This months Game 4 Under £5 is Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
If you’re not familiar with Tom Clancy games then you’re probably a cave dweller seeing sunlight for the first time, so for those people; Tom Clancy is a Wartime/Action/Thriller author and who’s also delved deep into the gaming world providing action packed, heart stopping, tactical mission games such as the Rainbow 6 series and the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter series.
H.A.W.X. was developed by UbiSoft (much like the rest of the Tom Clancy games) and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft. The mobile versions were developed and published by Gameloft.
Back of the box
2014 – You are an elite pilot controlling cutting edge technology & devastating fire power to dominate High Altitude Warfare.
Explosive action over real cities created with satellite data.
Issue orders, calculate evasion tactics and track your opponent with the Enhanced Reality System.
4 player Jump In/Jump Out Coop mode on the entire solo campaign. 8 player online modes.
Execute extreme offensive and defensive top gun manoeuvres.
About the Game
In the game you take on the roll of David Crenshaw, a U.S. Air Force pilot and squadron leader of an elite unit called H.A.W.X.
For the first mission you’re required to give air support to the Ghost Recon team currently being pinned down in Mexico but soon after the H.A.W.X (High Altitude Warfare eXperimental squadron). Soon after this mission the US military abandons the H.A.W.X. squadron and Crenshaw and his squadron are then recruited by a private military company (PMC) called Artemis Global Security.
The game goes through six years of action with Artemis, attacking enemy bases and defending valuable facilities, until Artemis Global Security is intervened during a mission in Brazil to take down an anti US group, Las Trinidad, by US forces and leaving the PMC in financial turmoil.
The game then continues to fight with the US military in an attempt to destroy Artemis Global Security and keep the US safe from attacks.
In Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. there’s a lot of work gone into making each of the 19 level environments realistic to real world cities and terrains. This was done with a new high resolution image program and GeoEye’s commercial Earth-imaging Ikonos satellite system.
The game is incredibly easy to pick up and play, the controls are simple and you rush straight into game play. My only issue with the game is that it had no depth in terms of playing style and if anything the game is so simple it quickly becomes boring.
Though the missions change and each objective is a little different, the game play is basically just fly – target – shoot. The only difficult thing I found was making sure I didn’t hit the ground, something I did often.
In some missions you’re required to control a squadron of other pilots and this can sometimes get a little annoying and at times distracting.
All in all, at most, the game took about two hours until I was un-interested and wanted to do something else.
I was surprised to find that the vs. mulitplayer still had some online players, not a lot, maybe about 5 or 6 if you’re lucky, but in terms of game play it was about as exciting as the single player. I played the co-operative version, (which is something you can do throughout the entire game) and a vs. death match game.
The death match game became a little tedious after a while because you find your self trying to find another player about 80% of the time and once you do you’ve probably lost them by time your missile lock has activated.
Another downfall for this game is their accurate satellite realism. It looks great when you’re up high, but if you’re like me and often find yourself close and personal to the ground, you’ll notice that it’s just a flat image that looks good from above. There’s a fair few three dimensional buildings but close up you’ll find them hardly high resolution but in fact super pixelated..
I paid £3 for this game, so it’s not at all bad for the price, but like the previous G4U5 I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to pay full price for this game.
You can get Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and iOS.