Reviews and Problems with Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
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24 April 2012
Excerpt: In Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X you are a fighter pilot and are employed by Artemis Global Security, a private military contractor that is permitted to operate anywhere in the world. Your task is to fly fighter aircraft and perform missions for your employer. As an arcade style flight simulator it sounds straightforward but H.A.W.X has some surprises under its sleeve that elevate it above what you would expect from the typical arcade shooter.
Conclusion: HAWX 2 is definitely the best looking flight game I've played in a while. It gets high marks for beautiful terrain based on satellite imaging. There was nothing striking about the plane models, but they looked good. The color schemes, music and presentation of the campaign missions were well selected and set the mood well, but they all seemed to blur together, especially since they were just like the campaign from Modern Warfare 2.
Pros: Good Terrain, Playable on most video cards, Controls easy to learn, anybody can fly, Variety of game types, Co-op Campaign, Experience unlocks weapons and planes
Cons: Dogfights very repetitive, Small multiplayer community, Bland campaign, Missions repetitive
Excerpt: Despite what you see in the screenshots in this review, H.A.W.X. is as much a flight simulator as Burnout Paradise is a driving sim. Ubisoft’s latest liberty with the Tom Clancy franchise is more akin to Descent or Wing Commander than it is to Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X. It’s an arcade shooter that cares more about maintaining a high explosion-per-minute ratio than realism or even proper physics.
Pros: Fast-paced action, exciting mission scenarios, and maps that use satellite imagery.
Conclusion: If the thrilling but short experience offered in the demo is any indication of what lies in store for anxious gamers next month, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. will no doubt be an unmitigated success. The gameplay is super tight, the visuals are amazing, and Clancy's stories are highly engaging. What more is there to ask for?
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a flight simulator game or a dogfighting game then HAWX isn’t what you want really, at least in single player mode. You can go play online and dogfight all day long, but that’s not without it’s drawbacks either. It is worth it if you just want to have some fun flying planes in an arcade style.
Pros: Fun game really, Lots of planes to pick from, Assistance off mode adds enjoyment
Cons: Graphics are bland, Storyline is bland as well, Missions can get annoying and monotonous at times, Online play needs some work
Excerpt: has led our expectations a merry dance indeed from early footage to retail release. When the first batch of screens broke cloud cover many people, myself included, wrote the game off as a well turned-out but unremarkable flight sim. Others were rattled by this sudden change of theme in a franchise best known for squad combat and high-tech stealth. With The latter needn't have worried, at least.
Excerpt: Tom Clancys HAWX from Ubisofts Romania Studio puts the player in the cockpit of the latest fighter jets to create a high octane flight experience with plenty of tricks to separate it from the masses. We recently had some time to play a few of the new missions over Chicago and Washington, which proved to be a memorable experience.