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The new Titanfall 2 story trailer examines the relationship between a boy and his toy

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The new Titanfall 2 trailer, that looks at the relationship between pilot Jack and Titan BT-7274, is pretty decent as a cinematic set-up for the series' first foray into a single-player campaign. But it does leave me with a question.   

If you, as a pilot, hurtling out of control through the air, can simply yell at your Titan to have it catch you—and with no broken bones or internal trauma!—then why can't you say to it, "Look, BT, there are a lot of bad people with guns just over that ridge, so I want you to pop over there and stomp them all into crunchy duck poop. Give me a shout when you've got things wrapped up." 

BT clearly brings more to the party than your run-of-the-mill Bitching Betty, after all, and throwing the thumbs-up is an obvious indicator that the machine has transcended its programming and achieved, if not sentience, then at least an awareness of its significance in the greater scheme of things. And if that's the case, then why does it need an easily-breakable piece of meat stuffed inside of it to work? Why not just wind it up, let it go, and everybody gets an extra half-hour for lunch? 

Maybe it will be explained over the course of the game. Or maybe this is why nobody likes watching television with me. Either way, the Titanfall 2 campaign is sounding pretty promising: James spent some time with it at the end of September and came away suitably impressed. It comes out on October 28.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.