Respawn Entertainment is a video game developer company that was established by Vince Zampella and Jason West – the former leads of Infinity Ward, latter of whom are known as the main studio behind the Call of Duty games of the early to late 2000s. After legal disagreements between Infinity Ward and the publisher, Activision following the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 back in 2009, former Infinity Ward employees joined Zampella and West in the establishment of new Respawn Entertainment studio. From then on the old Infinity Ward crew went on to create some of the most notable multiplayer titles on the industry. If you‘re a PS4 owner, be sure to get a PS Plus card in order to enjoy the following games on the platform to the fullest!
Titanfall franchise was the first original intellectual property ever created by Respawn Entertainment and it was praised at the time of its release back in 2014. Even though the original Titanfall was an online-only first-person shooter, it offered original and fast-paced multiplayer experience and in no surprise. The game was, after all, developed by the creators of Modern Warfare 2 which was an absolute multiplayer hit at the time of its release. However, if you are new to the franchise, it‘s better for you to start with Titanfall 2 as it‘s the first (and so far, the only one) game in the series with a single player campaign.
The campaign of Titanfall 2 is very well made. Just like the multiplayer mode, the story of Titanfall circles around the interstellar war between two human factions: The Frontier Militia and Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation. One of the most characteristic things about this conflict is the frequent use of Titans – semi-autonomous mechs that can be summoned by their pilots’ mid-combat. You play as Militia pilot Jack Cooper who works alongside a Titan designated as BT-7274. The game offers a variety of gameplay experience by having you shift between the nimble, wall-running pilot and a heavy powerhouse Titan. The story is fun and it only gets better once you enter the multiplayer!
If Titanfall itself was an example of the ideal multiplayer experience, then Respawn‘s Apex Legends beat everyone‘s expectations at the beginning of 2019. How? It presented entertaining battle royale gameplay at the time when battle royale modes and PUBG clones were up around every corner. Apex Legends revitalized the genre by offering it a fresh take. A lot of gameplay mechanics were borrowed from Titanfall, mostly fluid and organic movement through parkour elements that were present in the previous titles of Respawn Entertainment. And there‘s a good justification for this – Apex Legends is set in the same sci-fi universe as Titanfall games.
Story wise the game takes place after the war between the Frontier Militia and ICM. Players assume the role of Legends – gladiator-like warriors who fight to the death in a battle royale blood sport known as Apex Games. The multiplayer-only FPS game is free to play on the PlayStation 4 and doesn‘t require a PS Plus subscription but if you do have one, you will gain access to exclusive content such as the cosmetic skins for weapons like RE45 and Flatline as well as banners for some of the playable Legends like Bloodhound and Gibraltar.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The last recommendation is fairly different than the previous games as it is set in the Star Wars universe and unlike Titanfall or Apex Legends it’s not an FPS. Rather, it‘s a Dark Souls-inspired action-adventure game that focuses on elaborate lightsaber melee combat mechanics that are experienced from a third-person perspective. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was published by Electronic Arts (just like the previously mentioned games) on November of 2019 and it stands as proof that Respawn Entertainment has their Star Wars lore in check since the game is probably the best thing that has happened to the Star Wars series in years.
Being set between episodes III and IV of the movies, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order follows a well-written story of a young Jedi padawan Cal Kestis – one of the persecuted survivors of Order 66. Hunted by empire and suffering from PTSD the young hero takes on a dangerous journey throughout the galaxy to rediscover his connection to the universal Force. The player will be able to travel between semi-open world planets in a non-linear fashion with a private spaceship called Mantis. A droid named BD-1 will always accompany Cal providing useful information and navigation in rich environments of the game.
Why the PS Plus subscription is a good idea?
Usually, PlayStation 4 gamers purchase the PS Plus subscription to enjoy the multiplayer modes of various games they own. However, there‘s more to it – if you buy a PS Plus card, not only will you be able to enjoy the multiplayer-oriented gameplay of Titanfall 2 or exclusive content on Apex Legends but you‘ll receive up to two free games each month! This way there‘s a high chance to get games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order free of charge, especially considering that Titanfall 2 was available for free to PS Plus subscribers in December 2019. Now‘s not the time to hesitate, get a PS Plus card on the Eneba game store at a cheaper price and don‘t miss this chance!