• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic 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.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 5, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »