kills against players who aren’t as lucky as you.