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Warhawk early impressions -- say goodbye to your life

Warhawk hit the PlayStation Store yesterday and the positive reviews have been pouring in. Our review is coming as well, but in the meantime we wanted to post our early thoughts on Incognito's impressive shooter. Even after our relatively short play time (~five hours), we feel confident saying that this is one of the most addictive online experiences you can have on the PS3 -- or any console for that matter.

It's worth pointing out though, that as good as Warhawk is so far, our experience was initially tainted just by the difficulty of just downloading the game. True, we did download it right after it was released but it took nine tries for Sony to actually add money to our PlayStation Store wallet. During this time, we ran into multiple PS Store errors and timeouts, saw images fail to load and generally experienced weirdness while trying to navigate the store. It was incredibly frustrating but after about an hour of trying, we finally were able to purchase Warhawk and queue up the 800 MB download.
Once Warhawk finished downloading and installing though, we fired up the game and messed around with the slick and intuitive menu system. This is where you tweak your controls, customize your character, set up clans, and find games. While there are a ton of options here, the layout is pretty straight forward and within no time we had a funky looking purple skinned avatar and had jumped into one of SCEA's official ranked servers.

The action in Warhawk is instantaneous -- there is almost no downtime whatsoever. As soon as you appear on the map, it is on. Within seconds you'll be engaged in firefights with other ground troops or you'll be hurtling down the road in a jeep packed with soldiers, all looking for somebody to open fire on. If neither of those sound fun at the moment, you can hope into a Warhawk for some aerial combat or jump into one of the defense cannons, looking to shoot down any pesky enemy planes in the sky. The amount of instantly accessible gameplay options is incredibly satisfying and help keep the pacing of the game fast and furious.

Part of what makes the gameplay so great is the fantastic job that Incognito has done at balancing all the different aspects of combat. So far it doesn't appear that any one vehicle or weapon is so overpowering as to break the game. Ground troops can shoot down Warhawks with rocket launchers, Warhawks can blast tanks and strafe bases, jeeps can run over ground troops and shoot at Warhawks with their mounted machine guns, and on and on. You aren't invincible in anything but you are deadly in everything.

We will be back with a full review soon, but in the meantime we're gonna go back and play more Warhawk. There is really nothing like this on the PlayStation 3 right now and is a breath of fresh air for game-starved PS3 fans. Though our opinions might change as we get more time with the title, right now we're prepared to call this one of the PlayStation 3's first true 'must-have' games.

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1. But hang on, all the Xbots told me that PSN sucked, because it was free.

Posted at 5:35PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Mak

2. I had no problem buying downloading or installing the game...

my only problem is not being able to play worth a DAMN!! :-( you guys don't give me a chance...

within 5 seconds...some friggin' warhawk is spraying me with a round of gunfire...i had to get killed at least 20 times in a row without killing anyone.

Posted at 5:51PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Justin

3. Wow, this game is so addicting. I gotta go to work or I would be on for hours. Oh well, this game will be popular for a very long time at all hours of the day.

The fast paced mayhem is unmatched in anything I have played ever.

If you have a PS3 or are thinking about getting one, GET THIS GAME. TRUST ME.

Posted at 5:52PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Zaphod Beeblebrox

4. taking a break from playing right now!! wheres the ps3fanboy room? i can't find it...


Posted at 5:54PM on Aug 29th 2007 by #21

5. I can't wait untill tomorrow after school. :-| Buying this asap! I envy you America. Just this time. :-x

Posted at 5:55PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Kurac

6. Xbox live sucks its Mine has problems finding games in GOW Its a shame that I'm sitting here saying "come on find a game... Yes!, Crap! 5/6 players get in! get in! get in!... Son of a B!tch!"

Posted at 5:58PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Bobby b

7. Oh and btw, forgot to say. Just 800MB? Are you able to play LAN and just fourplayer split screen? I'm getting the feeling that it's not the entire game. :o

Posted at 5:59PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Kurac

8. I'll be picking this game up.

On a side note, Xbox Live is awesome you fool. Once Sony has cross game invites and the other features it will be awesome to! You buddys connection is the problem. Anyways, this game looks to be pretty sweet.

Comments about Xbots only bring them in here. You know that right?

Posted at 6:02PM on Aug 29th 2007 by x silence x

9. I agree with all the positive feedback, this game is sick! I wasn't going to get this game because I had to narrow my list down to a couple of games this year(married and have bills up the ying yang). At 12:01am on the 28th I saw 3/4 of my friends list downloading the game and I caved in, I'm glad I did. This game is phenomenal, best online multiplayer experience I've ever had. A must buy for every PS3 owner. Also Justin, just be patient and persistent with the game. You'll get the hang of it, and when you do, you'll be hooked.

Posted at 6:03PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Don

10. I'll have to wait till sunday to try this.. anyone interested in a noobs-only game?

Posted at 6:03PM on Aug 29th 2007 by phattie

11. more and more i'm feeling the pressure to finish bioshock so i can get this...

Posted at 6:08PM on Aug 29th 2007 by steve

12. And I suggest you finish whatever game you're playing BEFORE getting Warhawk, because that game will become a distant memory...

Posted at 6:13PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Titty Pink

13. Hey, what's the community been like? My XBox Live headset is buried somewhere because I got so sick of listening to 12 year olds screaming expletive's in their cracking voices.

When I beta tested Warhawk, the voice chat wasn't so good. That wasn't really a problem for me, but I was just wondering if it's gotten better.

Why is it so hard to do good voice chat on a console and so easy to do it on a PC? Is it that the PC has CPU cycles to burn on compressing/decompressing audio?

Posted at 6:13PM on Aug 29th 2007 by GRT

14. I didn't have any problem downloading this joint. The only thing I would steal from live is the ability to add friends on the fly and the ability to send voice messages rather than text. You can have all of the movie rentals and shit. Don't really need it.

As far as Warhawk, I think I posted the first review on this website, luckily everyone else feels the same way that I did. Warhawk may not be the reason to BUY a PS3, but if you have one, you really should consider at LEAST doing the $40 download, you won't regret it.

Now Don made a great point by saying that you WILL get owned until you figure things out. SAM operators suck if you're in a Warhawk, and people aren't really using team tactics or communicating yet (CLICK L3 TO TALK,it's not like Resistance of R6), but I got on a team that WAS, and man. We were owning dudes for like 4 hours straight!.

At the end of the day, you guys who aren't on board should break down and get on. I'm telling you, its a blast!

Posted at 6:13PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Titty Pink

15. phattie...add me PSN - CarolCity

i'm a supreme n00b in this game....its ridiculous

Posted at 6:14PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Justin

16. I hope so @ Don...cuz I couldn't help but laugh last night at how I was gettin owned by people who had only been playing the game for ONE day!!!

Posted at 6:16PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Justin

17. why cant I find Ps3fanboy room? btw this game is addicting once you master it?

Posted at 6:20PM on Aug 29th 2007 by sicklesdawg

18. Man, this game is awesome. I have both a Xbox360 and a PS3, and this game alone has convinced me that the tide is really turning towards PS3, and that it's flexing it's muscles.

I am totally addicted to Warhawk!!!

Anyone interested in a cheap 360, with 15 games?

Posted at 6:23PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Stephen

19. Haha Justin...I know how you feel. I got on last night and the first few rounds were!? I got killed over and over.

Just find your niche. Maybe you're a ground-pounding tank driver. Maybe you're the jeep guy that makes the flag runs. Like Battlefield2, you can play a safe niche until you learn the intricacies of vehicles and flying. I know it's called Warhawk, but in reality, it's not about the Warhawks. :)

Posted at 6:24PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Popfrogs

20. I havnt bought it yet so I dont really know...but I have heard its extremely hard to get the hang of.

not that its not fun initially, but its a challenge.

My question is, how overblown is that, and how long would you expect an average gamer to adjust to the game.

and is it possible to just sort of roam around by yourself. I always do that on multiplayer games to get a feel for the game. I hate jumping in and then getting slaughtered right away, I wanna be able to run around for a while lol

Posted at 6:30PM on Aug 29th 2007 by CGamble20

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