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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X

Moby ID: 39804
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The year is 2014 and more and more countries begin to contract private military companies instead of their own armies to fulfil strategic objectives. Because of the increasing amount of competition between those companies for the best contracts, the fight even extends to the battlefield themselves.

David Crenshaw, a former US Navy pilot, is hired by such a PMC as the US Army sets him free after saving the Ghost Recon team during their operation in Juarez (Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2). Ordered to do a series of different aerial missions scattered all over the world, he soon realizes that he is getting sucked deeper and deeper into the war for global military domination in which he even engages in combat against his old employer. Becoming more than a simple mercenary, matters soon fall into his hands and his decisions will dictate the outcome of the war.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X is an action-oriented flight simulation similar to Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII giving the player control over an airplane either in first- or third-person view. Set in a near-future scenario, the player has access to several different kinds of licensed planes ranging from real world aircraft like the A-10A Thunderbolt II to prototype machines like the F-15 Active used by the NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. In addition, the player can choose a different weapon load-out for each plane before the start. Both the weapon load-outs and the airplanes are unlocked as the player advances in rank during the campaign. Each kill as well as completing objectives and challenges grant the player experience points to do so.

While the mission objectives range from defending Air Force One against enemy attacks to destroying ground targets, the challenges on the hand require the player to destroy 50 enemies only with his canon or get 300 aerial kills during the campaign. During the course of the game, the player will also get help from up to two other pilots who he can order to attack specific targets in his view. The on-board computer also helps by calculating optimal intercept or rocket evasion routes.

In addition to normal keyboard, mouse, gamepad and joystick-support, the game also features voice recognition, allowing the player to fire missiles or change the target just by shouting a keyword into the microphone.


  • Tom Clancy's HAWX - Alternate spelling
  • 汤姆克兰西 之 鹰击长空 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Average score: 72% (based on 37 ratings)


Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 31 ratings with 1 reviews)

Shallow but fun

The Good
I'm pretty sure that you won't find a better jet fighter game out there. Just on planes alone, it has one of the best selection's that include a half dozen mirages, the jaguar, FB-22 strike raptor, F2, F2D, F4G, F14 tomcat, F15 active, Jaguar and my personal favorites, the EuroFighter Typhoon and Harrier Jump jet. And with the handling physics, which are mercifully based on arcade physics, these planes are a pleasure to fly, especially the Harrier. It also make it very simple to fly your plane at any altitude. In fact, after playing, you'll probably end up thinking you could teach real fly boys something about flying a plane and making it look good. It is that which makes HAWX such a fun game.

Add to that you have multiple load outs that consist of multi AA and AG missiles, JSM's, free-fall bomb's and long range radar guided missiles so you can use any plane for just about anything.

The Bad
Unfortunately, it does have kinks.

For a start, the radar is just, well annoying. It Bleeps whenever it's on small size whenever a new plane or something appears and when you put it on it's alternate display to stop it beeping and annoying you, it takes up too much screen.

Then there's switching targets, you never seeming keep getting the same two targets closest to you reticule and have to cycling through enemy's 5 or 6 times to get the one you want.

This being a Tom Clancy game, you will NOT be surprised by the plot, this means you have to save the U.S. and its president just about single handedly in a typically shallow American gung ho flag waving story. What, like you were expecting it to be oscar winning material or something??

That brings me nicely onto the characters. They are cliches. that is the single word that best sums them up the best. And for me at least, the only.

Then there's the mid mission cutscenes that always comes up in the middle of you doing something, which you can't skip and usually when they are done, the plane you had been chasing has disappeared.

And finally last but least, the end of mission highlights are rubbish, it's just your plane firing the odd missile or 2.

The Bottom Line
A shallow yet moderately fun arcade flying game with no replay value once you stop playing it of get fed up with it.

Xbox 360 · by Starbuck the Third (22601) · 2010


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The game's online servers for the Windows version were shut down on 6 October 2015.


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Game added by Sicarius.

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Additional contributors: Jeanne, Starbuck the Third, Plok, 一旁冷笑.

Game added March 27, 2009. Last modified June 7, 2024.