Starhawk Review
Starhawk Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: LightBox Interactive
Pub: SCEA
Release: May 8, 2012
Players: 1-32
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Language, Violence

And that's odd, because the controls while your character is on foot feel absolutely perfect. They're responsive, intuitive, and just plain feel good. There's just something about those vehicles, though… It's a shame, because you'll be spending a good deal of time in Starhawk's various vehicles if you don't want to be snuffed out quickly.

Starhawk Screenshot

As I mentioned earlier, Starhawk is a Western set in space, and that means its backdrop has this barren-desert-meets-future-tech vibe. It almost feels like Tribes, or like a more serious Borderlands. (And, undoubtedly, many players will draw parallels to Firefly.) Needless to say, the environments you'll explore have a lot of personality.

And the audio has a lot of personality as well. The score does "Space Western" to a tee, and the voice acting is great for the most part. Even though there are a couple minor characters who feel a bit flat, Emmet rambles on in this voice that reminds me of a more gravely Morgan Freeman. And some of the vehicle sounds are just plain cool. Especially the Sidewinder sounds, though I think the sound team may have stolen a few cues from the podracers of Star Wars.

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Starhawk is definitely worth checking out. The Build and Battle gameplay combines tower defense with third-person shooters in a way that brings out the best of both genres. And that makes for an incredibly addictive experience. I wouldn't recommend a purchase based on the campaign alone, but you'll definitely get your mileage out of the multiplayer. In fact, LightBox plans to keep supporting this multiplayer into the future, and they've even announced that the game's eventual map packs will be free as to not divide the player base. Thanks, LightBox!

By
Josh Wirtanen
Editor / News Director
@joshuajwirtanen
Date: May 9, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
Starhawk looks great for the most part, and the sci-fi Western vibe gives it personality.
4.6
Control
The controls feel smooth most of the time, but vehicles can feel a little awkward.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voicework is top-notch besides a few minor characters, sci-fi sound fx are great, and the music seems to work well enough.
4.7
Play Value
The single-player campaign is short, but the multiplayer is stupid fun. You won't want to stop playing this.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Intense Air, Ground, and Vehicular Combat – Access an arsenal of weapons for action-packed run-and-gun gameplay or pilot land or air vehicles for an incredible range of combat.
  • New Build & Battle System – Change the battlefield to your advantage and call down a variety of equipment, vehicles, and fortifications instantly from an orbiting drop ship.
  • Full Single-Player Campaign – Caught in-between a warband of merciless enemies and a planet he once called home, outcast gunslinger, Emmett Graves and his partner Cutter must count on an arsenal of weapons and a little luck to bring an outlaw to justice.
  • Epic 32-Player Battles – Engage online opponents in vast battlefields across unique worlds. Level up your to personalize your experience with player upgrades, skills, and customizable skins for characters and vehicles.
  • Offline and Online Co-op Modes – Team up with friends by yourself or on two-player split-screen to defend your claim against waves of enemies in 1-4 player Co-Op Mode.
  • Rich Online Community Features – Easy-to-use Tournament and Clan support with additional Quick Match and Friends List features. Keep up to date with the Community Events Calendar, Ticker Tape updates, or the Starhawk Android App.
  • Intense Air, Ground, and Vehicular Combat – Access an arsenal of weapons for action-packed run-and-gun gameplay or pilot land or air vehicles for an incredible range of combat.

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