Titanfall came, and it hasn't gone just yet. Although I didn't find it to be the be-all, end-all of FPS games as we know it, it's a fun experience that I still play from time to time alongside Call of Duty: Ghosts.
The time has finally come to see what Respawn Entertainment has got in regards to its map packs, but if Expedition is anything to go by, the studio has a lot to learn from the competition.
Titanfall: Expedition (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One [reviewed])
First up is Runoff, and I'll be frank here -- this isn't a very good map, especially for a premium DLC pack. It features a similar arid factory theme from a lot of other maps in Titanfall, and doesn't do anything different thematically to justify itself, both from a design standpoint and in terms of the actual layout.
It's like a mix of Colony's shallow open water and Angel City's multiple level buildings -- and if you've played those maps, you'll know exactly what to expect from it. Sadly, it's too plain to really make a mark on the game and justify one-third of the map pack's $9.99 price.
Runoff? More like Ripoff.
There's also one fallen tree that allows you to run really high up, which makes for some fun jumps and Titan rodeo aiming. I would have liked a bit more detail in terms of the foliage and the swamp itself, but this is one map that I'm going to enjoy playing for weeks on end.
The map itself is rather large, and is made up of multiple environments mixed together. It has a cool effect where you can see where each theme ends and the other begins with broken pieces of data littered about the ground. Mechanically it's also sound, as there's lots of opportunities to let loose and wallrun around, with one particular area featuring a continuous left to right wallrun area. If Respawn wants to justify its DLC, it needs more maps like this.
For its first game and first DLC pack, Respawn could have done a lot worse, but the studio needs to innovate more for premium content. While Battlefield and Call of Duty are adding enticing naval warfare and alien-centric DLC respectively, Titanfall feels a bit bare-bones in comparison with its add-ons. I'll be waiting anxiously to see what's in store in the next two packs.