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Weekly Time Waster - ‘Hawken’

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Once upon a time, there was a popular game series called “Mechwarrior” – and I played it a ton. There was nothing better than being strapped into a robotic mech and blowing everything up while fighting other mechs along the way. Those games still exist, but I found a similar game that has scratched the same itch that those games satisfied.

“Hawken” straps you into different war machines in a multiplayer area, where you are tasked – either by yourself or as a team – with destroying other mechs. The game is a fast-paced first-person shooter; think “Call of Duty,” only with mechanical war machines.

There are three types of mechs that you can use: light mechs, medium mechs and heavy mechs. Each mech serves a different playstyle; there are many to unlock in each category to keep things fresh. A light mech, for instance, has low armor but high mobility so they can rely on speed to get in and out of combat. Whereas a heavy mech is 100% armor and weaponry; they can dish out a lot of damage, but they soak up a lot of damage as well due to how slow they are. Each mech has various power-ups, utilities and weapons that can be unlocked, so there is a lot to grind through.

“Hawken” features five game modes in which to wreak havoc, including classics like Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch. “Hawken” might not be the best mech game I’ve ever played, but it’s one of the most accessible and interesting ones I have found in a while.

With lots of things to blow up and unlock and plenty of places to engage in combat, “Hawken” is a great free-to-play time waster on any gaming console.

“Hawken” is free to download on the Playstation and Xbox stores.

Last modified on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 08:01

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