Mixed or average reviews - based on 64 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
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  1. 74
    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.
  2. H.A.W.X. has a lot of potential, and some nice ideas. Unfortunately it falls short off the mark in a few areas, which is a real shame.
  3. H.A.W.X. is a nice, action-packed distraction with some promise, but if you're squeezed on cash and are still waiting on the next Crimson Skies or Ace Combat, you might want to sign on as a pilot-for-rent instead.
  4. Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. is not the greatest flight combat game on the market. That said, however, it's a well polished title that can bring some fun.
  5. Hawx could do with a fair bit of polish before it (inevitably) comes around for a second flight, then - and a sluggish start to the solo campaign doesn't help much either. It's far from perfect, but the ERS formula does provide a small but much needed fresh idea to the tired genre, which means many Clancy and Ace Combat fans alike will be glad they played it.
  6. But even fantastic graphics can't elevate H.A.W.X. beyond a simple weekend rental.
  7. 72
    The multiplayer likewise suffers a bit from a lack of variety.
  8. You can’t help but feel that H.A.W.X. is a little too tame for its own good. While it’s certainly an enjoyable air combat game, it lacks the edge that other Tom Clancy games so evidently possess.
  9. We love H.A.W.X. and we hate H.A.W.X. For every good thing there is something bad. We’ve played it for a long time, but never got really excited. Collecting experience points and unlocking stuff is cool, but the gameplay gets repetitive. H.A.W.X. looks really good, but has a bad storyline. The game is good, but at the same time disappointing.
  10. With touches of originality in its gameplay and a main campaign that presents enough variation to keep things interesting, HAWX is proficient, but it rarely manages to be much more than this.
  11. Beautiful from a distance, but disappointing when you really open your eyes. Still, I find that I have a certain affection for this game - one that I never expected to develop. If Ubisoft decide to make a HAWX 2, I'll certainly be in line to take a look.
  12. It may take a while to click, but once it does H.A.W.X is certainly an entertaining ride. It may not have the variety required for multiple playthroughs, it will however entertain you through to the conclusion.
  13. games(TM)
    The studio has instead crafted an accessible, if not necessarily deep, flight simulator that entertains but never exhilarates. [Apr 2009, p.104]
  14. As it stands it's a solid, fun game, but it's far from being perfect and there's a lot of missed opportunity here.
  15. Fast and fun once the controls are mastered.
  16. It was great being given the chance to play something a little different than your more prevalent shooters involving muscle-bound marines. With the ERS system and forgiving flight controls giving an accessible edge to a niche genre, it’s an enjoyable and recommended introduction.
  17. 70
    Overlooking its visual and storytelling blemishes, Tom Clancy's HAWX is an entertaining flight game with solid controls and satisfying gameplay.
  18. 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.
  19. It’s competent but bland, lacking the imaginative missions of Blazing Angels, the glorious melodrama of Ace Combat, and the joyful air ballets of either.
  20. 67
    The mission design is lacking, the combat is unimaginative, and the multiplayer is shallow. Still, there are plenty who will be able to enjoy soaring 40,000 feet above the earth destroying dozens of enemy planes. All the while belting out lines of Danger Zone. That’s not weird, is it?
  21. Tom Clancy´s franchise sees another title, and this time is a flight arcade. Sit back in the seat and fly through the skies finishing the forces of the rebels against America. The game features an interesting campaign, filled with details like the experience and reward system. Despite the boring missions and repeating time and time again situations, the multiplayer and campaign modes do their job quite well, providing an interesting an fun experience. Cant stand next to Ace Combat 6, but if you like air combat arcade games the game is worth a rental.
  22. One of the weakest Clancy games to date, although not because it’s broken in any way, it’s just so pedestrian it never grabs the gamer like most of the other titles in this stable. And, I know, it’s not a flight sim. What it is though is a middle-of-the-road arcade game.
  23. HAWX is a victim of the high standards set by the other titles in the Clancy franchise. Games such as EndWar and Ghost Recon manage to strike a balance between being fun to play, while offering real challenge and depth of gameplay. This game doesn't, and as a result it's hard to recommend it as a must-buy.
  24. HAWX is a little too short and a little too easy to recommend wholeheartedly, though if the thought of embarking on a cooperative jet-fighting mission or participating in high-powered dogfights is enough to get your pulse racing, you'll probably find enough going on to keep you occupied.
  25. H.A.W.X. does little to add something new to an almost dying genre. But it's still a pretty entertaining flight sim if you're looking for some dogfight action on your console.
  26. Edge Magazine
    As an arcadey flight game it’s just about on the enjoyable side of average, especially when compared to its still superior genre stablemate Ace Combat 6. [Apr 2009, p.122]
  27. If you look at Hawx from a feature standpoint, there is much to be found here. But despite impressive features such as co-op play, a great number of available fighter planes, fast paced action and an intuitive yet advanced control scheme this title never really becomes interesting. A weak story combined with oh so repetitive missions quickly erodes the lure from the feature sheet. And when the multiplayer mode only offers the same thing but with human opponents, the overall experience is a mediocre one.
  28. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    A gimmicky Ace Combat homage made by people who think you might be stupid. [May 2009, p.72]
  29. 60
    Very much the well turned-out but unremarkable flight sim we first thought it was, despite mid-development flashes of promise.
  30. I think what bugs me the most about this game is that I had my original expectations set pretty darned low before it came out in the hopes of being easily-impressed, and sadly, it ended up meeting many of these low expectations.
  31. A flight simulation so shallow you barely need to hold the joypad to become a top gun.
  32. HAWX aims high, but is brought low by the weight of unnecessary “features and innovations.”
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 53
  2. Negative: 11 out of 53
  1. JohnT
    May 10, 2009
    This game is graphically beautiful, control system is great, but missions are lacking. There are too many step by step instructions This game is graphically beautiful, control system is great, but missions are lacking. There are too many step by step instructions throughout the game, and not enough free flight time to attack as you wish. It is a weak rip-off of the Ace Combat series. Also, this game requires you to play it over and over again to unlock basic weapons packages for aircraft. After I completed the campaign I was on lvl 20. Most of the extra weapons packages don't unlock until around lvl 39 or 40. If there were cheats to unlock all the weapons packages there might be some replay value...but unfortunately there isn't. I'm returning this game. Full Review »
  2. KyleK.
    Sep 16, 2009
    A total departure from the rest of the Clancy games in that it focuses on pure arcadey fun instead of realism. That being said, it'sA total departure from the rest of the Clancy games in that it focuses on pure arcadey fun instead of realism. That being said, it's still a great flight-action game with enough gorgeous jets to make even Ace Combat 5's massive hangar look like a rural airfield. However, the professed "50 planes" does take into account multiple versions of the same aircraft - there are three different F-14s, for instance. The story's also not worth writing home about, and compared to Ace Combat, it's a bit of a cakewalk. That being said, it's a good entry point to the genre and a good in-between while waiting for the inevitable AC7. (Note to Namco Bandai - get on it.) Full Review »
  3. 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 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. Full Review »