There are many tips and tricks to help you get the jump on your competition in Starhawk, but before we get into the nitty-gritty of the gameplay, we’ll need to start with the basic fundamentals. First off, every player should give the single-player campaign a go before they jump into multiplayer to fight for the Rifters or the Outcasts.
You don’t necessarily have to play it from beginning to end, but at least play enough to learn the controller layout and how to control and operate the vehicles. You will especially want to take some extra time to learn how to handle flying a Starhawk — or Hawk as they are known in-game. They can be tricky to handle and offer different control schemes. You’ll need to figure out which scheme is best for your playing style.
You’ll want to find a Hawk that suits you best, get to know the different power-ups they can acquire, as well as the many maneuvers they have. You don’t want to jump into a multiplayer game not knowing how to build a structure or why you're getting shot down within seconds of getting airborne. The last thing anyone on your team wants to hear is someone asking the most simple of questions when they are in the middle of a full blown battle.
There is also an Explore mode that can be accessed through the home screen that allows you to load up any of the 10 maps that you want. When you enter the maps in Explore mode, there are no other people to worry about — no enemies and no teammates. You are free to do as you please, exploring and trying out different vehicles at your leisure.
There are 4 different modes that can be played in Starhawk; Capture the Flag, Death Match, Team Death Match, and Zones — which is basically a Domination or Conquest type of game where players try to take over Rift rigs. For the most part, everything is relatable to every game type, all that is different is the strategies involved to fulfilling the objective.
At the beginning of each round, you will deploy onto the battlefield from an airdrop. For the first deployment, try to land near the rear of your green colored zone and you will then need to start building up your defenses and vehicle bays. After the first deployment and things start to heat up, you can then begin to use your deployment drops as a devastating weapon against those enemies who are in your base.
When choosing your landing spot, look for the red dots on the map within your zone. These will indicate enemy soldiers. Red triangles are Hawk, and red tanks are, well, tanks. You can also zoom in on the map by using the right stick to get a more accurate location on where you want to land. When you drop, you’ll be able to see a green circle on the ground where your pod will land.
When you are falling, you will then have a few seconds to maneuver your pod around. Try to aim it at an enemy on the ground, as when you land on either a person or vehicles, it’s a one hit kill, and oh so satisfying.