Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. 85
    If you're on the lookout for a great flight game, look no further. H.A.W.X. 2 is the best game of its kind and will keep you wannabe pilots busy for weeks to come.
  2. HAWX 2 is a dogfight fans dream and an excellent place for newcomers to enter in this genre of arcade games.
  3. Hawx 2 is a much more complete game than the previous one. It doesn't have the futuristic gameplay mechanics of the first one, but it has more variety with more classic gameplay, but at the same time it's much better for mission design, full of twists and new situations.
  4. If you're a fan of the original, you'll be over the moon with the sequel which contains a sturdy gaming engine, albeit easy at times but overall, the story, action and sheer speed of you flying through the air will keep most gamers entertained.
  5. It's refreshing to see Ubisoft applying such creativity and depth to what other developers would typically fashion as a mindless shooter. [Issue#101, p.120]
  6. More than strong enough to chill out with the likes of Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon without embarrassing itself. [Issue#63, p.82]
  7. H.A.W.X. 2 corrects most of the flaws from the first game. The strong variety in missions and challenging dogfights make it the best game the genre has to offer up to now, but there is still room for improvement. Especially the lack of competitive multiplayer modes and the cumbersome lobbysystem fall short in comparison to the rest it offers. It doesn't take away from the fact that others will have a hard time to take back the throne.
  8. Ultimately, H.A.W.X. 2 is a must for Tom Clancy and flight-sim fans.
  9. It remains a game worth checking out, but almost by default due to the small number of air combat games on the market.
  10. 77
    The controls are a mixed bag.
  11. We really liked Ubisoft's first HAWX game very much. We also liked the truly pathetic story because of its compelling tension. We didn't like story of HAWX 2 and didn't watch the boring cutscenes as well. There are bigger gunfights up in the air and the missions got a bigger variety. The new features such as landing approaches, the refueling, the interception of enemy and so fit in very well, but have a similarly large claim as a browser game. Nothing new to expect. Fans will like it anyway.
  12. This sequel won't disappoint anyone looking for a standard midair action game, but it's not going to change your perceptions of the genre.
  13. Hawx 2 is quite nice: an interesting multiplayer mode, and some variations in the progression of the campaign makes it an entertaining product. Too bad the flying model isn't perfect.
  14. 73
    Playing HAWX 2 is still as accessible and arcade-centric as ever, meaning that it's uncomplicated, if slightly throwaway fun. Settling in for a long session with the game can be interminable stuff though, so we'd recommend tackling HAWX 2 in small sittings.
  15. Tom Clancy's: H.A.W.X. 2 tries to introduce some variety but the new missions will bore dogfighting fans. It's still a fun game, anyway, especially if played online with some friends, and graphically it's a solid title.
  16. Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 looks like a soulless game: it's an ok flight combat sim, but it lacks a compelling story and missions.
  17. While there is a ton of content in this game between all of its modes, all but the missions that take you out of the cockpit play out similarly (take out this target, destroy these planes, and repeat).
  18. All in all H.A.W.X 2 delivers on what you expect from it, and falls short when it tries to mix things up.
  19. 72
    Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 is really a case of more of the same. Fans of the original will enjoy the minor tweaks scattered around, but newcomers likely won't find anything to set this game apart from others in the genre.
  20. Fans of the first HAWX will no doubt derive a great deal of joy from another hearty dose of solid dogfighting, but then everyone else will feel the same sort of confused indifference towards the story and will quickly grow tired of shooting down wave after wave of jet fighters.
  21. I can't rightly recommend it to anyone other than those frothing at the mouth for more time in the skies. I commend Ubisoft for attempting to experiment with the genre, but each new mechanic they've tried to implement into H.A.W.X. 2 drags down the best elements of the game.
  22. The Blazing Angels' boys best game yet but IL-2 Sturmovik still has the edge. [Nov 2010, p.88]
  23. For all its sheen, H.A.W.X. remains a curious sideshow in Tom Clancy's murky world rather than a star player.
  24. A well-produced sequel to the original that manages to repeat many of its problems. It's still fun, but it's a shame Ubisoft Romania feels little inclination to challenge its established mould – doing so could have yielded a far more interesting end product.
  25. Hawx 2 is an entertaining flight action game with great graphics, control and variations of missions. Unfortunately the game is also dragged by bugs and a few dull missions. In general the game is fun and offers good variation of action. If only the story was better and the flaws had been ironed out it could have been the best action flight game so far – in gaming history.
  26. While it may lack the grunt, confidence and sustained excitement to truly compete with the industry's big hitters, H.A.W.X 2's missile-ducking, bogey-outmanoeuvring nonsense is a rare thrill.
  27. H.A.W.X.2 is a good game that tries to change something in the dogfight genre. Some missions are really different from standard, and the multiplayer is really nice, both cooperative and competitive.
  28. A decent flying game that gives you a fair amount of adrenaline when you take to the skies.
  29. H.A.W.X. 2 is certainly an improvement over its predecessor; however it is far from being considered a must-own arcade based flight shooter.
  30. Dogfights in HAWX 2 can be exciting, but some dodgy AI and lackluster missions stop this game from being an air combat ace.
  31. 70
    It may not evolve on its predecessor, but Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 is an entertaining air combat game with plenty of content and variety.
  32. HAWX 2 is such a letdown after the brilliant original and, if anything, feels like it has gone back a few steps rather than making any kind of progression. There is still plenty of fun to be had, especially in co-op or on the survival maps, but the first game has the edge in almost every regard. Bottom line: get your flight kicks there.
  33. For new players, H.A.W.X. 2 offers the ability to jump right in and take the fight to the skies, but if you've never been a fan of this genre before, H.A.W.X 2 won't do enough to change your opinion.
  34. Bottomline, it's still a good game, but it isn't quite great.
  35. Some good moments are suffocated by terrible level design and inept A.I. While a slight improvement over the original, HAWX 2 primarily serves to demonstrate that the series still has a long way to go.
  36. 65
    If you're a controller-packing player looking for a fun action game, H.A.W.X. 2 is coming out at the worst possible time, as there are far more interesting action titles on the way. But, if you're into flying games enough to own a flight stick peripheral, then you just might owe it to yourself to check out H.A.W.X. 2's bizarre combination of arcade combat with sim elements.
  37. Unfortunately, the few high points in Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 don't do enough to make up for its myriad shortcomings.
  38. When you add all the features up, H.A.W.X. 2 is an improvement over the original, but there is still room to grow.
  39. What stand out the most H.A.W.X. 2 are the annoyances and spin-cycles of flight combat. The dogfighting neither feels particularly realistic nor particularly fun, and as a result, the most enjoyable missions are the ones that avoid air to air conflict.
  40. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    Overall HAWX 2 tries to build on the solid foundations laid by the original game by adding more variety, but ultimately it fails to recreate the action packed feeling the first game did so well and simply doesn't make the same impact.
  41. Playable, but no real advance on the original. [Oct 2010, p.100]
  42. An improvement on the first game, but this still lacks the variety and thrills to be considered a true top gun.
  43. Tries too hard to be both a flight simulator and an arcade action game, and fails at both. H.A.W.X. 2 desperately tries to be the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare of flight games, but simplistic gameplay and a dull story means it falls flat. This is a game that doesn't know what it wants to be or do, and instead just ends up mimicking the big boys.
  44. HAWX 2 delivers intense aerial combat and some spectacular views, but gets repetitive after a while and can be very frustrating in single-player mode. Make sure you can play coop before you buy.
  45. Beyond missions that are a touch more variable and slightly better attuned to the story, it's hard to see where HAWX 2 improves over its predecessor. The first game struggled to rise above its own monotonous gameplay and this tedium is only amplified by a sequel - mired in the same monotony - that's been released only a year-and-a-half after the original.
  46. With the original receiving praise from some, criticism from others, it was always going to be interesting to see whether or not the issues with the first were going to be addressed and improved upon, and for the most part, Hawx 2 is a definite improvement. Still though, something doesn't feel quite right, and there's something about the series that feels slightly "last-gen" to me, and I can't help but feel like the game could have been so much better.
  47. HAWX 2 is a nearly game. It does provide a wealth of different aircraft and mission types, co-op and single player and adversarial multiplayer across Xbox Live, but what the game offers in variety, it lacks in overall polish. No discernable differences in aircraft, mission difficulty spikes and control issues deliver plenty of frustration.
  48. By walking the line between Sim and Arcade, H.A.W.X.2 manages to represent neither and alienate both.
  49. Variety makes H.A.W.X. 2 better than its predecessor, but the core gameplay is still pretty much the same. If you are into aerial flight combat, then you will enjoy H.A.W.X. 2.
  50. Considering the killing games to come by the end of the year, only fans of Ace Combat and nostalgics of Afterburner will be inclined to invest their hard earned few pence in HAWX 2, and they will probably be very happy with it!
  51. 58
    If you're looking to get in on some air combat without a huge wait, you may be disappointed. More hardcore flight fans, however, will eventually find an enjoyable experience somewhere beneath the fluff.
  52. In its effort to provide a mix of simulation style flying challenges and an arcade-based aerial combat game, the developers failed on both fronts.
  53. Ubisoft really dropped the ball with this title. What should be an exciting fast-paced aerial combat game comes off more frustrating than anything because of its control issues, poor A.I, and just downright infuriating level designs.
  54. In miring the action in a crayon-written plot and applying the brakes to anything going too fast, the screaming thrills it does provide are the exception, not the norm. [Oct 2010, p.97]
  55. 50
    The last thing the unloved flight combat genre needs is a specimen that sticks to its guns.
  56. 50
    If there's something we can all learn from HAWX 2, it's that, no matter how cool it sounds, flying a cutting-edge, multi-million-dollar jet fighter bristling with the world's most advanced weaponry is pretty dull without the opportunity to do anything really cool in it.
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Feb 22, 2011
    8
    The Story so Far
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  2. Dec 20, 2010
    8
    Call of Duty with planes. How could that not be cool? Like most games, if you like the genre, you'll like the game. So. if you like flying games, this one will be awesome. I DON'T count myself as a flying game fan, but with the aesthetics and the mix of missions I enjoyed this one, allot. Full Review »
  3. Oct 29, 2010
    7
    A Game which has had a lot of polarised reviews lately. We came to the conclusion that this was a massive improvement upon the original - which is no doubt a great step in the right direction should we see a third installment to the HAWX series. We also agreed that this game is not an Ace Combat 6 beater when it comes to the "awesome arcade fun!" category. But we also feel that an aircraft fan would not be disappointed by what he or she saw in this game. Full customisation and a VERY large hanger of planes make it actually a fine experience both online and offline. Our only criticism really was the annoying AI insists upon staying behind you spamming you with rockets and you find yourself unable to break away. If you try then you both just end up going around in circles all day along until you get bored and fly off....the process then starts again! Full Review »