For anyone that’s played Titanfall on PC, Xbox 360 and/or Xbox One already knows that the 15 maps that already comes with the game has quite the variety as it is. We all have our favourites, whether you’re into your open and wide playgrounds for Titan and sniper heavy duals, to my personal favourite tighter built up arenas to show off your parkour abilities. The Expedition DLC adds another 3 maps into the mix that offer even more ways to take down your opponents in a variety of ways.
Runoff is set at a water collection and treatment facility that offers a tighter arena for Titans to engage in combat. More importantly it’s the first map in the whole game that really offers vertical Titan fights. As players might be storming the water logged tunnels on ground level you could be ambushed from players on the urban built factories above. This map is medium sized compared to the others.
I particularly enjoyed playing Last Titan Standing on Runoff as the tight corners and vertical advantages with rat runs beneath made tactical approaches and escapes work well.
(A cross between the maps Angel City and Smuggler’s Cove)
Swampland is a map that features a remote water processing facility amongst ancient ruins. Probably more known as the map with trees you can wall run and hang from, Swampland is large and open with a lot of foliage for all your long distant fire fighting needs. This map is extra large and offers a lot of height and cover above.
This map was great for Attrition as you have many vantage spots on top of the trees which are great for sniping, the ancient ruins for your close range pilot battles and vast open forestation for Titan fights between the trees.
(A cross between the maps Boneyard and Lagoon)
War Games is set as a pilot certification simulator training session. With the unique opening cut scene showing the start up sequence entering virtual reality War Games looks and feels like VR through and through. If you’ve played the game’s training mode you’ll notice the same art style of bright blue and orange neon textures with purposely-placed parkour walls for convenient wall running. This map is large and is perfect for pilots to show off their abilities to traverse across the arena.
Playing Hardpoint Domination on this map was by far the most enjoyable game mode. With a variety of ways to approach the Hardpoints all with various vantage spots to defend them within, this game mode played differently every time I played War Games.
(A cross between the maps Colony and Overlook)
Expedition Variety Pack and Expedition Attrition are 2 playlists you can choose to play if you fancy just playing the 3 maps on rotation. These, the DLC and the added recent update have given more to the Titanfall experience and we await to see what’s next as part of the Season Pass. For the stand alone price for the pack some players out there that are use to getting 4 maps and an added weapon and game mode like in Call of Duty would probably find this DLC lacking on the content front. But remember what Respawn are giving you is tried and tested perfected maps that offer a unique experience with every playthrough and added variety.