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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. (PS3)

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Genre: Simulation - Flight & Transport / Release Date: 2009-03-06 / Published by Ubisoft

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      15.08.2010 20:18
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      Worth picking up for a couple of quid, decent flight simulator

      HAWX is a combat flight simulator set in the near future where you play the leader of an elite fighter group, graphically the planes look very nice and the satellite imagery combined with 3D models for buildings and bridges etc. is a nice touch. The game play is enjoyable if a little simple at first and the game has quite a slow learning curve, like most games that I review I only got this title as a rental and after playing two levels I thought about not bothering to play through the rest of the game. But I persevered and when I reached level 5 the game started to realise it's potential with an in game tutorial about the OFF drifting mode set over a Caribbean base. I am no expert in military aircraft but I have seen the Red Arrows a few times so I am pretty sure that performing drifts akin to a hand brake turn in an aeroplane is the stuff of fantasy, this doesn't take away from the fact that it is great fun and makes the game a lot more enjoyable in dog fight situations and it is pretty cool for general horsing about. Another feature which is non-essential but pretty snazzy is the missile-cam, when you fire a missile if you hold down the X button you follow the missile until it hits it's target. Something that makes the game a lot more enjoyable is the online co-op mode, if you are lucky enough to have friends with PS3's then they can replace your frankly useless wingmen and especially if you have voice chat it is a great laugh and adds hours to the games lifespan. As is rapidly becoming the norm for next-gen console games there is no offline multi-player mode. It seems like every time I buy a PS3 game the lack of local co-op options disappoints me, I feel has though game developers have given up all hope on people owning games consoles and maintaining real social relationships.

      In summary HAWX is a decent action game and one of the best flight simulators that I have played in some time, especially at the price you can pay for it now it is well worth picking up.

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      The main drawback of this game though is not the slow start or the lack of local multiplayer but is the weak story line. Essentially you and your team work do mercenary work for a company, cut scenes blather on about rising stock value and then the company turn against the US and launch a full scale invasion which supposedly is going to make them a profit. Luckily Captain Patriot (the player - I forget his name) and his wingmen remain loyal to the flag and take on their former employer. As a Tom Clancy game I feel that the game should not just have solid graphics and game play etc. but a decent plot and story, I don't know if Tom Clancy is directly involved in the scripting of game's which he puts his name to but as a professional author he really should take a little pride. Essentially the gaming industry goes through phases with who it's villains are, initially we had aliens and/or space junk in classics such as Space Invaders. Then Medal of Honour lead the way in unleashing a wave of games warning the public against Nazis and now the latest enemy of choice in games is the PMC (private military company), I am not condoning PMCs but I just feel as villains in video games they are pretty tedious and frankly I consider the notion that there is some global conspiracy to create a world in perpetual war to be pretty far fetched tosh that was probably thought up by someone who lives in a tree. Therefore I feel for a professional author to attach his name to a silly conspiracy theory and tart it up a bit with some research into fighter jets does a disservice to himself, the gamer and the industry at large.

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      12.05.2010 20:25

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      give it a go

      I wasn't sure that ps3 could ever have a good flight simulator so a didn't nuy it. Then ai was bought it for christmas so not to upset anyone i kept it and played it. I was wrong it surprised that the game was so good. I am not saying that it is the greatest combat flight simulator i have ever player but its the only one for ps3 and its not bad.

      You start flying for the american air force in the first mission but soon you join a private defence firm. This take you across the world from the mountains in afganistan to the coast of brazil. The game lets you fly a good section of planes with different weapons. Also there is asection a different targets so you don't get bored fighting against other fighter planes. Some targets will need special weapons or tactics to take them out. The game itself it very easy to navigate through and you don't get lost in endless menu's.

      I thought that without a joystick that be would be to difficult to fly let alone fly while taking out enemy plane but its not to bad. It would be easier with a joystick and the controls take some getting used to but its not to bad.

      Again i am not saying this is everyone cup of tea or the greatest flight simulator ever but i think that is worth a look at.

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      14.11.2009 20:16
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      Recommended to unlease the fury

      This flight simulator is set in the near future and you are a fighter pilot working for an independent security company. The missions take you all over the world in an array of amazing aircraft with an equally impressive armory. The gameplay is maybe a little too easy at the start and I only really failed missions early on by messing about and plummeting into the ground whilst trying to fly under bridges. However, the futuristic twist becomes apparent when you are trained to use advanced turning techniques for dog fighting and this is more difficult to grasp. It does make the game more interesting and once the skill is mastered, it's awesome. The missions are challenging in that sometimes there are time restrictions as a city becomes overrun with enemies and engaging ground, sea and air targets makes it more interesting. The graphics are fairly good and the blurb on the case rightfully boasts that the terrain was mapped using real life satellite imaging. The view modes range from inside the cockpit to behind and above the plane, 360 degree in-flight viewing is available and a 1st person view allows you to follow fired missiles to their targets. Drawbacks include the limited commands for controlling your wingmen and that they don't seem to do much anyway. Furthermore, you can choose the plane/weaponry for each mission but their recommended set-up is usually what is required for the task involved again making the game too easy.

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      04.11.2009 18:13
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      good product for some fun

      As there is no dedicated PS3 flight simulation software Tom Clancey's Hawx comes extremley close to filling that gap. The game has easy flowing menus and is very easy to navigate for a new player which is what you want because all you want to do is play the game.

      There are two main modes to the game these being online mode and career mode. The online mode is pretty lame as there are hardly any players online at any one time and I think the only time I have played online is with a friend on an arcade battle.

      The career mode revolves around a storyline which at times gets very confusing but is basically about a group of pilots that leave the military and form their own air force that is available to hire.

      The graphics of the game are good but could be a little better in my opinion as this is one of the only flight sim games for the PS3. In comparison to Ace combat which was a firm favorite of mine of PS2, Hawx tries to fill the void, but falls a little short. The gameplay is a little bit arcade like, with settings which are at times a little unrealistic, however it is still a fun game and now the price has fallen would be an ideal addition to any game collection.

      Well worth a purchase for the fun

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      25.10.2009 22:44
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      A good game, with a nice feel.

      This game is a breath of fresh air, it might not be the best game ever, but offers something different and is actually one of the first good games in it's genre for a long time. The presentation is very good, but it's quite hard to get used to and not everyone will be able to play it.

      The design on the case is nice, as is the disc. The box is also very good, not having the 'tight' grip seen on FIFA 09 that meant the discs would sometimes crack.

      The presentation of the game is very good, with the simple menus that are easy to navigate.

      There are plenty of modes for everyone, but somethings need to be unlocked which is very annoying. You need to play the career mode first, which I found to be boring, with a confusing story. I would have much rather preferred to be able to fly over the different areas first.

      The graphics are very good, but not the best seen on the PS3. The sound is also very good, and realistic, making you feel like you are in the air. The controls are also good, easy to learn. However, the game is quite difficult so not everyone is able to play. The trophies are also hard, taking lots of effort and time to be able to achieve.

      The gameplay is solid and fun. The controls work very well, with the the handling of each plane is different, working well with a difference from the light fighters to the heavy bombers. The weapons are also very good, being able to feel the power and difference of firing a laser-guided missile or using the machine guns.

      Also, the online is quite weak with little modes and nobody really online.

      Overall, this is a great game, with lots of gameplay to last a long time. It's not for everyone though as it is quite hard. The graphics are good and the handling is also impressive, with each fighter or weapon having a nice feel.

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      06.10.2009 10:33
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      Good but not worth it if you want a game you will play over an over.

      Hawks is a flight fighter simulator game for the PS3. It is totally different from all the games I have played before. The game has good graphics and fast game play.

      The game is based on you being an elite fighter pilot that is hired by a privet security company. Your missions range from attaching missile basses to protecting oil fields.
      You will work with 2 wing men to defend you against enemies.

      You need quick reactions as the game play is very fast and it is hard to track emermies fighters.

      The game has 50 different fighter jets which all have a range of weapons. Different plains are better for different levels. You will need to unlock skill levels to be able to use the different planes.

      The game is great at first but gets boring after 1 or 2 weeks. By then you would have already completed the easy set up and will need to play it all again in the medium setting to have something to do.

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      19.08.2009 16:32

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      A amazing game, just slightly let down by the single player missions

      A very enjoyable game, let down by one thing. I love this game, the dogfights, the planes. You can messs about in free flight for ages messing about with plane skills, and personally, I have spent hours online in team dogfights. There are a number of diffrent ways to attack, and evade missiles, from dropping flares, to daring moves like flying towards the missile from a long distence, and just flying upwards. Even in single player, the game is amazing. There are some daring attacks you have to pull, and some really fun moments, like getting behind a elite flyer, and justkilling him in time. But the part of the game that lets the single player down, that makes it feel boring, is the ission objectives. Now I like a challenge in games, but this takes it to far, and it is not enjoyable. For one mission, you have to guide helicopter's throught a sam field, with planes closing in. Now the thing wrong with this, is that it is not fun. Some games would make this fun, but not this one. You now have to fly to planes 34000 feet away, where they attack you, and if on a harder setting, put up a really good fight. Or I can go and clear the sam field, and watch as my wingmen do no good attacking the planes. And there are more missions like that. Infact, most of the missions are like that. When I brought this game, I was expecting cutting edge dogfights, screaming inbetween buildings to kill tanks, not repetitive boring missions. But its still worth picking up, because the flying really is great, and the online is amazing.

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      28.07.2009 16:13

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      do not buy!

      Terrible buy!!!!
      Upon seeing the advert i was under the impression i would be a squadron leader also operating ground troops from the ait while we took over different areas.

      how wrong i was!

      the game is very basic with not a lot to do.. all aircraft look different but handle the same and have just about the same variation of weapons with different names.

      the missins become very repetitive and therefore after a few you do get really bored.

      One thing however i did enjoy was the online part of the game where you coukd build a team of all your friends and play together although once more there was disapointment when i discovered you coukd not have a war with your frins battling against each other.
      would not reccomend this game and would give an overall rating of 4/10.

      the graffics are god and also the first few missions are exciting... entertaining for about and hour.

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      16.07.2009 22:58
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      Easy to pick up, solid and enjoyable

      An enjoyable if unspectacular flight shooter, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X offers high-octane gameplay in a straightforward single player campaign and a fair and competitive online mode.

      Taking to the skies as fighter pilot David Crenshaw, you have - once unlocked - a plethora of planes and weapon combinations to choose from, offering huge replayability in both the campaign mode and online play in a game that's simple to pick up, and a welcome challenge to master. Its campaign mode is relatively short at 19 missions, with many only serving as training sessions for the much more frantic and testing online play.

      Flying one of the many planes is very easy to pick up, in both the assistance on and off modes, the latter (once unlocked after a training stage) allowing you to take complete control of the plane for more intricate and dangerous manoeuvres. The controls are very well laid out and are perfectly responsive.

      H.A.W.X also incorporates voice controls which for the most part work surprisingly well using a Bluetooth headset. Commands such as 'SHOOT' to fire a missile and 'ENGAGE' to order your wingmen to attack soon lose their novelty though, especially as X, square, triangle and circle work so much better.

      Online mode is hugely competitive, with matches labelled from 'realistic' to 'hardcore' players, meaning you can find a good even game. Signs of lag are very rare, however being disconnected from Ubisoft's servers during play is not uncommon.

      Gameplay: 7/10
      Story: 4/10
      Visuals: 7/10
      Music: N/A
      Controls: 9/10
      Replayability: 8/10

      Overall: 7/10

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        17.06.2009 12:03

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        Great game but rent before you buy

        When I first saw heard that this game was being released I couldn't wait. Being a big fan of flying simulations such as ace combat I was looking forward to the first half decent combat flight sim for the ps3.

        By chance I had a free game/film voucher from blockbuster so I decided to rent the game rather than buying it before playing and im glad I did.

        Now I no I may have started on a negative and don't get me wrong the game is by far the best combat flight sim on the market today. The amount of weapons and aircraft available is astonishing.

        The bad point for me is the game itself is too short. I had the game for a week and I finished the game on normal and easy difficulty. And that was only playing maybe 1-2 hours a day after work.

        it will take a while to 100% the game due to all the achievements needed to be accomplished etc but to be honest after you have done the game once you will find it very boring doing the same over and over again to try and get the extra points.

        Overall a brilliant game but I would recommend renting before buying

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        05.06.2009 09:25

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        A great combat flight game which is easy to play but difficult to master

        Tom Clancy's HAWX is a completely different game from Tom Clancy's normal games so first I am advising not to read the name and assume it will be for you based on previous experience of his games.
        The game sees you in the not too distant future as a combat pilot who is sent out on missions to stop a variety of targets (planes, tanks, landing craft, etc) from air, sea and shore with the scenery and details in the entire scene simply stunning.
        The game is a highly exciting game which is easy to get used to but difficult to master as you have to judge your speed as you approach your targets to ensure you get a target lock and a chance to launch your missiles to destroy your target (too fast and you may only just get a lock and then be past the target), ensuring that you are flighing at a height that is perfect for attacking but does not leave you too vulnerable.
        This game is a fantastic, fast paced, adreneline pumping game which has fantastic visual affects and graphics and thanks to brilliant sound effects you get emersed into the game easily but they have still remembered to spend some proper time developing the gameplay side of things with a control system that is easy to get used to (I have heard people say that this is an arcade style game but in my opinion the game is a combat flight sim that has had the controls made simpler to make it appeal to the masses).
        If you liked the film Top Gun and always wanted to be that fighter pilot then this is your chance in the high def world.

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      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.