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Starhawk

Release Date: 
05/08/2012
Rated: 
ESRB: T
Game Platform: 
PS3
Artist: 
Lightbox Studios/ Sony Computer Entertainment
Star Rating: 
8 out of 10

It’s Warhawk...in spaaaaaace!

The Pitch: The successor to 2007’s Warhawk, Starhawk brings the franchise’s signature 32 person online multiplayer into Space as well as adding in a new single-player campaign that was conspicuously absent from its predecessor.

What It Really Is: The campaign is really the biggest difference between Warhawk and Starhawk. Though Warhawk was initially envisioned with a solo mode, the game wound up shipping in 2007 without any single player at all. Starhawk remedies that with its own campaign and story (humans in space are harvesting Rift energy, mutating people who are too exposed and creating two factions with you, Emmett Graves, falling somewhere in the middle). The too-short campaign ends up feeling like an extended tutorial that showcases the pros and cons of the vehicles you will later pilot in the extensive multiplayer. While we did enjoy Starhawk’s solo offerings, fans of the franchise know that a Hawk game is ALL about multiplayer and Starhawk mostly delivers on that front. Battles are characteristically large and jammed with the signature vehicular combat of the franchise on the land and in the air. Even though the sci-fi setting adds some newfound life to the online battles, the same ho-hum modes like deathmatch and capture the flag detract from Starhawk’s overall greatness. It’s a small disappointment to those who were hoping for a Starhawk that was streets ahead of its predecessor but doesn’t really damper the fact that this game is all about putting you into the middle of raging intergalactic battles.

Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “If a Starhawk was a real animal, we bet it would be delicious solely because of this game.” - Maxim.com

Fun Fact: Starhawk was also the title of a 1977 vector-based video game that had incredible graphics...for 1977. This Starhawk has absolutely nothing to do with that one.

Who’s It For: Starhawk is offering up one of the best, exclusive multiplayer experiences you can have on PS3, just like Warhawk did in 2007. If your second controller is collecting dust as you longingly look for someone to play with, Starhawk is for you. Also, if you like space battles and you own a PS3 this is kind of a no brainer.