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 (14,628 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 14, 2014

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“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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May 23

MarkeeDragon is live streaming twitch.tv/markeedragon

MarkeeDragon is live streaming #hawken and playing with viewers! Join in on the fun on private server markeedragon

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May 22

Weekly Update - 2015-05-22

What happened over the last 7 days:
1. Private servers now ignore MMR
2. Confirmed that players in the starting MMR range lose 3 out of 4 matches
  - yes, this is a big deal
  - it's because the winning team has one player that carries the team
  - the winning team has double the kill spread (between highest and lowest kill number)
3. I had lunch with Khang Le and Aaron (both former devs)
  - they're good people
  - they helped confirm some future design goals ;)
4. Started streaming on Hitbox.tv
  - they're pretty excited to have more Hawken air time, so look for it there
5. Launched a new site that will see more development over the coming weeks: http://streams.playhawken.com
  - tell us what you think
6. Read through patent applications
  - yes, it's dense
What's happening over the next 7 days:
1. Ramping up job posting efforts
2. Begin nailing down a more concrete development schedule
3. My workstation is now directly in the middle of the new Hawken dev area
  - yes, I feel lonely; hoping for new work pals ;)
4. Begin to address the mismatch issues in the new player MMR range
  - the overarching goal is to ensure better match quality for individuals
  - this will be an ongoing hot topic to me (even hotter than the store)
5. Implement additional balance tweaks
  - the goals will be to boost previously underpowered items/weapons/internals
  - Mention specific items/internals/weapons you believe to be underpowered, especially those that are simply not competitive
Join the discussion here: https://community.playhawken.com/topic/2191-weekly-update-2015-05-22/

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

“Perfectly balanced mech warfare”

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

System Requirements

    • 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
    • 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
39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
226.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Early Access Review
HAWKEN is another example of F2P done right.

HAWKEN is a Free to Play in the same style as League of Legends, where you use in-game currency to purchase different Champions Mechs who have different advantages, abilities, utilities, playstyles, as well as disadvantages. You can equip different Runes Internals which give different advantages, alternate weapons to your Mechs, & even bring along different items in order to balance out different strategies & playstyles— making your Mech more unique in how you play it. The game is easy to pick up & play, all while leaving room for mastering advanced strategies or gameplay mechanics.

There is NOTHING you can purchase with real-money (MC) that you can't get with in-game currency (HC) which gives you a gameplay advantage; this game is certainly NOT "Pay to Win". You can buy Mechs, Internals, Weapons, & Items with the "real-money currency" but it's nothing you can't obtain with the in-game currency. The only things you cannot purchase with in-game currency are cosmetics; different paints for your Mechs, different coloured thrusters, or even swappable visual parts which do nothing aside for personal aesthetic appeal.

The game is surprisingly balanced, with each Mech (including the starting Assault you get for free) being no more overpowered or underpowered than any other. The Assault is a good balance of up-close or at a distance, being between niches while it isn't the best at anything either; a jack-of-all-trades if you will. The Rocketeer is good for harassment, zoning discouragement, or finishing off those low-health rivals trying to run away. The Reaper is good for sniping the enemy Mechs while maintaining a high amount of mobility. The Infiltrator is good for, well, infiltrating the enemy base or coming out of stealth to deal a large amount of burst-damage. Even the 'cheapest' Mechs have their place & are quite usable in battle which is pleasant to know.

For game modes; There is the traditional Team DeathMatch, a Missile Assault (keep control of 3 points), a Siege (bit harder to summarise) but there is also a CO-OP TDM where you face against bots (who get stronger the more people are in your party), or a CO-OP "Bot Destruction" mode which is akin to destroying waves of weaker enemies while you fight for your life alongside strangers or friends. There are plenty of servers, & for those who wish you are able to browse & join specific servers as well-- so you're not simply a slave to the matchmaker system. However, the game will prevent you (or anyone with a really high match-making-rank) from joining low-rank servers; this is to prevent the 'elite' from simply obliterating low-ranking players as that really isn't fun for anybody.

The controls are solid. There is a quickturn mechanic which can be a little obnoxious at first (instead of "boosting" (akin to sprinting) backwards, you do a 180-quickturn which you'll likely do accidentally more than a few times) but once you get used to that the controls are flawless. You're able to re-map every key or function, including on an XBOX controller, & the radar, chat, & kill-messages are all able to be moved to the corner of your preference. The visual indicators for things such as when your secondary-fire is ready again, or when your ability is cooled down are clearly visible & understandable being able to be checked with a glance at most.

It's a gorgeous game built on the Unreal Engine with some NVIDIA-exclusive graphic options, however even on a non-NVIDIA card cranking the game up to 'Ultra' is very satisfying. I've never been extremely picky on graphics as until this beast-of-a-laptop I've never been able to run games on full so I am probably not the best person to make a comment on them other than that.


I wasn't expecting much when I first downloaded HAWKEN, but even if I was I feel HAWKEN would have met those high expectations. The game has been purchased by a new developer recently who has been fixing bugs, adding a few new features, & slowly but surely working on creating new content for a game with a huge potential. It has been said that HAWKEN could very easily become the next Halo with a push in the right direction.


Boost/Dodge Mode: By default, the boost/dodge/quickturn is set to doubletapping left/right/forward/back. This is known to be slightly unreliable & is recommended to toggle the option. Toggling makes it so (when using default wsad) pressing [Shift]+[W] will boost you forward, [Shift]+[A/D] dodges sideways, & [Shift]+[S] 180-quickturns. If you are already pressing [A] or [D], pressing Shift will make you dodge immediately rather than having to release the [A] or [D] & press it again. This will save your life more than once! Additionally, (most) games will have you press [Shift] for sprinting rather than doubletapping [W] but this could also be personal preference. Unfortunately, you are unable to have both options at once.

Chat/Radar: Move the chat to the bottom-left, where it should be by default. The in-game voice chat is currently broken, so at times important information or team-strategies will be posted in chat & when the chat is up at the top people are less likely to read/notice it. This also has the happy-side effect of placing the radar in the top left/right, where it will probably feel more natural (most MMORPGs or other games in general have their radar/map in a top corner).

Profanity Filter: This is obviously optional, but there IS an option to disable it. If you go into the [Game Settings] & scroll down to the bottom, there is a profanity filter you're able to un-check.


EDSF over WSAD: This isn't related to HAWKEN specifically, but any WSAD controlled game in general. Thanks to a good friend of mine who converted me, I now try to inform anybody else on using EDSF over WSAD as it comes with MANY advantages with only one disadvantage.
  • Your fingers stay on 'home-row position'. In games like HAKWEN, L4D2, Minecraft, or any other game where you may end up typing at all you no longer have to move your hand right & left for typing. You're able to type a quick message, send it, then continue controlling the game without moving your hand potentially in the wrong spot leading to death, accidental item usage, or anything else. Your fingers can now stay planted on ASDF for typing & gaming!
  • MOAR KEYS! With traditional WSAD, your pinky has control over: [Ctrl], [Shift], [Tab] kind of, aaaaaand … nope that's it. Two maybe 3 keys. With ESDF, your pinky can still easily reach [Shift] & [Tab] (less so [Ctrl] but it's doable if you need it (& it was 'less so [Tab] for WSAD anyway)), but now your pinky gets to use [~] [1] [Q] [A] [Z] & [Alt] in addition!
    That's a 'profit' of 6 extra keys, or 3 if your fingers are too small to include the [~]/[1]/[Alt] as a pinky-key presses (& I press [Alt] with my thumb, anyway). That's 3-6 extra buttons for abilities, macros, items, toggles, or whatever else without sacrificing any keys (keep in mind the pinky still has [Ctrl](ish) [Shift] & [Tab] just like before) for any other fingers since they all simply shift one key to the right. Instead of pressing [E] for 'Use' it's [R], & instead of [R] for 'Reload' where applicable it's [T], instead of 'Flashlight' being [F] it'd be [G], etcetera etcetera. The letter on the key is different, but the muscle-memory movement is still the same so there's no having to readjust or re-learn the key presses you've known for years.
  • The ONLY disadvantage of EDSF … is having to remap keys. By default games have a WSAD-based control scheme so before playing you'll typically need to move every key one key to the right so it's based around EDSF, but that's a one-time deal per game. Worth it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Early Access Review
I strongly recommend this game. It is a great FPS, and even in beta is still amazing. To top it all off, it is free so there is no reason why you shouldn't be playing HAWKEN right now!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Early Access Review
People call this a rip off of titan fall, call of duty and other games stuff them this has got to be one of the best Mech fps's out there, it is so beautiful with its graphics and handling it lags a bit on some computers such as mine but at least when you change the graphics setting's it still looks amazing great job done to this game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Early Access Review
Game is pure skill and tactics, so there is no P2W.
Fast phased action but you aint gonna survive with Run n gun.
Awesome gameplay.
No need to buy nothing with real money.
All mechs got unique playstyle and are customizable, from color to weapons and mech parts.
All the players so far have been super nice.

ITS FREE!!! Try it out, nothing to lose.
Played my first match and i was hooked.
Did i say its free! No real money needed.
Overall score 9/10, best Mech FPS out there.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Early Access Review
HAWKEN is one of the best games I've come across. I didn't believe the reviews that claimed in was completely balanced, but from my experience it's the most balanced game I've ever played. If you get a hold of someone they will die, if they get a hold of you, well, you die. It's skill based and very addicting. I rate this game a perfect 10/10, no not really I give it an 8/10 because I still think that the customization (cosmetic) should in some aspect be able to happen without spending money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
86.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Early Access Review
65 hours on record, and the AAA-quality graphics and sound still never get old. If you're a fan of mechs this was / is one of the most visceral mech experiences out there today. It is experiencing a quiet revival with the takeover by Reloaded, so if you're a new or former player there has never been a better time to jump in.
The community is small but reviving, and mostly friendly with help.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
46.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Early Access Review
This is a fun game. I've played it since before it was bought by Reloaded Games and have to say it has improved so much. It's a f2p done correctly and (almost) every single item is available through in-game currency. The only items that are exclusive are cosmetics. On the contrary: all the weapons/items/mechs can be either acquired through in-game or premium currency and the only difference is that the premium cuts corners in the sense that you get the weapons/items/mechs earlier It is not a pay2win game and is aesthetically pleasing. All around this is a good game
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Early Access Review
Everything you would want for a mech shooter.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Early Access Review
One of the best free to play games I've played. Would recommend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Early Access Review
HAWKEN is one of those high quality F2P games that suffered from poor management in the beggining which ultimately stopped it from ever becoming seriously popular despite the games high quality. The main issue was that the countermeasure system used to be a PvP thing instead of strictly PvE items, which caused a lot of pay-to-win controversy. And honestly, it was. A person who payed money could then funnel all their leftover XP into countermeasures for a noticeable advantage. They eventually learned and finally removed the system from competitive PvP play, but it was too late. The damage had already been done.

The game has now unfortunately faded into another one of those obscure F2P titles that only has a couple hundred people playing at any given time. The game now stands as yet another example of how F2P with bad business models can ruin their reputation forever, regardless whether or not the problems are later fixed.

That being said, the game is still a lot of fun and filled with life. Graphics are well done, gameplay is extremely well designed, there are plenty of customization options for your mechs, and the business model is no longer pay2win. It's worth a try. Just don't expect any major competitive scene or tournaments with cash prizes on the line.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
313.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Early Access Review
Great game, however there is a disparity between those that cheat, and those that don't. The game released free from steam recently was a beta version, and new developers since have taken over trying to capitalize on the games potential. From the start new ownership has been able to clean up the stability issues due to the neglect of the game over time, and have come up with some good progressive strategies to allow the game to gain a following with the hopes of becoming a competitive game in the 'team fps' genre in the future. The problem here is in their attempt of trying to gain new players by offering advantages to start up, they have inadvertently opened the door for past players to start new accounts thereby exploiting the advantages crushing any true new comer. More measures need to be implemented to keep the game completely fair. Without the guarantees you would get with say DOTA that the game is cheat proof, the chances of serious competitive play are slim, and even worse you would see an exit of the core players that have kept the game alive to begin with.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
217.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Early Access Review
I used to recommend this mostly team-based game to anyone, but now it's riddled with players who do not try to do objectives or help their teammates out. This isn't a game where a player can be an all-star and save the day. Teams win by teamwork and lose horribly when they do not. It is really a shame because this game can be awesome when people are trying to be team players.

It also doesn't help that the game doesn't reward teamwork enough. A prime example would be the lack of points awarded to players for assists. right now killstealing rewards players more points than doing most of the damaging but only getting an assist.

When you are lucky enough get in a match where both teams are trying to do the objectives, it is very fun regardless of who wins. However, most games end up being complete landslides because 1 team is working together and trying to do the objectives and the other team (save 1 or 2 players) are avoiding doing any team-related actions such as capturing and holding points, collecting and returning energy units to home base to launch our ships, or even helping each other in firefights.

Players not trying to help their team or trying to complete objectives makes no sense. Playing with such stupidity is absolutely zero fun. I hope the new development team can tweak/balance Hawken to encourage and reward teamwork.

I would also like to add that cheating is and has been a problem since around the time Hawken arrived on Steam. Mostly wallhackers but I've seen blatant use of aimbots as well. When Adhesive was doing well, they were active with banning cheaters. Now it goes unchecked.

Here are recent videos of hackers:
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Early Access Review
Super fun game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Early Access Review
i love this game..
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Early Access Review
One of the best Sci-Fi games i have played
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Early Access Review
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
92.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Early Access Review
The games good, would this beard lie to you?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Early Access Review
AMASINGG!!! 9.9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Early Access Review
Love this game <3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Early Access Review
In this game you're a robot. Beep bop boop shoot.
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