The 12 months 2007 was a very good 12 months for on-line multiplayer. Most notably, this was the 12 months Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare launched, and its affect cannot be overstated: it modified the panorama of multiplayer shooters for good. Whereas I completely spent dozens of hours taking part in Infinity Ward’s glorious FPS, one other 2007 shooter had my coronary heart — Warhawk.
Clearly, this third individual shooter was a smaller scale providing than Name of Responsibility. There was no offline, single participant marketing campaign; it was on-line solely, which was a reasonably international idea in console gaming again then. It had a restricted variety of maps, weapons, and sport modes. You could possibly commandeer a small number of autos, together with the titular fighter planes. When you might degree as much as unlock varied customisation choices, Warhawk wasn’t actually working on the identical degree as Fashionable Warfare. The factor is, although, it did not must be. It was an easier sport, however all the pieces in it was glorious.
Regardless of early points with server disconnects, I couldn’t cease taking part in it. Getting right into a spherical of workforce deathmatch, piloting a fighter jet/helicopter hybrid Warhawk to spots I might discover weapon pick-ups, and fascinating in tense shootouts with enemy gamers. After all, there wasn’t something significantly distinctive about this sport, save for the aforementioned reworking planes, however one thing about it was so compelling to me.
I actually appreciated how lean it was. The entire weapons, most of which had been normal archetypes, had been helpful in a technique or one other. The entire autos had function, and even the anti-air weapons, through which you had been form of a sitting duck, might show very helpful too. I distinctly keep in mind the sound design being extremely good, with impactful gunfire and explosions, and the sound of Warhawks flying overhead now and again. The sound aided the gameplay too; it simply felt so good to shoot issues on this sport.
You could possibly pull off some mad stuff, as properly. I keep in mind the scrumptious overkill of utilizing the binoculars to name an airstrike on one hapless soldier, or blasting a Warhawk out of the sky with a well-placed shot from a tank. When you had been adequate, you would use a sniper rifle to one-shot the pilot of a Warhawk, and it might not solely kill the participant, however it might blow up the airplane. I might record loads of different issues like this, however for sure, there was a variety of enjoyable available with, actually, fairly a small variety of components.
As a result of the planes had been so core to the expertise, every map had a lot of verticality, and there have been so many nice vantage factors and spots to find. Whereas I largely performed workforce deathmatch, different modes like seize the flag and zones had been equally enjoyable. Even after the post-launch launch of recent maps and different bits and items, the content material was on the slim aspect, however I did not thoughts — this was an unpredictable, moreish multiplayer sport I might be delighted to play as we speak.
The chances are stacked towards a revival. Online servers were shuttered just over a year ago, and the studio behind the sport, Incognito Leisure, not exists. Nevertheless, I feel Warhawk might thrive on PlayStation 5. The perfect situation can be a remake that retains the gameplay feeling the identical whereas refreshing the visuals for a 2021 viewers. Maybe the reply can be to make it free-to-play, and hold it going with cosmetic-based microtransactions and new maps each occasionally. Heck, it is excellent for a battle royale mode, too.
Sony’s expressed interest in the multiplayer space provides me the smallest sliver of hope that it might occur. I do know it is unrealistic to anticipate Warhawk to return, so I am not holding my breath, however I give it some thought on PS5 with 3D audio, DualSense options, hopping right into a match by way of Exercise Playing cards, and I all of the sudden do not wish to play anything.
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