PlanetSide was a revelation when unleashed upon PCs a decade ago. Never before had there been a persistent world filled with thousands of players, each fighting in realtime in a first-person perspective, on foot, in the air, and in deadly armored columns. Its gameplay was engrossing, and its technical prowess unmatched. Its scale and scope unparalleled, and its formula never bettered. Until the release of its own free-to-play sequel that is.
Hawken is an action-packed, fast-paced, free-to-play, mech-based, multiplayer first-person shooter, set in a visually-rich future setting destroyed by corporate greed.
Developed using Unreal Engine 3, Hawken looks fantastic, putting players in the cockpits of lethal mechs, each with their own weapons, loadouts, and perks. Through kills and match victories, players will rank up and unlock new items for their mechs, opening up new tactical opportunities and new play styles. Being a free-to-play title, players also have the option of speeding progress along through the use of real money transactions, though these do not grant additional power or a competitive edge over players who progress through exclusively through the use of experience.