Hawken open beta impressions and criticisms

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If you're expecting some holiday downtime, there sure are a lot of free games to try out right now. The latest to enter open beta is Hawken, a free-to-play mech shooter (think action, not MechWarrior) from Adhesive Games. Its publisher, Meteor Entertainment, thinks it'll be the next League of Legends (opens in new tab) , which is a crazy high bar to target. It only just released, so Hawken still has some time to show us just how high it can jump, but I've voiced my early opinions on its mechs, guns, and modes in the video above.

You can download and play Hawken now at playhawken.com (opens in new tab) .

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.