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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. rafaelm.
    Jun 1, 2009
    I've only played the demo(i can't afford it right now), but it was possibly the best game i had ever played. sure,the ground graphics sucked, but the planes looked great. i see how it could get repetitive, but it's so fun i could just play the same level and it would still be fun! Expand
  2. RobertN
    Mar 6, 2009
    I had to give this game a ten because no one else seems to see it's potential. They implemented the new third person angled combat view that takes dogfights and dodging missles to a new level. As well, the RPG factor in how much you can earn and unlock as you go is really motivating. They integrated a ranking system,(up to 40), that helps you unlock the planes and unique weapons kits, while you also unlock planes for every campaign level beaten.. Ace combat 6 is its only competition and its sluggish game-play doesn't hold up against the smooth, fast-paced, technical combat that is HAWX. The graphics are great and there are over 50 planes to choose from. Some people say its repetitive but, what more do you want? Aliens to come out the sky? It takes air combat simulation to the max and at a point there really isn't anywhere else to go. It's as realistic as is can be, besides the insane amounts of ammo you have. Hopefully they will keep adding more planes and weapon kits on XBOX Live. Overall it is a great adrenaline pumping ride and the online play really sews this up to be the best flight combat simulator out. Expand
  3. Dec 5, 2011
    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
  4. Jun 7, 2011
    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
  5. WillL
    Aug 8, 2009
    I would certainly have given this game a higher rating if it hadent been so painfully short, literally I finished this game on elite difficulty in under 6 hours, Another problem is that it does what every game with Tom Clancy in the name seems to love to do, involving putting an unrealistically pitiful force to take on an entire army, its fun but at times has needless tediousness. Expand
  6. DavidS
    Mar 16, 2009
    If you are not looking for a true flight sim then this is probably the came for you. Visually stunning in parts combined with voice commands make this a fun flight game if that is your style. The multiplayer is very lacking however and thus brings the rating to a 6/6.5 tops. Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2011
    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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