On the ground, Warhawk is a little less fun, but only a little. As we said you can go completely on foot and fire hand weapons, grenades and even land mines designed to destroy land vehicles. There's a two person jeep (one drives and the other fires a machine gun) and a tank (one drives and fires the main weapon and the other fires a machine gun). There are machine gun placements to take out on foot enemies but the most fun is taking control of the anti-air turrets. One is the classic WWII style of machine gun that fires widely in the air, surrounding targets with flack. It's suprisingly effective. The other is the powerful missle turrets which after a few seconds can lock onto a plane and blow it out of the sky if you are lucky.
Visually the game is a treat with some excellent and rather unique level design for the game, from a desert level to a European village setting to a really impressive island based level where the plane aspect of the game is really put into focus. The graphics really look good for a multiplayer title with impressive modeling for the planes and some great lighting and visual effects. Seeing a plane get destroyed in a huge explosion in the sky is something to behold. The game currently has four modes; standard deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag is included but you also get Warhawk's variation on Battlefield's standard Capture mode where teams take and hold onto spawn points on the map. The game allows the maps to be small for eight player battles or expand to their full size for large 32 battle. Leaderboards track your stats and compare them to other players and you can even launch your own dedicated server for people who want to run their matches 24/7.
Warhawk is definitely not as deep as the Battlefield series in terms of amounts of weapons, vehicles and items but that's actually part of its charm. There's something to be said for a game that let's you just start playing without a lot of introductions or instructions. The gameplay is fast and furious, especially if you hook up on a 32 player match. The physics of the game are a little wonky (if you are on foot you can fall from a tall structure or location and there's no damage) but that's a quibble. We do have some concerns about how the final game will be marketed, however. So far Sony has declined to say how much they will sell the game for download on the Playstation Store. We hope that the game won't be sold online for more than $30 when it is released unless they release more levels than the five that are currently available in the beta (the game will also be sold as a retail product with a Bluetooth enabled wireless headset). It's also a good bet that Sony will offer downloadable expansions for the game after its release; what will the costs of those expansions be like?
However, those concerns are for the future. For right now, the multiplayer beta of Warhawk has turned out to be a far different and more enjoyable experience than we were expecting. Having full featured downloadable games like this gives Sony a bit of an edge over Microsoft in this area who seems to be content to offer small Xbox Live Arcade games rather than larger offerings. The beta test period is scheduled to run until June 25; if there are any major changes to the beta before it ends we will post an update. We also hope to get more info from Sony on their release plans for Warhawk in the near future before its planned release later this year.
Elemental: Fallen Enchantress Preview Elemental: Fallen Enchantress is a standalone expansion pack and follow-up to developer Stardock's previous game in the series, subtitled War of Magic. That 4X strategy game was highly-anticipated and slated to compete with games such as Sid Meier's Civilization V for your turn-based strategy play-time, but was released in an incredibly broken and unfinished state that it never fully recovered from. Lead designer Brad Wardell apologized profusely to fans and set out with his team to go back to the drawing board and try again.
Almost two years later, the result of that proverbial mulligan is currently undergoing closed beta testing. In today's article, Will reports his thoughts on how Fallen Enchantress is shaping up, and will tell you whether or not you should be keeping an eye on it as it nears release later this year.
The Elder Scrolls Online Details Leak - Should Fans Be Excited? The Elder Scrolls Online, long rumored to be in development, was officially announced yesterday. Still in development at Zenimax Online Studios, this MMO aims to combine traditional genre mechanics with the spirit and sensibilities, not to mention setting and lore, of the immensely popular series of single-player RPGs. Though the game is set for a full unveiling in the next issue of Game Informer magazine, what appears to be the entire cover story article has been leaked to the interwebs already. In today's article, you'll find summary and analysis of all the alleged details, as well as feast your eyes on the very first screenshots and concept art from the game. Of course, the burning question now is, should you be excited?
ANNO 2070 Review
The year is 2070. The majority of life on Earth was devastated when global sea levels surged after the melting of the polar ice caps. Swaths of previously habitable land are now deep underwater, and sovereign nations are a relic of the past. But there is still hope...
This city-building RTS/simulation game from Ubisoft tasks you with re-colonizing what little land areas are left on the planet following a global warming apocalypse. Does it have what it takes to be worthy of your time and money, or should it be cast out to sea with the rest of civilization? Find out in today's review!
Mass Effect 3 PC Review
This latest release from EA/BioWare is the final entry in their trilogy of sci-fi action RPGs, putting you in a dire situation: rally the troops to save Earth at all costs. There was a lot of hype surrounding the final act of what has been a vast and highly-customizable story-telling experience, and the reception among many hardcore fans has been less than stellar. Even people that haven't played the game have probably heard about all the nerd rage going on over Mass Effect 3's ending...
If you want to cut through all the crap and find out whether or not the rest of ME3 is worth playing, come check out Will's spoiler-free take on the first blockbuster game release of 2012.
Batman: Arkham City PC Review Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to 2009’s smash-hit action game Batman: Arkham Asylum. As the name suggests, you will be reprising your role as the Caped Crusader and going against an even larger 'prison' filled with Gotham's criminals and villains. A textbook example on how to do a proper sequel, Arkham City takes what worked in the original, excised or improved upon what didn’t, and elevated everything to an even greater scope. The PC version suffered from a few months of delay, but in that time, Rocksteady worked closely to NVIDIA to implement some familiar technologies from the last game, such as PhysX and 3D Vision, along with new DirectX 11 optimizations. But how well was the whole package executed? Read on to find out!
Saints Row: The Third PC Review Saints Row is one of most unique series of games to build upon the open-world action template forged by Grand Theft Auto, and has met with plenty of critical and commercial success since it began on consoles back in 2006. This latest iteration, titled Saints Row: The Third promises the most outlandish fun and freedom of customization of them all, and in a much more PC-friendly package than its predecessor. Does it live up to those expectations and, more importantly, is it worth the price of admission? Find out in Will's latest review!
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PC Review The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is Bethesda Softworks’ latest offering in their series of epic fantasy RPGs, as well as one of the most highly-anticipated PC titles of 2011. As the Dovahkiin, or Dragonborn, prepare to take the fight to the mythical beasts that have returned to the realm after centuries of slumber, all the while exploring a huge and highly-detailed open world.
The PC version of the game promises enhanced graphical fidelity, standard RPG trimmings such as hotkeys and quick-save, as well as unbridled mod support, something we’ll all be thankful for once they release that SDK. Skyrim has already sold millions of copies and set records for play-time on Steam... Find out why in today's review, which happens to be one of the biggest and most in-depth articles on the subject out there!
L.A. Noire Complete Edition PC Review L.A. Noire, as the name clearly states, is a video game built on the tropes of one of the greatest periods of American cinema: film noir. Developed by the now defunct Australian developer Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games, this title has been out on consoles for a full six months before finally making its way to the PC. This “Complete Edition” of the game features improved graphics, keyboard/mouse controls, and every bit of previously-released DLC for free. But was it truly worth the wait? Read on and find out!
Mass Effect 3 PC Demo Impressions Mass Effect 3, EA/BioWare's third iteration in their series of sci-fi action RPGs and one of the most anticipated titles of the year, is fast approaching its March 6th release. This week, though, they released a playable demo on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 that offers a glimpse into both the single-player and multi-player portions of the full game.
Whether you're waiting impatiently for your download to finish or don't have the time to check it out yourself, go ahead and read some impressions of the demo from resident FSers Synch and Vandy in today's article!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 Review
The self-appointed "most anticipated game in history" launched worldwide this past Tuesday. Why, it's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, of course (of course), what else? Unsurprisingly, the military FPS debate between this and Battlefield 3 rages on, but now that both have been released, surely we can take a look and objectively evaluate them both? Luke's taken the Xbox version of MW3 for a spin this week, so to find out what he thinks of it in today's review!