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Tom Clancy's Hawx is the newest edition to the Tom Clancy series, and is a combat flight simulator. The game can be played single player (through a campaign), co-op campaigns or versus mode (dogfights).
The control system for this game is very usable and caters for users of different skill levels. When you first start the game, you start in "assistance on mode". This basically means you have the camera on your plane. You have a lot less control of your plane, for turning and quick maneuvers. The positives of this mode, is that your plane is very easy to control and you cannot stall. Whilst in assistance off mode, by pressing a button you can follow a recommended flight path to avoid missiles, attack enemys or destroy ground targets that would be otherwise very difficult to hit.
As you progess through the game, you eventually unlock "assistance off" mode. This shows a view of your plane from a further distance and allows you to have full control of it. You know can break as much as you want without limit, do fast turns to avoid missiles. You can also stall, adding even more realism to the game.
Even with all these features, it still isn't as realstic as the true fight simulators, but it is very fun. As you play through the game, you unlock more planes and weapon packs for the planes. Any plane can be used for any mission or for online play.
The single player campaign is not very long but is enjoyable. One annoying fact is that you do not unlock assistance off until a few levels into the game.
I enjoyed this game, and would recommend it to a casual gamer who just wants to blow up some airplanes and tanks in a fighter jet!
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. (PC) was released in United States on March 6, 2009. The game offers a fresh and exciting perspective on the flight simulator genre. It brings new elements from first person shooters and combines them with the speed and adrenalin rush of fling fighter planes.
The main plot of the game revolves around an international military corporation which offers private military support to countries who request it. The player is placed in the seat of a H.A.W.X. pilot, a special fighting team from the U.S.A who joins the ARTEMIS corporation. Eventually things go wrong and you are called back to your old squadron to fight your ex employer, ARTEMIS, who is now trying to take over the world.
You can choose from around 50 aircraft to play with, although for every mission the game suggests the best fighter for that mission. Controls are very intuitive and you are aided by the computer when it comes to aiming at the enemy. If you fill a little more confident you can cancel the computer help, ERS (Enhanced Reality System), and go fully manual thus allowing the player more maneuverability. The campaign can also be completed with help from a friend playing in co-op mode.
When it comes to system requirements these are fair:
Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows XP SP 3/Vista SP 1
Processor: Pentium 4 @ 2 GHz/AMD Athlon 2000+
Memory:1 GB on Windows XP/ 2 GB on Windows Vista
Hard Drive: 7 GB Free
Video Memory: 128 MB - Shader Model 2.0*
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 9.0c or 10
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive
Recommended System Requirements
Windows XP SP 3/Vista SP 1
Intel Core 2 DUO 6320/AMD Athlon X2 4000+
1 GB on Windows XP/ 2 GB on Windows Vista
Hard Drive: 7 GB Free
Video Memory: 256 MB - Shader Model 3.0*
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 9.0c or 10
This is a great revival of the flight simulator genre worth playing by veterans and by newbies !
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. (PC)
This game is the first real flight sim/shooter game that actually looks realistic and the controls not to hard to get a hang of, the story line is a little bit dull but this does not matter to much because everything else is fantastic, as noted above the contols are quite easy to get the hang of, a mouse and keyboard are good for most aerial manouvers though it is best played with a flight controler if you have one. As always, Tom Clancy's games are rich in detail with photo-realistic graphics and great game play, this game is no exception! You also get to fly several different modern planes like the Euro fighter, MiG & Nighthawk, But you kick off with older aircraft which get more advanced the further you get into the game. overall this is a fantastic game only slightly let down by the storyline, but that aside if you like flying sims you won't be disappointed in this one.
flight simulator or arcade shooter? hawx feels like a bit of both, the range of planes selectable from the plane list is huge. the graphics are absolutely amazing and to go with that, it runs very smoothly on lower end desktop computers. the missions in the campaign mode are short, but not to short to feel whats the point. the air combat is nice and fast. the only downers i could put on hawx are for soemtimes when flying and engaging in dogfights, the plane can be very hard to control from certain veiws and crashing into the ground can be a very easy thing to do. the online play is a big nous for this game i feel as once the campaign is over in single player mode, online brings new challenges as you can take to the sky and show people around the world just why you are the rank you are.
I'm not gonna tell you what's the story here, what mission, or even the walkthrough. Instead, I'll tell you more specifically about the gameplay and stuffs the game tries to offer.
The game play overall is action-arcade combat simulation type. If you are already familiar with simulation game type, with taking off, landing, flying to avoid radar detection... you won't find any of it here. The speed slide is not available, so forget about 30% throttle, 50% bla bla bla. What you can do is slowing down... and boosting up. But hey- cheer up, when you play the game turns out its entertaining, challenging and addicting. Plenty of dogfight, and experience the most tense air combat you'll ever feel (especially when going online ;p)
There is this 'assist' mode that the game provides, giving you nice view on your ship and surrounding. If you don't have problem with the controls and good enough, you'll play the game by staying in this mode. Also when you already master the way to stall, you can use it to dodge missiles or even knocking your opponents in the tail.
The mission? normally you'll fly with wingmen, which are available for order to defend or attack your designated target. You'll have the story before you start the mission, and briefing right the moment you start the mission.
Sometimes during your mission, you will have to fly through computed hoops (ERS) to reach designated target and... fire the missile away. Moreover, radio chatter during the mission will increase your tense especially when protect mission, or face large group of fighters and ground AA/ SAM. There are challenges, ship, and weapons unlocking. When you completed your mission and challenges, they will opened up gradually ;)
The Closing Curtain
The game is awesome. Providing wide range of well known combat fighter, and with variety of armaments. There are several graphic/simulation issue (ex : running your ship on tree won't hurt you), but hell whatever. Still make a good score for me anyway and hey, try playing online ;) (9/10 stars).
The 17th March 2009 saw the Tom Clancy game series take to the skies, in the form of the game H.A.W.X. The game is set in the near future and has you playing the part of flying ace Captain David Crenshaw who heads a group of elite pilots of the U.S. Air Force codenamed H.A.W.X.
The game takes place in the same timeframe as another of the Tom Clancy games "Ghost Recon 2" in fact in a couple of the missions feature Captain Scott Mitchell and the Ghost Recon team in it.
After flying several missions for the Air Force your character is hired by a private company to join their personal armed forces. In this timeframe big businesses hold sway much like countries and protect themselves accordingly. Upon being hired you help out securing the company interests by providing escorts, helping to defend locations and destroying key enemy structures.
Graphics wise this game is stunning the detailing of the various planes you fly is first class, however this pales into insignificance when compared to the landscape itself the games designers used something called "Geoeye" which provides a photo realistic representation of the ground and the buildings upon it. This graphic capability is best shown off when flying over famous cities such Rio De Janerio, Chicago and even Washington DC where you can see all the main sites of each city quite clearly. Just try not to crash your plane to much while checking out the view.
Voice wise this game is top notch with plenty of in cockpit conversation going on between your wingmen, any ground forces you are protecting and command. Also the sound of the weapons as they are being released and exploding are fantastic as well, even the alert system for when an enemy has a missile lock on you is great. It not all serious chatter though as your wingmen like to act up a bit and are really competitive with you and each other over the number of kills they gain.
Ok so the game is really all about the planes and there are plenty to choose from, everything from the whole MIG range through to the Harrier Jump Jet and even the Stealth Bomber and Blackbird. As well as the planes you get a choice of the weaponry that each can carry so that you can tailor your plane to the mission type that you are performing. So for example bombs would be no good in a mission which solely consists of you shooting down planes, but radar guided missiles would be. The game has also made use of ERS (enhanced reality system) this adds to the whole flight simulator affect by adding things like missile lock detection, anti crash systems and also the ability to project interception and evasion courses for you. After a few missions you gain the ability to turn the ERS off by doing this the camera angle changes and you gain a much greater level of control over your plane. You will then be able to perform far more complex moves such as stall turns and manual missile evasion.
At first I thought that this would just be another fly around and shoot some things style of game but after playing it for a while I found the game to be truly captivating the plot is good and enough to hold your interest without being overly complicated and bogging down the gameplay. Once you have the ability to turn of the ERS the game takes a whole new level and the fun really starts to kick in as you virtually turn on the spot and attack that pesky plane that was chasing you. The only problem I had was the fact that when I was really into the game I found myself dodging around on my chair as I flew my plane around, much to the amusement of my girlfriend might I add.
Computer Specs needed to run this game are as follows;
Operating System - Windows XP Service Pack 3 or Windows Vista Service Pack 1
Processor - Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz / AMD Athlon XP 2000+ or higher
RAM - 1GB
Graphic Card - NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 128MB / ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB or higher
Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible
DirectX Version - DirectX 9.0 or 10.0 libraries
Hard Drive Space - 7GB
To find out more about the game and also watch the trailer for the game visit the HAWX website
You've often relied on them in other Tom Clancy games, but for the first time you get to play as an advanced fighter pilot in the most exciting combat flight sim of this generation. Taking the role of a U.S. pilot the game's plot contains elements from both Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 and EndWar as you end up defending the United States from corporate mercenaries.