Ok, so. Verdict on FD after spending 2 days with it.
Everything I thought I knew about the synergy between map and titan got tossed out of the window playing this mode. The Aegis Ranks change the flow of every game and how you approach it and also give you a reason to keep playing. The difference at least on Regular that the upgrades bring is huge. Overall, pretty good.
But. Because I have been down this road before, I can also say that the mode creates a weird ‘normal-abnormal’ balance through the upgrades. What I mean by this is that the upgrades might make a huge difference in regular and easy but in anything beyond that, with some exceptions, I don’t know if pilots will have the edge over the AI. In other words, the upgrades are what will make the later modes playable and make it a fair fight. Which is fine, having every titan being able to steamroll everything is lame but there are some maps like War Games that due to the way they are structured, higher difficulties will make it so that the upgrades make little difference.
That’s what I believe anyway. Until then, I am gonna be all over this every weekend. Love the mode and it will be my main jam for the future.