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:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWPmSVBAbMohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opuhpULhugs