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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“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
1,428 of 1,731 people (82%) found this review helpful
80.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
Early Access Review
Don't let the Steam stat fool you, I've played this game for hundreds upon hundreds of hours, and it has all been worth it. The reason the Steam stat is wrong is because Hawken has been available for download since 2012, and it only recently became available on Steam. If you don't believe me, here's a couple of links to screenshots proving it right here: 1 and 2

Ever since I first got into the Alpha way back in 2012, I've been absolutely hooked to Hawken. Hawken is an excellent first person shooter in the tradition of games somewhat along the lines of arena shooters like Quake or Unreal Tournament, but with a nice mech flair that gives Hawken a very unique feel. There are well over a dozen mechs in the game, all with their own play styles, strengths, and weaknesses, and with quite a bit of customization for each one, from the way they perform to the way they look. You can unlock these customizations simply by playing a mech, or by buying them with the in game currency. Free cosmetic customization options unlock as well as you level up the individual mechs (mech level) and your overall earned experience across all mechs (pilot level).

When I first got into it, I was a little worried since, as a free to play game, the possibility of pay-to-win rearing its ugly head was always a possibility, but my fears remained unfounded. Like all developers, these guys need to make money, but they've limited the pay-only stuff to the cosmetic options like camos, thrusters, and repair drones that all have no effect on game play. You of course have the option to buy new mechs and such straight away, too, but it's never a requirement. All the mechs and weapons are balanced very well overall, and there has never been a single MUST HAVE mech or weapon that gives you an advantage over everyone else.

I did, personally, buy a Brawler the moment the game entered open beta, as I knew from the closed testing it was the mech for me. However, every other mech, weapon, item, and internal in the game was bought with the currency I earned simply through playing - and I have them all. There is a grind - but it is nowhere near as heinous as it is in plenty of other free-to-play titles out there, and I enjoyed every bit of the game play, I never once felt like I was having to grind out the equipment. On top of all that, the community in this game is phenomenal. I never wanted to get involved in an official community, or in a clan before. It had always seemed stupid and pointless and bleergh. However, I was slowly pushed into it with Hawken, and it's been a tremendous experience. So many of the players are extremely helpful, the developers are friendly and responsive, and my experience as a whole with this game was profoundly affected by my interactions with the community here. Seriously, it's shockingly good for an online game.

Tl;dr: There is no third person. This game is great. Go play it.
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182 of 203 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
The game has officially been abandoned by the developers, it won't be updated anymore. It is only a matter of time till the servers will go offline. Do NOT put ANY money into this game!!! EUROPEAN server region is dead !!!

The game is good and probably the best mech combat Fps game out there, since it is free to play i encourage you to try it. However if you are from europe i don't reccomend trying it out unless you don't mind to play on US servers with horrible ping and lag issues, since the European server region is dead.

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504 of 624 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2014
Early Access Review
I'm not a huge fan of free-to-play FPS multiplayer shooters, simply because most of them quickly become repetetive.
If you're looking for something fresh, fun and unbelievably addictive... Ladies and gentlemechs: Hawken.

The good:
+ Gorgeous visuals.
+ Amazingly solid gameplay with very responsive controls.
+ Very unique, and quite simply the best mech-game currently out there.
+ A wide variety of mech classes, weapons, loadouts, equipment, character customization and so on.
+ Intense FPS action spread over reasonably large maps.
+ A clear and very well integrated HUD- and combat-system that fits the setting like a glove.
+ Little to no flaws or bugs, which is especially noteworthy for a betaversion.

The bad:
- Micro-transactions. Most of the things can be purchased with HAWKEN Credits (the currency you'll get for completing matches etc.), but most of the customization-items will cost you Meteor Credits (currency you'll have to buy with your local coin). Still, there is no need for you to buy in-game items to make it more "balanced" -- weapons can also be bought with HC or can be unlocked as you progress. Thank you for this, devs! :3
- This game will bite large chucks out of my social life. God f**king damn it.

The ugly:
- There's nothing ugly about this. Seriously. From the immersive sound to the breathtaking visuals, everything this game does is flawless.

Final verdict:
Many free-to-play FPS multiplayer shooters can't even come close to the standards HAWKEN set for me.
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141 of 150 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
375.4 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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118 of 127 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
531.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Early Access Review
With the recent purchase of Hawken by Reloaded, I feel that I should throw my two cents into the mix. I've been playing Hawken since last march, and it is by far one fo my favourite games that I have ever played. I've spent about $50 on it over the course of a year and felt that I got every dollar's worth out of it. It is by no means perfect, and has several flaws in it that range from annoyances to game breakingly bad. So do I reccomend Hawken as a game to spend your time and money on? Read on and find out.

First off, Hawken looks FANTASTIC, with good (but not the best) optimization and physx support. Hawken just looks awesome! Simple as that.

Hawken is a class based game, which means that there are 18 mechs that have specific roles within their team. Meaning that there is an optimal way to play each and every mech, which means that you won't be able to dive into a conflict head on and be a monstrous killing machine in every mech. A Tech (the medic class) should not be a frontline assault mech in the same way a Brawler (a fat, heavy, burst damage mech) should not be a sniper. It is important to either pick a mech that suits your preffered playstyle and learn different playstyles according to the mech you're playing.

Yet another thing that I like about Hawken is that there is no such thing as 'lonewolfing'. It is impossible to try and play Hawken like you would play CoD or a similar FPS game because you cannot kill more than one mech by yourself. You are not fighting squishy humans that can be killed with one shot to the head by a pistol, you are fighting 20 meter tall bipedal war machines. Mechs do not die very easy, and therefore it is nigh on impossible to kill 2 mechs at once, much less an entire team. Hakwen is a game where you NEED to stick with your team and communicate with them in order to be the most effective you can be.

The amount of weapons for Hawken is also gratifying. Each mech has a permanent secondary weapon and with a primary, alternate and 'prestige' weapon unlocked with in game currency or real money. one thing that is very important to mention is that with the exception of a select few mechs, ALL PRIMARY WEAPONS ARE VIABLE ON ANY MECH. Just beacuse a weapon is called a 'Presitge Weapon', it doesn't mean that it is a flat out upgrade. Almost all weapons on all mechs are viable, it just depends on adjusting your play style to fit with the weapons you're using.

Hawken's controls are also unique. One of the things that every player should learn how to do early is on dodge. You can do a dodge side to side by pressing shift and the side movement keys. While it may not seem like much, dodging is probably the single most important thing you can learn in Hawken. It can be used for dodging missiles, hiding behind cover, getting into and out of combat and even for movement. Once you learn Hawken's movement controls, you will never forget them.

HOWEVER, Hawken is by no mean a perfect game, and there are several issues that need to be adressed. The first, and biggest, of which is the enormous skill gap that players WILL encounter in beyond mid level games. Once you reach a certain MMR (Typically around 2100-2200), the number of games you will be able to join will be few and far between, and when you are able to join you will rarely enter matches with people of your skill level. I'm currently sitting at 2200 MMR and I either end up playing with relatively new players who I can murder with ease, or with the "Super Leet" players who have been playing since alpha/early beta that can kick my ♥♥♥ in seven different ways. There are not enough middle ranking players in Hawken right now, so there is no kind of playing field for mid-high ranking players within the community ATM. It makes it rather frustrating to play PvP, but the alternative mode isn't a good alternative.

The AI game mode, where you and a team fight against AI controlled bots is often overlooked by the majority of the community. It's a good way to learn how to play with new mechs and weapons... or at least it would be if the AI wasn't so f**king cheap and atrouciously designed! The bot desgin in Hawken is some of the worst I've ever seen, with perfect aim, higher damage output and key input reading being the main issues. The bots can and will dodge shots that they shouldn't even SEE, shoot you around corners due to the fact that they have NO LATENCY WHATSOEVER and do higher amounts of damage to you than you could hope to do to them from ridiculous ranges. While the AI mode isn't Hawken's most popular mode, it is still in the game and desperately needs to be fixed.

The third issue which I feel is hurting Hawken's potential is the sheer number of cheaters, hackers, and aimbotters that are flooding the community. I can bearly play a match without seeing at least one or two players who are clearly aimbotting or wallhacking. Even if I'm playing as a mech that can turn invisible, I still get sniped by players halfway across the map with full auto weapons. I hear tell that there are plans to put an anti-cheat system into Hawken soon, but until then I don't feel that PvP is worth my time due to the rampant cheaters, limited server selection and limited number of people of my skill level to play against.

My fourth complaint is the awkward viewing. As anyone who has played Hawken before can tell you, there is a turn cap, so you can't do a 720 degree spin with one flick of the wrist. In fact, in my experience it feels almost like negative mouse acceleration, due to the fact that you need to set your sensitivity just right in order to avoid overshooting, which can be a pain in the ***. It's something that I find irritating, but not game breaking. If you can get used to the turn cap, you'll be just fine.

Lastly, are Hawken's maps. Some are great, like facility, frontline, werckage and uptown, and others are crappy (I'm looking at you bazaar. You too bunker). Most of them are well desgined and fun to play on, and map knowledge is definetely an important skill to learn in Hawken. But the way the maps are built leaves a lot to be desired. It is very easy to get stuck in a wall if you dodge into it, the debris on the ground is annoying since it gets in the way of your shots and there are some maps that you can break (Not saying which ones though), and climb on top of the ceiling box to shoot people from. These issues are incredibly annoying and can ruin a good match.

So in summary, here are the pros and cons of Hawken in its current state.

-Excellent graphics/aesthetics
-Large variety of mechs/weapons
-Unique and fun movement mechanics (easy to learn, hard to master)
-Encourages team based play
-Giant robots shooting other giant robots!

-HUGE player skill gap
-Broken map design (clipping into walls, leaving the map boundaries, etc.)
-Hackers and cheaters everywhere
-Broken AI
-Awkward turn cap

Do I reccomend you play Hawken? YES, absolutely! It could be a lot better than it is in its current state, but I have faith that Reloaded will take good care of Hawken.
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114 of 126 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
82.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Early Access Review
It is a yes for the game, but no for the developers that abandoned the project.

Zed's dead baby. Zed's dead.
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235 of 296 people (79%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
Early Access Review
Awesome Game, only 6 hours in after 2 HOURS both myself, and my best friend decided that a full 30$ investment in the nemesis bundle was a must. but here are some points i would like to make about the game:

- Great Dev Support and community interaction

-Great Gameplay

-Doesnt feel pay2win(p2w), as i often have been outmatched by the default mech even with my fully customized assault mech (courtesy of the nemesis bundle!)

-The game provides VARIETY in maps(although i wish there were alot more for TDM!) and the pacing and gameplay is always fluid and the registration and everything is very on point (in my opinion)

-Doesnt Get Stale(So far) the game has not got boring at all, out of town trips and work recently have made me not be able to invest all of the time i wish i could be into this great, free to play, title made by AWESOME devs who seriously have impressed me GREATLY.
I see many people, certainly in the discussion forum for hawken on steam seem to think this game is pay to win, or is unfair to new players. well as i mentioned in some of the many strongpoints i noted this game definately does not feel pay to win at ALL you can pay to customize your mech, as well as your play style. i feel as if a VAST majority of the playerbase can florish in this game even with the most basic mech(the default mech, in this case) and honestly. even if you were to want to grind it honestly isnt that bad. i was too busy communicating with my teamate and enjoying great gameplay to notice. my Review For HAWKEN on steam (Rated By Category)

Gameplay 9/10 ( could use minor improvements,that i am sure will be addressed so i will not go into as they are meager in terms of interruption of my experience/enjoyment with the game)

Visuals 9/10 (Looks great on Low!) But the game is, as stated in the requirements not for the most average gamings pc's, i maintain a steady framerate at medium, high is just a little too much for my Gaming laptop, runs on max on my rig no problem.

f2p Fairness 10/10(while you certainly can buy items with credits purchase by real currency, the game never feels like it is pay to win, and the gameplay is always fair. pay if you feel like investing into your favorite mech(s) or grind the game and earn it! all you can pay for is customization and convenience (battlefield for example, in bad company 2 allowed you to purchase shortcut packs to different classes, and that is a full retail release (AAA) at that so is it so wrong to pay 5,10, or over 9000! on a game that is certainly worth it and completely outdoes its f2p tag.

Controls/Navigation-10/10 i found the controls extremely easy to get used to and all of the default mapping was great for all options, and everything is relatively easy to manage and navigate

Community 9/10- in my first hours of hawken me and my best friend were eager to learn and the community was certainly helpful on not ony the forums but also in game chat. some minor annoyances occured in game with people complaining of
"Hackers" or "p2w losers" but overall i have had a great experience.
OVERALL SCORE 9/10 Must Try!
Thank you for reading, i would also like ot note that i installed hawken purely for a quick fix for titanfall, but soon realised that this game might be the king of mech games afterall, it takes mech combat and gameplay and makes it amazing, without the need for any desire to ever leave your mech(why would you, anyways?!) this was my first full review and i thank anyone who took the time to read it!, i will hopefully build on it in the future with more examples, notes. but for now, back to the game!
Hawken is the S#!t. Go Install It!
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344 of 457 people (75%) found this review helpful
496.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
Early Access Review
Long time player of Hawken, been around since the Closed Alpha and Beta testing, and I've dumped hundreds upon hundreds of hours in Hawken since. While the game may feature some balance issues these are being addressed and the team is very dedicated to delivering a great experience. This isn't your typical mech simulator though, this is a fast paced FPS mech game more akin to arena shooters like Unreal Tournament or Quake Arena than Call of Duty. You have to learn to play within the restrictions of the mech such as turn rate caps, fuel levels, speeds, and so forth. This makes for some very rewarding combat that puts skill above all else. And before you ask yes you can purchase mechs, internals, and items with real world currency this doesn't give you an advantage unless you've taken the time to get good with the mech, weapon, or whatever you've purchased. There is no best mech or anything like so you've got nothing to worry about there.

Hawken also has one of the best F2P models I've seen since the only content that is locked behind a pay wall is cosmetics only. Everything else can be purchased with currency you earn in-game and the earn rates aren't bad at all plus the team is still implementing more ways to earn Hawken Credits.

This is definitely worth a look for anyone looking for a good fast paced FPS and you can't argue with the price of free. Hopefully the game won't be on Early Access for long with the Nemesis Bundle so as many people as possible can try it out and see what Hawken is all about.
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91 of 100 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Early Access Review
Alright, let me just say: It's a great game. It's got good design, fun gameplay, and nice graphics.

HOWEVER: Hawken's Dev team is pretty much completely disbanded. You won't get any form of support, updates, etc. from the dev team because the dev team no longer exists. Ingame purchases with the premium currency also won't really work. (EDIT: Apparently, the game is now being worked on by some new devs.)

HOWEVER: Despite being unoffically dead, the community is still active, the game is balanced and fun, and its good enough that you can continue playing it. The "EPIC MANUEVER" feeling of tricking someone into attacking a hologram, then going up behind them and letting loose with a rifle is more then enough to keep you playing. Not only that, but the game's F2P model allows you to actually unlock everything related to gameplay (IE, not cosmetics) simply by playing the game. You can unlock all the mechs with the non-premium ingame currency.

The general statement: Yes, its dead. Yes, you won't get any support from the Devs. However, it's still active, and its still fun.
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465 of 646 people (72%) found this review helpful
92.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
Early Access Review
I have played this game for about a year now and can honestly say that it is one of my all time favorites! No more slow, clunky machines of old, these mech's can book it and are armed to the teeth. If you like giant robots and are an FPS junkie, Hawken is a must in your library. The customization is top shelf, mobility is satisfying and the graphics are immersive. Please do yourself a favor and invest your game time in this first class shooter.
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72 of 78 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
749.1 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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180 of 238 people (76%) found this review helpful
79.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Early Access Review
UPDATE (March 20th, 2015): Apparently, HAWKEN has been acquired by Reloaded Games (of APB fame) so the game is NOT dead in the water.

How this shakes out for the players and gameplay has yet to be seen, so I still urge caution where in-game purchases are concerned until the details are hammered out.

Once that has happend, I will provide critical feedback on the new state of the game, including gameplay.



I could do a review of the gameplay, but it would only be a formality at this point, since the essential services have all but ceased. Entire server regions are shutting down without any stated reason or warning (European Region is down) and the game hasn't been updated for several months, with zero word from the developers on anything.

Please note, I'm not angry here, mostly disappointed.
This was one of an extremely rare few recent games in the mech genre. I do not like nor trust the F2P model much at all, but I had hopes that by existing, this could spur development of other new mech games.
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190 of 262 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
Early Access Review
First, let me say this game IS enjoyable. I do like certain elements, and I certainly had fun playing this game, and still play it now and again on occasion. If you lack other games, by all means give it a shot. It has vs. and co-op, so there's probably something for you in it. Pacing is very good, it's fast, there is very little respawn delays, combat has a tactical element to it, and overall design strikes me as very well thought out.

That being said, I do not recommend this game. I played it off and on during it's pre-steam release, and had no real trouble progressing through the ranks, I was able to get things for my mechs, and generally had fun doing it. Now, with the steam release, it supports the pay to win model FAR too heavily.

For one, unlocking a consumable permanant item is good, but you have to buy the same thing per mech. It's not globally unlocked. Which means if you want it, you have to buy it every time you want to try a new mech, which means that every time you do, you start with nothing. Or, You could pay 10 dollars and have it now.

Don't have any mechs? I was playing around, and each mech ranges in cost from 8k-18k in-game money. In a round, i got from 100-300 per (100 for middleground scoring TDM, 400 for MVP in co-op to wave 20) Weapons cost 6k+ for the alternate one and two each, meaning averaging 150 a 15 minute round, or 10/minute means 10 hours. To unlock one low cost thing. Or, You could pay 10 dollars and have it now.

As you progress, you gain both mech levels, and pilot levels. Pilot levels grant access to more potent/more frequent use permanant consumeables, internal mech parts, and mech levels allow you to use the alternate weapons. You are not able to buy those items until you reach a specific rank/level with mech or pilot. Or, You could pay 10 dollars and have it now.

Buying the parts with actual currency bypasses both the progression gates, and the grind to unlock anything. If you have nothing but time, and have the patience to grind out 60-70 hours, it will work for you. Or, You could pay 10 dollars and have it now.

They have to make their money to maintain development, but there's a point where costs become rediculous. Smurfing run rampant, and unless you drop money to unlock what you want, you won't have the competative edge to do well. It's not impossible, but when you go up against a fully unlocked mech with Fred the TV with no items and nothing else, it's unlikely that you're going to succeed.

TL:DR grind forever or pay money to win
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139 of 187 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Early Access Review
As of november 2014, an actual dead game/abandonware/failed beta/whatever.

The devs are no longer associated with the project, and both they and their publisher no longer have any kind of web presence. There's no support whatsoever. If something breaks, new hacks appear, someone's griefing - anything - you're simply on your own. This sometimes leads to sad things like how it's no longer possible to recover your account if you lose or forget your password, and the old hawken forums getting closed down without a word. There's about 0% chance that the game will see any further patches, additions, or updates.

Hawken has a long history, but at this rate, not only will the game cease to exist, but all memories of it will be lost. For instance, did you know that at one point, the devs and the internet at large were convinced that hawken would rival League of Legends' playerbase? The game was so hyped, they were gonna do a TV series, a card game, a movie, comic books, toys, and a youtube exclusive show. Only the card game actually made it, and it's allegedly more balanced than hawken itself.

RIP, hawken, 2011-2015. Never left beta.

While you can still play this game, know that the servers could go offline at any time, and any money you put into the game won't actually change anything, feed any developers, or even lead to new content releases. Thus, for obvious reasons, it's not recommended that you purchase MC for any reason.

tl;dr hawken could have been great, but it's dead. Play while it's still up if you feel like it.
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
844.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
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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114 of 161 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 13, 2014
Early Access Review
In the dark future of the robot apocalypse, only one man dares stand up to the cruel metal overlords that have subjugated mankind, forcing the survivors into the Matrix.

This is the story of that man.

This is the story of Stephen Hawking, ultimate mechanized battle master.
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51 of 62 people (82%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
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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52 of 64 people (81%) found this review helpful
131.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
Early Access Review
Been playing Hawken since last year, and i have to say this game is super addicting.
Multiple game modes (DM/ TDM, Co-op bots/ Siege/
Many different ways to build up your mech to cater more to your playstyle (tons of consumables/ attributes)
Not buggy (for the most part)
Super polished all around
Runs smooth
Requires teamwork and survival to win

Not so good:
Still has some matchmaking and balance problems
Can still run into a "COD bro" every once in a while that yells uncontrollably and ventures off without the team thinking that hes billy and hes bad while blaming you for "nub team" (mute button eats the cancer away though)
Pretty Grindy (yet completely achievable without any real money and much faster if you play well)

Neutral Tips:
-You also need to have your teamwork pants on (can never stress this one enough)
-You need to worry about survival
-Worry less about having the best killstreak and more about teamwork
-Also Teamwork
-Keep the community clean please

Overall for me though, a 10/10 seriously!
Now Join up and blow up some mechs.
Rockets and explosions everywhere!

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305 of 473 people (64%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
Early Access Review
I played this game heavily before the Steam launch. And I was greatly looking forward to this release.
But the recent patch with the Steam release tossed a lot of the game balance out the window.

They tried to speed up combat too much, and in doing so took away the gameplay elements which made this game... well... fun to play.
The game now closely matches any generic shooter out there on the market. They have weight classes to mechs, but the new patch renders the light mechs clearly superior to everything else due to the hit-and-run nature the game now focuses on.

And while I can understand the choice to remove mech tweaking for the sake of balance, they also gutted the customization for mechs a great deal.

You can't really have a good mech game without customization.

As it is now, this game isn't a mech sim. It's a generic twitch-shooter.

That may make a game popular, but it doesn't make it good.
I hope they chamge the game back soon.
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Early Access Review
It's 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.

It's squandered potential.
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