Another great title Sony had playable at CES was Starhawk, you know, that little Playstation exclusive that’s a follow up to the slightly successful Warhawk? I’m being sarcastic of course, Warhawk has a huge fan following and I’m here to say that Starhawk is shaping up to a fantastic sequel. Starhawk is a third person shooter at it’s roots but also has a RTS/Tower defense element to it. Unlike Warhawk that was exclusively multiplayer, Starhawk will have a single player campaign although I was told that it’s main purpose is to prepare you for the multiplayer. The map I played was quite large and looked really good graphically for every element that was about to take place in it. Destructive environments, enemies spawning, defenses being built, and transitions from mech to flight are all taking place in each map. It was pretty impressive to see all of this mayhem going on with no diminishing frame rate.
There’s plenty of weapons to choose from, assault rifle, shotgun and rocket launcher were all available for use. The controls are very basic, following most FPS out there, and weapons were accurate and responsive. Progression in the map allowed me to build barracks to replenish ammo, turrets to defend against waves of enemies, and walls to slow down the incoming enemies. The menu wheel doesn’t give a description of what you’re building other than a small icon, but it’s easy to navigate and place buildable objects where you want them. After completing a few objectives my new mission was to build a launch pad for my star ship. After taking flight I noticed aviation was smooth, not too fast, and enjoyable. With one push of a button on the controller I could transform my star ship into a mobile mech. My concern about an overpowered mech was quickly squashed by the Playstation rep who assured me two well placed rocket blasts could take down a mech. Because nothing upsets me more than an overpowered perk that I know would be exploited (I’m talking to you Juggernauts in MW3, nothing should be able to take more than two RPG’s to the chest, I mean c’mon, the pavelow goes down in two RPG blasts…but I digress).
After everything was said and done it was a really pleasurable experience. I look forward to the open beta for Playstation Plus members on the 17th and codes in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception starting January 31st. Everyone else will have to wait for beta keys from IGN, Playstation, and Gamestop in February. Don’t expect to see Starhawk during this first quarter of 2012, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.
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