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Leading on from the PS1 games, Warhawk makes the leap to the PS3, and it's good. The game will attract shoot'em'up lovers and online fanatics alike. Want to find out why?
There isn't really that much of a story in Warhawk. You get thrown into the middle of a raging war between the Eucadian and Chernovan forces; that's as far as it goes. This is mainly due to the lack of a single player campaign, where most games depend on an expanding plot. Those looking for a deep and emotional struggle of a story will not find it here, but Warhawk is not without it's own unique feel and, most importanly, sense of time and place.
The question is, where to start? Let's get the basics out of the way. Warhawk is an online only third-person shooter. You can choose to fight with either the Chernovans or the Eucadians. Each side is effectivly the same, except for character and vehicle appearances. The games can hold up to 32 people online, and are run on servers. Players can create temporary custom servers or join one of the many official Warhawk servers which are always up.There are 4 different types of game. Deathmatch, Team deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Zones. The thirst three are self explanatory, but Zones will be new to you. In zones, you and your team fight for control of the bases scattered around the map, and recieve points for holding them. It's tense stuff; games will sometime become fights for a single central base, and the fighting really does get intense. The other game modes do involve bases, but are less important.
These game modes are played on 5 maps. 5 maps may not seem like a lot to you, but each one is vast and unique. Not only that, but the maps can be split into different parts, where only certain sections are available. This makes for varied matches and it different types of game develop on different maps.
The actual fighting can be split into 3 sections.
This is your basic soldier. This is YOU. You shoot with R1, throw grenades with L1, and use the directioanl buttons to select your weapon. Stand next to a vehicle and tap square to enter.The infantry are typically the weakest form of fighting, but when used correctly, definately pack a punch. To do this there are 11 different weapons at your disposal.
Knife. You always spawn with this one-hit kill melee weapon.
Pistol. You also spawn with this punchy pistol. Ver weak.
Rifle. You're basic machine gun. use for killing other infantry.
Flamethrowe. Incredibly powerful against vehicles and infantry.
Sniper Rifle. One-hit kill against infantry. Not for fighting vehicles.
Rocket laucher. Take out those annoying planes.
Land Mine. Boom.
Binoculars. Use to call in laser-guided airstrikes. Long cool-down.
Grenades. Powerful, getting in on target will guarentee a kill.
Wrench. Subsitutes knife, one-hit kill. Also repairs and damages vehicles. (Requires patch 1.3)
Biofield. Subsitutes land mines, heals friendly units and damages enemies. (Requires patch 1.3)
The infantry sections of Warhawk are it's weakest asset, but nothing to make you dissapointed or want to stop playing. Generally, the balance between infantry, vehicle and plane balances out nicely and provied versatile play.
These include the jeep and the tank. The jeep is fast and can hold three people, a driver, a passenger, and a gunner on its turret. Useful for raiding bases and quick-attacks. The tank is a different story. It's slower, but makes up for it with it's super powerful cannon, capable of killing infantry and destroying warhawks in one shot. It can hold 2 people, a driver, and a passenger who can pop out the top with his gun. The Chernovan and Eucadian vehicles look different but are the same. Driving the vehicles is smooth and enjoyable, always a great way to break up the flying.
These are the Warhawks. Versatile, quick, and powerful, they will satisfy almost everyones needs. You can swap your plan of attack with the hover and flight modes, and reap destruction from the air. However the warhawks aren't the sturdiest of vehicles, and if you don't watch it you'll be blown to bits. Flying is a joy. Press triangle to pop into flight mode and soar into the sky. Looking over the beautiful maps left me gaping in awe; it's truly wonderful, as is pulling off a nose-dive or turning at the last moment to fit under a bridge. By using the right analogue stick you can peform barrel-rolls, loop-the-loops, and all sorts of tricks; it's great fun.No plane would be any use without its weapons would it? No, so there are of course a selection of missles and bombs to use at your will. There are selected with the directional buttons.
Machine gun. Every plane has this light weaponary. Can overheat.
Missles. Can hold up to 15. Lock up to 8 onto enemy planes in 1 go.
Heavy Missles. Can hold only three. Much more powerful.
Cluster bomb. Use to devastate areas of ground packed with troops.
Tow missle. Stop your plane to use personally guide this rocket.
Energy Gun. Use in short zaps or power-up an electric storm bomb.
Land mines. Plant in the air for unsuspecting enemies to hit.
Chaf. Use to direct locked-on missles away from you.
With so many types or game to play, Warhawk ensures that everybody can find a taste to their liking, and players won't get bored.
The visuals in Warhawk are beautiful. The huge maps are fully filled out with mountians, bases, villages, rivers and so on. Each map is totally different, from deserts to airbourne cities. Not only that but the vehicles look solid and refreshingly orignal. The character models look good, but their movemens aren't life-like. It's nothing to put you off, and is actually suitably weird. Get the game running in 1080i and away you go.
Multiplayer? Surely this game is all multiplayer. Yes, yes it is. As I mentioned, you can have up to 32 people in one map at a time, but you can also do split-screen. This is one of the reaons I was drawn to Warhawk; if there are enough player slots, up to 4 people can play online from the same Playstation. Use it to gang up on enemy rivals or plan so-ordinated attacks, it's great fun when you have some friends over. With so many games not including 4-player splitscreen, Warhawk proves that it can make an excellent asset to a game.
Warning:Warhawk requies network connection, either LAN or Online. Please don't buy this game if you don't have either an Internet connection or a PSN account.
The other reviews on Ciao fail to mention this part. There are patches every few months to fix bugs and add new content, like the Wrench and Bio-field weapons mention above. Plans for 1.4 include new game types, such as Sabotage etc...There are also currenty 2 expansion packs available from the PSN store, each at £3.99 each. Omega Dawn includes the Omega Dawn Factory map, which is the game's biggest map and first nightime one. It also adds the KT-242 Combat dropship, capable of carrying 7 people and provides with it some big firepower. Broken Mirror includes the Vapour Field Glacier map and the APC troop carrier. It can carry 7 people, and acts as a spawn point when being driven. Broken Mirror is the better of the two in my opinion. If torn between the two, choose that one. The map is more balanced and the vehicle is more of an asset.
To buy or not to buy
I'm sorry that it's been a long review, Warhawk is just packed full of points that I wanted to put across. It's fun, verstile, active, and definately worth the buy. It can be purshased from the PSN store for £20, or can be bought as a disk from shops with a bluetooth headset included. I opted for the disk, because it isn't at risk of being lost on the hardrive and can be taken to other people houses, in my opinion the extra few pounds is worth getting in on disk.
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