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.
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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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June 20

Dev Update - Q&A

Now that we're home from E3 I've put together the questions you have and had the Devs take a pass at answering. I hope this information helps put your minds at ease that the PC is still going to be around. We're not replacing it with the consoles, the consoles are a new addition to the Hawken family. Click here to read the full Q&A/

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June 13

Dev Update - Catching Up! Coming Soon - PS4 & Xbox One!

The E3 Announcement for Hawken on Play Station 4 and Xbox One is finally released!  We hope you're just as excited as we are about the news. 
 
Ever wondered just what was going on for the past year or so? We figured a high level timeline might be of interest :) 
 
The long and short of it is that the console port is a fantastic addition to Hawken. It brings the gameplay we all love to a very wide audience, and we’ve all kinds of good plans for the future. The PC platform is going see all kinds of benefits; we’re in the process of getting all platforms up to feature parity, and from that point on, the Illal sky is the limit.
 
March 2015 – Reloaded Games acquires Hawken assets

This was the big rescue-style emergency recovery action to make sure Hawken didn’t disappear.

June 2015 – Console port starts to ramp up
 
505 Games happened to notice when we acquired the Hawken assets. They pretty quickly mentioned they thought a console port would make a lot of sense, and so after some negotiation time and some exploratory research, an agreement was signed that put Hawken on the road to becoming a console title. Prior to then, we had to sort of remain in a bit of a holding pattern, because depending on the possible console port work, the nature of immediate development efforts would have been drastically different. This is probably when you may have noticed capnjosh becoming a little less-than-precise in his communications ;)

July 2015 – Initial code merge for PlayStation 4 port
 
This involved merging some 26,000 files. I'm sure you can imagine how mind-numbing that can be. Our tech director had done this a number of times before, so when he finished, the game was surprisingly close to running. Things generally compiled, but, as you can guess, it becomes a hugely painful process of addressing every compilation problem, adding more logging, iterating, and generally going into super-focus mode for hours and hours and days and days. If you don’t mind doing that, then, well game dev may be for you.

August 2015 – First raw PlayStation builds
 
This phase took the longest, since it had to set things up to work with the upcoming Xbox One merge. It also was where we had to also port the Hawken-specific online subsystems; this proved to pretty time-consuming on its own. All throughout, we made sure it ran on PC, which helped with testing overall, and it also allowed for faster dev work for the rest of the team. 
 
September 2015 – Xbox One code merge and first builds

During this process we had to upgrade to DirectX 11. We had to merge 3 different rendering pipelines into one so future development could be faster. 

October 2015 –  Significant playable builds for console. UI starts to become a challenging little beast
 
Here’s where the development started to get interesting. Talk about complex.

November 2015 – UI proves to be far more of a problem than anticipated.

The problem essentially boiled down to pretty old tech debt. The UI code had had to be structured to handle a lot more than ActionScript 2 was really well-suited to handle, so there were added layers of complexity that made work very slow for people unfamiliar with all the context behind where and why things were coded the way they were. Clean, well-engineered code, yes, but very complex.
 
December 2015 – Started a UI rebuild; winter illness

The idea behind this was that we could not get satisfactory console controller input. Shifting focus between all the elements on the existing UI was proving near impossible. So, we sort of had no choice but to try rebuilding a new UI framework using all the experience of past console port work and current best practices. This process was very time consuming, and I’m sure our publisher can emphasize how worrisome it all was ;)
 
January 2016 – Revert to old UI with help of original U programmer; framerate gets better
 
Out of nowhere, Jay Elwanger happened to become available. He knew how and why code was the way it was and he loved Hawken. He was able to do a proof-of-concept UI update that indicated we did not have to scrap the entire old UI. This work allowed us to put focus back on the engine-specific porting work.
 
February 2016 – Services layer updates, continue UI, reschedule launch dates

We upgraded frameworks for the back-end services, we improved handling, created all the server-to-server communications systems required for console authentication and purchases. Kind of a complex bundle of things there, let me tell ya. Good thing is it’s all fairly reusable and pretty clean.
 
March 2016 – More services updates, hosting and deployment adjustments
 
The services layer saw upgrades to things like processing efficiency, security, and compression of data in transit over the network. Hosting systems and the services layer had to updated to handle the now-multiple platforms per environment. Deployment systems, build servers, gameserver hosts, and services machines all saw changes. And all the while we had to keep in mind how we can ensure the live PC game is supported.

April 2016 – First certification checks on Xbox One
 
The Xbox team at Microsoft was excited to see Hawken on the Xbox One, and they actually did a few pre-certification reviews for us. And then they even had an expert do an analysis of some PIX captures. You know when you get to hear a true expert on some topic sort of explain what they’re seeing, what they suspect could be a cause, and then some historical background on why something could be happening? Yeah, there are some really smart people over at Microsoft.
 
May 2016 – First certification submissions, massive bug fixing

Having a game build in certification testing is nerve-wracking. You go for several days fearing the worst – dozens of Condition For Resubmission items (in Xbox parlance) or Must Fix items (in Play Station testing terms). The stakes are high at this point ; it takes a week or two from the time you do final commits for a build to when that build is done with submission testing. Getting fixes retested and approved can be that long plus the time it takes to find and fix the issues. It was in May that we lost someone who had become a great friend and huge Hawken supporter, Jay Elwanger. We were all stunned and we still miss him. He loved Hawken, and he poured some fantastic work into this game. I’m proud to have known him.

Summer 2016 – Launch, relaunch, and updates
 
There will undoubtedly be some cleanup and fixes required after the console launch, but during all that we will be preparing for the PC relaunch. Why didn’t we do the PC first? A commitment to launch the console version first and the desire to solidify that release before we tackle the task of making sure all the existing data in the PC game is handled right. We also have what we expect to performance improvements, a new patcher, and the new faster services layer. Most importantly, we have structured the project so that any development efforts apply across all platforms, so once we have all the platforms up to the same version, all future development should proceed in lock-step.
 
Future development targets, roadmap, and more will be released over the coming weeks.

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
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[KETS2I] Rizky Fachurahman
( 0.6 hrs on record )
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Posted: June 30
nice game (y)
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Malforenthas
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 30
The mechanics and gameplay are fairly solid, and its a grind after the first few mechs to get more mechs, so there is a bit of a goal to get to, that being said: Gameplay differs massively, either you play in a pubstomp and lose a game 8/40, or you play in a pubstomp and win a game 40/8. Its extremely rare to get a game where its an actual FIGHT to win, and of those they are more frustrating than fun.

The community seems to be nothing more than a bunch of ♥♥♥♥♥ users, with the sheer amount of 'umadbro's whenever a complaint is spoken being almost literally off the charts.

Not honestly a fun game to play, though in theory with a large enough community and some sort of ranked system, it could be quite fun. As it stands, I do not reccommend it at all to anyone.

Get it on the consoles.
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ShockNutz
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
It's a cool game, almost like Titanfall.
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TigerMillionaire
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
YOU dig giant robots,
I dig giant robots,
WE dig giant robots,
CHICKS dig giant robots,

NICE.

(I deeply enjoy shooting the guns on the mechs)
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Cutie G
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
very skill
much gud
recommend

The low player pool makes it way too easy to run into overskilled players, but the actual game is extremely fair and well-designed in its unlock system - There are barely any choices that shift the balance in any significant fashion.
However, the learning curve is that of an actually good online game. It's almost entirely based on player skill and the skill ceiling is rather high.
So, to really make it in this game, you have to clench your teeth and git gud.

Once you get a hang of the basics, the game is fast-paced and fun.
If you got a few buddies, you can also play modes against the AIs, if you get tired of getting stomped.
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Dirty Bath Water
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28
I really wanted to like this game but most of the servers are empty and the games you do get to join are mainly just pub stomps.
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Wag~
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28
It's really worth the try. It's free, so why not.
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AlaPhenom
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28
AMAZING
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TheSol
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28
What can I say? It's a much more simplified and action-packed alternative to MechWarrior Online.
No mech builds anymore, no heat or power managements - just know which mech you have, what weapons and items are installed, how to pilot that death-machine and you're ready to go!
Pros:
- action, action, action!
- simple, newbies-friendly mech building system
- both skill-reliable and non-skill-reliable mech types
- awesome 'Siege' game mode
- mechs for every game style
- perfect team work elements
Cons:
- grindy, sometimes
- buying a new mech won't let you to buy another for a quite amount of time

In other words, it's a simplified, arcade MWO. More FPS elements, less simulator elements. Less realism, more action!
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Jyrish
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28
Great Mech Game but it lacks Reasons to keep playing. Objectives are blan. This game needs a battlefield like objective playstyle for it to truly shine. Mechwarror used to have that now even it doesnt and thats why it lost so much popularity. To much COD style. Enlarge the battlefields with more space. Put more defined Objectives that a team can get into.
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59 of 66 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 30
Ignore the people saying it's dead, it's undergoing a full community revival and you can always find players

10/10
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50 of 76 people (66%) found this review helpful
76 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 31
This is the story of every HAWKEN player from the beginning.

THIS GAME IS GREAT!

... Wait... where did the developers go?

*looks in the drawers* Developers?
*under the table* Developerrrrs?
Where did they go?

The problem with Hawken. They made a great game, and then the head of the company was walking one day. He looked down, and noticed a penny on the ground. It was tails-up. He picked it up half-mindedly, and immediately after he tripped on a pepple and broke every bone in his body, killing him instantly. But then his life flashed before him. He thought to himself, "Huh.. I left Hawken in the steam store to be sold and never come out of early access... Eh." And then he died.

... Wait, who's that?

*The head of Reloaded Games walks up to me*

..Are you here to save me?

Reloaded: Yes. I will save all who loved something that was dead.

.. Oh, cool. Wanna hang out?

Reloaded: No. *walks away*

..... FOREVER ALONE
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
510.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 16
Hawken is a great FPS/mech game that has been in development limbo for years. Reloaded has picked up this gem and I am hopeful for updates. I just found Hawken about a year ago and I really enjoy it. It runs well, no crashes, no bugs. The thing I like most is that it is F2P without being P2W. All cash items are cosmetic ONLY. There are no advantagous cash items AT ALL.

+Wide variety of mechs to choose from. Quick matches (10 minutes or less). Variety of play (TDM, bots, siege, missile, DM). Totally F2P, no limits or timers or any of that junk. Faster-paced than MWO, but slower than traditional FPS like CS or CoD. There are no insta-kills here.

-Some players are really great at this game and crush the new players. The matchmaker struggles to make balanced matches with small playerbase (better lately with the E3 coverage). I would like even more gun/item options but there are enough in there now to keep it interesting and give you choices.

In closing, if you like FPS or mecha games you should give Hawken a try. It's free, so you have nothing to lose. You will die. You will lose matches. But if you stick around long enough to learn the mechanics, Hawken can be a fun ride.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 4
worth trying out once .Simple to catch onto ,fun at times and tedios at parts. overall i recomend trying it at least once.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
120.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 9
It's the best mech shooter out there. I love the game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28
I really wanted to like this game but most of the servers are empty and the games you do get to join are mainly just pub stomps.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 2
HAWKEN is an amazing Mech game one of the best I've played in a long time. It reminds me of a game I use to play in the 90s playing this game for the first time brought that feeling back. Very fast paced and the controls are easy to get use to. I can see why this game got so many awards!

If you play FPS you'll love this game and catch on quick!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 13
this is the best mecha game I've ever played in my life... for real guys... but I don't know why the community on south east asia is so little, I can't even find a match here(I'm from Indonesia), if I play on europe server, it got 200 ping and this make me sad... :<

few reason for u to download and play this game:

1. it's free.
2. it's god damn frickin free.
3. it's a good game!

all I can think, this game is far better than mech warrior online and titanfall... the mechs feels big, and humongous (that's make them slow in movement, that's make sense), for light mech, they agile but low armor, there's healing system that's great feature and makes u need to play tactical when to engage and when to hide for repairing.., there's different weapon system, there's snipers one, there's machine gun and many more!! it's much ballance game...

and u can play it for free!! to unlock a new mecha, maybe needs 6-7 hours of play, but for me it's worth it :>
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 22
It's a good Mech-shooter game. I don't consider myself a good FPS player, nor I play a lot of competitive games, but Hawken is just my speed / action. Not too fast but never boring, not requireing pro reflexes, but rewards it if you habave them.

Pros:
- Good graphics / Music / sounds
- Easy to learn, most of the items can be bought just by playing the game
- You don't need to be a pro to enjoy it

Cons:
- Can be repetitive a bit after a few weeks

Similar a bit to Titanfall, except that you are always in the Mech. Since it's free to play, I think it's worth trying.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 20
Amazing
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