So, today I stumbled upon this on the glorious internet, an 8-Bit version of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. I was quite intrigued by this, as I had wondered how the guys at Ubisoft could have made the original Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X into an 8-bit game. As it seemed, this game was made to promote H.A.W.X. 2, which certainly isn't a bad idea considering every game can do with a positive promotion, but a game is risky business, as if you provide bad promotion, people are less likely to buy your product. Will Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X - The 8-Bit game succeed in it's intended purpose? Click Read More to find out!
Instead of a 8-bit version of the first game, players are presented with something completely different, namely an overhead shoot em up which is very reminiscent to the game ''1942'' Now, when I saw the first 8-Bit graphics, I was quite pleasantly, surprised. The story is told through various screens and is fairly obvious, your missions are also presented in such way. Never does the game really break it's 8-bit style, and consistency is certainly a good thing, for an 8-Bit game, this little thing certainly looks good.
Now, on to the gameplay, as I said, it's a fairly basic vertical scrolling SCHMUP. You get to choose different planes, which are all displayed in their 8-Bit Glory, and again they look really great. When presented in the hangar, all planes look differently, and also, all planes look differently in-game as well. The planes themselves have three stats, Speed, Armor and Offense, and all the planes handle differently, so whether you want to be a big slow tank of destruction of a nimble plane, there is always a plane for you.
Each plane also feels differently in-game as well, you can clearly feel the difference between a more nimble plane and a stronger bulkier plane. No matter what speed you are going though, enemies will always be trigger happy and fire at you. The screen always has a nice amount of enemies flying by shooting at you, in seemingly random patterns, so expect to be on the move quite a bit. Luckily you can shoot those pests down using your own weapons, and thankfully an ''Auto-Fire'' Button is included, so you can toggle Auto-Fire on or off, depending whether you want to mash away at the keys or want to focus more on dodging.
|They even got an unlock-able plane for you completionists out there....|
There are three weapons to obtain, missiles, the straight shot, and the spreading shot. All can be upgraded by getting the appropriate upgrade from a destroyed supply helicopter, which can also drop extra lives or a power-up with vaporizes anything on the screen. There is a downside to it though, you automatically switch to the weapon you pick up, For example, if you maxed out your missiles, and accidentally pick up a spreader shot from a helicopter because of dodging incoming fire, then you don't get to keep your missiles, but instead your weapons changes to said weakest spread shot.
Fortunately Ubisoft planted in a solution for that, the ERS. See the ERS as your panic button, if you really con't want to get hit fo a while, then with the press of a button you get temporary invincibility, which can really help with the boss-fights (Yes, there are boss-fights) and with the more crowded screens in the gam. If you are lucky enough you can even pick up a new ERS from a supply helicopter.
|We get it Mr. Battleship, you don't want me here.|
Overall, H.A.W.X 2, The 8-Bit game is a fun little game, a good way to pass the time, and a good promotion as well. People who will play this will surely be left with a positive experience, even if the difficulty is a little high for most standard players. Also, with exclusive content for the actual H.A.W.X 2, it provides something to look forward to to those who have already pre-ordered the game, or to those who are doubting to get H.A.W.X. 2. Even if you are not planning to get H.A.W.X 2 or never even heard of the franchise, play it anyways, having a bit of fun can never hurt, right? And to Ubisoft, I say congratulations on a positive promotion!
H.A.W.X. 2 will be available on the XBOX 360, PS3, PC and Wii