Overview

You have to know that Sony is going to come out with all guns blazing this holiday season, ready to bring everything they have to the table to get their new console the Playstation 3 on the right track. Although the launch of the PS3 was successful, since the launch there has been a lot of disappointment coming from the Sony camp, and many Sony fans have been hoping for a revival this holiday. One of the games they hoped would bring them to this next level is Warhawk, a multi-level online action game which really marks one of the first online only experiences for a console. Does this new innovation take Sony to the next level, or put them light years behind? Read our full review of Warhawk for the PS3 to find out!

Gameplay

Sony hasn’t really gone out of the box yet in their product delivery, outside of their Playstation Network games which could be considered a direct rival to the Xbox Live Arcade marketplace there really hasn’t been any major online content distribution until now. Sony is offering up their online only Warhawk, both as a boxed copy which includes a headset, or via digital delivery. Sony was nice enough to send me the boxed copy of the game, and I have to say that the beginning of digital content distribution is probably just at the forefront and we are sure to see a lot more in the future. With all this said is Warhawk worth the purchase whether online or in a boxed copy?

So you’re not into online gaming? Then stop reading and don’t bother with this game. For everyone else, this is a game that really tries taking online multiplayer to a new level. There are a few modes of play, mostly rehashes of what we have seen thousands of times before, including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Zones. Sony wasn’t necessarily concerned with the modes, as many of the best online games have had a lot of success just sticking with the core modes, something that Sony was hoping with this game as well.

There is no doubt that many people have compared this game to a large scale rock, paper, scissor experience, where each of the actions has something that it can take out and something that it is susceptible to. The three areas of the game go from ground troops, vehicles, all the way to the skies in air combat. Very few games have even tried to do this large of a scale. A game like Battlefield 2142 for the PC come to mind, but in terms of console related, it’s not that common. You may be wondering why more developers don’t go for something this large of scale, and its literally because the chance of failure is so high. Many times if you try to do to much with a game like having three very different aspects of a game, the chances of having something feeling underdeveloped is extremely likely.

You’d be happy to know that the developers have really tuned and polished the gameplay in Warhawk, making teh playing experience utterly engaging, whether you’re running around as a foot soldier or taking to the skies in a plane. The only catch is that you have to be patient with the game, similar to games we have seen in the past that really succeed in the the long run, Warhawk is a title that takes a lot of getting used to. I would recommend spending time with one area of the game and really getting used to the controls and the different aspect of the gameplay. This is a very frustrating title to get the hang of at first, but you will see its quite apparent that if you give this game the time it will reward you for its overall experience.

The only issue I have with this game is that its relatively light on maps to play through. Although the game does have some extremely expansive and impressive maps, you can only see that the developers are probably holding off on bringing out more map packs for future downloads. The maps however are just so impressive that it makes up for the limited number to choose from. Whether on the ground or in the air, you really get this overwhelming feeling of one huge world that encompasses the game. Not to mention that with these large playing fields Sony has allowed you to play on their servers, or host your own for some massive frag parties. The best part of all through my countless hours of play I have only been booted from one game, and that was my own ISP’s doing. In the end, there is no doubt that this is a somewhat exclusive title looking for fans of online shooters. But given the great deal of those type of fans out there, Warhawk will make an excellent ending to your summer with some of the most robust online gameplay for a console in some time.

Graphics

I was a bit worried going into Warhawk, I thought the game might disappoint on a visual level, but with the smaller number of maps you get the feeling that the developers of Warhawk really got to spend time fine tuning every nook and cranny of the game. Having played the beta of Warhawk early on, I have to say the developers have done a lot of work as well to improve the game to a new level, giving some great character and vehicle models (that includes planes), and once again with no lag to be seen I have to say the game itself holds up beautifully. This is one of those games that HD owners will be happy to have their HD in full force for this game.

Fun Factor

Warhawk is one of those titles that I have seen many people sit down and just get frustrated out of the gate. But if you give it a chance, and really let the game grow and show you everything that its made of, then you will have one of the most immersive experience on the PS3 right now. Sure the game doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it uses a lot of the same concepts from ten years ago, but at the same time you have a game here that thrives on having a huge cap of players on one map that allows you go from the ground to the air and back on the ground again in the most impressive fashion available today. The game has its quirks, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some very helpful patches, but overall the experience just works.

Overall

There is no doubt about it, Warhawk is a great game, and is one of the new reasons to go out and purchase a Playstation 3. If you want to save the money (which I recommend) go with the digital copy of the game. The headset included with the boxed copy works, but it isn’t anything to write home about, and saving twenty bucks makes Warhawk even more of a value buy. If you have a PS3 or are looking for a game to get you to go buy a PS3, Warhawk is really that title.

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