• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: May 8, 2012
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 71 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  1. May 14, 2012
    91
    Its nuances are deep, the layered gameplay is incredibly satisfying and there really is nothing quite like it out there. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got another 350 or so hours to knock out.
  2. Jul 9, 2012
    90
    Starhawk simply is a blast to play. The campaign is negligible, and serves as training for the multiplayer action, so it needs to be said that this is an experience you get for online play – period. The second disclaimer is that this is not a casual game. You will need to spend some time and commit to learning how to build and work within a team, as well as utilize the vehicles to your team's advantage. All that said, if you're all about a strategic yet fast-paced online shooter with innovative building mechanics, this game is a must-have.
  3. May 21, 2012
    90
    It really feels like a lot of effort was put into Starhawk, and that effort has certainly paid off. After dusting off my PS3 to play it, it seems Sony have finally found a new exclusive title to show off and be proud of.
  4. May 15, 2012
    90
    Accessible, addictive, and loads of fun, Starhawk gives you plenty of reason to jump in and stay hooked.
  5. 90
    The Build and Battle gameplay combines tower defense with third-person shooters in a way that brings out the best of both genres. And that makes for an incredibly addictive experience.
  6. May 7, 2012
    90
    This is multiplayer at its finest, and it's among the best you'll find on any platform.
  7. May 11, 2012
    88
    Starhawk is not exactly a sequel to Warhack, but it can repeat its success and please fans of Warhawk and also many new players. It is not that good as a single-player game as it is too short, but its multiplayer is great and recommended for those who love something new.
  8. Jul 9, 2012
    85
    A great online multiplayer experience and a rather uninteresting singleplayer campaign. No surprises here.
  9. Jun 20, 2012
    85
    Starhawk is an ambitious cross-breed of shooter and RTS. When this concept is coupled with 32 player network game and large, open battlefields, Starhawk sure is quite unique. [June 2012]
  10. Jun 18, 2012
    85
    All in all, the care put into Starhawk definitely shows – but the amount of things that were left on the drawing board or out of the concept phase shows as well. A few tweaks to the combat, vehicle, and piloting system would have made huge steps into making this the premier game of the year as opposed to just the pretty darn good game that we got.
  11. Jun 1, 2012
    85
    Though its middling campaign falls short, Starhawk's open-ended Build and Battle system offers a wonderfully refreshing break from other modern shooters, both online and off.
  12. May 19, 2012
    85
    Starhawk is a fresh and entertaining third-person shooter, that mainly holds its own in multiplayer. The single player is expendable and works as an introduction for the Build and Battle-system. It is that system that carries the game and makes for wonderfully chaotic battles and an intense, alternative variant of the well-known tower defense. Starhawk is arguably one of the best multiplayer experiences for the PlayStation 3.
  13. May 13, 2012
    85
    Apart from the poor solo game, every other aspect of the game felt well polished. In fact is was a pleasure to play a game without any discernible graphic or control issues. Stetsons off to the game testers!
  14. 85
    Starhawk gives new life to the very generic online shooter genre by requiring careful teamwork in this Build & Battle combat system. Don't expect much from the single-player adventure, but get ready to enjoy a truly exhilarating online experience.
  15. May 7, 2012
    85
    Team tactics is something really rare to see in shooters, specially in close combat, but Starhawk provides the tools to enjoy great battles where the strategy is as important as the aiming skills. LightBox Entertainment did a great job redefining the original Warhawk, from the aesthetics to the gameplay.
  16. Jun 25, 2012
    84
    Cerebral, deep and varied, Starhawk is one of the finest online experiences on PS3. [Aug 2012, p.78]
  17. May 20, 2012
    83
    While Starhawk does have its faults (particularly in the single player campaign), the multiplayer is deep, fun, decisive, and completely innovative. I don't think I've had a much better multiplayer experience in a long time. Starhawk has redefined the third-person shooter genre with intelligent strategy. I credit it with nothing less than successfully shoving itself back into the world of multiplayer gaming. It is arguably the best multiplayer experience the PlayStation 3 has to offer so far in 2012.
  18. May 8, 2012
    83
    Starhawk is a great online experience. An addictive game with strategy, vehicles and shooting.
  19. May 7, 2012
    83
    With a mix of on-foot gunplay, full on dogfights, and strategic base-building, Starhawk lets you find your niche or switch roles at the drop of a hat. While it doesn't leverage this versatility to create new game types to call its own, its territory-based gameplay offers a wide range of tactical options to explore.
  20. May 15, 2012
    81
    The short solo-campaign is hardly worth talking about, even though the action on the ground and in space is well executed. But the multiplayer makes up for it: The battles are as tactical as they are frantic, the troops have distinctive strengths and weaknesses and you can use the surroundings to your advantage.
  21. May 9, 2012
    81
    Support for clans, customisation – even a co-operative horde mode – shows Starhawk is only really intended to be played online, despite marketing gumph that states otherwise. Offline, it's forgettable. Online, it's great fun.
  22. Aug 16, 2012
    80
    Starhawk is one of the best multiplayer shooters that I have played mainly for its strategic build and battle gameplay. The gameplay style truly brings a lot more to the usual online multiplayer gameplay that is found in other games.
  23. Kudos to Santa Monica for the online code as it's top-notch. We were rarely looking for a match, and although there's only a handful of modes (Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Zones and Capture The Flag, with the latter responsible for many late nights) they're all tried and tested. If you're not online there's a pleasing if short-lived single player campaign and a co-op mode where you'll battle waves of enemies. While the purpose of the campaign is to make you familiar with each of the units in the IKEA-in-the-sky, it's still fun if ultimately forgettable. There's a tale of sibling rivalry, friendship and love lost, but we'd have to hit Google to find the name of the main character. [July 2012, p74]
  24. 80
    It is a title with a real time strategic element that is blended into the shooter action that originated from the first game.
  25. Jun 5, 2012
    80
    Shines as a tactical blend between third-person shooting and serious strategy - but is eclipsed by Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare. [July 2012, p.104]
  26. We keep returning to Starhawk's RTS-flavored feature because it's truly what elevates the game above familiar third-person shooter fare. [July 2012, p.74]
  27. May 29, 2012
    80
    Cynics will point out the shortcomings of the single-player campaign and lament the fickle nature of the online experience, but both criticisms struggle to stand up to closer inspection; the former fulfils its role well enough and the latter is (sadly) a given with any game of this type. Through Starhawk's dynamic arenas of combat and broad, deep and well-implemented toolset, LightBox Interactive has delivered a call to arms that deserves to be heeded.
  28. May 22, 2012
    80
    The game is kind of a spiritual successor to the 2007 title Warhawk, and although based on the same structure, it offers a set of new features that improve the formula.
  29. May 21, 2012
    80
    It's far from perfect, but nevertheless this is a great and addictive online shooter gamers will not mind spending months of their lives on. The singleplayer feels like an obligation rather than an inspired part of the package, but then again, nobody buys Starhawk for the offline experience.
  30. May 17, 2012
    80
    The complex tactical nature of the title won't appeal to everybody, but it's ultimately what sets it apart. If you're looking for a new shooter with a deep single player campaign, then Starhawk isn't it, but if you're in the market for a clever and fundamentally different multiplayer game, then this should absolutely be on your radar.
  31. May 15, 2012
    80
    If you love online shooters, need something refreshing and are willing to think outside the box; don't hesitate to pick up Starhawk. It is definitely not your standard third-person affair.
  32. May 15, 2012
    80
    Lightbox delivers a much welcome refinement of Warhawk with this greatly enhanced Starhawk. With far better production values, more content, a solo campaign, and many other improvements wrapped up in a new universe, Starhawk is great fun for online TPS lovers.
  33. May 14, 2012
    80
    While its plot may be undernourished, the campaign does contain a series of worthy action set pieces, and really, it's not a bad way to spend an afternoon. But the single-player's main purpose seems aimed at familiarising players with Starhawk's mechanics before setting them loose in the game's online battleground, which, as has been mentioned, is where its true longevity lies.
  34. May 13, 2012
    80
    This is a true multiplayer experience, which despite its accessibility, demands commitment and communication to enjoy to its fullest. It's also a game, though, that deserves to be loved.
  35. May 10, 2012
    80
    An action game on a grand scale where you can fight on the ground, build defenses or pilot a mech. The single player campaign and online games with to few players are somewhat boring, but it's a fantastic experience when the servers are full.
  36. 80
    Exhilarating space battles and overall an intense multiplayer experience.
  37. May 8, 2012
    80
    To have transformable jets in the follow-up game to Warhawk feels like a natural evolution for Sony's flight combat series. Starhawk's multiplayer showcases this with superb results, so it's that much more of a mystery that the same can't be said about its other modes.
  38. May 8, 2012
    80
    A diverse and well balanced multiplayer game, given extra value and intrigue through its single player mode.
  39. A boiling pot of real time strategy, vehicle combat and third person shooting, designed for gruelling tugs of tactical war. If the space setting appeals and you like shooters with a cerebral bite, there's plenty to love. Just don't buy it for the solo campaign alone – the story is thinner than the lunar atmosphere and essentially an elaborate training tool.
  40. May 7, 2012
    80
    One of the most unique multiplayer experiences we played in a long time. The RTS elements create significant strategic depth and the action is a blast. Once we got a hang of the somewhat complicated gameplay systems of building bases and driving the various vehicles we didn't want to put the controller down. If you've been looking for engrossing, chaotic, large-scale multiplayer battles, Starhawk is going to satisfy your needs.
  41. May 7, 2012
    79
    Despite flawed controls and disappointing graphics, Starhawk delivers a great online multiplayer experience with a varied gameplay and innovative features.
  42. May 16, 2012
    78
    Starhawk is a decent shooter adventure game on the PS3 that is slightly hampered by the short campaign mode. The main aim of the game is multiplayer that is starting to develop a good community. Overall, it's a decent game and there's plenty of action to be found online and in the multiplayer co-op modes.
  43. May 15, 2012
    78
    Starhawk is definitively a fresh breeze for the multiplayer online shooters. Building mechanics work fine. Unfortunately game modes are too few and the single player campaign is a little bit boring in the end.
  44. We are afraid that a lot of newcomers will give up on Starhawk because of its sometimes overwhelming action. And they would be wrong, because once you fully grasp the Build & Battle concept, there's a very unique multiplayer experience waiting to be discovered. [June 2012, p.94]
  45. May 9, 2012
    76
    A great multiplayer game that should've shipped without a single-player option. If you want to give us a multiplayer tutorial, then just do that. The story is weak, I don't really care at all about the character, and there's very little difference between the campaign and the online action.
  46. Jun 18, 2012
    75
    Starhawk is truly a gem in the PlayStation lineup of 2012. Frantic and addictive multiplayer combined with some unique gameplay elements make for one of the best multiplayer experiences available in the industry today. It's just too bad that the multiplayer experience fails to carry over to the single-player campaign.
  47. May 19, 2012
    75
    A good multiplayer game that could have been amazing with some balancing tweaks. Still great fun when it works, and a must have for those who love large scale battles online.
  48. May 15, 2012
    75
    StarHawk is a pleasant surprise. Predicted as a very multiplayer TPS, it reveals a nice campaign, which is a true advantage in this kind of game. Multi is a little bit disapointing : game modes are far too classic and you'll have to fight with your friends to establish a real strategy. That's too bad, with its nice graphics and its versatile gameplay, StarHawk could have been one of the very best.
  49. May 8, 2012
    75
    Figuring out these tactics and tricks makes Starhawk a lot of fun to play, but it's a shame that the transitions between modes are so rocky. Learning harsh lessons and recalibrating your approach isn't a pleasant process, but it's well worth pushing through. These online battlefields are unlike any others.
  50. May 7, 2012
    75
    While I appreciate the large player counts and wide-open battlefields, the on-foot gunplay and lack of multiplayer modes are disappointing.
  51. 75
    As a complete package, Starhawk isn't a groundbreaking PS3 exclusive in the way that Uncharted or God of War is. It's lacking in a few areas, keeping it short of greatness. But if you liked Warhawk, enjoy strategy in your multiplayer, or are thoroughly ingrained in a clan, then Starhawk will be welcome break from the norm.
  52. Aug 10, 2012
    70
    The disappointment stems from the notion that it could have been truly great, but a few design decisions and strange lag keep it from achieving that.
  53. Jul 19, 2012
    70
    Starhawk is building a strong reputation as THE online title for PS3 players. [Aug 2012, p.72]
  54. Jun 29, 2012
    70
    An exciting mix of third person shooting, dog-fighting action and some twisted twist on the good old tower defense genre, which all work well, both within the lackluster campaign and the rich, open multiplayer. The latter still never quite manages to lose it's sense of mindless chaos, with every player fooling around on the battlefield, and the massively overpowered vehicles constantly raining on your parade.
  55. Jun 28, 2012
    70
    It's the single player element that proves the weakest link in the package, as whilst it isn't terribly conceived, it remains a shallow experience, providing nothing that a decent tutorial couldn't have done in preparation for the plethora of more exciting multiplayer options.
  56. 70
    Starhawk maybe may not be counted as a top exclusive titles for PS3 but among many attempts which make multiplayer different is that this one is the most like-able. [June 2012]
  57. Jun 6, 2012
    70
    32 soldiers on vast battlefields and interesting tactical options introduced by the possibility to build structures make Starhawk shine in multiplayer – but only on occasion. And the single player campaign only pretends not to be an expanded tutorial. [July 2012, p.66]
  58. May 24, 2012
    70
    Starhawk has some great moments. Situations that give the illusion of taking part in a great battle somewhere beyond and still dependent on the strategic skill of the players can be seen quite often. But the price is that you have to spend additional time playing.
  59. May 21, 2012
    70
    Starhawk is a decent online multiplayer game, but the gameplay is not unique enough. The concept is original, but lacks variation. You won't remember this game in thirty years.
  60. May 18, 2012
    70
    Starhawk is a very basic but entertaining MMO shooter with a strategic base building twist - jet fighters turning into battle mechs is rarely a bad idea. The single-player experience is almost laughable, but the online multiplayer experience is addictive.
  61. May 17, 2012
    70
    Its magpie picking of influences leaves it with too little personality of its own, and comparisons with its sources are often unflattering. Still, it boasts scale, action and variety that make it a welcome addition to PS3's multiplayer roster.
  62. May 16, 2012
    70
    Starhawk's an average shooter with an engaging multiplayer element and a unique sci-fi western theme, but the single player is forgettable.
  63. May 11, 2012
    70
    If you can look past these issues, the uninspiring gunplay and ho-hum campaign in particular, Starhawk offers up plenty of multiplayer freedom. If you can pull together a cohesive team, building defenses and barreling through enemy territory can be deeply rewarding.
  64. May 10, 2012
    70
    What impressed in 2007 is no longer enough, and while Starhawk is a perfectly fine entry in the third-person multiplayer shooter genre, it's unlikely to inspire much long-term passion in its current state.
  65. May 7, 2012
    70
    Starhawk is a solid multiplayer experience, though the vehicles and design are derivative, and fans of Warhawk will no doubt appreciate the build-your-own defense gameplay innovations. However, its workman-like tutorial "campaign" was short and bland and the multiplayer didn't "hook" me.
  66. May 21, 2012
    67
    I really, really wanted to love Starhawk… though in the end, I had a hard time truly connecting with the game on the same level that I did with Warhawk. Starhawk certainly plays nicely, and the Battle & Build system offers a unique twist on the shooting action, but as compared to Warhawk, there's something about it that's just not as appealing or addicting. A new game set in the Warhawk universe with the features of Starhawk would probably be a different story.
  67. May 15, 2012
    67
    Starhawk gives you a wonderful set of toys and just enough incentive to use them, and with a will to learn and experiment, hardcore players will find a deep and engrossing multiplayer experience. It may be rough around the edges, and it's certainly not perfect, but Starhawk is definitely fun.
  68. May 7, 2012
    65
    It's not that Starhawk is a bad game. It's not offensive, and it demonstrates a surprisingly broad range of influences in its attempts to be something different in the online shooter space. But Starhawk feels half-there, like its pieces don't quite fit together, and it can't keep pace with other, better multiplayer titles out there.
  69. May 22, 2012
    60
    The biggest problem with Starhawk - and unfortunately, it's a doozy - is a crushing lack of identity.
  70. 60
    Survival mode is the only time Starhawk comes together to create a properly entertaining whole. In all the other game modes it's merely a loose collection of bullet points and underdeveloped ideas, ones which never gel together into the multiplayer classic this could so easily have been.
  71. May 7, 2012
    60
    Starhawk is definitely a game that was made; I just don't know if it was a game that was designed. Its scope seems at odds with its mechanics. There's nothing inherently broken about Starhawk, it's just painfully straightforward, as if the question of "why" was never asked. And it's one I continued to ponder as I played the game and don't think I ever really came up with a satisfying answer.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 178 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 62
  2. Negative: 2 out of 62
  1. May 8, 2012
    10
    I have never had as much fun in a multiplayer game; the battlefield is consistently changing, and when you have solid teams battling it out, its hard to leave. Everything from the visuals to the audio to the controls are dripping with style. A must buy if you own a ps3! Full Review »
  2. May 8, 2012
    10
    The single player is a bit 'meh', but its acts as more of a tutorial for the insanely fun multiplayer, which is great since its predecessor never had a single-player. Turn up the difficulty if you plan on playing single player, turns it into a whole new beast of gameplay. Now Co-op is awesome, its straight up horde mode, but you get to plan your defense with your building placement alongside a friend via 2 player split-screen or up to 4 players online. (Which gets hectic and is actually REALLY fun) Anyways, the competitive multi-player is what this game is all about. It's freakin fun, and includes Team deathmatch, capture the flag, Zones mode ( like Conquest in Battlefield) and a dogfighting-only mode for the pilots. Overall, starhawk's multipalyer has has trully unique and diverse gameplay (a rarity in todays COD generation of gaming standards), that can be twitch action, but also accommodate some strategy and teamwork in how you attack, and build your bases. No other multiplayer game supports great teamwork, but also rewards skilled players who go out on their own to make a difference (especially in Zones mode, where 1 lone wolf can turn around the tide of an entire game). Now CTF, is usually a game mode I avoid in other shooters, but in Starhawk, it becomes a whole new game, EVERY flag capture can make a difference and can turn into an epic battle. Those "holy crap" moments that happen rarely in other games, happen all the time in Starhawk, having jeeps and hawks flying after you while you race home with the flag, and if you die, it now turns into a mad dash for both teams to go and reclaim the flag, because there's a chance to reclaim it and keep going. So now the other team has to surround the dropped flag it and protect it, throw down some turrets and defenses, while waiting for the timer to go down and the flag returns home. Overall, the only downside is that you have a building limit of 32, which can get restricting in a 32 player match. I hope they can raise that eventually with a patch or something. Other positives: the developer LBI announced on release day that every single future map-pack will be absolutely FREE (with a map pack DLC already previewed). FREE map packs is a rarity in this day and age of gaming. A must-buy if you're into multiplayer. Full Review »
  3. May 8, 2012
    10
    Starhawk is an amazing multi player experience with a long tutorial cleverly disguised as a single player element. The game seems really polished. Very stylish. It is the shot in the arm that the boring, overdone 3rd person genre has needed for a long time. Kudos to Lightbox for trying something different, it has paid off big time in my opinion. Full Review »