|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ubisoft Bucharest||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ubisoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 7, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
However, this is where HAWX 2 gets into identity crisis trouble. While I found these non-traditional levels to be much needed breaks from the repetitive aerial combat, the folks this game is trying to appeal to will likely wonder why they are in the game at all. If youre going into this game looking for nothing but a series of levels that put you in the cockpit of fast and deadly dogfighting aircrafts, you will probably not want to have to slog through missions that have you staring at buildings in order to overhear a prisoner being tortured or take away your control by placing you on rails in an AC-130.
Still, the dogfighting that is there is just as satisfying, but repetitive, as it was in the original. HAWX 2s mix of arcade and simulation flight helps to allow players to perform plenty of interesting maneuvers in order to gain the upper hand on their enemies. Also, the addition of take-offs, landings, and mid-flight refueling are welcome, as they add to the immersion of the game. However, while these aspects do make the game feel more immersive, I cant help but wonder why you need to refuel at all, given there is no fuel gauge to be found anywhere and you will never actually run out of fuel.
Youll also find a ton of gameplay to be had in HAWX 2. Aside from the single-player campaign, youre also given a few other modes to tackle. Survival Mode is essentially Horde Mode for planes, giving you ever increasing waves of enemies to combat. Arcade Mode has you running back through single-player missions, with each one receiving a twist such as taking a different plane or having limited weapons. Then theres Free Flight Mode, which allows players to simply fly around the games environments without having to worry about being attacked and shot down. Between the lengthy single-player campaign (which can also be played through cooperatively with up to three other players), these additional modes, and the multiplayer options, you could find yourself playing this game for a long time to come.
If you were a fan of the original HAWX, youll likely want to give HAWX 2 a chance. While it adds some missions that may put off the original games fan base, the dogfighting core of the game remains and is still entertaining. However, if youve never played the original HAWX, you may enjoy having these non-traditional missions wedged between the games constant aerial battles, making this a better place for you to get into the series. Either way, HAWX 2 is still a competent game, although probably not as improved, polished, or entertaining as it could have been.
CCC News Director