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POSTED 22/5/12


STARHAWK

Sony
PS3

Aqua’s not the most common videogame colour, despite being closely related to Commodore’s classic cyan. Starhawk has lots of aqua. Serious amounts. Hell, if Starhawk had any more aqua its theme tune would be ‘Barbie Girl’.

Sorry if we’ve earwormed you, but it’s better than having our backup, Elton’s ‘Blue Eyes’, burrowing through your synapses. Really.

Anyway, this Starhawk thing’s the successor to PS3 Warhawk, which harks back, at least nomenclaturely, 17 years to the original PlayStation. We played that lots. Fuck we’re old. Wha-wha-whassat? Onions!

Erm...

Good news everyone! Unlike the last Warhawk, those who prefer flying solo can actually play Starhawk, as there’s single player campaigninating. It’s not particularly super-long or particularly super-ace, but it’s there. You clamber through a story involving people with Smurfs for eyes or something (OK, a space cowboy power struggle – literally, as you go all shooty-shooty-BLAM-BLAM over ‘rift energy’) in various third-person guises. Trundle around on foot, herb about in/on machines seemingly procured from Mad Max’s garage sale, graduate to dog-fighting in them spaceship thingies, then mix it all up.

It’s cool fun, magnified up to 32-fold when you mosey online and play against real space soldier types. Well, geeks like you, sitting on similar couches, munching similar munchies and downing similar bevvies while pretending to be space soldier types. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, natch.

It’s super-playable, has shitloads of weaponry, gives guidance without grabbing your handie-wandie and dragging you from Point Outset to Point Target, plus there’s an extremely natty tower defence thing happening – press a button and various structures like walls and launch pads are erected before your very (blue) eyes.

If you dig multiplayer then you’ll dig this. Soloists not so much, but you’ll get tonnes of aqua and possibly even a hankerin’ to watch Firefly again...

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