HAWKEN is a multiplayer first person shooter for PC that places you inside a mechanized war machine on the battlefield of a dystopian world called Illal. With strategic, fast-paced gameplay, HAWKEN features incredible alien landscapes, customizable and upgradable mechs, and dynamic experiences across multiple competitive game modes.
User reviews: Very Positive (15,268 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 14, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

“We are extremely happy to now offer HAWKEN as an Early Access title on Steam! We've been working hard fixing bugs, addressing feedback from the community and polishing up our design as we push forward towards our final release. HAWKEN is in the very final stages of BETA so you may notice a few bugs but we're ready for an expanded audience to try the game and have fun! HAWKEN is Free to Play so don't be shy about giving the game a try or recruiting your friends and family!

Please note that a pilot account is required to play HAWKEN. Use the following address to create a pilot account and you will be playing in no time at all: http://www.playhawken.com/enlist

We currently have 2 bundles available for purchase which offer players great game content at great discounts. We have a new lower price on the Prosk Starter Bundle and just launched the Mercenary Bundle which saves you an approximate 60% off the cost of purchasing each item individually!

If you were a player of HAWKEN previous to our presence on Steam please note that we are no longer be using our own launcher for the game but instead will be using Steam as a sole content delivery method. As a result we recommend that players uninstall any previous versions of the game before downloading the game here to avoid any potential conflicts. All your progress is stored remotely so you won't have to worry about losing anything!

We're excited to now bring HAWKEN to even more players and look forward to seeing you on the battlefield!”
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July 2

CapnJosh Weekly Update - 2015-07-02

Developments:
 
1. Double HC weekend starts now!

2. We've significantly increased the HC rewards for new user achievements
  - The idea is to remove the sense of too much grind
  - New users should be able to buy new stuff - more choice, more fun, less stress at making the "wrong purchase choice"
  - We will be watching "the numbers" to see how it *actually* affects the new user experience

3. We're reviving a different gameserver management system that may actually improve performance a bit
  - It's Ansible-based in case you like that level of detail ;)

4. We have an all-new server in Dallas
  - look for "dallas2"
  - it's running in an Internap data center (they're way into good networking)

5. Community tournaments - if you're running one or if you want to run one, send in a support ticket and tell us about it
  - We want to help make your event a success.
  - those "na" servers are running with this

6. There's a cosmetic item available for HC that's usually only an MC item.
  - Be quick though, this time it really is a limited-time-only thing

7. Probably the most important development this last week was this: http://www.megabots.com/
  - I started talking with them.  How could we partner up?  What do you think?
  - Does this mean we need to somehow challenge the MWO team? Post your feedback to https://community.playhawken.com/topic/2666-weekly-update-2015-07-02/

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June 26

Love Wins Event!

Today the United States Government Supreme Court’s historic ruling guaranteeing a right to same-sex marriage. Reloaded has always supported the diversity of our players and employees. #lovewins
 
To celebrate this historic ruling, any player that logs in today through Sunday, June 28th 11:59 PDT will receive a forum badge 
 
We're also celebrating by putting the RWB-Cross Paint, LessThan 3 LTD Paint and Neon Tech Paint on sale (deep discount) (until Sunday, June 28th 11:59 PDT).
 
Please post links to your #lovewins Hawken style ingame screenshots to this thread, and logos and your image may get highlighted on Facebook this weekend and throughout the week! Don't forget to use the spoiler tags with your images! 
 
Forum badge will be delivered by Friday, July 3rd, it takes time to manually apply to all those that login! 
 

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Reviews

“It's the type of experience that gets under your skin, making you want to come back for more.”
-IGN

“Perfectly balanced mech warfare”
-Polygon

“HAWKEN is everything I ever wanted in a mech shooter”
-Kotaku

Key Features

  • Fast Mech Gameplay: War is a Machine. Pilot hulking death machines and use massive weaponry to destroy your foes.
  • 18 Unique Mechs: Determine your method of mass destruction. Choose from 18 unique classes including the lightweight assassin like Reaper, the medium blitz mode Raider and the heavy tank-like Incinerator. Each mech is unique with their own special abilities, stats and weapon loadouts.
  • 6 Game Modes: Play cooperatively or competitively in the 6 game modes available. Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Missile Assault, Siege, Co-Op Bot Destruction and Co-Op TDM.
  • Stunning Dystopian Environments: Experience a planet in the depths of war. Battle across decaying cityscapes, desert towns, post-apocalyptic wastelands, jungle outposts and secret weapons facilities.
  • Loadout Customization: Customize your playstyle with a wide array of internals that offer passive improvements, as well as offensive, defensive and functional items. There's also a plethora of cosmetic enhancements to truly personalize your mech.
  • Arsenal of Weapons: Choose your weapons wisely. Massive sniper rifles, rotary cannons, ballistic spike guns, fireball launchers, corrosive chemical weapons and dual mode explosive launchers are just a few of your options for ordnance.
  • Variety of Items: Use the right tool for the job. Deploy a hologram to fool enemy mechs, use an EMP to shutdown their core systems and then launch a high explosive grenade or detonator for their fiery demise. Choose from 12 unique items which offer a variety of gameplay.
  • Enhanced NVIDIA PhysX: Take your battle experience to the next level with the latest in NVIDIA’s PhysX technology. Explosion and particle effects are incredibly more detailed to provide the optimal visual experience of mech warfare.
  • Oculus Rift Support: Fully immerse yourself in mech battles with gameplay support for the Oculus Rift.

About This Game



HAWKEN is a multiplayer first person shooter for PC that places you inside a mechanized war machine on the battlefield of a dystopian world called Illal. With strategic, fast-paced gameplay, HAWKEN features incredible alien landscapes, customizable and upgradable mechs, and dynamic experiences across multiple competitive game modes.


HAWKEN features 6 game modes: Team Deathmatch, Co-Op Bot Destruction, Missile Assault, Siege, Deathmatch and Co-Op TDM. Each mode offers a unique gameplay experience that requires a different approach and hones a separate set of skills.

  • Team Deathmatch
    Two teams of six group together and battle as a team in a race to 40 kills. Fighting as a group and knowing when to play defensively is essential to survival.

  • Co-Op Bot Destruction
    Team up with three other pilots for 25 waves of increasingly intense encounters against computer controlled mechs and attack drones. Every fifth wave is led by one or more elite boss mechs that can’t be defeated alone. Move as a group, plan your attack, and spend your resources wisely to eek out a victory against all odds. Co-Op Bot Destruction is currently available on the Facility and Front Line maps, each featuring a unique set of enemies.

  • Missile Assault
    Split your team of six into groups and compete over three missile silos spread across the map. Capture a silo and maintain control over it to launch missiles against the enemy team’s base ship. Control all three missile silos to do bonus damage and end the battle even sooner. Flexibility and effective use of items are the key to destroying the enemy base before they destroy yours.

  • Siege
    Collect EU from two energy sources in neutral territory and return them to base to launch an attack ship at the enemy base. Fight for control over the Anti Aircraft battery in the center of the map to keep your ship from being shot down before it reaches and destroys the enemy base. There is no time limit in Siege, but every ship you launch is more powerful than the last.

  • Deathmatch
    Watch your radar and be careful not to expose yourself until you have the advantage in an intense free-for-all battle. The player with the highest score after 10 minutes wins.

  • Co-Op TDM
    Team up with 5 other pilots for online TDM against computer controlled mechs. If you want to jump into a match and have some fun without concerning yourself with human opponents, then this is the mode for you!


HAWKEN features a wide range of customization options that allow you to craft a unique look and equipment loadout that other players will remember.

  • Cosmetic
    Strike fear in your enemies and confidence in your allies with unique trim colors & paint patterns, chassis parts, thrusters, and repair drones. Taunt defeated opponents and make your teammates laugh with comic mech emotes and deployable hologram generators. Make yourself at home in your mech by using cockpit decorations, custom HUD colors and different combinations of primary and secondary reticles!

  • Practical
    Customize your play style and abilities with passive internals and deployable items. Internals take one to three of six available internal slots and range in effect from giving your mech a unique ability, such as dashing or doing a 180 spin in mid-air, to temporarily boosting damage or healing each time you gain a kill or assist. Items can serve as an additional weapon (e.g. EMPs, Grenades), a deployable piece of equipment that helps you and your teammates (e.g. Portable Scanner, Shield) or one that disrupts your enemies (e.g. Machine Gun or Rocket Turret, Radar Scrambler). Select a loadout that matches your play style to defeat your enemies quickly, support your team, or control tactically important areas of the map.

Game Guide



HAWKEN offers pilots numerous mechs in three different weight classes that fill a variety of distinct roles on the battlefield. Find the mechs that match your play style and study the strengths and weaknesses of enemy mechs in our comprehensive mech guide.
http://www.playhawken.com/game-guide/mechs


HAWKEN has numerous maps to explore. But you can’t always enjoy the scenery--or get your bearings--while boosting away from enemies. Our Map Guide includes interactive maps showing major points of interest for every game mode on every map, plus lore, screenshots, gameplay tips, and more.
http://www.playhawken.com/game-guide/maps


Every mech starts with one primary weapon. You can purchase two additional primary weapons in the garage. You can purchase the alternate primary weapon at mech rank 3 and the prestige weapon at mech rank 5. You can swap your primary weapon in the Garage or in the Staging Area before a match or between respawns. Each mech only has one secondary weapon. They cannot be switched out for alternatives like primary weapons. However, all secondary weapons possess a special ability that provides additional functionality. Use the middle mouse button to activate that ability.
http://www.playhawken.com/game-guide/weapons


HAWKEN lets you change your equipment to customize and upgrade your mechs. You can equip a variety of useful items and deploy them in battle to gain an edge over your opponents.
http://www.playhawken.com/game-guide/items

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)
    • Processor: 2Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Card Supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0 (NVIDIA 9800 GTX or AMD HD 5670)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1280 x 720 or Higher Resolution
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (64bit)
    • Processor: 3Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB Graphics Card Supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0 (NVIDIA GTX 460 or AMD HD 6850)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
247.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Early Access Review
HAWKEN is a fantastic flurry of metal, carnage, and sheer energy. The game fills a niche place in the market to be sure, but that dosen't mean you shouldn't try it.

The Good: GIANT MECHS WITH GIANT GUNS!! Really though, it's Michael Bay the Video Game. Huge mechs duking it out across a bunch of different maps. There's a whole host of mechs to choose from, depending on how you like to play. This game is NOT PAY TO WIN. IT JUST ISN'T. SO STOP SAYING THAT. Everything related to gameplay can be unlocked with in-game credits. Mechs, items, internals, the works. The only thing you have to pay for is swag, like paint jobs and different chassis.

The Bad: The previous devs (Adhesive) shut down, and left the game in limbo. Then Reloaded came along and picked this game up from the ashes. This just happened recently, and Adhesive really screwed the game up, so there's gonna long turnaround before the current team can actually release anything new. In the mean time, some balancing needs to happen, but nothing soulcrushing. This game plays like an arena shooter (UT04 for example), where the fast and maneuverable live. Not that this is bad, it just means there's a pretty strong learning curve.

The Ugly: Again, Reloaded got the short end of the stick when they got the game from Adhesive, so there's a host of bugs and balances that need to be worked out. There's stuff in the works to be sure, but it may be a while before we actually see any of that happen. The learning curve and grind have also been known to scare people off.

TL;DR Big machines, big explosions, big fun. Reloaded is stuck in the mud for the time being, but the game is still super fun. Also, check out the forums at https://community.playhawken.com/ These guys are super cool. Very welcoming and willing to help out a new player in need.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Early Access Review
Fun mech shooter game, player base is a little low but not enough to not find a game just takes a little longer then usual games.Also has a real money pay system per usual for f2p games but nothing game breaking, money is easy enough to make so you wont spend days or even hours grinding to buy a new mech.Overall it seems pretty fair.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
Fun gameplay, great machine and environment design (the machines in this looks like they could function in real life!) and less than stellar sound make for an interesting, fast paced experience. Not too many people play this as much anymore though, but a ftp worth cheking out.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Early Access Review
Hawken is a fast-paced twitch FPS masquerading as a MOBA where assymetrical class-based gameplay relies heavily on coordinated teamwork to accomplish goals. Game modes include variations of PvP and co-op, but no single-player campaign as of now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Early Access Review
The game gives a great feel for war mech combat. You can't find games like this many places. The devs are back guys. This is one game in my opinion people should support.
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