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Starhawk User Review

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Graphics:

 

8.5

Gameplay:

 

9.0

Sound:

 

8.0

Control:

 

8.0

Replay Value:

 

10.0

Overall Rating:       9.0

 

 

Online Gameplay:

Not Rated

Number Of Players:

1-32

Genre:

Action/Strategy

I jumped off of my hover bike, bullets flying by me, my eyes on the flag. I was sprinting as fast as I could dodging and weaving my way to the flag stand. Throwing my grenades around me to keep the enemy team away, I snatched the flag and jumped off the back of their base. I quickly called in a corral and in the process crushed one of my pursuers. I smirked as I got on my bike and headed back to my base. I could see my flag on the horizon, I knew I was going to capture this and secure victory for my team. All of the sudden a hawk transforms into a mech in front of me and blocks my path to the base. I thought for sure I was dead, but just before he could stomp me, he exploded in a ball of fire, as I drove through his smokey remains I saw my tank driving savior. He escorted be back to the flag and our team won the match.

These are the kinds of moments that happen in Starhawk all the time. The minute to minute chaos is hard to match, it is easily one of the best multiplayer games on the PS3 hands down, aside for some balance issues which I will get into later on.

I will be honest I have barely touched the single player so this is basically just for the multiplayer, which is totally worth the price of admission in my opinion. However if you are buying it for a single player game I would hold off until it drops in price, as the single player is little more than a glorified tutorial. It's a shame because They could have done a lot with the whole space cowboy setting but they instead focused on the multiplayer. Which I think is a darn good thing, as it has some of the best multiplayer action you can get across ALL platforms, and this is coming from a hardcore PC shooter fan.

-Graphics-

I was actually blown away by the graphics. They may not be really high polygon, or have incredibly detailed textures, but they have a style and smoothness that I haven't seen on the PS3 ever. I mean there are no jaggies to be seen, I tried and I couldn't. Now maybe thats my TV, but none of my other PS3 games have looked so smooth. Other than the smoothness I really dig the art direction. It has a nice range of colours, that lend to the space cowboy theme. Mixing dusty browns, red and yellows, with vibrant blues, greens and turquoise that come from the rift energy and vehicles, you get this nice contrast of colours that really make the game pop.

On top of all that I really dig the character models. The outcasts look like tribal zombie people, and they have parts that glow with rift energy, while the rifters looks like a mix between cowboys and steampunk. They best part is when you head online you unlock parts to customize your character.

Overall I really haven't seen a smoother PS3 game except for Uncharted, but I personally really really love the art direction and style of this game.

-Gameplay-


This is where the game gets really interesting. First I would like to say, it feels way better than the beta. I actually was turned off of the game from the beta but can tell you that it feels a lot better than it did then. I don't even know exactly what they changed but it feels more balanced. However I still think hawks in the right hands are way to powerful, but they might be addressing this in patches so I'm not too worried.

Anyway if you are familiar with warhawk the games shooting mechanics are quite similar. However a couple of things have changed to the melee system, now you only have to push R3 to cut your opponent. You can also now get an instant melee kill if you hold down R3. Other than that the game plays like a third person shooter, you can jump, crouch, throw grenades, aim down the sites etc. However there is no dodge roll which I found odd, but after playing a while I realized it wouldn't have fit in with the games play style. However the big star of the show is the build a base feature, which lets you build objects literally where ever you want. This is what makes the game so exciting and chaotic. You can build mini bases near the enemy base, or you can call in a turret near there flag stand to cause some trouble while you go for the flag. This adds an RTS or tower defense element to the game. Meaning players who might not have the best aim, can at least do something for their team, by building walls and repairing base assets. The only problem I have run into so far, is that there are really no measures against base rape. Some games you get going are perfect and thats when this game shines. But I will admit if your playing with pros, whether you are doing the base raping or receiving the game really becomes boring. However lightbox says they are going to address this with a patch. There are just so many possibilities, I can't see myself getting bored of this game for a long long time

-Sound-


Explosions sound awesome, the guns sound appropriate, and there is nothing more terrifying than the sound of a nuke coming at your base that a hawk just sent over. I really like how the music picks up when you get into a vehicle, or grab the flag. The music has a very cool western feel to it, and really suits the setting. The voice acting in the single player is alright, nothing special but it gets the job done.

-Control-


Controls are super fluid and smooth. It handles exactly how you would expect a third person shooter to handle. Although the absence of a dodge roll can be a little jarring if your used to a game that has it, it only took me a couple rounds to forget about it. Character movement is fast and fluid, although switching between weapons can be a little delayed but I'm not sure if that lag or the actual game. But everything your character on foot does is spot on. The vehicles handle in a very arcade like fashion. All the vehicles can be learned how to pilot in a matter of minutes, making the game that much more accessible. Calling in base structures requires you to hold triangle, where you can then choose from whatever assets the server allows and placing them with the x button.

-Replay Value-

I can see myself playing this for quite a long time. Not only is the core game excellent and full of a ton of possibilities. But with the promise of free map packs for all players, this game can only gain value over time. If you are hear for only the single player I don't know if there is much for you. But anyone interested in the multiplayer will find a lot of bang for their buck.

-Overall-

I was super glad I bought this game, even though the beta initially turned me off. I love the gameplay and chaos that the matches provide and I think that these developers should be supported for trying something new. While the single player is a write off, and basically a tutorial for multiplayer, I think the fact that lightbox is giving us free map packs speaks volumes for how they value there players. If you were turned off by the beta give it a rent, you might be pleasantly surprised.

This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.

User review by xenris

5/21/2012 7:23:36 PM

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Comments (5 posts)

Shams
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 2:57:51 PM
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Another cogent review from Xenris. Thanks for a convincing alternative perspective on the matter. I'll be sure to crack the plastic on my copy today.

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xenris
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 8:46:55 AM

Add me on PSN if you want to play a game. My PSN is .... Xenris :) Let me know what yours is and if you have a mic we can have a good old chat while we blast enemies :)

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xenris
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 8:01:37 AM
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Damnit I just noticed some typos reading over it again! Here not HEAR!!!!! Oh well, thats what I get for not proof reading.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Friday, June 01, 2012 @ 3:28:44 PM

*that's*
Just kidding xD

Yeah, it's damn near impossible to eradicate all spelling errors, as your mind naturally skips over certain parts (unless you've already published it - then you will suddenly notice them all!).

Can't really comment on the reviewed game as it's not my cup of tea - neither was Warkhawk - but a descriptive review it was nonetheless :)

Last edited by Ludicrous_Liam on 6/1/2012 3:32:15 PM

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xenris
Friday, June 01, 2012 @ 9:50:59 PM

Thanks man :) Yeah, its definitely not for everyone. I will say that it is quite different from warhawk though. I'm enjoying it much more so far. However I still maintain that its way to easy to base rape in this game. They fixed some things with a patch today and its much better but still, they have some tweaking to do.

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