A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You work cooperatively to save the world, bit by bit.
Violence & Scariness
While there is occasional blood, you'll mainly see explosions of vehicles and planes that you shoot or are being shot by others. Military planes use machine guns, missles, and bombs to inflict damage on enemy planes, tanks, and land structures.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are some suggestive themes, but much less than you would see in a prime time TV show.
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Mild expletives of the 'damn' variety, generally. Rarely, "sh-t" word is used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are occasional references to having a beer after a mission and to smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents needs to know that while the language is generally mild, you may hear the 's' word and 'bastard' now and then. Targets like tanks and planes are shot constantly. But there is little blood, primarily firing of bombs and missiles and watching fire-filled explosions, usually from a distance. When you crash, team members call you 'down', not dead.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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