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
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.