Wow, where to begin. The graphics are just awful. I could not take the story line seriously at all mostly because it was nothing but a series of stills andf voices. There are two basic missions, either rail boming runs or air combat and occasionally a combination of the two. Despite their claims of having a large variety of planes available they all fly exactly the same. The only difference being between the air combat and the rail levels. Flying in the rail levels in impossibly stupid as you are locked into a predetermined course with which you have little control and are randomly dropped up or down in elivation.
Overall, fun for a bit, but monotonous overall could have def been a good game with some tweeks, but unfortunately they fell short.
It’s time to take to the skies - and blow stuff up in Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2.
Okay, I may be oversimplifying the game, but for the most part, you task is to fly your plane and destroy several objects on the ground and in the air. The experience is much different on the type of targets you have to destroy.
When you take on air targets, it is the classic dogfight where you get behind the target and lock on with missiles. If you really want to show off, you can close in and only use guns to take down your enemies.
When you go after the ground targets, you fly low over the ground and use unguided missiles and machine guns to destroy buildings, tanks, and other ground vehicles.
What about the game play? The controls take a while to get used to, but when I did, I had little trouble with them.
But the view from the cockpit is okay at best - I liked the explosions, but the planes and the scenery look really bland and drab.
The main mode is Campaign Mode. Here, there’s some sort of story about a pilot who has to deal with an ongoing conflict between two mighty air forces, and which side he has to take. But the cut scenes are comprised of blurry oil paintings with average voiceovers, and the story does go at a much too slow pace.
If you are not into the story mode, you can go for the Top Down Shooter with up to three other players - but that’s just an average arcade shooter that got boring very quickly.
Or you can go to Survival Mode where you have to shoot down four waves of enemies
Or you can go head to head against one or two other characters in Arena Mode.
There’s a lot of packaging for the last two modes, but it boils down to you dog fighting against one or more planes piloted by the AI, and I find there’s a bit too much fluff and not enough substance on display here.
Still, if you’re looking for an air combat game, then you should check out Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2. If only it had better presentation and graphics. RENT IT.