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HAWKEN - review of Open Beta

This is a first person all action game in which you control one of several mechanized warrior types and view the screen (see below) through the windscreen of the vehicle. The effect when played on my 28 inch widescreen monitor is reminiscent of watching a full-on action dvd movie and being part of the film.  The problem with the windscreen view is that it is like wearing blinkers, you have no peripheral vision. Therefore you get shot at from the side and have to turn, sort of like the way you would if you had a stiff neck, a shoulder rather than neck turn.  Movement is via the WASD keys and fire combat utilizes the left, right and centre mouse buttons.

The game is free to play but in a way that’s a misnomer. You are given one mech and some equipment - you do get to name your mech (I called mine DA 1 SY) - and if you play for umpteen hours and then some you may eventually earn enough in-game cash to buy a second mech. The likelihood when playing though is that you will either get fed up being defeated by stronger better mechs which other players have bought or you will begin to spend real money on new mechs and upgraded weapons and armour. Then the free part disappears and you end up paying to play.

I don’t know what will be in the final release but in the Open Beta there are four possible games. When you select one you wait for enough online players to join, and then you begin.

DeathMatch: You vs A N Other Mech.

Team DeathMatch: Team v Team. 4 players in each team. You join a game and are assigned to a team. 

Missile Assault: You have to defend your team’s Silo’s and capture those of your opponent.

Siege: Collect energy to launch your attack on the enemy base.

As you can see there is nothing there that you haven’t played before, therefore there must be something to make you want to play HAWKEN, and there is, the excellent reality of the terrain.

 

Star2Com is On Board with HAWKEN™
 
Star2Com begins working with publisher Meteor Entertainment™ to bring HAWKEN news and information to Europe
      
Colico, ITALY (January 21, 2013)  –  Star2Com is proud to be providing PR and Marketing support to Meteor Entertainment for HAWKEN, the highly acclaimed free-to-play first-person mech shooter, which entered Open Beta on December 12, 2012 (12.12.12).
 
"We are thrilled to see so many European gamers playing HAWKEN.  A PR partnership with Star2Com ensures that we can more effectively provide breaking news and information on the game to gamers in these territories effectively,” said Shannon Gerritzen, Senior Manager, Global PR at Meteor Entertainment.
 
HAWKEN is developed by Adhesive Games™ and published by Meteor Entertainment. HAWKEN creates an intense and enjoyable battle experience that captures the feeling of piloting a heavy war machine while keeping the action fast-paced and strategic. HAWKEN brings the quality of a AAA title to the free-to-play sector.  HAWKEN has been called one of the most anticipated games of 2012, winning more than 22 press awards at industry events.  For more information, visithttp://www.playhawken.com.
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