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 (13,814 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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March 23

Free Mech Test Drive Has Returned! Infiltrator, Raider, & Brawler

Attention Pilots!

Test driving mechs has returned! For a limited time, you can test drive the Infiltrator, Raider, and Brawler mechs for free. All 3 mechs are come fully equipped with items and internals. Stop by your garage to test drive these mechs until Friday, April 4th!

Want to leave us feedback on these mechs? Visit our new forums https://community.playhawken.com/ and provide us with your suggestions and ideas.

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March 23

A Note from [HWK]Capnjosh

Attention Pilots! We have comms from [HWK]Capnjosh:

I’m so excited I can hardly sit still..  I’m actually standing and trying to type right now.   Note, don’t bother. Doesn’t work. 
 
To me, the launch of the forums kicks off the next stage in the life of Hawken.  This game is significant.  This community is significant.  The support I’ve seen this community deliver to anybody and everybody is remarkable.  Really.  It’s a sense of honor I feel to have the opportunity to work with you. 
 
We wanted to get these forums up as quickly as possible because, dude, it’s been too long.  We’ll get the more official stuff hammered out in the coming days, but I believe the future of these forums will look something kinda like this:
 

  • You can freely express your opinions and you’ll see people being constructive (of all the crazy things ;)
  • You will see thoughtful feedback that intends to be professional
  • You will find a well-organized list of highly-regarded, well-made community design proposals
  • You will find the Dev team actively wrestling with how to integrate community design proposals into ongoing dev sprints
  • You will make a set of friends you respect, even when you heatedly disagree with them
  • You will see many other communities sprout up around the world, each reflecting similar ideals and growth
  • You will see rage and drama and many a fuzzy bunny.  And then you’ll see the same people coolly isolate the differences in assumptions, and then create a proposed solution, complete with tests…. Ok, now I’m preaching ;)
 
Seriously, this is gonna be good…


Please join us at our new home https://community.playhawken.com/

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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
63 of 68 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
710.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
this game is in hiatus during litigation and resolution of ownership and transfer of rights. the devs didn't "abandon" it, their jobs evaporated out from under them. the company technically no longer exists. when/if it emerges from the legal processes ongoing, no one knows if it will be looted or rebooted. DO NOT buy MC codes from anyone--no one is there to maintain the accounting software. it's gone. nothing can be redeemed. period.
TL/DR: it's free. spend no money. play it and enjoy it just because it's amazing and fun.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Early Access Review
Fantastic game. It's just a shame that the Developers have abandoned it.

Edit (23/03/2015): Well, apparently the game is being ressurected. That'll be good news for fans!
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Early Access Review
For me, HAWKEN has been the most fun I've ever had in a video game. It's fast-paced, it's challenging, and it's badass. Today, however, the game has its fair share of flaws. (Please note: I have not tried every mech out, and therefore I don't have comprehensive experience of weapons and mechs.)

The good:
The game is incredibly challenging. Often times, victory depends on both teamwork and on personal skill. Sticking with your teammates often results in victory.
HAWKEN offers a unique combat system, where your turn speed is locked at a certain level to make combat more interesting.
The default starter mech, the CR-T Recruit, is well-balanced and very powerful in the right hands.
Every* mech's special ability is very useful, and can be utilized in numerous situations. *Note that some mechs share the same ability (CR-T and the Assault mech).
All mechs have the ability to dodge left or right to avoid enemy fire. In addition, all mechs can fly for a short period of time.
Weapons feel well-rounded and powerful against most enemies.
The game offers Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Missile Assault, Siege, Co-op Team Deathmatch, and Co-op Bot Destruction. There's plenty of variation in the gamemodes, but the same basic concept rings true: shoot the other mechs.
Mech customization / cosmetics (note that cosmetics can only be bought with Meteor credits, which cost real money)
Each map, in detail and in gameplay, feels very different. The amount of detail put into maps is also commendable.
The game doesn't feel as though you can pay your way to glory. At least, not for very cheap.

The bad:
There's been a disturbing lack of new content in HAWKEN lately, and the reason for that (though the topic is hotly debated) is that the company (companies) that made HAWKEN have become unresponsive, and seem to be no longer servicing the game or its playerbase. Servers are still running, but developer forums and helpdesk have been shut down.
To gain enough HC (in-game, non-paid currency) to buy new mechs or parts for already-owned mechs, an intense amount of grinding is required. Despite the 250-HC bonus you can recieve (up to 6 times a day) for winning a match in any of the six gamemodes, there is still a lot of playtime required to buy the things you want.
The game doesn't really have a set storyline that's explained to players (...that I know of. feel free to correct me on this.). Looking for some kind of backstory on the nanovirus that has taken over the planet? Want to know more about Prosk or Sentium? You're outta luck.
Hacking is a notorious issue in HAWKEN, though I personally haven't found any hackers for certain in my time playing the game.
The playerbase is awfully small, with a little over 300 people playing at any given time. You'll start to recognize usernames pretty quickly.

Verdict:
Though HAWKEN has its glaring flaws, I've had plenty of fun playing it. I reccomend this game to anybody looking for something new.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
336.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Early Access Review
You guys will have to change your reviews because HAWKEN is now officially back to life. A company just bought it and will bring the game further and not let it die so all hawken gamers come back and give this game a new life. :)
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
We are still waiting for developers.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
80.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
BIG ♥♥♥♥ING ROBOTS HAVING BIG ♥♥♥♥ING FIGHTS. The devs have either been kidnapped by ninjas or ceased further development on this game, it seems. Great game in its current state, though.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Early Access Review
The game is by far the best mech shooter you will find, and its free! the only down side is now you need a fun team.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
Damn.

I loved Hawken soooo much. It was probably the only game I was excited of lvling up and getting better guns and honign my skills. The game mechanics were wonderful which included dodging, shotting flying and overheating; the community was decent. The cockpit view was so immersive; I actually felt like I was putting my life on the line fighting in a scrubby mech-but doing fairly well (I only used the godly Toaster, I love that thing). I don't know what happened. I heard that their game design/ management didn't go well. Gdammit. I loved this game. What a gdam shame. If they revive the game, and the player base comes back up, I'm sure to get back into the game.... I'm just depressed how Hawken shatterd like glass. I strongly reccomend to try it out though.
Its a whole new experience.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
Honestly had a blast. Worth playing for sure.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
86.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Early Access Review
SHE IS COMING BACK!! There are new developers, and they are bringing back this gem! Check the facebook page. The forum will be working soon.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
785.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Early Access Review
Hawken Lives!!!! Purchased by Reloaded Games. Around March 15.
New devs are very Transparent,It's gonna take a while but Hawken will Rise from the ashes!!
Come and Play, This is an amazing game, and now can only get better.
If you like fp shooter,action.Giant robots or Mechs, Fast Fast action,Teamwork Hawken is for you, I can not Recommend it enough, Yes, You will get Owned,As I did,And still do*cough* Gut It's just so much Darn Fun. Which Reminds me..I'm off, Must go play Hawken!!!. Lol. Cya ingame NOOBS!!! C'mon I dare ya!!!!!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
I think this game deserves 5 stars I would rate it 1 mil stars if i could
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
70.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Early Access Review
Great free to play game. It deserves a better community and developers. Although it has had some recent background support from the developers.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Early Access Review
Interesting twist on Arena PvP and COOP games, especially if you like Mechs :)
Game looks really good with fast performance. Concept is straightforward with this kind of games, but there are a lot of modes to play in coop, or pvp or even free explore. Also it has fast gameplay that is fluid, and matches last no longer than 10 - 15 minutes.

Yes it is full of microtransactions, but most are cosmetic though I saw a majority of powerup items requesting purchase, but I think its NOT fully pay-to-win type of game (cant go in details and explanations now). There are a lot of powerups, upgrades, items and cosmetics stuff you can apply to your favorite mech - system looks complex enough!

You can jump-in and play it casually or totally competitive and thats why its fun and easy to get in to. Thats why I recommend it even though I do not like this type of arena pvp microtransactions games ;)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
geat game. needs some support.

its the mechwarrior I've always wanted.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Early Access Review
EVERYONE GET EXCITED, A NEW COMPANY HAS TAKEN OVER THE DEVELOPMENT OF HAWKEN. GO TO THE HAWKEN FOURUMS AND YOU WILL SEE IT, AT LAST THERE IS HOPE FOR THIS ALREADY AMAZING GAME :) GET F##KING EXCITED PEOPLE!!!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Early Access Review
This game is great fast mech fun, only thing that is missing for me is a Capture the Flag mode.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Early Access Review
They are re releasing Hawken with some developers that actually care...hopefuly.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Early Access Review
Fun mech-fighting game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Early Access Review
Well look, when I played this game for the first time, it was really fun.
Ignore all the bad reviews and this game and try it yourself.
Yeah, I know this game need lots of stuff such as single player, more customization and more...
However this game is full of action and I just saw on the game's facebook page that it'sstarting getting updated, so you better check it out
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