Thrust into the cockpits of incredibly powerful and technologically advanced jet fighters, gamers benefit from hi-tech piloting assistance in this flight game inspired by the best-selling Tom Clancy titles.
Taking off from a long line of successful first-person shooters, H.A.W.X is the first flight combat game from the Tom Clancy interactive entertainment franchise. While realistic presentation in the game's graphics, audio, and speculative fiction plotline are central to the experience, the play of the game is available at two main levels of realism. By default, a built-in "Enhanced Reality System" serves as a sort of automated co-pilot, providing damage control, targeting, missile detection, squadron management, assistance with stabilization and handling of the aircraft, and similar functions. With the touch of a button, some or all of these auto-assist systems can be disabled, giving the player much more maneuverability and providing a more demanding, simulation-style experience.
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X is set in the same near-future reality as Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and EndWar, and it takes place in the time between those other two other games. Private military corporations are brimming with money and power, as nations continue to rely on them more heavily for defense. The acronym in the game's title stands for "High Altitude Warfare, eXperimental squadron." Players take the role of an ace pilot named David Crinshaw who had flown support missions for Ghost Recon teams as part of the United States Air Force, before joining a powerful private military company. When Crinshaw's employers decide to attack the United States, he patriotically returns to his position with the Air Force to help defend the nation against the mercenaries.
Source: AmazonTom Clancy's HAWX
for PS3 puts you behind the throttle, in the fighter pilot's seat. As a member of the elite HAWX squadron, you'll find yourself manning cutting-edge aircraft, training on all the newest weapons, and carrying out dangerous top-secret missions set against the backdrop of a chaotic future, where private military companies (PMCs) are constantly putting your skills to the test and forcing you to defend your reputation as one of the top military pilots on Earth.
Fly alone or work with other pilots. View larger.
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Shifting International Dynamics: The Hazards of PMC Warfare
Perform tricky maneuvers to try and escape brutal dogfights alive. View larger.
Take on secretive, black-op missions all over the world. View larger.
Set between Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
and Tom Clancy's EndWar
from the popular Ghost series, Tom Clancy's HAWX
takes place in a world where warfare is constantly evolving--a time when state-sponsored militaries lack the funds and personnel to modernize their forces and elite, private mercenary groups have grown in size and scope to pick up the slack.
The Reykjavik Accords of 2012 defined the role of these PMCs in combat, and they made it fully legal for these groups to purchase from the international armaments market, leading to a shift in the structure of global military power. Over time, you'll do battle on the front lines of both sides as this shift reveals high-stakes arms threats and a terrifying glimpse of the future.
HAWX: The Elite, High Altitude Warfare eXperimental Squadron
You'll begin the game as former U.S. Air Force Pilot David Crinshaw, assigned to provide air support for the well-known Ghost Recon team. You and your fellow HAWX pilots are some of the most highly-trained specialists in the world. Based out of Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, you're tasked with everything from testing secret and experimental aircraft weapon systems to carrying out combat and recon missions, training other top pilots, and attempting to capture enemy technologies.
With the rise of the PMCs, your unique skills in higher demand than ever before. And with 49 playable planes available in game, plus additional planes available to some pilots through pre-order bonuses or VIP memberships, there's no shortage of sleek, fast, deadly aircraft at your disposal as you put your skills to use.
An Iconic, Enhanced Reality System to Help You Deliver Results
When you're in the midst of a firefight, E.R.S. in-game technology can help anyone survive, if you know how to take advantage of it. Featuring incoming missile detection, an anti-crash system, damage assessment, a tactical map, and weapons trajectory control, E.R.S. even allows you to issue orders to your squadron and other units, much like the iconic Cross-Com system in other Tom Clancy games. When you're getting started, you can ease into the rigors of flight and gain confidence by using a special assistance mode that offers support through the E.R.S. This mode can be switched off at any time, deactivating safety features and allowing you to perform advanced maneuvers.
Cutting-Edge Realism and Innovative Multi-Player Modes
Whether you're in a classic F15 Fighting Falcon or a new-generation Gripen, the controls and flight graphics are designed to keep you on your toes. And the game's photo-realistic environments have been created using detailed satellite data. When you pull back on the throttle to jet all over the world, you'll experience this authentic world from a variety of viewpoints.
Game play options aren't limited either, with the campaign featuring solo and multiplayer options with seamless jump in/jump out functionality, and a PVP mode where players can challenge each other to dog-fights for bragging rights, earning experience points and cash, and unlocking additional weapons.