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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: 32 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. H.A.W.X. is the best flight game so far this generation, and a worthy addition to the best in the Clancy stable.
  2. For some reason though, it doesn't quite push the envelope in terms of gameplay and it does feel slightly less entertaining than, say, Ace Combat 6. It does, however, stand as one of the best-looking aerial combat games on the market and we do recommend you give it a whirl.
  3. HAWX features multiplayer dog fighting that runs smoothly over Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. Hokey dialogue mars the otherwise stellar presentation and flight sim fans will balk at the simplistic controls.
  4. Potential is a key word for discussing HAWX. There's a lot of hope within the engine, and the core gameplay is competent enough to secure its position as an emerging IP. It's still a bit rough around the edges, though, and Ubisoft should perhaps be a little bit ashamed for not allowing its natural potential to shine through.
  5. 70
    HAWX does what it does admirably in most cases. It provides an enjoyable and entertaining diversion in a rarely explored genre with just enough content to keep gamers with friends busy.
  6. 70
    Overlooking its visual and storytelling blemishes, Tom Clancy's HAWX is an entertaining flight game with solid controls and satisfying gameplay.
  7. HAWX aims high, but is brought low by the weight of unnecessary “features and innovations.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Dec 19, 2012
    9
    Now available from the bargain bin, HAWX is one of those "games of yesteryear" that definitely merits your attention -- provided you're a big fan of combat flight sims. HAWX is designed for a specific market segment: frustrated pilots who will only ever fly warbirds on a screen, but know their details and want as much control as possible. HAWX delivers on that promise...maybe a little too much so. But let's start out with the positives: the missions are varied and interesting, challenge your abilities in multiple ways, and draw you through all of them with an interesting plot line. The added benefit of voice commands to the AI, while limited, is useful and engaging (plus frees up your fingers, which is very important in this game). Some missions will become your favorites, others not, which is cool because you can revisit any mission once you've completed it, yet still earn credit for completing it again. Some of the graphics, particularly anything that's not a target, look a little weak (ground textures are not high-res), but who cares? The planes and vehicles look great, and that's all you're really going to care about anyway. Now...the downsides. One, you need to be an octopus to play this game well. This is one of those games that makes you second-finger the triggers because you will need the bumper buttons all the time; they're your rudder controls. Sure, you can get by without, but not nearly as well. Difficulty seesaws all over the place: you will go from simple-and-easy missions to ridiculously difficult in one jump. Saves are done by checkpoint and mission completion, but are fairly widely spaced, so failure at some point will result in some backtracking and redoing. Finally, though, this is a short game. There's some replay value, particularly because you will continue earning new equipment, but the campaign is a short one. But, given its price at nearly four years old, it's well worth it. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game was great. Selecting your own and earning planes was genius, yet again Tom Clancy makes and amazing game. If they would have added something that's 100% air craft battle WITHOUT and escort mission. But I have a hard time thinking that they could beat it, and the reverse of your sides, and how you battle artemies and assassinate their leader, that was awesome. Expand
  3. Mar 31, 2011
    8
    Hands down the best consol flight sim I've played. The graphics aren't as good as ace combat 6 but the gameplay blows it away. The story is good and the missions are just as fun when they are re-played. Aircraft choices and different weapon packs as well as coop-story provide hours of entetainment. Expand
  4. May 5, 2012
    8
    Hawx is very slick, very polished, and can get your blood racing for bursts of time, but the experience is a very short one, and the replaying of the missions does not feel very rewarding after you beat it once. Assist mode off is cool, but takes a fair amount of practice to be able to use effectively, especially in missions when you are providing support against ground forces. A very fun game that lacks the depth to function lake a simulater, but has enough cmoplexity to avoid being an arcade experience. Expand
  5. Jun 7, 2011
    8
    I cant put into words how great it is finally,to see a flight game(have to refrain from saying sim),have Story Co-Op(Something that Ace Combat still seemingly cant manage,mores the pity).So thanks & Kudos for that Ubi.Which adds ALOT to the game.Unfortunately,the handling doesnt seem to have any physics what-so-ever.. & theres no feel of gravity or inertia(both important aspects when in a plane),so the actual handling is nowhere near as good or satisfying as Ace Combat.. Also the Plane models could've used a bit more work,& better moving parts & identification light(like in AC6,to give the planes more life).Also i dont like the fact that you have to leave to **** view to be able to pull off High G manuevers.I have no interest in using this outside view(which doesnt even look forward when you have no-one targeted).You can use High G manuevers in Ace Combat 6 while in-Cokpit view,so why not here? it doesnt make any sense..& gives people that do,the advantage.Also agree with other comments,that it takes far too long to unlock the alternative weapon packs! I've played the campaign through multiple times(on Elite too),& still cant access MOST of the other weapon loadouts!.. I doubt hardly anyone has,& is unable to play this game to its full potential as a result.Not good.. But overall,despite those flaws,i give this an 8,for the reasons that it is fun to play,there arnt enough games of this type around,& the Campaign Co-Op redeems it to a degree. Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2011
    3
    This game is so boring!!! The maps are terrible, the story is terrible, it's soooooo boring ! It's just too tempting to dip your jet and slam it into one of the sh**ty flat buildings!!! Expand

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