Sony PlayStation 3
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.0 stars
I didn't expect to become addicted to the multiplayer game, "Warhawk," when it was released, but unexpected surprises helped maintain my interest in gaming. "Warhawk" wasn't a AAA title, and the infantry combat was lacking, but the ability to fight on foot, in land vehicles and in futuristic air-birds (Hawks) was irresistible! Now Sony has released "Starhawk" upon the gaming masses, and it's even more enjoyable than its predecessor.
Unlike the former game, "Starhawk" also offers a single-player mode, but it's lackluster at best. Instead of offering an engaging storyline coupled with exciting game play, the single-player campaign is little more than practice for online multiplayer. Sadly, the only reason anyone will play this mode is to avoid becoming easy prey for seasoned players.
Online multiplayer is where the real enjoyment lies. Players can engage each other in vastly improved third-person infantry combat as well as use mighty tanks and nimble flying Hawks. On top of that, hoverbikes and jetpacks have been added, and giant mechs that transform into flying Hawks make a distinct impression on the battlefield.
What really sets this title apart is the new Build & Battle system that lets players construct everything from turrets to buildings to new vehicles. Do you want to block off an area? Simply construct a wall nearly anywhere you choose. Does your team lack vehicles? Then build a vehicle-spawning building and take the fight to the enemy!
Lone-wolf players will quickly realize that teamwork is essential to stand a chance of winning or even having fun. Sure, it's cool to hop into a towering mech, but that won't help much if the enemy focuses fire on your mighty metal beast and blows it away! Believe me, the game becomes much more enjoyable if you coordinate with teammates and support each other.
By combining real-time strategy combat with a third-person shooter, "Starhawk" creates an unforgettable multiplayer experience.