So here's the thing with Titanfall (and other multi-player only games and games with little to no single player/re-playability)... Yes it looks fantastic and fun, don't get me wrong, and I am really debating on whether or not to grab it. Here's the thing though; Is a game like this worth the $60 price tag when all it has is multi-player? Albeit great multi-player, but what happens when the player-base dwindles to nothing? How many months of consistently good multi-player community play do I need to participate in before I say it's a good investment? Six months? A year? More? In MMOs you can usually count on the game being around for at least six months, so I guess that's a good baseline. Especially relevant now with many MMOs being free to play.
This is one of the main reasons why I don't buy into these types of games at launch (if at all). For the record I stopped buying into COD and all it's iterations years ago... Then the pitfall of course is by the time the price drops to 50% or less the community is dead, and hence the game is pointless. Take a game like the original Deus Ex. I bought that game full price when it came out on PC in 2000. No multi-player component, but I've gone back to Deus Ex over half a dozen times since it's launch and replayed it, and spent hundreds of hours exploring that game. Same could be said for even the modern Deus Ex: HR, Skyrim, The Witcher series, the list is long... So these games payed for themselves many times over in entertainment value and continue to even decades later. Hell, I spent hours playing the original X-Com recently, and that came out twenty years ago! You couldn't do that with a game like Titanfall! Then you have games like Grand Theft Auto V that have both and arguably give you even more value for your dollar and can be played for decades to come.
With many games I will do the single player campaign and then be done with it, like in Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3 and Dishonored, and then go back to my MMOs. So again I ask, why are we paying $60 (or $80+) for a game with only multi-player (Titanfall), or with basically what amounts to no single player mode at all (Most modern military shooters like COD)? It's a hard hurdle for me to get past when deciding whether or not I want to spend my money, especially when I play so many ongoing games like MMOs. I can't be the only one that think about this...
"Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places..." ~ H.P.Lovecraft, "From Beyond"