I used to love playing this game. Like many other reviewers will tell you, there was so much potential to be had. However, I have a list of grievances.
-there just aren't alot of people playing anymore. Half a year ago, when the game should've been more active, it would take, on average, 20 minutes just to find a server with people playing. Maybe it's changed, I couldn't tell you. Things just died down and there was no sign of coming back.
-the game also had some problems in terms of balance. Some mechs were just overpowered, while others barely saw use. The devs did their best to balance all the cool robots, but at the end of the day, it just wasn't enough.
-Hawken fell into the oldest trap of many F2P games: making it pay2win. Half the mechs you couldn't access unless you purchased them, or played the game, grinding points nonstop for days on end. Your options for customizing those mechs were also behind paywalls, as were any and all decals, emblems, and other color customizations. I counted the numbers, and if you wanted to unlock everythign, you had to have won 100 matches a day, for about 1 year straight. You can't just play the matches, you have to win them, otherwise you don't get a point bonus.
-not alot of variety in gameplay. You basically had multiplayer, and multiplayer versus bots. That was it. game modes were your standard fare, nothing special. Lack of user modding killed what could've been a potential goldmine.
i'm surprised I didn't already write a review for this game. I guess I forgot because this game was so forgettable. If you want to try it, it is free, but don't expect to come back for more.