Hawken open beta impressions and criticisms



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 , 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 .

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.