Both Starhawk and Warhawk have had a lot of love from TSA community over the years, so it’s unsurprising that Starhawk came top of yesterday’s poll. The RTS spin that Starhawk puts on things can, perhaps, be described as odd, but the game is still worthy of praise, even if it’s just for trying to do something different from the rest of the pack.
It was Dan who took the reins on our review of Starhawk back in May, although he was only looking at the game’s single player. Perhaps unsurprisingly he compared the game to the TV series Firefly, noting the shared Western tone of both, along with an abundance of guitar twang and some mutated humans. For a campaign mode that could have simply been tacked onto what many would consider a multiplayer experience, he actually found it enjoyable, helped along by some excellent voice work.
As for those aforementioned RTS elements? In his own words he loves “the Build and Battle system. Its ease of use means that even those who aren’t that strategically minded can quickly and efficiently create a base within a few seconds.” Certainly sounds worthwhile, and with the scenarios he runs through in the review it’s clear that the system adds some real depth to the game.
Despite the disparate elements at play, third-person combat, vehicle combat and the Build and Battle system, Dan was pleased that find that everything controlled well and flowed together nicely. He wasn’t as much of a fan of the game’s visuals, citing their ability to “swing from looking stunning to totally average” as an issue. He also felt that the game got repetitive at times, which presumably wasn’t helped by some overly large levels. Even with these faults though he still rated the game at 8/10 and had this to say in conclusion:
Starhawk’s single-player campaign is by no means perfect, but it is definitely enjoyable. The Build and Battle system has been well designed, and there are some truly exhilarating moments such as the first time you take a Hawk out into space. Repetition does take the shine off of proceedings somewhat, however. As preparation for the multi-player side of things, the single-player campaign does its job well – you’ll find yourself more than capable of joining a team and kicking some ass.
Now though, as always, it’s time to put aside our views on the game, and ask what you thought. Although Dan’s review was of the single player, you’re more than welcome to talk about the multiplayer elements of the game, or even a mixture of both if you’re feeling adventurous.
If you feel like sharing your thoughts on any aspect of the game all you need to do is drop a comment below before Sunday afternoon. Remember that you need to attach a rating to the game as well, selecting from the Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It, Avoid It scale as you see fit. Once all the comments are in I will, as I do every week, collect the views together for Monday’s verdict article, and reveal the community’s verdict of the game.