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Review: Warhawk

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Warhawk finally hit store shelves not too long ago. This exclusive Playstation 3 title promised us epic online battles of up to 32 players at once! But does it really deliver the goods? Click the jump to find out.

When I first heard Warhawk was straying from it’s previously established concept for a more rounded combat style and online only gameplay, I was a little worried. The idea of fighting hundreds of planes in air combat sounded awesome. Having played Warhawk for roughly 10 hours now, I can tell you this: It was a good move on their part. This game fricken rocks!

When you first start playing, you’ll find the controls to be a bit difficult to pick up. This is especially true for the planes. The 2 modes you can use for the planes can be confusing at first. You have Hover mode; which is more suited for air-to-ground combat, and Jet mode; which is mainly used for speed and air-to-air combat. Switching between the 2 alters your button lay-out. If you have trouble figuring out which mode you are in, it can get you killed faster than you can say “What’s this button do?”.

To me, fighting as a trooper is the most fun. You get a wider range of weapons and to take out planes and tanks on foot is very satisfying. Don’t believe me? Sneak up behind a guy in a tank with your Flame Thrower in hand. He’ll be burnt faster than last years Christmas chicken. Picking people off with the Sniper Riffle is also fun, but not nearly as easy. Got a plane buzzing your base? Rocket Launchers will always help. Even if it doesn’t kill them, it keeps them distracted.

Once you get used to the way the game feels, it will become second nature so you can focus on the main objectives: Kill or Capture. There are 4 different games types you can play over-all: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Zones. With Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch, you kill to score points. With Capture the Flag you storm the enemy base to take their flag back to your teams flag in order to score. In a game of Zones you capture bases to earn points. With all of these games, the team with the highest score or the team that reaches the score limit first, wins.

It’s a nice looking game, no doubt. The Level layout and architecture are very well done, especially the Fallen Capitol. Character animations on the troops are nice, and vehicles lite on fire if its health gets too low. Mind you, the damage isn’t as detailed as something like Motorsport, but it’s still nice to have a visual warning signal before you blow up. And you will blow up. Several times.

One of the better examples of how a game should sound, the effects are nicely done and rarely seem repetitive. My only complaint is with the supplied headset. Now, I’m not sure if this is the game, the server, or the headsets problem, but at times the talk coming from other players can be hard to understand. It varies from game to game, or even person to person.

Like most online games, Warhawk has a lasting appeal to it. As long as there are people to play with you, you will more than likely enjoy it. However, Warhawk has added in a feature to try and help extend gameplay time. It’s a ranking system. When you play on ranked servers, you can gain rewards and increase your rank. As you gain a higher rank, more customization features will be unlocked. This can range from giving different color schemes for your planes to different body part options for your trooper. As a customization junkie, I absolutely love this idea and will probably play endlessly until I can get everything unlocked. I know. It’s a sickness. With other features for competitive score lists, the status of your PS3 friends online, and clans, there is no doubt in my mind this game will last for quite a while.

In the end, the only real major problem with this game is the people you play with. There are a lot of people who use the anonymity of the internet as an excuse to act like morons. This is a problem that plagues most online games. However, if you can ignore the morons or have the common sense to exit the server in favor of another, then this game will make any PS3 owner happy. It will definitely be seen as one of the first killer titles for the console.

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