H.A.W.X. 2 can be pretty good fun when you're exchanging fire with your enemies, or desperately trying to avoid being blown out of the sky. However, your AI companions are rather dim witted and provide little to no effective back up whatsoever. The multiplayer's not bad and provides a nice bit of variety from your typical online play. There are also plenty of unlockables to keep you coming back for more. The £7.99 price tag over at Play (and Amazon if you're a PC user), should save you about £2 across the board.
For those looking for some aerial excitement then this deal from Bee.com might be worth a look. For around £6 you can get the latest instalment in the H.A.W.X series, and you’ll be saving yourself almost £4 in the process over the next cheapest over at ShopTo. As for the game, Its story isn’t the best ever but the combat can be fun if you’re looking for something a bit different in your warfare games. You take control of various combat aircraft throughout the main campaign which can also be done as a co-op experience, or slug it out with another player in a dogfight mode to earn XP and proclaim yourself the king of the skies in the ever-expanding Tom Clancy universe. Thanks to CKBhuna @ HUKD!
Let's get this straight right now: HAWX 2 is deeply mediocre... but that doesn't make it bad. An over-reliance on gimmicky sub-missions and restricive objectives cripple what could have been a great arcade flight sim. However, Ubisoft's Persistent Elite Creation system also makes the experience incredibly addictive, especially when coupled with some of the most fun and accessible multiplayer dogfighting I've ever had the joy to experience. The graphics have also been tightened up considerably since the last outing. In short: HAWX 2 isn't a must-buy, but it might just scratch your dogfighting itch until Ace Combat: Allied Assault releases later this year.
The Combat Flight genre has fallen from its popular heights of yesteryear but for those looking for some aerial excitement then this 24-hour deal at Zavvi might be worth a look. Set in the ever-expanding Tom Clancy universe, you take control of various combat aircraft throughout the main campaign which can also be done as a co-op experience, or slug it out with another player in a dogfight mode to earn XP and proclaim yourself the king of the skies. Its story isn’t the best ever but the combat can be fun if you’re looking for something a bit different in your warfare games, although if you’re waiting for it to drop in price a bit more no-one would blame you. Xbox 360 owners can also get it for the same price here.
If Matt's review piqued your interest in HAWX, then you might want to head to Shop To right now. Not only is their price by far the cheapest for Hawx 2 at the moment but it also comes with a free t-shirt (which, thankfully, appears to be far better quality than the one I received from HMV with Mario Galaxy 2)! This iteration of the Tom Clancy arcade flight sim promises to be a lot more authentic than the original H.A.W.X. There's plenty of different planes to play around in and some good multiplayer options. On the downside, the enemy AI is a bit of a mess by all accounts and the collision detection is a bit dodgy. Thanks to goonertillidie at Hotukdeals!
Platforms: PC | PS3 | X360 | Wii
Developer: Ubisoft Romania
Right, let's get this out of the way straight off of the bat...HAWX 2 is not a flight simulator. In much the same way as you wouldn't turn to Burnout for the ultimate, realistic driving experience, this game is most certainly not for fans of 'proper' sims. If you like your realism to be accurate, detailed and pedantic I'd turn away now. HAWX 2 is an action title that prefers to mix and match a little: an arcade game couched in the realistic wool of modern warfare and mapping engines.
As with the first game, not to mention the ever-popular and bizarrely numbered Ace Combat series, HAWX 2 attempts to find the middle ground between the arcade and the simulation. It is neither a game that comes bundled with a manual thicker than the Bible, nor is it a score-chasing button-masher that will give your a severe case of RSI, and because of all of this murky gene splicing it's aimed squarely at that most fictional of demographics 'the average gamer' - able to be picked up and played by damn near anyone with an interest.
The next iteration of Ubisoft's arcade flight sim is preparing for takeoff... and While the original didn't quite manage to truly get off the ground, this latest version is hopefully shaping up to be far more authentic whilst retaining the fist-pumping awesomeness of air combat. PS3 fans currently have a great opportunity t, since Coolshop are currently retailing at £28.49. This will save you over £9 compared to ShopTo (the nearest competitor) and is a good price for any new PS3 title. Note that prices are liable to fall and quickly rise before release- so we'll be keeping an eye on the situation in case it's worth changing your order down the line!
We featured H.A.W.X. 2 in yesterday's news roundup thanks to a hefty Ubisoft press package, but here's the rundown. This time around, Ubi will be throwing in a number of authentic logistical manoeuvres to make the experience more rounded and authentic; including carrier landings, mid-air refuelling and the all important taking off.
New combat mechanics include precision armaments for pinpoint strikes and some new cinematic situations (including flying through wicked anti-air fire viewed through a night vision HUD).
Ubisoft has also hinted that we'll be supporting a "very familiar team" this time around... so the smart money's on Mitchell's Ghost Squadron making another cameo appearance. H0wever, the new precision weaponry would allow us to tactically support the Rainbow Six HRT or a Third Echelon operative. Here's hoping.
The only thing that's certain about the future is that nothing is certain. Except that Bobby Kotick will continue to screw everyone, no-one will ever take Bing seriously and that Ubisoft will continue to pump out Tom Clancy titles (see below!).
Speaking of Ubisoft, however, they've announced their predictions for the future... and they're pretty big claims. Within three years, Ubi have predicted both a new console generation and that every house will have a 3D television!
Okay, let's start with the new console generation. Pundits and overpaid hypemongers analysts famously predicted that this current generation would last for a decade due to the extremely high manufacturing costs, high graphical capability and slim profit margins that're attached to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. However, it's plausible that we'll be seeing a new Microsoft and Nintendo offering within this timeframe, with Sony to follow due to the PS3's empirically superior onboard hardware. Just my two cents.
The other prediction seems a little premature, however. According to recent surveys and public opinion, 3D's still a minority fad that has yet to genuinely take hold or enrich the gaming experience in any major way... and it'll take some major convincing and price crashing to convince us otherwise. [Gamesindustry]
Two big predictions, three years and a whole mess of new hardware. You know you want to weigh in on this one. Have your say in the comments!
Rockstar have revealed their plans for RDR's upcoming downloadable content... and it's pretty damn depressing. Three of the our pieces of DLC only contain a few multiplayer offerings... and they're £9.99 each. Ugh.
However, the single shining speck of hope is that the final piece of DLC contains singleplayer missions, challenges, animals... and zombies! Oh yes, we'll be able to face off against the undead hordes later this year (exact date TBA). Whether it'll be worth a tenner is another matter altogether...I'm getting sick and tired of this. [CVG]
Another Ubisoft story, folks... since they were kind enough to carpet bomb my news desk with a full payload of trailers, Q&A sessions and details about H.A.W.X. 2. The original bottomed out a long way from aviation heaven thanks to some weirdly restrictive mission objectives and lack of a skirmish mode, but we're delighted that they've decided to stick with the franchise and bring another arcade flight sim to consoles. Frankly, there aren't anywhere near enough.
Right, down to business. H.A.W.X. 2 promises to deliver a much more authentic aviation experience this time around by offering a greater range of logistical gameplay features. We'll be able to take off from air bases, land on carriers and conduct perilous mid-air refueling manoeuvres- all of which will hopefully flesh out the overall depth of the package.
Naturally the combat is still the main event. New precision weaponry will allow for surgical strikes on key enemy targets- and AC13o rail shooting sections will help to break up the gameplay. We just pray that those EMP flight ceilings don't make an unwelcome return...
Why not take a gander at the trailer below? Whilst there are only a few snippets of actual game, you'll get the idea. We hope that H.A.W.X. 2 will be able to improve upon its predecessor when it's released later this year.