- Platform: PC
- Developer: Dhesive Games
- Publisher: Meteor Entertainment
- ESRB: T for Teen
Are you into mechs and or giant robots piloted by people? Do you enjoy free-to-play games? Are you male or female? Are you straight or bi-curious? Do you want me to get to the point so you would stop banging your head on the wall? Alright, Hawken is a mecha first person shooter set in a futuristic world. Would you pay $60 for this? The game is free-to-play so no $60 price tag on it. Is this game the finest of the genre or does it need any repairs?
Let’s discuss how things work? Don’t worry, the game is free. There are Hawken credits and there are Meteor credits. Hawken points are in-game currency earned from playing the game. Meteor points are currency that you can get by loading the real life money into your account. You can get additional mecha, weapons, modifications, taunts, and equipment with Hawken points or if you are lazy, meteor credits. Skins, body parts, different repair drones, and Hawken credit and Experience point boosts can be acquired via meteor credits. So it’s pay-to-swag and pay-to-be-a-lazy-douchebag. There is nothing about this game that is pay to win. It only depends on the players and online community which can’t be controlled by any developer or publisher. Oh I forgot something, Meteor Credit prices range from $5 to $100 depending how much you want loaded into the account. Is the game completely free for for you to play? Yes it is so play as much as you damn well please.
It’s time to discuss the game modes. This game does have a tutorial section for newcomers of the franchise. It is very useful for when you are new to the game as it gives you instructions on piloting your mech. There is also a walkthrough of navigating the menus and certain gameplay stuff. The game is multiplayer only so prepare to connect to the internet and deal with real people. There are four multiplayer game modes available. Team Deathmatch is where one team must eliminate enemy player and earn the highest score. Missle Assault is where one team must capture missile silos which will automatically have them fire the enemy base until it finally goes down. Siege is where one team must gather energy to power their battleship which will attack the enemy base but capture the anit-air weapons so it wouldn’t fire at it and cause damage. Deathmatch is where its you versus everyone and you have eliminate other players to achieve the highest score. There isn’t a lot of game modes but these four will definitely do unless the developers decide to toss in another mode via DLC or update.
Now onto the fancy wild mech combat gameplay. You spawn, kill, and earn XP for each mech you use in your lifespan.Get annihilated and blown up into chunks, you can respawn after a timer that varies. Taking heavy damage and close to be dead, go to a safe spot and hold onto the repair button to fix up your mech. You weapons will overheat and require cooldown time so be careful when you are up against more than one enemy alone. Sprinting and side dashing are available and are recommended for using defensive maneuvers against your opponents. Every time you spawn you have an option to switch out your mech so you can deploy back in the battle with the perfect recipe of choice. You can taunt using gestures for the mech and holograms to display on the battlefield. You can communicate to other players via text and voice chat so you can talk shit by typing or speaking. With less control issues and more balanced mechs and you got yourself more addicting intense online battles. This game will never bore the hell out of you.
I’d give Adhesive kudos for the game’s presentation. The graphics are amazing. The environments have a lot of detail when it comes to war zones in the future. You will admire the brilliant level design for each and every map. The designs besides the fancy pants graphics are great. The mechs get sweet modeling face lifts so they look badass every time you see them. Each mech as a different Heads up display that looks awesomely complex. The sound presentation is quite nice. The gunshots, explosions, and ambience make the mech war intense through sound. It will make you feel like you are in the game the minute you close your eyes. The game is powered by the Unreal Engine and it has a common problem. The graphics will sometimes render during game and Hawken has this problem. It gets really annoying and needs to resolved immediately. One graphical hiccup aside, the performance is still great.
Hawken is a brilliant free-to-play game you definitely want to play whenever you have free-time. If you want a sweetly made game for no bucks, this one is the icing on the cake. The developers put a lot of effort into this game and it is worth it. I would recommend this game to anyone who has not played a free-to-play game. If you had problems with free-to-play after some pay-to-win bullshit, this game will make you forgive them. This is a type of game you will want to download and play.
OVERALL RATING: 83% B-