Category: 3D MMO
PvP Support: Arena
Pros: +Large mech selection +Fast pace +Multitude of customization options
Cons: -Not overly tactical -Limited map selection -Limited game modes
Hawken is a first-person mech combat shooter developed by Adhesive Games and published by Meteor Entertainment. Compared to games like Mech Warrior Online, Hawken is much faster paced with a more arcade style. There are a large selection of mechs with their own arsenal and advantages with some unique game modes in diverse locations.
Mech Selection - Mechs are sorted into classes based on their size and speed with light, medium, and heavy options. Each mech has its own strengths and weaknesses and the ability to unlock more increases through progression.
Customization - Besides the number of mechs to choose from, each one can be customized with special abilities and modifications to suit personal playstyle. Some increase armor while others make repairs on the field more efficient.
OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)
Processor: 2Ghz Dual Core
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Card Supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0 (NVIDIA 9800 GTX or AMD HD 5670)
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Additional Notes: 1280 x 720 or Higher Resolution
The mech genre is a bit overlooked. There have been some mech games on consoles, but the online market has mostly seen Mech Warrior Online and now Hawken. Hawken is certainly the more action-packed of the two. Think Call of Duty with gigantic mechanical robots and you've got the general idea.
Each mech in Hawken is sorted by category. These include light, medium, and heavy mechs and each has its own obvious advantages and weaknesses. Light mechs have speed but low armor while heavy mechs can be juggernauts of offense and defense. Medium mechs balance between the two, however there is some overlap, such as the light and medium categories each having a sniper-type mech available. One thing I must give Hawken credit for is the starter mech each player is given, known as the, "Noob Tube". Laugh at the name, but this is a viable option for everyone. It balances good defense and offense and never feels like it's completely overpowered by others.
Customization and Maps
As players go through matches and gain experience, they will increase their individual level as well as the level of whatever mech is being used. Progression leads to more customization for each mech, including paint jobs, emotes, special repair bots, and perks. Perks can include faster repair times in the field, more armor, faster dodging, etc. Each map has a unique look to it and game modes are locked to maps with not every map having every mode available. I think my favorite mode is Siege where each team must gather energy nodes on the field and take them back to base. When enough energy is collected, their base will launch a massive ship towards the enemy that can be shot down but will do massive damage to the opposing base. Destroy the enemy base and win.
Hawken is a nice FPS game with a twist. The mechs are large but the action stays fast-paced. The developers continue to add maps and customization options to the mechs. There could be more game modes, and if you're not a fan of the FPS genre in general, you'll probably want to steer clear. If the look interests you or you simply want to take control of mechanical bots in familiar game modes, however, Hawken is good option.
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