Starhawk PlayStation 3

  • 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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. CD-Action
    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]
  11. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jun 18, 2012
    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]
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Hyper Magazine
    Jul 19, 2012
    70
    Starhawk is building a strong reputation as THE online title for PS3 players. [Aug 2012, p.72]
  19. 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.
  20. May 22, 2012
    60
    The biggest problem with Starhawk - and unfortunately, it's a doozy - is a crushing lack of identity.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 188 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  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,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 predecessorThe 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 reallyStarhawk 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 »