First Thoughts: Tom Clancy’s HAWX, MLB 2K9, and Resident Evil 5

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So with the increase in games coming out over the next few months I may or may not be able to review everything but I still want you guys to know a little bit about what I think of a lot of these games and thus “First Thoughts” is born. Just because you see a game in First Thoughts doesn’t mean I won’t do a full review of it though. So this week we are checking out Tom Clancy’s HAWX, MLB O9, and Resident Evil 5.

So after a bit of a disappointing last outing with EndWar, the Tom Clancy series is back with HAWX, an aerial warfare video game. H.A.W.X. is set in 2012 above the skies of a world increasingly dependent on private military companies (PMCs) and elite mercenaries who have a relaxed view on the law. As these non-governmental organizations gain power, global conflict erupts with one powerful PMC attacking the United States. The game is set in the same universe as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter; as Captain Scott Mitchell, the Ghost leader, is featured in one of the missions and plot elements are carried over from other Tom Clancy games.

The game has great controls and smooth gameplay. Some of the moves you can pull off in this game push what anyone has seen in a flight simulation type video game to the limit. All in all the games is very well put together and fun to play, my only issue with games like this is that they can become redundant after a while and lose the coolness, wouldn’t call this a buy, but it would be a good game to rent.

MLB 2K9 is back again to challenge MLB The Show for best baseball game and it appears that MLB is closing the gap quickly. It is very hard to evaluate sports games like this because fans of them are so loyal, people who like The Show just like it and likewise with MLB and there is nothing you or me can say to change that so I won’t try. I will say that is is back with all new and improved Franchise mode, simpflied controls, and improved graphics. The game also features a living roster capability that we have seen become pretty much standard over the past year where, the rosters and player status in real life sync up with the ones in the game. All in all a solid offering and if you liked 2K8 you will like 2k9.

Resident Evil 5 is coming up and I gotta say that it is a series that just won’t die even if some of us want it to. The original Resident Evil on Playstation was a classic, it was imaginative, fun, smart, and very very creepy for the time. It had all the time things you wanted in a great horror video game, though its relatively mild in comparison to what is out today. Since the original, it has been one of those titles that I just wished would have left well enough alone with the last few being less than stellar. So you may get from that that I wasn’t very excited about the lastest installment and then I played the demo. A lot of the game has been rethought and down right retooled and that is good. Resident Evil 5 seems to be the best attempt yet to stay true to the gameplay that made it the hit that it was while giving it a modern facelift. They have succeeded in making it feel more vibrant, introducing new outdoor locales and much more in your face overall color palette. For all the improvements though, they have kept the one thing that really makes RE what it is and thats the somewhat robotic, clunky character movements. There is no doubt that they could have fixed this but if you take it out then its just not RE anymore, its a true Catch-22. In the end, I think that this is the most solid installment I have seen of this game in years and definitely may be worth the pick up.

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Lorenzo Winfrey

Lorenzo Winfrey

Editor-In-Chief at ZoKnowsGaming
I am the Co-Ceo of DLT Digital Media. We are a company that is focused on developing new and innovative web properties in addition to developing WordPress based web sites for others. But before I was all that, I was a gamer.
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