Respawn Attacks Titanfall Bribery Claims

A post on NeoGAF from Respawn Entertainment's Drew McCoy reacts to conspiracy theories suggesting that Titanfall's positive reception is the result of them bribing corrupt game journalists to favor the mech shooter (thanks OXM via VG247). Here's what he had to say:
Anyone who thinks we weren't living in the shadow of decade+ old established franchises at our reveal at E3 are as crazy as their conspiracy theories of anyone getting paid off. We've had to fight tooth and nail to have a game that anyone would even know existed, let alone be excited for and want to create coverage of. I get it that its not for everyone, but to say we're paying anyone off is downright insanity. Not to mention the height of insulting.
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Anyone else get to test out the beta?
I've liked it quiet a bit but not sure I'll drop the money for the game at launch.
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Oh no, EA never does anthing like that.
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Feb 20, 2014, 08:48
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Just like Polygon only took a Microsoft donation for their documentary. This game was practically sainted by the press within hours of E3, obviously there is some moneyhatting going on here.
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Paid journalists off? That's insanity!

Now, let me get back to organizing that paid trip to our offices for in-person demos and making sure the journalists are sufficiently fueled with potato chips, soda, and one-dollar bills for the evening activities.
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Feb 20, 2014, 08:52
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Hmm I dont believe EA will NOT pay sites for good reviews
Anyhow please DONT pay for 4v4 generic console shooters on PC !
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Feb 20, 2014, 09:14
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Darks wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 08:42:
Oh no, EA never does anthing like that.

Zactly.

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Feb 20, 2014, 09:15
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I played the beta a bit. It's pretty, but clearly not finished yet. I was frustrated by having control of my avatar taken from me so I could watch for 45 - 60 seconds as someone else killed me. If this is a feature, it's a bad one.

I won't be buying it when it is finished, as I am not a fan of squad-based online-only shooters.
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Feb 20, 2014, 09:16
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I won't be buying it when it is finished, as I am not a fan of squad-based online-only shooters.

Pretty much why I have zero interest...

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Feb 20, 2014, 09:28
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Its squad based? Are there different classes?
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Feb 20, 2014, 09:37
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I like the Beta a lot! As a Mech fan who like many has waited for years to have the type of experience where you can get out/in to your Ride.... this is a welcome sight. I think the last time we could do that was in what??? Shogo?

As for how low amount the player slots are? Tbh I am sick of huge mp games now. Think BF here. I wanna see what the Final Release will be like. But so far I can`t complain. I LIKE the vision TitanFall is presenting.
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Feb 20, 2014, 09:45
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I don't know, Titanfall didn't feel like a mech game to me. Maybe mech-lite. No deformation, really poor destruction decals, battles between them felt cartoony and fleeting. It was ok but I didn't really get all of the hoopla about that game. I had more fun ground pounding with wallrunning and double jumps.
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Feb 20, 2014, 09:51
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Id buy it for 20$ if I could get it on Steam and bypass Origin. I know, its never gonna happen.
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Feb 20, 2014, 10:02
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I have not been paid to say that Titanfall is the best FPS that has ever been made, but based on my experiences with the beta, I am doing so. It is one of a few AAA games I can remember where the price tag doesn't piss me off. They deserve every cent. They have done something genuinely new and interesting with this genre, which is something that can be said about almost none of the rest of it for the past several years.

Verno wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 09:45:
I don't know, Titanfall didn't feel like a mech game to me. Maybe mech-lite. No deformation, really poor destruction decals, battles between them felt cartoony and fleeting. It was ok but I didn't really get all of the hoopla about that game. I had more fun ground pounding with wallrunning and double jumps.

It's not a mech game. I don't feel it's at all intended to be one, and people who call it one or expect it to be one are missing the point. The "hoopla" is that it's an FPS with a beautifully innovative reward system. The most common, interesting, powerful, and fun reward is that you can use a heavily armed giant robot, something which is definitely distinct from a mech because it doesn't turn like a pig or require a minimum of seventeen buttons to effectively operate.

Though you can probably guess I'm terrible at them, I like the idea of sims, but Titanfall is for when you're in a completely different mood. It's something that looks at Unreal or Call of Duty and says "wait, you didn't finish this idea. Let me fix that." Between the traversal system and what I understand the campaign mode is going to be, it's also going to pretty much be what Brink would've been if it ever worked properly. That is why people are excited about it. The big robots are an excellent game mechanic and an expression of the dev's design ethos, not the central focus of the game.

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SpectralMeat wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 08:42:
I've liked it quiet a bit but not sure I'll drop the money for the game at launch.

A few of my friends pretty much said the same thing. They said it was fun, but weren't sure for how long, so were on the fence.

For me, it hasn't really grabbed me enough to even pursue downloading the demo, so I can't make any fair judgment.

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Feb 20, 2014, 10:17
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I enjoyed it. I have reservations about some aspects of the game and wish I had more time to play it but this sums it up for me
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MajorD wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 10:13:
For me, it hasn't really grabbed me enough to even pursue downloading the demo, so I can't make any fair judgment.
I was in the same boat as you, the gameplay vids and all the seemingly overhyped press coverage didn't make me care for the game, but when the beta opportunity came around I wanted to see what all the hype is about, and I liked it.
I don't think it is the best fps game ever created, but if you did enjoy games like CoD and Unreal Tournament back in the day I think you'd like Titanfall as well.
It doesn't require as much team work as BF but if you work with your team the rewards are much greater then try to solo.
In one of the games me and 2 other players with Titans were roaming around the map and just destroying everything in sight, nothing could touch us because the other team did not work together.
I've had games where I was on the receiving end of this same equation but I didn't feel frustrated like in the CoD games where you get killed in every 15 seconds.

Anyways I don't think the game is for everyone and I also don't believe it is worth $60 but if I find a deal on it in the ~$40 range I will probably pick it up.

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Feb 20, 2014, 10:28
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yeah this game doesn't really tickle my stompy robot fetish like OG mechwarrior does. shogo/hawken/virtual on always felt like... just, dudes fighting. never had the weight of giant mechanized combat.
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COD style zero depth gunplay made it boring pretty quickly. Riding enemy mechs is kind of fun though.
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Me doth think the shill protest too much.
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ldonyo wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 09:15:
I was frustrated by having control of my avatar taken from me so I could watch for 45 - 60 seconds as someone else killed me.

What on earth are you talking about? Nothing in Titanfall does that. The only thing I can think of that takes control from you at all is getting ripped out of a doomed Titan, and that takes about five seconds, at most.

Glykon wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 08:52:
Hmm I dont believe EA will NOT pay sites for good reviews
Anyhow please DONT pay for 4v4 generic console shooters on PC !

Leaving aside that it's 6v6, Titanfall is the opposite of "generic console shooter" in nearly every way except for the persistent progression mechanics. The "bots" that people have made so much fun of serve a purpose completely different from substitute players. They give players genuinely productive, rewarding, and engaging things to do when not in direct combat with real opponents. This, along with players' high mobility, allows a "6v6" game to be fast-paced and well-balanced regardless of the size of the map. In fact, paying attention to this mechanic is key to success for both you and your team; it is comparable to "jungling" in a MOBA.

The Titans also serve an important function with respect to breaking the usual patterns of generic FPS: camping is almost non-existent, requires effective teamwork when it does happen, and never dominates a match regardless of how finely honed somebody's pointing skills are. This is something I've long thought basically insoluble. No matter how frantic and arcadey shooters got, there was always a significant number of people good enough at sniping to make certain maps boring for everybody else. Even games like Battlefield haven't completely fixed this, despite having significant threats on the field that simply can't be dealt with that way. Somehow, Titans manage what tanks haven't. You can snipe in Titanfall, but you can't camp.
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