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  • Summary: Tom Clancy's HAWX (high-altitude warfare) promises to revolutionize the way players think about combat in the sky. The story begins in the year 2012. As the era of the nation-state draws quickly to a close, the rules of warfare evolve even more rapidly. More and more nations become increasingly dependent on private military companies (PMCs), elite mercenaries with a lax view of the law. The Reykjavik Accords further legitimize their existence by authorizing their right to serve in every aspect of military operations. While the benefits of such PMCs are apparent, growing concerns surrounding giving them too much power begin to mount. The Enhanced Reality System is the backbone of the HAWX flight experience: radars and incoming missile detection, anti-crash system, damage control system, tactical map and information relay, and weapons trajectory control. E.R.S. also allows players to issue orders to their squadron, making this system as iconic to HAWX as the Cross-Com system is to Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. Players can ease into their flight missions and gain a level of comfort with the use of the assistance mode. Once employed, players can take full advantage of their technological support through the E.R.S and gain maximum piloting security. If the situation calls for the player to unleash the full potential of the aircraft, the assistance mode can be switched off and all safety features will be deactivated. For the first time ever in the air-combat genre, players can experience the entire solo campaign in four-player JUMP IN co-op mode. In PVP mode, players can challenge up to 15 friends in intense dogfighting sessions and find out who's the top gun. Winning players are rewarded with experience points and money to unlock more weapons. Players have the opportunity to take the throttle of over 50 of the world's most famous aircrafts, as well as being able to dogfight over realistic modern landscapes that have endured years of post-war trauma. [Ubisoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. I’m a big fan of air-combat-classics like Strike Commander, Falcon and IL2-Sturmovik, so I really looked forward to HAWX. Sure, I’ve had my doubts. Can this genre revive itself, though hitting the stores for consoles with quite simple controls at the same time? Ubisoft delivers the answer: no problem! Sure, HAWX is everything else but a simulation, but this game never wanted to be one. HAWX comes with accessible, perfectly staged non-stop-action and a broad selection of air combat situations like bombing runs, dogfights, escorts and more. If the multiplayer-mode can keep up with the solo-experience: fasten seatbelts and stop smoking!
  2. A rich and colourful game which will get the players to immerse in their cockpits.
  3. Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. excels at nearly everything it tries to do, and provides great replayability for long-term flyers. An improved campaign will make the sequel a true beauty.
  4. What's the worst that can happen to a fighter jet game? Playing it feels like sitting in a slow train. There's no difference between Mach 2 and the speed of a mallard, no difference between the F-117 Nighthawk and the Mirage III, and to crash your plane, you need to deliberately go for it. Only when there are far too many enemies, H.A.W.X. poses a challenge and never exploits its full potential.
  5. If the name of Clancy has led you to expect a solidly researched factual background, wake up, it's the XXI century and the entertainment value is the key to the treasury. Despite throwing around real aircraft and weapon systems names this is just an arcade shooter with nice looks and lots of action. [Apr 2009]
  6. Tom Clancy’s Hawx has the looks but is also as shallow as flight combat games come. For some people the lack of realism is a complete turn-off, but for those who can simply take it for what it is – a shoot ’em up – it’s actually good fun. [Apr 2009]
  7. I think what bugs me the most about this game is that I had my original expectations set pretty darned low before it came out in the hopes of being easily-impressed, and sadly, it ended up meeting many of these low expectations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. Nov 25, 2011
    Tom Clancy's Hawx is a really fun game. It is not a true flight sim like my DCS Blackshark or even IL2 1946, but it does have a lot of good action and is entertaining. It is a good simple fly and shoot arcade type game that will be around for sometime, for all those who don't want a steep learning experience from a more sophisticated flight sim. The graphics are good, and the game plays very well on the older P-4 processors that run at 3ghz and above. A nice PC game, but I think it was really tailored for a console.
    It is worth playing.
  2. Jan 5, 2013
    its amazing,perfect keyboard controls,amazing graphics,great weaponry and in game hints,its an game that will keep on my mind every time i play one Tom Clancy's title on my life Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2013
    I am glad this game came out and I get to blow off the dust of my joystick controller again. This is a cool blend of FPS and combat aviation. Sure it is not flight simulator specific,and the load outs and missions are a bit exaggerated... What fps type game doesn't embellish a little. The bottom line it is fun graphics are great and the story and game play are fun. Nothing I like more than shooting and blowing things up in game to blow off some steam and unwind. Best part is you can fight with and against friends. Expand
  4. Jun 10, 2011
    HAWX is an arcade flying game. The story is set in the near future. The game starts in 2014. You're an U.S. Air Force pilot and the war is totally freaking you out
    The graphics are very good and the environment seems to be photo-realistic. The plane models also look nice, for example the F-16. There are many planes and many places. I haven't finished the game yet but I wil try it. The controls in the beginning are quite confusing but you will get used to them. The menus are easy to understand for me. You can easily find what you're looking for. This is not a flying simulator. It's half arcade. My knowledge is not so good in these sort of games and I usually don't like them but this an exception. I don't know anything about planes but now I know. Well, if you like flying but don't like simulators this game is for you.
  5. Mar 3, 2012
    A fun arcade-style flight sim to play with friends, although hardcore flight sim fans will find little to like, besides the large hangar of planes available to fly! Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2011
    This is a arcade shooter with tons of ammo, unlimited fuel, and lacks many expects of a true combat flight simulator. Also the way aircraft maneuver is completely unrealistic. For example C130 Cargo planes and AWACS which are large aircraft fly and make sudden maneuvers like dragon flies. Also enemy fighters doing circles around you like a swarm of angry computer bees with missiles is also absurd. Another aspect I did not enjoy is the thirdperson mode that you are sometimes forced to use to do certain maneuvers. But, regardless the story isn't half that bad, but still cliche. The graphics and terrain detail is very detailed and make for an excellent environment for flying. The music and sound effects are obviously lacking and poor in quality compared to most new games. Never the less, this game is fun to play and challenging on expert in a unrealistic fashion. The plane models look excellent with lots of different plane and weapon load outs. Also it is well polished and I have not run into any crashes, instabilities or bugs while playing so it runs smooth and solid which can't be said about most titles! Expand
  7. May 13, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. if you see controls are not so good, And joystick Support Is realy BAD. Expand

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