Parents' Guide to

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Solid air combat game doesn't push the envelope.

Game Xbox 360 2009
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Great game for 11+

Great game with outstanding graphics. The language could have been toned down without detracting from the game. It is fun to fly, but not as intensive as a flight simulator. Unlimited weapons etc.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Once you're in the air, flying over any city is wonderfully impressive because the developers used satellite imagery to create these worlds. As you choose carefully from 50 sleek aircraft (including the stealthy F-117 Nighthawk), you move through a generally compelling story, 19 levels worth. While the online play is somewhat exciting, it's not really a step forward as far as uniqueness is concerned. Still, you can cooperatively play all the single player missions over Xbox Live.

The primary challenge with H.A.W.X. is trying to pilot the plane with the 360's controller -- without crashing. You may find targeting challegning because your crosshairs are colored gray and can get lost in the colors of the sky above and terrain below. For newbies, there should have been a step-by-step tutorial that's more intensive than the tutorial given in the first level. While what's present is O.K. for core gamers (who'll wish the planes had more nuance), anyone who is trying to pilot for the first time may be daunted.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: March 5, 2009
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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