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Digital FoundryStarhawk Single-Player Performance Analysis Videos

Performance testing of Starhawk across a range of levels.

Digital FoundryStarhawk Multi-Player Performance Analysis Video

Frame-rate tests on Starhawk running in multiplayer mode.

Digital FoundryStarhawk Level Scale Showcase Video

A look at just how vast - and how pretty - Starhawk's level architecture is.

VideoStarhawk - first 15 minutes

Eurogamer dives into the PS3-exclusive Warhawk successor.

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Digital FoundryDigital Foundry vs. Starhawk

LightBox's mutliplayer shooter under the microscope.

With its massive scale online battles, sprawling environments and combination of vehicular combat and third-person shooting, Warhawk became one of the early highlights of PlayStation 3 gaming - released in late 2007 when there was nothing quite like it on either of the current generation consoles.

Starhawk Review

Starhawk Review

Falcon hell.

In a genre where momentum is built in an avalanche of annual iterations and regular DLC updates, the five-year gap between Warhawk and Starhawk, its spiritual sci-fi successor, might as well be measured in decades. Consider this: when Warhawk was released, Modern Warfare was still an unknown quantity.

How to adapt to a landscape so irrevocably changed? Developer LightBox Interactive has opted for the softly-softly approach. Starhawk is still a large-scale third-person combat game with a heavy emphasis on vehicles, more Battlefront than Battlefield. What has changed is the context. As the name suggests, this game takes the science-fiction brush strokes of its predecessor and expands them to fill the canvas.

The setting is now the cosmic frontier, where a gold rush of sorts has kicked off over a new power source known as Rift Energy. There's a downside, however. Exposure to Rift Energy corrupts and mutates, and early prospectors have turned into Outcasts, mangled monstrosities that crave more energy and will fight to keep it for themselves.

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Starhawk beta testers to get in-game rewards

Starhawk beta testers to get in-game rewards

Lightbox thanks participants with exclusive items.

All those who participated in Starhawk's recent beta run will be rewarded in the full retail version of the game with at least one exclusive item, developer Lightbox Interactive has announced.

As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, all beta testers get a one-off accessory for their character called Hand of the Founder.

"It's a gold, glowing, atom-looking thing that is bonded to your right hand," explained Lightbox president Dylan Jobe.

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Sony US boss Tretton downplays PS4 2012 announcement

Sony US boss Tretton downplays PS4 2012 announcement

Uses that "hitting its stride" phrase for PS3 again.

It's sounding increasingly unlikely that Sony will announce PlayStation 4 this year.

Wise-cracking Sony US leader Jack Tretton told IGN that "I don't want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology any time soon", and said he'd be "very distracted" talking about next-gen hardware this year.

"In terms of when you talk about [the next generation] and when you announce it, it really depends on the health of the existing platform and the other things you have going on," tremoloed Tretton.

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Arc the Lad, Uncharted 3 DLC head EU PSN Store update

Arc the Lad, Uncharted 3 DLC head EU PSN Store update

Plus, Kingdoms of Amalaur: Reckoning demo.

Headlining the Euro PlayStation Store update today are PS1 JRPG Arc the Lad and new multiplayer maps for Uncharted 3.

Arc the Lad finally receives a belated English translation, after a mislabelled Japanese version was uploaded last year.

Arc the Lad costs Ł3.99. But if you're a PlayStation plus member, you can download it for free. This offer expires 15th February.

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Starhawk gets US release date

Starhawk gets US release date

PS3 shooter out a week before Max Payne 3.

Multiplayer-focused PlayStation 3 shooter Starhawk launches on 8th May in the US, Sony has announced in a PlayStation Blog post.

That's one week before Max Payne 3 hits the shelves.

A near identical post on the European PlayStation Blog shied away from confirming a date for these shores.

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Starhawk public beta begins next week

Starhawk public beta begins next week

PlayStation Plus subscribers get first dibs.

A public beta for forthcoming PlayStation 3 shooter Starhawk kicks off on 18th January, publisher Sony has announced.

"This is a crucial step for us as we'll be testing all sorts of things, including game balance, server traffic, and general bugs," wrote senior producer Florence Kum on the PlayStation Blog.

"This is also a chance for more players to finally see what we've been working so hard on."

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Starhawk private beta ends 3rd January 2012

Starhawk private beta ends 3rd January 2012

"We've learned an enormous amount."

The Starhawk private beta ends on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012, Sony has announced.

Sony and developer LightBox Interactive has learnt "an enormous amount" from the beta, senior producer Harvard Bonin wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

"We've still got a long way to go but the leg up this info has provided us is incredibly valuable," he continued.

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Starhawk closed beta starts next week

Starhawk closed beta starts next week

Invitations going out soon, public beta next year.

An invite-only beta for forthcoming PS3 shooter Starhawk goes live next Tuesday, Sony has announced.

As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, emails will be going out to select Warhawk players who opted in earlier this year. Access will be limited to start off with, but more invitations will be sent out in due course.

If you haven't already registered your interest you can do so now on the game's official site.

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Starhawk private beta begins in November

The Starhawk private beta begins in November, developer Lightbox Interactive has announced.

Early access keys for the public beta, set to launch in early 2012, are included in Uncharted 3, out on 2nd November.

But for dedicated fans there is a way to play the PlayStation 3 exclusive next month.

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Uncharted 3 includes Starhawk beta code

Uncharted 3 includes Starhawk beta code

Naughty Dog's latest goes gold.

Uncharted 3 - which has gone gold - comes with a Starhawk multiplayer beta download code, Sony has announced.

All retail copies of the Naughty Dog game include a voucher code for early access to the Starhawk beta, due out early 2012.

Like Uncharted 3, Starhawk is a PlayStation 3 exclusive. It's a fast-paced third-person shooter follow-up to Warhawk, developed by LightBox Interactive, the studio set up by Dylan Jobe and other former members of Incognito Entertainment.

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PS3 exclusive Starhawk announced

PS3 exclusive Starhawk announced

Warhawk follow-up out in 2012.

Sony has announced fast-paced third-person shooter Starhawk, the PlayStation 3 exclusive follow-up to Warhawk.

Starhawk, due out in 2012, is being developed by LightBox Interactive, the studio set up by Dylan Jobe and other ex-members of Incognito Entertainment, and Sony Santa Monica.

Warhawk launched as a Blu-ray and digitial download. Starhawk, however, will be released as a Blu-ray retail only. Unlike Warhawk, Starhawk features a fully-fledged single-player campaign as well as the multiplayer portion the series is known for.

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Starhawk

Bird of play.

The guns have fallen silent in 2007's Warhawk. Not long ago it was a continual cycle of Battlefield-style multiplayer tangles between troops, tanks and futuro-planes. Now, due to our cruel PSN-enforced absence, the Eucadian and Chernovian armies have little to do but share the occasional cigarette, take a football into the no man's land that lies between CTF points and begin to wonder whether they're not so different after all.