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 (12,716 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 14, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

“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.

Head to your garage to test drive these mechs right now until July 29!

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
70 of 98 people (71%) 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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12 of 13 people (92%) 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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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
142.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Early Access Review
Don't be fooled by the hating reviews you might see 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.

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
-Realistic
-Fairly balanced gameplay
-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 12/14/14
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
289.4 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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7 of 7 people (100%) 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
225.9 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Early Access Review
Very good game fast paced action gives it an intense feeling wether you;re going to loose or not. Good stlyed mechs, Good graphics, Amazing gameplay. All it needs is universal platform gaming.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
its a smooth running fps mech game. picked the gameplay quickly and didnt get immediately stomped by better players. hoping to alot more customization in the future and alot less paying to do it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
Early Access Review
While a really fun free to play game, with fast paced mech combat that focuses more on dodgeing than tanking hits, no matter the mech. I would however like to see this game removed from the "Early Access" program and have the in game "Beta" tag remove. this game has gone months without any added content being noted on STEAM, with the inclusion of Starter packs and micro transactions, which breaks my personal view for betas and alphas where they should be used for testing and not an easy way for cash where the item you buy can be changed radicaly across the course of development. looking at the update logs they posted to steam they have only noted "Test Drives" that are in rotation without an update since June.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Early Access Review
corner OP 10/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
HAWKEN is a very interesting game, the gameplay itself was interesting. I honestly can say once this game is complete and there aren't glitches it will overcome the popular game 'Titan Fall'; Now have I played TitanFall? yes and this game 'HAWKEN' will and hopefully overeach it.

The graphics are very nice for the type of game it is, and the teamwork that is needed in the 'survival' aspect is fantastic.

Overall - 5.4/5.0
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
PROS
-Awesome first person mech combat
-Different classes of mech, customizable with items

CONS
-pay to win
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
Early Access Review
A year ago I would have given Hawken a big thumbs up, active community/development, true F2P (IMO), amazing game play, great maps etc...

However - not sure if it's a coincidence but since it's been realeased on Steam - it looks like the DEV team/players have given up on Hawken, there seems to be no road map, fix, improvments etc in the pipeline...

More and more people are using hacks such as aim bots which kills the game and there's virtually nothing stopping them...

The reliability of the infrastructure got worst (at least for me playing from New Zealand), servers going down, connectivity issues, high latency etc...

I wish this game the very best and I'd really like to see it come back to its former glory. With all the potential it has, it would be a real shame if Hawken dies silently.

I understand it's not easy to manage/develop a game like this, especially considering it is made available to everyone for free (Ok I hear you with the meteor credits but I don't think they make enough money just with that)...

So even thought it is what it is today, I'm giving it an encouraging thumb up (even though I am tempted to give it a thumb down) and wish it gets better in 2015.

Overall score: 6.75/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
Early Access Review
This game is pretty straight forward. I do like it a lot. The tutorial is really done well and many companies should take note on what a tutorial should be like. That being said there are also two pretty cool cheap real life card game 2 player version of this you can get for around 12 bucks. Totally worth it as well for when you are on the road.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
Early Access Review
Nice Game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
339.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
Early Access Review
This Game was the greatest game that almost was.

I played this game since Alpha and did it ever show promise. I would love to say it was the best game ever; but it was never finished.
Is it playable? Yes
Is it fun? Depends on what you are looking to get out of it.
Is there anything to look forward to? Unfortunately, it now appears it has gone through it's lifecycle and remains incomplete; so no... There isn't a future for this game.
There is no customer support for this unfinished masterpiece either. It's remaining days are numbered.
However, if Hawken were to make a comeback i would be proud to be part of it.

I loved this game.

Rest in Peace My friend.
My betrayed love.
You will be missed...
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Early Access Review
Playing this game makes me want to break stuff...
This is a good game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
If for nothing else? The beautiful soundtrack (mainly the theme in the trailer.) and that its a first person mech shooter, with a co-operative PVE survival wave-based mode makes it worth it... i keep uninstalling it for other games, but i keep finding myself coming back for more when i have free disc space... HAWKEN... my heart will be yours until the day i die...
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Early Access Review
I looooove it :)
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
Enough said...
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