comes in two flavors, a direct download from the PlayStation Store for $40, or as a $60 retail package. Both packages contain the same game with the only difference being that the $60 version comes with a packed-in Bluetooth headset which, if you don't already have one, is almost mandatory if you want to get anywhere in the game.
As far as gameplay, Warhawk is very simple. It doesn't take all that long to understand, especially if you've played any of the other open-warfare games like Battlefield. Matches take place over five maps that scale based on the number of people in the game. If you manage to fill out a full match of 32 players, you'll have a sizeable map to play on, while smaller games will generate smaller maps. Each map also comes with different configurations, such as allowing more warhawks on the map.
Regardless of size, the game plays the same; playing as one of two teams, you try and capture bases that are scattered across the field. Although the game offers a few different play modes, most are just a variation of the same central theme. Zone and Team Deathmatch center on teams capturing bases. The difference between the two is that in Zone, each captured area links together, generating points for your team the longer you hold them. Capture the Flag places a flag in each base that teams must capture. The weakest of the play modes is Deathmatch, which takes away from the game's biggest strength - the team-based play mechanic.
In addition to online matches, you can also play split-screen matches with everyone in the room (two players can even play split-screen online) or in a LAN match.
The aspect that makes Warhawk such a blast to play is the number of vehicles and weapons available. You always spawn on foot in a location that is usually stocked with all kinds of weapons like missile launchers, various rifle types and machine guns as well a vehicles ranging from jeeps to tanks to the game's namesake warhawks. As you explore the map, you may even find a few gun emplacements. Although smaller games aren't as dazzling as big ones, it is a lot of fun to enter a game and see warhawks buzzing around the skies dogfighting other warhawks or strafing ground-based targets. Then again, it is just as fun to jump into a tank or grab an anti-aircraft weapon and down one of the big metal birds.
As you play through matches, you'll earn various rewards based on achievements earned during matches. As you earn more rewards, you'll also unlock new clothing options for your solider. Though it probably doesn't sound like that big a deal, it gives players a visual way to brag about their progress.