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Top 100 of 2012: 5 - Starhawk

More than meets the eyes.

Warhawk is probably the best experience I’ve had of a competitive online multiplayer console game. It managed to avoid the insta-death tedium that traditional shooters descend into while still maintaining that distinction between skilled players and newcomers. The mixture of weaponry, vehicles and game types made for an experience that was frequently tense and interesting and always fun.

So Starhawk is hotly anticipated, not just by me and the rest of the staff here but by the legions of Warhawk fans who still play that game on a daily basis.

Starhawk is billed as a “spiritual sequel” to Warhawk. The same third person action, vehicular mayhem and wide range of weaponry will form its core but there some key differences too. Primarily, there is now a single player campaign mode. The premise focusses on the conflict around a distant human colony called “The Frontier” in the far future. Not much is known of this single player mode yet but it’s safe to assume that it will act as a kind of training ground for the multiplayer side – which we assume will still form the bulk of the game.

As with many good sci-fi adventures, you’re fighting over energy resources. In this instance the resource is called Rift energy and its potency has turned all the former miners into mutated, crazed, zealous protectors called Outcasts. You will follow the story of Emmet Graves who has been corrupted by his enemy and shunned by his community.

Graves takes on the life of a gunslinger in this Wild West-styled vision of the far future. It’s worth noting that Lightbox Interactive has been keen to point out that they want Emmet to stand out from the usual action hero tropes. He will have internal conflict, caused by his exposure to the mutilating rift energy and be in constant pain thanks to his spinal implants which limit the spread of the mutilation.

It is safe to assume that this rift energy plays a large role in the big new gameplay mechanic: base building. Players can now build and expand bases in a similar way to a Real Time Strategy game. This will be a vital mechanic in making good team-based progress in the multiplayer modes and we expect the most successful players will be those who learn to utilise base building to its fullest extent.

Starhawk is currently in the beta stages of testing and the developers are very proactive in encouraging feedback, not only from beta testers but from fans of Warhawk. Lightbox Interactive regularly request ideas for improvements on Warhawk’s gameplay via their Facebook page and that data is all going towards making Starhawk the best game it can be.

There’s no firm release date as yet but 2012 is assured and some rumours are suggesting summer as a probable release window. Whenever it finally appears, Starhawk and its 32 player multiplayer battles are going to be a big draw for us and, we think, for you too.

Oh, and we didn’t even mention the Warhawks that transform into Mechs…

  1. KeRaSh
    Since: Nov 2009

    Never played Warhawk but this will be a day 1 purchase from me. Visually, it reminds me of Red Faction: Guerilla, one of my all time favorite PS3 games.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 11:10.
  2. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    All i wanted from Warhawk was a training or sp campaign, so i could learn how to fly without being attacked every few seconds. I was delighted to hear about the sp campaign for starhawk, not so happy about the base-building mechanic simply because it seems to be a very different game because of it. Will have to wait and see.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 11:10.
    • Watchful
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Oct 2008

      Had you already cast Warhawk aside before they added the training in an update then?

      Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 11:29.
      • TSBonyman
        Since: Dec 2009

        what?!! i definitely missed that update! I bought Warhawk when it launched but never got into it because of that reason .. looks like i’ll be loading it up when i get home! :)

        Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 11:55.
      • TSBonyman
        Since: Dec 2009

        Well, i’ve checked out the training for Warhawk now and it’s a great addition. Sadly the free flight mode is proving decidedly unfriendly as i can hardly get in more than 30 seconds of continuous flight before being shot down. :(
        And if that’s just the training mode what am i in for if i venture online.. :O

        Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 22:12.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Warhawk DOES have a training campaign. There’s a trophy for completeing it.

      Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 11:33.
      • MICKY17
        Since: Dec 2008

        Aye that’s true, but it was added in through a patch some time later, so if you bought it near the launch date you were stuck learning the ropes up against more experienced players.

        Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 11:39.
    • jikomanzoku
      Since: Jan 2010

      Can always start a private server yourself too and have a pootle about, learning the lay of the land etc before going into a proper game.

      Comment posted on 31/12/2011 at 17:59.
      • TSBonyman
        Since: Dec 2009

        Good tip thanks – i’ll have to try that out!

        Comment posted on 31/12/2011 at 20:17.
  3. MayContainEvil
    Since: Feb 2011

    Never played Warhawk as at the time I didn’t have my PS3 hooked up to the internet but I will probably get this, the mix of RTS and online competitive shooting looks awesome.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 11:16.
  4. MICKY17
    Since: Dec 2008

    I’m absolutely loving this game at the moment. The beta gets better with every update, but it’s a shame it finishes next week. I think the RTS nature has been implemented really well, and doesn’t break up the gameplay as much as I thought. This is definitely in my top 3 for 2012.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 11:36.
    • Bilbo_bobbins
      Since: Jun 2009

      I agree, its very well made and different to Warhawk. The updates are excellent and it gets better every time. THe Mechs are amazing.

      Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 12:13.
  5. jediryan123
    Since: Nov 2008

    I like the beta, but I think it is way to different from warhawk. I find the combat very similar to Uncharted 3 MP. I really would of been happy with warhawk in space :D.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 12:01.
  6. JBoo
    Since: Oct 2011

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    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 12:12.
    • Sympozium
      Since: Aug 2009

      Well the R2 is a bit odd but it takes getting use to it.

      Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 13:00.
  7. Jakster123x
    Since: Aug 2011

    I quite enjoy playing the beta but I’ve been playing Warhawk over the past couple of days and it’s just a great game. It still has a loyal fanbase and my favourite map (Archipelago) is as awesome as ever

    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 12:47.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Love Warhawk more than anything & Archipelago is immense in CTF & Zones

      Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 13:17.
      • MICKY17
        Since: Dec 2008

        +1 :)

        Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 13:33.
      • Ben
        Since: Mar 2009

        I’m still playing it too. Fantastic game.

        Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 20:08.
  8. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    I thought it was okay, the base building is great but my only issue is the complete banishment of the HP bar but that wouldn’t surprise me. Regeneration is very popular that sadly that brings the art of heath management to the brink of extinction.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 12:58.
  9. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Love Starhawk, the full range of maps, modes & maps variations will make it even better

    Base building… Hmmm if you’re on a team of numpties, you’re screwed, there’s still some tweaking of the dynamics to get right, but they’re tweaking away like mad and the public beta starts soon too


    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 13:19.
  10. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010

    Looking forward to this game as it seems close to the perfect multiplayer game for me. Never really played Warhawk though as by the time I found interest in it, I was an newbie up against trained professionals.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 13:20.

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