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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 Video Game
With their recent release of H.A.W.X. 2 Ubisoft provides a fresh face for the FPS, MMO and RTS dominated gaming climate. It comes to Benchmark Reviews eighteen months after the less-known H.A.W.X. game. Unlike many flight sims of the past, which were nearly impossible for anyone to play, HAWX 2 is a mix between a full-blown simulator and and arcade shooter that can be played by almost anyone. So grab your flying cap and join us as at 15000 meters as we take a plane or two (or three or twenty) for an inverted spin.
There is something compelling, something interesting that draws us towards the technologically complex and towards the fantastical. There is also something awe-inspiring about the vehicles and tools of war as well as the drama associated with conflict between nations. Book have allowed us to imagine complex scenarios in our minds, and computers have enabled us to play them out first-hand. But to make our games enjoyable we often draw boundaries short of reality. No one has a whole week to spend doing a real-time sniper campaign. And who is going to buy the first person shooter that you can only play till you die once? Somewhere there is a line between realism that brings the awe and interest and the playability that brings enjoyment.
Flight games must also find the balance between realism and playability. Super-aggressive flight physics can make a game down-right boring, but make it too simple and people will get bored. In this review we evaluate HAWX 2 to see how well the storyline, gameplay, flight physics, technical performance and other features maintains the good balance between realism and fun.
Product Name: Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2
Price As Tested: $33.49 (PC Download) or $54.99 (Deluxe PC Download) from Amazon
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by NVIDIA.