Warhawk -- Operation: Broken Mirror Review
- Posted April 19th, 2008 at 17:29 EDT by
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Broken Mirror adds two new elements in regards to how you can play the game. Warhawk enthusiasts will be given yet another two reasons to fall back in love with the game they already enjoy.
- Balanced gameplay still intact
- Huge valley offers intense flight experiences
- Sniper location above the bell tower is impressive
- Maneuverability with APC could be a tad better
The guys over at Incognito seem to be doing everything they can to make your Warhawk playing time one of the better experiences on the PlayStation 3. With a booster pack and a free update already released, Incognito has given players the opportunity to utilize a Dropship transporter, a wrench to repair or destroy vehicles, a bio-field generator to replenish health or poison an enemy and a large scaled map with several variations depending on the game mode. With the newly released booster pack entitled Broken Mirror, gamers can enjoy even more Warhawk without the thought of repetition taking over.
Broken Mirror adds two more elements to the already deep game and keeps users on their toes more than ever. The addition of the Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) offers a variety of options to not only the soldiers within it, but the driver as well. With the APC, users can transport up to six soldiers at a time. It also offers a variety of options to not only the soldiers within it, but the driver as well. Soldiers will have the ability to pop out of one of the six portholes placed on the roof of the vehicle in order to snipe or gun down nearby enemy troops. While this tactic can be extremely effective, it requires strong teamwork and an excellent driver to pull off.
If soldiers choose to take advantage of the 1.3 update, they can load the APC with wrench-equipped troops and literally repair the vehicle while it takes incoming fire. With enough communication, you can utilize this tactic with three gunners and three repairmen and just devastate a warzone unlike ever before. While this all sounds good if you’re not planning to drive the vehicle, drivers won’t be left in the cold either.
While the APC may move at a slow pace, the driver is equipped with the ability to use a speed booster to navigate across a map much quicker. You can use this speed boost to run over enemies that lie in your tracks or to take jeeps out of play. However, when in use, this speed increase will cause a downgrade in maneuverability in order to balance things out. Drivers will also be given the opportunity of employing an Electrostatic Plasma Ordinance Disrupter (E-Pod) device in order to deflect incoming fire away from the vehicle. The E-Pod can be taken down early via two different methods. Land troops can choose to run into the E-Pod’s protective area and destroy the emitter at its center or it can be taken down by fully-charged lightning gun strikes from above.
We understand that this may seem like the APC is a tad overpowered, but Incognito has always done a great job of balancing the gameplay out to avoid such controversy. While the E-Pod is effective, you can’t just litter them across the map. There can only be one E-Pod activated at a time per team. There is also a limit of two APC vehicles on the map at any given time. On top of this limit, the transporting vehicle takes a lot longer to respawn than Jeeps or Warhawks. The APC will also find itself very vulnerable when it is in a boosted state as well as quite susceptible to attacks from behind. Finally, by only allowing one of the new vehicles within a map at a single time, the developers were able to balance the playing field even further. The host must make the decision between allowing either the Dropship or the APC to be used in any specific game.
Broken Mirror also included a map entitled Vaporfield Glacier, which can only be described as a frozen tundra of war. This map, while quite vast in general, can be broken up into a plethora of various-sized variations depending on what game type you’re playing. This gives you the perception that you’re playing on a handful of new maps instead of just one.
One of the more impressive locations within this new field of play takes shape directly in the middle of the map. A deep, narrow valley layout offers not only an excellent escape option for Warhawks, but an awesome opportunity for some exciting chase battles between two skilled pilots. On top of ... (continued on next page)
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- 12:36pm EDT - April 19th, 2008
i dont even play warhawk anymore but i might start back up just for a little play time
- 12:41pm EDT - April 19th, 2008
this patch is really cool, love the map and apc. its a must for wahawk :)
- 1:45pm EDT - April 19th, 2008
The new Booster pack is sickening! I love it and can't get enough of Warhawk everytime I play it! I hope they keep releasing stuff for it :)
- 2:19pm EDT - April 19th, 2008
Its Warhawk Baby!!!!!!
- 2:51pm EDT - April 19th, 2008
I'm very impressed with this update. Both the APC and new maps are very fun. Though graphics are not impressive compared to some of the others. Could use more dynamic shadders for the ice and theres a little slowdown in some areas. All in all I'm loving this so much I've forgotten all about GT5! That's saying something!
- 3:10pm EDT - April 19th, 2008
just waitin for the psn cards, and i'll be good to go
- 3:51pm EDT - April 19th, 2008
yh ive missed playing warhwk but dno if i can be bovered to spend money on this new booster pack wen gta iv comes out in less than 2 weeks... i really dno thoe i got the omega pack will i still be able to use the APC?
- 10:35pm EDT - April 19th, 2008
I feel that the price and time it took for this to come out is rather excessive, after all it is just one map and one vehicle, i really hope in the next extra we get we're given abit more, over all the free patch actually added more and is more accessible seeing as it was already a fight to find servers with people using the last DLC, i doubt things will suddenly change for broken mirror...
- 2:10am EDT - April 20th, 2008
Yea the Apc is great but you cant have the dropship and the Apc at once.. They should make severs that have both apc and dropship for the people that have omega dawn and broken mirror
- 4:43am EDT - April 20th, 2008
looks great might get it
- 8:57am EDT - April 20th, 2008
sony hurry up with those psn cards
- 2:20am EDT - April 24th, 2008
yep if i have psn cards i'll buy sooo much things he he so please hurry :D
- 12:07pm EDT - April 24th, 2008
i havent played warhawk since the week i bough it.
- 12:26am EDT - July 3rd, 2008
now that combo pack is out i might get now ill get my dad to put £10 on and get the combo and pain.
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