Shooter genre evolves on Xbox

While “Titanfall” ($60 for Xbox One and 360; rated Mature) is a multiplayer-only game, it tells a story through a series of campaign levels. It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose the battle; the story will pro­gress either way. That’s because you’re just a grunt, one of the faceless expendables. There are characters in the story, but you’re not one of them, There are special narrative objectives to be completed on each level, but that’s not your job. Your job is to provide a distraction, by fighting, while the main characters do their thing to progress the story. It’s smart in so many unexpectedly simple ways. While it doesn’t revolutionize the online shooter genre, it is the evolution gamers have been waiting for.

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