H.A.W.X. 2 as an 8-bit ‘pew pew pew’

If you’re looking to scratch that retro itch from the comfort of your desk chair (or wherever you’re sitting right now), look no further than the Flash 8-bit version of Ubisoft’s H.A.W.X. 2.

Designed by the Singapore-based indie developer Explosive Barrel, the Nintendo Entertainment System era-style top-down shooter feels and plays like just about every generic game in the genre. With that in mind, I’m absolutely terrible at it, despite getting a kick out out the old-school feel of the game’s cut-scenes and “pew pew pew” action. You can even post your high scores online, which I won’t be doing because when I wrote “I’m absolutely terrible at it,” I wasn’t kidding; I didn’t even get past the first stage.

You’ll probably fare a bit better, so check it out. H.A.W.X. 2 with all of its fancy current-gen graphics and triple-A production values hits shelves for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii on September 7. Has anyone had a chance to check out the demo yet? What do you think?

Nick Chester