Everyone loves climbing into a big metal suit and smashing the living plop out of random, faceless mercenaries, don't they?

Oh be quiet, of course they do. Even if the story slips on every cliche banana skin going and contains the wonkiest Australian accent on record (thankfully this abomination is ripped apart early doors - thanks discerning enemy).

But let's not be picky, let's just get down to business and harp on about snazzy shields that turn the enemy's bullets against them and giant lasers the blow apart... well everything.

Of course, you can't just sit inside your massive armoured robot the entire game, occasionally you'll have to pop out for milk and incredibly brutal violence. Our hero Jack Cooper is adept with his fists and wall-running skills and is also not unhandy with firearms. He's also a funny guy and likes to crack jokes with his Titan, the snappily named BT-7274. Of course, BT is a robot and, as such, isn't quite up with Jack's 'hilarious' asides. It's like The Odd Couple but with an unfathomable body count.

As with sister EA title Battlefield 1, the single-player campaign should be ticked off by the six-hour mark. This velocitous tale is slightly more of an issue than in BF1 because the script and story isn't in the same league. The enemy doesn't exactly invoke a sense of dread either. Some weedy irritants helped by some rather more thick-set savages isn't going to be included in the Gaming League of Unforgettable Foes, whenever that's established.

But multiplayer good-times are here in sackloads. Hell, the last title didn't even have a single-player campaign, so you're bloody lucky to have it, alright? Ungrateful...

You can jump in up to six different Titans, each with its special, crazy weapons load-out and snazzy outfit. There's a Titan with a big laser, one with a whacking great sword and another that loves a good fire. The multiplayer covers the usual bases (deathmatches, team deathmatches, Last Titan Standing, etc) plus a nippy little number called Coliseum, where pilots slug it out in a dome with a handful of weapons. It's diverting but seems a little pointless in a game where giant roughhousing robots are the stars.

It's the gameplay of Titanfall that makes it an essential item. The mechanics of how your mech works with you, along with some pretty smooth combat skills both inside and outside the suit are tight as a football shirt from the 70s.