Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Arcade-style aerial-combat game. The game has plenty to offer for single player, but it doesn't offer much in the way of competitive multiplayer content.
From a distance and up high in the altitude, the environments--which are created with real satellite data--look beautiful. Natural landscapes and expanses of water are incredibly lifelike, and city skylines are nicely detailed. But if you fly too low, the illusion is shattered. The planes are the game's stars, and each one is modelled realistically with great attention to detail. Light bounces off of wings, afterburners glow with blistering heat, missiles launch in clouds of smoke, and explosions serve as a gorgeous reminder of just how much power you have at your command.
+Visually, the game looks nice, mostly.
+Realistic planes and environments (from distance and high altitude only).
+Great, action-packed dogfighting
+Experience point, challenge system, stats, and unlocks help out keeping things interesting.
-DirectX 10 very unstable on Modern Windows OS (Running in Windows Vista Compatibility Mode solved my crashes).
-Poor porting from consoles.
-Low replayability value (especially if you played and finished the game on Hardest setting).
-Keyboard and Mouse controls have a steep learning curve.
-Poor voice acting.
-Uninspired mission design.
-Typos on the subtitles.
-Limited multiplayer modes.
-Ground textures look ugly up close.
-Planes handle mostly all similarly.
-Planes are flying VERY slowly (something you wouldn't expect especially for a arcade-ish game).
-Friendly AI is weak (you're better of handling every battles yourself!).
Tom Clancy’s HAWX is very close to being a great game; it’s just missing a few of the intricate pieces that create an enthralling experience. As it is the mission design is lacking, the combat is unimaginative, and the multiplayer is shallow.
If you love arcade-sim combat games, sure give HAWX a try! As it is today, the game is pretty cheap so if you don't like, you won't spend too much! But I did played better games before and you may look at other alternatives to suite your aerial-combat needs!
6.5 / 10