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Written by Adam Pizzo - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 08 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday Guide
Call of Duty: Black Ops
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Fallout New Vegas
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2

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Name: Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2
Platforms: Windows, Consoles
Release Date: November 12th, 2010
Published By:Ubisoft
Developed By:Ubisoft Romania
Genre: Arcade Flight Simulator
ESRB: Teen for Language and Violence
Website: hawxgame.us.ubi.com/
Price: $49.99 from Ubisoft's Store
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I'm going to be honest with you. I wasn't that big of a fan of H.A.W.X. 1. To me I felt that it was missing the fun and excitement of Ace Combat and many older addictive Arcade Flight Simulators. But after giving H.A.W.X. 2 a chance, I wasn't let down again. H.A.W.X. 2 lets us experience what it is like to pilot a diverse amount of aircraft without ever having to leave the comfort of our cushioned computer chair.

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The game begins with some basic training in order to get you used to flying, but then takes you right in the middle of strife and warfare on a global scale. H.A.W.X. 2 uses GeoEye to map out actual locations for in-game action. That means that the landscape you're bombing and fighting over exists in the real world.

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You'll be flying as American, British, and Russian aircraft pilots in your single-player mission as you attempt to stop Russian insurgents from starting another world war and exploring locations all over the world. There are multiple types of missions you'll encounter, including bombing targets, dog fighting, unmanned aerial drone reconnaissance, and stealth missions where you protect ground forces with an AC-130! H.A.W.X. 2 also features 4-player Co-op for the campaign and 8-player free-for-all dog fighting. If you think fighting AI targets is fun, challenge yourself to fighting other people online. There are ranked or non-ranked matches that you can play in three separate game modes. Ubisoft has also included Leaderboards so you can see how you rank up against other people around the world. Finally, there's plane progression and pilot achievements tracked in the game so you can show off how good you are as a pilot to your friends!

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As I wrap up playing H.A.W.X. 2 there's a couple things that I like and some things that still bug me. First off, if you plan on using a mouse and keyboard to play, I would advise against it. I tried for nearly an hour to get used to playing with it to no avail. Luckily for me, I had an Xbox 360 wired control to play on lying nearby. I would highly recommend using one or at least a joystick if you have one as it made playing much more enjoyable. Also, Ubisoft made it where you must have an Internet connection to play the game. I don't agree with that decision, but that's what I had to deal with in order to play the game. I did like that there is an included benchmark utility with the game along with LAN support for when you want to just play on your own network. A final nice addition is information about GeoEye and their satellites, including information on each satellite and two galleries with pictures of many places all over the world.

So what games will you be playing this Holiday season? Leave comments below, or discuss in our Forum.


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# RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideRobert17 2010-12-09 04:00
In your reviews I note that WoW was online only (didn't I?). Otherwise, all these titles can be played solo? I ask due to the fact that I travel quite a bit, and without a laptop at that, so I don't really have much time for building up much team play following.

Yes, I know it sounds dumb, but this is the main reason I haven't bought a new game in years. It's about time though.
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# almost allresere 2010-12-09 05:47
depend on your tastes, my preferences are:
Fallout NV: yes. some crazy fans state they go ap tu 200 hours or more IN SOLO. 1st for me from the list. i'm playing it right now. (try to compare with stalker series, metro2033 and other immersive games, HL series maybe to far but for me the etalon. so yes a good game, IMO those mentioned are better, but it works just fine)
Starcraft WoL: yes. good campain, not too big but ok.
Call of Duty BO: yes. been there done that. despite de good or bad rumours, it's a good game.
Tom Clancy, wow: didnt try them, but based on previous releases, yes.
Travel a lot? ok, but prepare with a powerful enough laptop: go Fallout or Starcraft.

I dont want to criticize this review. i guess it's based on sales or some. otherwise games top it's very personal.
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# RE: RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideAdam 2010-12-09 11:11
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and H.A.W.X.2 both require internet, so if you don't have a reliable internet connection I would suggest sticking to one of the other games. Fallout New Vegas will probably give you the most bang for your buck in terms of solo game play.
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# Two Worlds 2Wayne 2010-12-09 04:03
This is what I'll be playing, and right now it's Nehrim the free addon to Oblivion which I feel is even better than Oblivion. These guys could have sold it on the market and made money.48k
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# COD:BOBrian Boucher 2010-12-09 05:36
We bought COD:BO. It's a fun 'FPS'. However, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the 'gold standard' for FPS's... not even close. If I had to decide between the two, it would be BBC2... far superior...
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# Your a God of men, lolSWAT 2010-12-09 09:06
You should join us at #epgamers.com

BBC2 Forever.................until BF3 is released, lol
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# RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideOlin Coles 2010-12-09 09:09
I still love and play BF:BC2, and consider it the best FPS currently available. On the other hand, I've been playing CoD:BO for a month now and it's finally grown on me. I still think it's full of cheats and hacks, and it's totally unrealistic, but it's fun to customize so many aspects of the game. Too bad Medal of Honor was such a lousy game, because it wasn't worth the time I spent on it.
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# RE: RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideAdam 2010-12-09 13:33
Cheats and hacks? I've been playing it (a lot) since release and not come across a single hacker. What most people think are cheaters are in actual fact just players who have learned how to use the UAV/motion scanners/blackbirds in the way they were intended.

On the other hand, optimisation and textures are a pile of wank, the spawn system is laughable, knife horribly overpowered and several guns are utterly redundant. It's still a good game, just a bit...flawed.
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# You need to be educatedSWAT 2010-12-09 17:13
codehook.com / callofdutyhacks.com thses are just a few. Each of them have 1000's upon 1000's of subscribers. You know what the bets part is? They don't get caught very often and if they do, they obtain a key generator and get right back online again. So soak up this educational moment and know......................hackers in the COD world are out there.

SWAT ....... Ex-COD Hacker.
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# RE: You need to be educatedAdam 2010-12-10 05:37
I'm not denying there are hackers at all, seen several vids of people using walls already but considering I've not come across a single one I'm either very lucky or they're rare.

May I ask why you (or did) hack on CoD? I mean, playing computer games is already seen as pretty sad, cheating at them seems even more pathetic...
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# RE: RE: You need to be educatedOlin Coles 2010-12-10 08:24
Who considers it a stigma to play computer games? I've never met anyone that thought I was odd or antisocial for playing games, and I'm a pretty social person.

Are the kids at school picking on you Adam? :p
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# RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedAdam 2010-12-10 10:56
Heh, luckily I'm plenty old enough to be out of our wonderful public school system.
But come on you must admit that gaming is not exactly seen as the coolest hobby ever, attempt to start up a conversation about it with any normal (non-geeky) person over the age of about 18 and you're likely to make them run for the hills.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedRobert17 2010-12-10 15:50
Not necessarily so Adam. I'm a grampa and I've been playing computer games since the early 70's. And I know a grandma who's kids just got her hooked on Battlefield online; she's getting her own XBox for Christmas. I'd never have called her geeky, ever, never, ever.

Lighten up. Enjoy. And Merry Christmas.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedAdam 2010-12-11 14:25
It'd be awesome to have grandparents like you. Unfortunately whilst mine are still great fun they're rather typical for their age of not being the most technologically adept.

Perhaps I was just born into the wrong part of the world but gaming is still seen as a somewhat geeky passtime around here. But then it is Essex...
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-12-12 15:40
Most people in the UK don't know much about computers, I know because I'm from the UK. When I talk about games they ask which console I play on and when I say PC they laugh... When they see the level of detail their smug smile soon departs. It is due to ignorance and lack of knowledge that people think PC's are geeky. When their PC goes wrong they soon want my help though...
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedServando Silva 2010-12-12 17:29
Yep, I pretty much feel the same way. Best part is when they want to compare games between consoles and PC.
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# RE: RE: RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideRagingShadow07 2010-12-09 17:14
I've seen maybe 10 hackers so far. I've had to ban three or four of those ten from servers I admin. Didn't take long for them to get around VAC (for now) but at least it's not ridiculous like MW2 (yet)...
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# RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideAdam 2010-12-09 11:17
Imo, Treyarch is still playing catch-up to Infinity ward. Most people don't even know they're done by different developers. I loved Modern Warfare 2, but I also played it on Xbox Live for the largest chunk of time and not PC. I haven't played much PC FPS games since Counter Strike 1.6 and Source Days. Has anybody seen the news about Gearbox picking up Duke Nukem Forever? That will definitely bring back some nostalgia from Duke Nukem 3 days.
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