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Warhawk Review - PS3

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Gameplay: 8 stars 8
Graphics: 7 stars 7
Audio: 7 stars 7
Multiplayer: 8 stars 8
Innovation: 9 stars 9
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Thirteen years ago, a game called Warhawk was released on Sony’s first video game console, the Playstation.  A vehicle simulation game focused mainly on air vehicles, surprisingly Warhawk had no multiplayer. Fortunately for the communal gamer, times have changed. Years later, Incognito Entertainment (the creators of the Twisted Metal series) decided they would remake the game, but completely change the whole singleplayer only aspect to multiplayer only. How does this turn out? Read on to find out.

Gameplay

Warhawk is a game like no other. Set in a fictional world, you will fight for either the Chernovan or the Eucadian army using weapons, tanks, hummers, and of course planes. The Warhawk and Nemesis are the names of the two planes that you can control, and their handling is like no other video game has ever achieved before. Taking control of the motion sensing Playstation 3 controller, you can fly the planes around by simply moving your controller in the direction you wish to go. This is flying for beginners though; more advanced users will still have to use the analog sticks to control the camera angles, and the weapon aim.  There is a more simplistic control scheme that doesn’t take use of the Playstation 3 SixAxis motion controls, but players online will soon let you know that you’re not very good at the game if you’re not fully utilising these controls.

The planes actually have two different settings that can be changed with the simple push of a button. They can either be in hover mode where they move around quite slowly, or you can turn the engine boost on and have full aerodynamic control, spinning wildly around. This second mode helps you dodge heat seeking missiles, but is much harder to master, especially with the SixAxis controls taken in to consideration.  The land vehicles can also be controlled by the SixAxis motion controls, but this can prove to be quite gawky. Fortunately you can set the controls individually for whether you’re in land or air vehicles, so players can set up Warhawk to handle exactly how they want.  The controls of Warhawk have proven to be quite difficult to learn for a lot of people, but if you actually bother to sit down and learn which button does what, no game is hard to control.

Game modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Zones, and Capture the Flag. Zones is basically the signature Warhawk game mode, where you usually take advantage of an entire map and go from zone to zone trying to control each area. Capture the Flag is equally as fun, where maps are usually restricted to small areas, and no vehicles are allowed. There are of course bigger maps where you can use CTF mode, but you’ll find most servers utilise the smaller maps when possible.

Warhawk received great reviews when it first launched, but soon afterwards players began to realise that there were some server issues with lag and disconnections. Fortunately these issues were addressed and ...

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