Achievement Preview Spotlight: Titanfall

By Jonathan Barnes, 2 years ago
Gamers (in the States), you have less than a week until that sweet, sweet Tie-Tie-Faw is in your hands. Do you know how exciting that is? DO YOU EVEN KNOW!?


Sorry, I just blacked out for a second while thinking about picking up my console bundle and jumping into a Titan for the first time. Regardless, let's dive in and check out what some of you are most interested in, the achievements of Titanfall.

Titanfall has no "Secret" achievements, so completionists can already get a full view of what's in store. As a multiplayer-focused title, the achievements fall into two categories: ones you will probably pop naturally and ones you may have to boost/grind. With that in mind, we're going take a look at some of the highlights in each category.

In the "naturally-popped" category, we'll kick things off with an achievement that is sure to be a favorite.

Ride 'Em Cowboy in Titanfall
Rodeo-kill a Titan

If you played the beta (or saw footage of it), you probably caught a glimpse of Pilots mounting a Titan, banging away at it with their sidearm, and taking them down rodeo-style. I'm going to drop the pretense: I want to do this. I'm sure many of you feel the same way and this achievement will probably be popped pretty naturally in the course of play.

I've always been a fan of getting the drop on opponents (especially snipers) in multiplayer games. There are few things more satisfying than seeing that special animation for melee attacking someone from behind. This next achievement definitely plays into that love.

Look Around in Titanfall
Snap the necks of 10 Pilots

With a game as fast, furious, and frenzied as Titanfall, you probably won't experience many campers to sneak up on. That being said, through the course of playing the game naturally, you probably won't have much of a problem taking down ten Pilots in neck-snapping fashion.

Gamers, myself included, have been waiting months to get their hands on Titanfall and will probably channel that longing into having the game queued up in their Ones for months to come. While grinding/boosting may be necessary at some point, here are a few achievements that definitely will take a bit more time to unlock.

There are a total of six achievements requiring that you play/win 50 matches in certain match types.

Frequent Flyer in Titanfall
This is a rare achievementPlay 50 Campaign matches

In addition to "Frequent Flyer", you also have I Stand Alone for winning 50 Last Titan Standing matches, Captured Everything for winning 50 Hardpoint matches, Pilot Hunter for winning 50 Pilot Hunter matches, I Wore 'Em Down for winning 50 Attrition matches, and Flag Runner for winning 50 Capture the Flag matches. In short, you're going to need to play A LOT of matches before completion. Expect a few of those ratios to shoot up nicely for a while.

Not simply content with needing you to play/win a ton of matches, you're also going to need to level up quite a bit... not that that should be a problem... you're going to be playing this a lot, remember?

Maxed Out in Titanfall
Maxed Out76 (50)
Reach level 50

Fortunately, you don't need to take the mountain in just one step as there's also an achievement for reaching level 25.

There may be higher-ratio'd achievements in the game at the end of the day, but to my eyes, this one is going to need you to be one BAMF.

I Killed Them All in Titanfall
This is a rare achievementKill all pilots during the evacuation single-handedly

If you've been staying up on the mechanics of Titanfall you'll know that the "losing team" gets the chance to perform an evacuation at the end of the match. Single-handedly eliminating an entire opposing team during that time period is going tough and require some serious skills. If/when I pop this achievement, it's going in my Trophy Case.

Other big achievements worth noting are All The Hardware (Unlocked everything), My Generation (Became a second generation Pilot), and Gen 10 (Reached the highest Pilot generation). While Titanfall may require a significant time investment to complete, nothing looks especially ridiculous when compared to other multiplayer shooters, but let's be honest, though, this may be one of the few games where you care more about actually playing the game than popping the achievements... for now.

Titanfall drops on the Xbox One next week and on the 360 later this month.

If there's an upcoming game or DLC pack that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.