Excerpt: I don't know what Tom Clancy dreams about, but at a guess I'd predict that his nights are filled with horrible visions of America being attacked by unstoppable evil forces. That's the impression I get from his books and video games, at any rate. Whether it's the Ruskies, Middle Eastern terrorists or a renegade corporate army, he's always worrying about a big load of baddies invading US soil. He must barely get a wink of sleep, the poor lamb.
Excerpt: Though you may tweak the controls with various assistance features to curb instability, the game never feels right. For the first few hours, you will battle the controls more than the enemy. Funnily enough, the enemies are easy – so easy that there are missions where you’ll spend more time staring at the radar (to locate enemies) than the actual stage. Most enemies can be taken out in two simple steps: (1) lock-on and (2) fire a missile.
Excerpt: Much of the satisfaction to be gleaned from Tom Clancy's HAWX comes from the way it ably straddles the fence between simulation and arcade action. For a game that aims to put the player in the cockpit of a zillion-dollar death-mobile, there's a surprising simplicity to the controls. There's no need to invest in a flight stick (unless you have a fetish for this kind of thing). And still there's a lot to juggle.
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: Name: Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Genre: Flight Action Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC (Reviewed on PlayStation 3) It’s hard to review H.A.W.X. without comparing it to Ace Combat 6 , the only other flight action game with a modern setting available for current gen systems. There are many similarities between the two releases; from the missions, to the jets, and even the controls.
Excerpt: Tom Clancy’s HAWX Review on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Ubisoft Romania has already populated air space with the Blazing Angel series--competing for a piece of the blue yonder while dog-fighting the likes of the long-lived Ace Combat series. This time the aerial acrobatics are set in the not too distant future, with an infusion of the Tom Clancy name and history, but does HAWX go where eagles dare?
Excerpt: After tackling squad-based third-person combat in Ghost Recon, stealth action in Splinter Cell, and strategy in EndWar, Ubisoft's Tom Clancy brand takes to the skies in HAWX (High Altitude Warfare--Experimental). The game features intense dogfights, gorgeous scenery and planes, and an instantly accessible, arcade-style air combat experience.
Pros: Realistic planes and environments, Great, action-packed dogfighting, Believable audio really enhances the experience
Cons: Limited multiplayer modes, Ground textures look ugly up close, Planes all handle similarly, Friendly AI isn't great