Ever since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, I have enjoyed each subsequent entry in the franchise a little bit less. Sure, Modern Warfare revitalized my interest in the FPS genre and provided hundreds of hours of multiplayer fun, but six titles later, I'm a little tired of it. CoD isn't the only offender, either. Battlefield, Killzone, even the revered Halo, all generally consist of "blast your buddies 'til you're done" multiplayer experiences. After a generation, I'm bored with the sameness of competitive shooters.
Respawn Entertainment, comprised largely of ex-CoD devs, has exploded onto the scene with Titanfall, a multiplayer shooter that seeks to redefine the FPS genre. Last week I spent just over a dozen hours with the beta, and it looks like Respawn hit its mark… in some ways. There are definitely some moments where it feels as though Titanfall is on its way to revolutionizing the first-person shooter, even if there are others where things aren't as stable.