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 (12,788 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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July 29

Free Mech Test Drive: Infiltrator, Assault and Vanguard

Attention, mech pilots! For a limited time, you can test drive the Infiltrator, Assault and Vanguard mechs for free. Try before you buy! All 3 mechs are come fully equipped with items and internals.

Head to your garage to test drive these mechs right now until August 5!

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July 22

Free Mech Test Drive: Berserker, Raider and Brawler

Attention, mech pilots! For a limited time, you can test drive the Berserker, Raider and Brawler mechs for free. Try before you buy! All 3 mechs are come fully equipped with items and internals.

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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
102 of 137 people (74%) found this review helpful
500.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
Early Access Review
This game had so much potential. In terms of gameplay, it is a very good game. It's enjoyable, challenging and great for the casual and avid gamer alike. If you're a fan of FPS or Mech games, you'll absolutely love it.

However.... The absolute lack of activity by the developers (which could honestly just be classified as intentional neglect) is why I would not recommend this game to anyone. It is unfortunately dying and is showing no signs of re-birth. The development team just went silent and there is little to no word from them.

It's very sad, as this could have been a landmark title. So much squandered potential.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
142.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Early Access Review
Great game with good balancing concepts, active, not a generic arcade shooter, and you're in a mech.

The main issue with the game is that the Devs have been radio silent for a while. Their entire staff was converted to programmers to fix some back end issues, and we can expect a huge update soon. The game works great in the meantime.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
317.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
Early Access Review
I enjoy Hawken; its a daily player.
The team balancing can leave much to be desired in regards to ping displacement but otherwise the rounds are fast and there can be some technique to winning. I enjoy the group TDM the most because of the style of gameplay. Mash up team on team is more viseral for me and Hawken lends itself well to that.
The mechs are somewhat lackluster but make up for i0 in practicality. All in all. Great game for a free to play. I've put money into it and Im still enjoying it!!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Early Access Review
Very fun, good game mechanics, really no overpowered Pay2Win at all.
A very good FTP game, go for it if you like mechs destroying each other, or you're Michael Bay.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
226.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
Early Access Review
I have always viewed free to play at free to pay. So I generally stay away from this model. Generally the person who pays the most plays the most and dominates the game. Not so with Hawken, sure your encouraged to upgrade and improve but in general you can go pretty far with the default Mech. You can play and earn your way to the next level of mech if you so choose to. You also get a chance to test drive or try before you buy the paid mechs. I have been looking for a replacement for Mech Warrior the old Microsoft game and here we go. No real story but far much better game play. This is all multiplay all the time and does it very well. I also stay away from early access as well but this game has had few if any problems. The changes have come in balance and other areas not in game crashing bugs. Great game great fun and as you can see I have wasted a small portion of my life on it.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
229.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Early Access Review
The game needs the ever giving life sucked right back into the development team, any wonders as to where they went and to why they left a great game to rot away has just stumped me completely. Crisp fast paced game play is just the core on a game like this. Any light as to why anyone who played this game wouldn't wish for it to brought back would just be unfitting in all cases. You'd have to hate FPS games with a passion not to become hooked on the may +pros this game carries. Much of the -cons include little matchmaking flaws on rare ocassions and much of a gring to get the mech you wish for. The pay to win comes in only when you can utilize certain weapons and/or internals to trump other mechs of the same class. If not then it mostly, if not fully, is skill based combat.

The pros can easily out weight the cons in my eyes still. That being said, it feels as if this is a crime to let such a gem sit here and be left uncut and unpolished. So much more can happen here with this title....
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
67.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
Early Access Review
Frenetic gameplay, mandatory co-op and totally awesome if you want action with mechas.

Too bad the developers don't give a ♥♥♥♥ about finishing the game, they seem to have completely forgot about this project.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
Early Access Review
Call Of Duty: Mech Warfare (In A Good Way)

Battlefield: Bad Mechs 2

Mech Thunder

Sherlock Mechs

I Don't Know Any Other Names Just Play The ♥♥♥♥ing Game And Get Through With It

I Highly Recommened It By The Way

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 25
Early Access Review
it's call of duty with robots and its for real boys
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27
Early Access Review
Its a damn shame that this game has seemingly been dying down. It's a great game that you should try it out, but I dont see many people playing it anymore.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
Early Access Review
So Good for MECH fans.
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96 of 111 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Early Access Review
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+ fast tactic fights
- mechs feel like heavy soldiers

+ nice animated mechs
+ flying debris
- bad damage modeling

Game Size:
+ over 9 Maps
+ coop Survival Mode
+ 5 game modes

Combat System:
+ mechs with strengths and weaknesses
+ no waiting time after kill
- just a little range combat

Weapons & Extras:
+ 18 unique mechs
+ special abilitys
+ balanced weapons
- only 2 weapon slots per mech

+ fair F2P model
+ no imba mechs
- sometimes unfair matchmaking

Fans of mech games or just first-person-shooter fans in general will enjoy the speed and veracity at which HAWKEN delivers a powerful, engaging shooter experience.
Mechs of every shape and size, each with hundreds of customization options - whether functional or cosmetic -- abound the game marketplace, titillating potential buyers with relatively affordable prices. Nothing is of the dreaded "pay-to-win" model however.

The mech combat game is graphically very nice, especially for an indie title.
the maps are small, and the combat fast.
Before each match, players pick their mech. Mechs come in Light, Medium and Heavy classes.
Each offering a different play style. The game also gives each mech a difficulty rating. There's the Assault, a lightweight all-rounder that combines a medium range rifle with a TOW rocket launcher. Assault mechs are easy to use, but lack personality, like an off-brand toaster. The Rocketeer is more of a challenge, but a powerhouse in the right hands.

Each mech has a primary weapon and a secondary weapon.
you can customize their mechs in the Garage. three primary weapons are available to each mech.
Mechs can carry two items. offensive and support Items.
The Assault, for example, can instantly cool down its weapons if they overheat.

Mechs can be equipped with three internals, offensive, defensive and functional, which provide passive buffs and debuffs.
Leveling up buffs the mech's performance and unlocking new weapons, items and optimization. The cap is 25, at which point the player can choose to prestige the mech. Prestige will reset the mech's level back to 1 but will unlock special prestige weapons.
You'll earn optimisation points that you can use to advance through three RPG-style skill trees. Offence increases bullet damage, fire rate, and reduces weapon heat. Defence toughens up your armour and increases your dodge speed. Movement enables you to walk faster, makes you less visible to radar, and increases your fuel regeneration rate.

You start with a very old mech. this mech looks like a big tv screen with arms and big legs (very old one). Some players will probably end up buying Meteor Credits.
You'll have to spend 7000 Hawken Credits for that right . Or you could just spend 800 Meteor Credits instead - real cash. 800 Credits > around 4 dollars.

There are 5 game modes. deathmatch, team deathmatch, missle assault, siege and survival.
Deathmatch and survival are my fav. siege and missle assault are interesting too.
Missile Assault has two sides fighting to take control of three missile silos. When a silo is held, it continually launches rockets at the enemy base.
Siege mod: Players have to gather energy from the map, and bring it back to the base. When a certain amount is harvested, an big battleship is launched to the opposing team's base. When this happens, the other team has to secure an AA gun to shoot it down. Siege is maybe the best mode.

great mech shooter without a pay2win system. if you like heavy warmachines, choose your mech and jump in!

Sorry for my bad english. This is my review account, because the low playtime.
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Early Access Review
The best F2P Mech shooter you can get on Steam.

- Highly addictive. Gain XP and equip your mech with thousands of weapon combinations.
- Earn about 500 in-game badges (like achievements) and uplevel your mech to highest rank.
- Contains a lot of paying elements (like XP booster, emoticons, and other cosmetic) but you can just ignore them. Because mostly you buy your upgrades with the in-game earned currency.
- Really cool maps and I've just played team deathmatch yet.
- Fall in love with Laila, your female guide ...

Can you believe this? - The game is still early access.
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
760.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Early Access Review
This game receives the highest possible praise I can give a game... it doesn't suck. In fact... it is amazing on many levels. There are a ton of articles and reviews available on the interwebs, written by professionals... so I won't go into a ton of detail. I do want to point out a few things that stand out to me personally.

One of the first things I noticed is the art and attention to graphic design detail, it is just stunning.
<insert eloquent description of art and design aesthetic>

The pace and style of gameplay is perfect for both long sessions with friends or getting in a quickie match before going to school/work/chores. I will say that often that one quick match turns into "just one more", and then you've lost a few hours.
<insert anecdote about epic sessions and fitting in quick matches throughout the day>

On the topic of long sessions with friends... that may be a perfect segway to my favorite part of Hawken, and what makes it the amazing game it is, in my opinion.... the Hawken Pilot Community is awesome! I enjoy the game... but the joy I get from playing with this group of people... I don't have words for it.

My recommendation - download the game.... it's free, as in FREE. Get involved with a group/clan or make your own. Browse the Offical Community Forums site... join in on one of the many open community events. Have Fun and Good Luck!

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95 of 140 people (68%) found this review helpful
353.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
This was a very well ballanced and fun game but it seems to be abandoned now. The servers are in bad shape aside from team death match on USA. The friend system has collapsed and no word from the makers for a few months now.

was a good game but ~___~ not so much now

Friend Server seems to be working again
Match servers no change
Still no word from Dev or tech support last contact was early Aug 2014.
(use to receive news or info every few days to a week)
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
415.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
With 390-ish (I play it without STEAM Client sometimes though) Hours on the clock, I thought It'd be time to write a review.

I usually don't like multiplayer Arenashooter FPS's, but I just can't seem to get enough of this game... It is wonderfully balanced, not pay to win, has a nice Artstyle, and a community that doesn't consist of ♥♥♥♥♥. (for the most part anyway)

Nothing gets your blood pumping faster than not playing for a week, joining a Deathmatch and realizing that you've completely forgotten how to effektively maneuver your Mech...
(Bruiser in my case. It's one of my fave bots, but bloody hell does it fell unresponsive :D )

GG WP ; 10 outta 10 would fuzzy bunny again.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Early Access Review
You can't quickscope
11/10 IGN
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Early Access Review
Hawken is a brilliant game. The sense of weight and scale is apparent. The combat, once you get the hang of it, is extremely fast paced and reactionary. You have to be quick to dodge using your boosters. Read your opponents moves and play strategically while still maintaining twitch reflex shooting. Its very, very intense. There really isn't any other game like Hawken out right now. Its like a Mech Sim FPS with an arcade game feel. As far as the F2P model, its rather well designed. The gameplay also looks incredibly stunning. No other game imo right now touts as much polish and detail visually, its remarkable that its F2P. The game will only get better from here on out. Get this game and decide it for yourself.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Early Access Review
This game is a lot of fun, and has Australian servers! (I couldn't play titanfall because it kept making me want to play this game)

Yes this game is F2P which normally means it's Pay 2 Win. But honestly I was amazed at how little (or none) advantage you get from the upgrades. The only thing that's worth paying for is different mechs as they use different weapons, and if you want to use a different type of weapon, you'll need to fork out to get a different mech, or play the game a stupid amount of hours to earn enough ingame money. (If you want different mechs, or want every thing this game can possibly offer not including skins, buy a bundle, you'll pay once like any other game and have all you want, except skins...)

The default mech you recieve for free is perfectly balanced with the other 'medium sized' mechs, there is 3 sizes, light medium and large, all play together and all are supposed to be 'equal' they mostely are but it really depends on how you use them. There is a higher learning curve on the smaller mechs as you have to really make full use of your small agility boost or you'll die in 2 hits, larger mechs allow beginners to be a bit more lazy, especially if you find someone to repair you.

If you're a first time player, or not in a light mech make sure you always hang around your team mates! :) or prepare to be frustrated :(
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26 of 38 people (68%) found this review helpful
142.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Early Access Review
Don't be fooled by the hating reviews you may or may not see of parts of this game. It is by no means perfect, but I guess it is in some people's nature to focus on that. Hawken is personally one of my favorite games, and there was a time when I played it every day. It is addicting, but my wooden PC is the only thing that keeps me from playing more.

EDIT: No moar wooden PC lol.

Instead of looking at what the game doesn't have and then expanding on your opinion more and more, lets look at what it does have, which might be more than you think judging by some bad reviews.

-Free, and not P2W (sidegrades can be bought IRL money, but they can be bought with in-game credits too)
-Addicting and fun
-Enough maps and mechs for you to stay interested for a bit
-Well designed maps and mechs
-Great atmosphere and impression
-Good community
-Decent customization
-Fairly balanced gameplay
-Nice arcadey(-ish) mech game
-Good achievements in-game

Of course, there are minuses to the game, but not as many as you think.

-You can only pay IRL money for some cosmetic items
-There could be more maps and mechs
-Unbalanced teams sometimes
-A little bit of a grind, but it is only bad if you are the type of person who only plays like 3 hours then moves on to another game
-Inattentive devs
-Low playerbase (you could help!)

I'd highly suggest you give this game a go, it is fun and has good visuals. Besides, its free!

Last updated 12/24/14
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