Starhawk PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: May 8, 2012
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 188 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 188
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  1. May 29, 2012
    6
    Starhawk is a fun game, its just lacking in some key areas. As others have stated the single player is essentially a 3-5 hour tutorial for the multiplayer. In other words it's (the single player campaign) uninspired and not worth anywhere near $60. So if you are looking for an in depth single player game Starhawk is not for you. With respect to the multiplayer, it feels well balanced andStarhawk is a fun game, its just lacking in some key areas. As others have stated the single player is essentially a 3-5 hour tutorial for the multiplayer. In other words it's (the single player campaign) uninspired and not worth anywhere near $60. So if you are looking for an in depth single player game Starhawk is not for you. With respect to the multiplayer, it feels well balanced and can be a lot of fun assuming that you have a group of people you know to play with. My time with the multiplayer was frustrating to say the least. Don't get me wrong there is nothing better than dropping a building on an enemy tank. It's just that Starhawk's multiplayer does require some teamwork and without it the match can be over before it starts. Oftentimes players would go off in their own directions without concern for the game type specific goals or the teams ability to achieve those goals. This of course made way for complete domination by the other team and players constantly dropping out of matches. The multiplayer framework is very well balanced but with such a strong focus on teamwork there isn't much you can do to stand a chance when the rest of your team is a bunch of idiots. Sure this could be said for many other multiplayer games but at least in COD if you have 1 or 2 good players on a team you still have a chance for success. Starhawk doesn't require that everyone on a team is a good player just that they are a good team member, something that is increasingly hard to find in online multiplayer games. Expand
  2. May 11, 2012
    7
    Singleplayer isnt much like people say. The premise for the game is great, strategy and action game in one but once you start playing, you realize that this game is nothing but who gets to spawncamp first. Not my cup of tea
  3. May 16, 2012
    7
    Lightbox Interactive nailed the Multiplayer aspect of this game, The "Build and Battle" feature that they implemented to the Multiplayer battlefield is a very nice touch to a now addictive formula that the Multiplayer has in Starhawk. But, however the Singleplayer campaign felt short and forgettable. However, the Multiplayer has outshined the Singleplayer, just like what happened onLightbox Interactive nailed the Multiplayer aspect of this game, The "Build and Battle" feature that they implemented to the Multiplayer battlefield is a very nice touch to a now addictive formula that the Multiplayer has in Starhawk. But, however the Singleplayer campaign felt short and forgettable. However, the Multiplayer has outshined the Singleplayer, just like what happened on Battlefield 3, This is a great game, a formula that will live within the industry for years to come. Lightbox made their first steps successfully and I'm looking forward to their future projects. Starhawk is good, but not great enough for me to give it a 9 or 10/10. Congratulations to Lightbox for Starhawk! Expand
  4. Jun 13, 2012
    5
    This game is a Total Letdown when the 2nd patch came along... The 2nd patch made the game unbalanced for Air Jets. Can you please let this know to Lightbox so they can make the game balanced back again?
  5. Oct 11, 2012
    7
    I know this game is really about the multiplayer but I couldn't stand to jump into a multiplayer game at the moment and will wait to really give it a shot some time later. That being said, what I did play felt similar to war hawk but at the same time not. I jumped into the single player thinking it would be a good tutorial but found myself liking it for the missions and the story as well.I know this game is really about the multiplayer but I couldn't stand to jump into a multiplayer game at the moment and will wait to really give it a shot some time later. That being said, what I did play felt similar to war hawk but at the same time not. I jumped into the single player thinking it would be a good tutorial but found myself liking it for the missions and the story as well. Although the story was not overly compelling it served as a good way to introduce new things and the characters seemed to have a reasonable dynamic that tied them together. It was relatively fast paced and didn't penalize you hugely for making mistakes. I got annoyed once or twice but it was nothing more than feeling stupid for taking to many risks. The controls felt good and the visuals were fairly snappy. I don't know what the fps is on this game (30 probably, right?) but they did a good making it feel like more. The art style felt similar to Warkhawk with the exception of QTE's but I didn't find it to take away or give value. It was brief, sensible, and enjoyable, but by no means great. Am I happy I played it? Yes. Would I recommend it to a friend? Probably not. Expand
  6. May 31, 2012
    7
    Huge Warhawk fan here, and this game turned up the dial for this addition to the franchise, but didn't extend their creative arms as much as they could. The Pros; gameplay has been revolutionized, I mean Mechs? Can't go wrong with a Piloting system that transforms into a Mech. Audio was epic, be it the score or the sound effects. Graphics are a huge improvement from Warhawk while keepingHuge Warhawk fan here, and this game turned up the dial for this addition to the franchise, but didn't extend their creative arms as much as they could. The Pros; gameplay has been revolutionized, I mean Mechs? Can't go wrong with a Piloting system that transforms into a Mech. Audio was epic, be it the score or the sound effects. Graphics are a huge improvement from Warhawk while keeping the same mechanics but with a few extras. Single player story was short, but worth its quick play through. Now the Cons; Graphic Novel style cut scenes seem to be overdone with Sony, enough is enough and it feels like a cop-out since the character isn't very comic-booky. The graphics could be improved but it doesn't take away from the gameplay. You can always use more weapons choices, but the multiplayer is so addictive it doesn't feel like an issue. Great game, but could be improved on. Still worth owning it, maybe once it goes on sale. Expand
  7. May 10, 2012
    10
    Epic multiplayer experience that utilizes strategic and easy building elements, fun weapons/vehicles, great graphical style, and free map packs in the months/years ahead. 10 easily.

    If you like multiplayer shooters with more depth than CoD (not knocking CoD, it just doesn't encompass everything a multiplayer shooters can be) than you will love this game. This game is all about the
    Epic multiplayer experience that utilizes strategic and easy building elements, fun weapons/vehicles, great graphical style, and free map packs in the months/years ahead. 10 easily.

    If you like multiplayer shooters with more depth than CoD (not knocking CoD, it just doesn't encompass everything a multiplayer shooters can be) than you will love this game. This game is all about the MULTIPLAYER. That's what it's predecessor was all about. That's what this is all about. It just also has added a single player and co-op mode. These are great bonuses, that some idiots seem to think drags down the game because they weren't as long as others. These are add-on bonuses to a multiplayer game. If you're happy with a steak dinner, surely an addition of a small potato and a bread roll can't detract from it right? Well when you read the idiot reviews they knock the add-ons and utilizing incorrect methodology review this game as a single player first game. These people are mindless idiots who only review based not on utilizing their heads and treating each game differently, but try to fit a square peg in a round hole. Without further adieu here are some important aspects of Warhawk you might want to know about before you buy. You can play with the Warhawk which is like a flying transformer/Robotech mech and lay carnage. You can use a tank and lay carnage. You can be in a truck and lay carnage/steal flags/capture territories. You can use the vulture which is like a harrier style jetpack and wreck shop. There's a hovercycle that can zip around maps and if you come to a stop you can use your weapons to take out targets and move on (like your rocket launcher). Even on foot you can easily take down a Warhawk. So there are so many ways to play this game with incredible balance. Each map doesn't have each vehicle, though the Warhawk is on each map, you generally either have the hovercycle and tank or the vulture jetpack and truck. Though there may be some combinations of it. Either way this provides variety as not each game will be the same.

    The maps are huge, and multi-layered. What this means is, you aren't just running around a certain elevation and maybe looking up for a 2nd story. You can be shooting at people from hundred of game feet up and anywhere in between if there are rocks or structures, which there are in many areas of each map. The rocket launcher can lock onto warhawks. They can easily destroy vehicles, though they won't lock onto the others which makes for great balance. The foot soldier is still very powerful, provided you equip yourselves with the weapons, which are readily available with the build elements. The sniper rifle is fair, because you see the laser beam on you, but it can wreak shop from an extreme distance equal to probably 2-3x the distance of an entire CoD map. The strategic aspect of buildings is immense. You can protect your zones or flags with various buildings. Funneling people certain ways. Making it hard for vehicles to swoop in. You can build forward bases so you can launch your attacks quicker and hold a territorial advantage over your opponent (at least until they take it back). You have shields that can force enemies to get close before they can destroy your buildings by getting beyond the shield. Which can present a problem for vehicles since their are smaller gun style turrets and big laser turrets. The laser turrets will lock onto any vehicles and since it takes a second or two to lock on, once they start hitting you, you're also can't escape out of their zone for a couple of seconds. Communication sure helps, but it isn't always needed. It's pretty self explanatory. You need a weapons depot. You need those big laser cannons. You need walls. You need other vehicle spawns. You need to compact these as much as possible to try to fit them in under the range of a shield. Look around and if someone else has already built one, or if you see they are about to, then build something else. It really isn't hard. In a few weeks (like the beta) people will routinely understand and without voice communication will know what to do for the most part on building stuff. The game play is extremely fun. Even the discovering of the different tactics and the growth of the player in discovering these is worth the price of admission. Impatient people or those who sometimes are might need to give the game a little more time. But generally speaking you will have a blast from the get go. It's so easy to build to buildings, and you constantly accrue the energy currency to do so while be near base, and the buildings come so quickly it's amazing. Someone getting away with the flag and you have no vehicle? Spawn one and go after them and if they're not in a vehicle or in a slower one YOU CAN CATCH THEM! This is absolutely worth the price AND YOU GET FREE MAPS for the life of the game! No community dividing. A+ 10/10 5 stars A MUST BUY!
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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Hyper Magazine
    Jul 19, 2012
    70
    Starhawk is building a strong reputation as THE online title for PS3 players. [Aug 2012, p.72]