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May 3, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
In an era of exploration, a new Gold Rush has swept the colony of Frontier. Miners harvest an energy called rift. But its power corrupts humans and transforms them into monsters that kill without mercy. Now, a battle is raging.
The successor to 2007’s Warhawk, Starhawk takes players into the space for a little intergalactic action. Starhawk is a third-person shooter like its predecessor and has plenty of brawling. The latest upgrade is the story-driven campaign mode. Gunslinger Emmett Graves returns to protect his hometown. An accident left him infected with rift energy, and his mutations are the key to his strength.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developer: LightBox Interactive
Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: May 8
ESRB Rating: Teen
The game has competitive options; at 2011’s E3, a computer and videogame trade show, Starhawk snagged the award for Best Multiplayer Game. Players can bump heads with up to 32 competitors. The standard two- to four-person co-op is also on the menu.
Starhawk also offers a few new features, including a Build and Battle system. Players can tweak and turn battlefields to their advantage by creating structures in real time — a mechanic that sprinkles a little strategy into an otherwise straight shooter.
Suit up for space, and prepare for explosive combat and action-driven storytelling within a gorgeous, rich new universe.