TGS 06: Warhawk Multiplayer Hands-On

We check out the latest playable version of Warhawk alongside around 15 other Tokyo Game Show attendees.

TOKYO--Although the vast majority of games at the Tokyo Game Show are out on the floor in view of everybody, there are some that, for various reasons, can be played only inside specially constructed rooms--generally with a long line of people around their perimeters. One such game at this year's show is Warhawk for the PlayStation 3, which is being shown inside what looks like a bunker constructed of corrugated iron. After standing in line for around 20 minutes or so, we were invited into a "briefing room," where we were able to take a look at a large map of the symmetrical multiplayer level that we were about to play on, as well as check out a video detailing some of the game's controls.

The multiplayer game that we played supported 16 players, though only 10 of those were actually in the TGS bunker--the remaining six players were presumably testers back at Sony headquarters. We were divided into red and blue teams on a map that comprised two identical islands joined by two bridges. Each team started at a base on one of the islands where, in addition to hoverjet vehicles that we got our hands on at the Electronic Entertainment Expo earlier this year, we found tanks, jeeps, and numerous different weapons for use on foot. That's right, folks, there's a lot more to Warhawk than just flying around using the PS3 controller's tilt functionality.

With that said, the first thing that everybody did when our multiplayer match got under way was make a mad E3-I-must-see-Zelda-style dash for the hoverjets parked at each base. We're pleased to report that the handling of the craft was even easier to get to grips with than it was at the aforementioned convention earlier this year, and we had no trouble landing it after we'd shot down a couple of enemies (using homing rockets mostly) so that we could check out what the game feels like on land.

The first thing that we did, after realizing that we'd landed in the middle of the enemy base rather than our own, was to run around and collect as many weapons as we could find. All of the different weapon pickups in the game are outlined in another color so that they're easy to spot from a distance; within moments we'd added grenades, mines, a machine gun, a flamethrower, and a rocket launcher to the pistol and the knife that we started with. Weapon selection is handled via the directional pad, and it appears that you'll be able to carry a maximum of eight different arms at any one time.

Although many of the other players on the battlefield were busy test-driving the various vehicles at this point, we found that we were able to be surprisingly effective on foot once we equipped the rocket launcher. We were able to take out a tank solo simply by moving into cover behind walls and such after each of the four rockets that it took to destroy it, and even the hoverjets dogfighting above us weren't particularly safe once we figured out how to lock our rockets onto them. That's not to say that the rocket launcher is overpowered, mind you, the hoverjet pilots were able to avoid our projectiles at least 50 percent of the time, and the driver of the tank that we destroyed...well, he probably thought that he was near-invincible going up against a guy on foot, because he made no effort to move after we hit him the first time--he just sat there and took potshots at us as we moved in and out of cover. The few times that we did die, it was after being hit by just a single rocket fired from a hoverjet, a tank, or an enemy on foot with the same penchant for heavy weapons as us.

The most interesting vehicle that we saw in Warhawk was the jeep. Actually, that's a lie, because none of our colleagues seemed eager to share the ride with us. When we saw the jeep in action during the instructional video, though, we learned that in addition to the driver it has room for players riding shotgun and manning a turret-mounted machine gun in the back. This is nothing new, of course, but it promises to be a great addition to the online battlefield nonetheless.

When our time with Warhawk came to an end, we were pleased to see that our team had scored the most kills by a quite considerable margin. We've really no idea whether or not there was some other objective that we were supposed to be completing, but we suspect that this was simply a team deathmatch. In case you haven't guessed already, we really enjoyed our time with Warhawk (more than we expected to, given its showing at E3), and although it's far from the most impressive game that we've seen on Sony's upcoming console in terms of eye candy, we reckon this is one that you'll definitely want to keep an eye on going forward.

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54 comments
GR1MM
GR1MM

Since it is not coming out at launch , I probably wont get it.By the time it comes out there will be a lot more better games to get.

SimmySamSam
SimmySamSam

This game look pretty sweet, it sucks that its no longer a launch title.I like games that have thousands of plains, troops, tanks ect clashing in giant battles, with you in the middle of it. looking forward to this one.

infrared13
infrared13

It's funny to hear everyone say - this copies that ect... Yea welcome to the world. Also to Warharks credit it came out on the PS1 over 10 years ago b4 pilotwings on N64.(and warhark is nothing like pilotwings) So... Metal Gear was on the NES long time ago. Should that mean there should be no Rainbow 6? splinter cells? Syphon Filters? Now you have GTA which didn't go full 3d till after Driver everyone now includes the GTA formula (Saints Row, Godfather Justcause) It only improves gameplay. Whay is SSX so popular, after all it copied coolboarders. Why do we need Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, Killzone, Socom, Halo, Unreal, Quake they all copied Doom. We should get rid of those that copy and inprove the formula and only have Doom... thats it. No wrong. we need it all!!! So shut up and go play some games! jeez. Copy, improve and repeat is the nature of EVERY company due to the high cost of making a game. I mean could Ninetindo not put mario in 50 games? Or keep doing the flagship games over and over (Zelda, Metroid, mario) The big N hasn't come up with a franchise ganme that stuck or had an impact since the NES.

ruffemup
ruffemup

It sounds like their money will be made on multplayer. Wish I could have seen it first hand in Tokyo.

timag123
timag123

I'm going to keep an eye on this game. Though I don't think I'm getting PS3 until it drops in price or I get a job(I'm 16). And 7HR1LL3R, they said far from impressive *in terms of eye-candy*, which I guess you don't know means that it doesn't look as good as the rest of the PS3's games, not that it's a below average game.

7HR1LL3R
7HR1LL3R

Hate to say it, but it doens't sound interesting:( The video was sub-par as well. The article is definitely right though, saying that it's far form the most impressive games we've seen on the PS3 thus far.

Murpheus007
Murpheus007

Definetly going to give this one a try.

ryanwh
ryanwh

The air looks sort of fun, nothing really spectacular if you've played ANY air fighting sim before. But the ground gameplay looks garbage. Delayed indefinitly.

Ne0zEEd
Ne0zEEd

YOUR DAD COPIED MINE!!! Oh..and sounds kool. Can't wait to check it out. DON'T COPY ME!!!

xatman911
xatman911

Definitly first buy on PS3 unless they got Burnout 4.

JoeyHawk
JoeyHawk

Man, this game sounds so fun, this'll be my first game when I pick up a PS3. By the way, did you guys get to see the single-player portion at all?

jamesmck486
jamesmck486

Dude, does anyone else seem that this game looks strikingly a lot like Crimson Skies for Xbox?

_Sam_
_Sam_

I'm going to wait until more information is released before I'll know if I'll like it or not

pathogenb
pathogenb

"vinceaux I'm betting warhawk will be the next greatest trend. " and that trend would be...? copying other popular games? yeah, already a huge trend.

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Warhawk controls= Wii wannabe..... however I must say that I do kind of have interest in this game, even if I dont really want a ps3

ChancreScolex
ChancreScolex

Wow man, I didn't even want this game until now.

kamicolo
kamicolo

Warhawk, good to see ya back in style!

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

how is it that certain games only get made at launch time? Pilot wings anyone?

dsan224
dsan224

It looks so cool when your flying around and running on foot with your soldiers. I bet online is gonna be awesome!

darfvader
darfvader

Too bad the ps3 was delayed in europe, oh well i'll go back to playing dead rising.

Darin847
Darin847

I have one question, will you get to have a cockpit veiw? if anyone knows..PLEASE tell me

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

Sweet, another great exclusvie for the upcoming great console. Too many choices to choose which to get though. lol

Darin847
Darin847

ZOMG! i must have this game.

Squids-Ahoy
Squids-Ahoy

It looked to me like that guy was having an awful lot of trouble using the tilt function to control the craft. I wish I could try it out for myself...

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

This game looks sweet when your using the aircraft, but it gets pretty ugly when you reach the 3rd person view phase.

SolidFear
SolidFear

PS3 lineup is better than the crappy Wii and 360 lineups.

demonik_360
demonik_360

sweet,cant go wrong with multiplayer!:D

Furbyballistik
Furbyballistik

im really happy to hear this. cuz after the pics i saw waay earlier, i didnt really care for this game anymore..but thats where im wrong, i was judging this game based on its graphics..i should kno by no that graphics arnt everything...but hearing this good news is awsome cuz im a person that jus loves online play..thanx gamespot for putting out a positive word =]

vinceaux
vinceaux

I'm betting warhawk will be the next greatest trend. Warhawk, PS3 enough said!

Zeke129
Zeke129

The multiplayer sounds fun. After all, isn't online what it's all about? :)

dcoy8
dcoy8

looks good...but: is it 1st person? or 3rd person on ground?...does it play like battlefield?...

crazytom49
crazytom49

I would have bougth it even if it had been only jets, and the addition of ground units and suchlike makes it sound a bit like UT2004 which is more flight orientated. A must have in my book. Really looking forward to it, shame about the delay though.

Chainblast
Chainblast

I'm glad to see some positive impressions. Too bad it ain't a launch game no more.

shasam712
shasam712

It's good to hear that Warhawk isn't just about the Jets, even if they are the biggest part.

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Hope its a quality title and makes me buy.

jerrt
jerrt

"The multiplayer game that we played supported 16 players, though only 10 of those were actually in the TGS bunker--the remaining six players were presumably testers back at Sony headquarters" interesting..... it caught my eye as a bit different.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

"When we saw the jeep in action during the instructional video, though, we learned that in addition to the driver it has room for players riding shotgun and manning a turret-mounted machinegun in the back. " sounds oh so familiar to some vehicle i like to call the warthog

Writeous
Writeous

that sux that its no longer launch

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

This game does sound like a blast. I wish to know the pacing of the game, how fast the gameplay is and what not. I guess I'll find out when it hits store shelves. I wish also that they got into detail, somewhat, of how customizing the Warhawk will work out online and offline. I'm curious to know if we're able to change the body style of the air-craft, even customize the pilot. It would be nice.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

NICE, too bad I won't play it for at least two years because I can't afford a ps3, going to wait until it drops but this game looks awesome.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

This game sounds like it will be really fun. Its just to bad it is now not a launch game and will come out in the Spring.

dreamer77dd
dreamer77dd

Sounds interesting, but will quakwars kick it's as? wonder what the fun value is, maybe doesn't have candy looks but is it more fun then say another game like quakwars or battlefield 2 or the next one coming up, i wonder... hmmm. think think think.

foxbait95
foxbait95

wow cool, didnt relize it was gonna have this much ground action also, keeping my eye on this 1, multiplayer would be sweet in this game.

EPaul
EPaul

sounds promising