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Graphics: The graphics in Warhawk look good, but they aren’t anything special. The level of detail is great, though. The bullets coming out of your gun, the smoke billowing out of the cannon barrel and the destroyed towns all look pretty sweet.
Interface: The print on the server selection screens, the scoreboards and in the game is very small, and sometimes impossible to read. Aside from the tiny text, finding a game is pretty easy. While playing, the weapon selector and the mini-map are tucked away in opposite corners, and don’t block your screen at all.
Gameplay: The controls take awhile to get used to, and change depending on whether you’re on foot, driving or in the air. After a few matches, you learn how to maneuver around everything, and playing becomes second nature (although I still can’t figure out how to dodge incoming missiles). No two matches are ever the same, and games against evenly matched opponents are a blast.
Multiplayer: Multiplayer is the entire game. The maps and the game types are all fun, and Capture the Flag alone can provide hours of entertainment. There are some problems, though. There are users who exploit glitches and make themselves unkillable while they rake up points. There are also users who can somehow “teleport” to your flag at the start of the match to score a quick point. I’ve also noticed rampant team-killing when it comes to Capture the Flag, because of players who want to build their stats, despite the fact that the stats aren’t always recording. These annoying problems aside, the game is still great.
Sound FX: The sound of tanks rumbling, the “wssssshew” of a missile flying through the air and the rat-a-tat-tat of machine gun fire are incredible in Warhawk. The sound effects provide almost all of the audio in the game, and they’re all very well done.
Overall: Warhawk is a great multiplayer experience, aside from its flaws. I would’ve scored the game higher, but Insomniac hasn’t released anything since September, and although they’re aware of the stat glitch, the join game glitch and the tank glitch, they’ve done nothing about it. The glitches hurt the game, and the player base is getting fed up with Insomniac’s lack of progress.
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