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Ode to the Warhawk Public Beta

Mark Valledor's Avatar + Posted by Mark Valledor on Aug 20, 2007 // Marketing Manager, SCEA

Ode to the Warhawk Public Beta

Hey, all. I wanted to extend KUDOS and our thanks to all the Warhawk Public Beta testers out there who contributed to tweaking and balancing the game so it truly becomes a game for the gamers – which is what Incognito’s goal was all along, right Dylan?

With that said, as a nod to the top Public Beta testers and top Public Beta forum posters – take a close look at several of the Warhawks and Nemesis aircraft flying about, you’ll find your names painted on the ships. Congrats. Regrettably we couldn’t put all of your names down, but know that this was meant for all of you.

FYI…

Top 5 testers (based on Team Points)

1. Click
2. Enebreated
3. Merovee
4. IComeInPeace
5. ArtemisBane

Ode to the Warhawk Public Beta
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Ode to the Warhawk Public Beta

Top 5 forum posters (based on posts)

1. dk3dknight (sorry you got cut off bro)
2. unusualbob
3. O-R-I-O-N
4. ucigasu
5. LordYod

dk3dknight copy
unusualbob and LordYod copy
O-R-I-O-N copy

//Add Your Own

203 Comments

101

+ Loucifer on August 21st, 2007 at 6:31 am said:

ok that was sarcasm by the way :)

cuz I say spend sum $ on developers and get more content…spend sum $ on advertisers and get a campaign started or get a sponsor like Microsux does…AND LETS GET THE PS3 LOVE GOING ALREADY!!!!!

what the hell is Sony waiting for??

BUT…what the hell do i know??…im only a starved fan with a $600 movie trailer player/internet ready Blu ray player that can play “next gen” games in 720p when true HD is 1080 and then wont upscale them to boot game console


102

+ Reddsk on August 21st, 2007 at 6:36 am said:

Wow that ad is hot! Sony’s artwork for these kind of things have been really good lately (loved the PS3 character collage).

Can’t believe the game will be here so soon… =D


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+ Obakasan on August 21st, 2007 at 6:40 am said:

@Dylan
any update on if Warhawk will come with the headset here in Japan?

Thank you for all your help in answering my questions.


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+ dk3dknight on August 21st, 2007 at 6:42 am said:

Hey guys, its me dk3dknight,
I just wanted to say thanks
for everything the beta was
a great experience and I loved
every moment of it.

Im happy that I could be of
service, and trust me I was
shocked to read this in my
thunderbird… I was sitting
at my work desk in a metal
hanger followed by going
outside jumping up and down
in front of several co workers.

By the way as I recall my beta
experience the game was possibly
more addicting then coffee and I only
worry that the FDA might want to
control the usage of Warhawk…

*lol*

And I would like to thank every beta tester
but, that mat guy who kept shooting up our
empty vehicles and who kept attacking our
flag carrier and me the host of the match
even knowing that we turned friendly fire off..

alus I thank all of yall and I enjoyed playing alongside you and hope to fly with yall soon.

Now to return to my Emergency Procedures forms…


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+ azad_champ on August 21st, 2007 at 6:54 am said:

I smell a million seller….


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+ awheaten on August 21st, 2007 at 7:02 am said:

Hey, just wanted to congradulate the dev team and Sony for this game (WarHawk). Unfortunately, it is not getting enough press so no one is really talking about it anywhere else except here.

I wish I knew what the game was about so that I could get hyped about it. But, it seems like MMOG that is alot like Resistence fall of Man. Therefore, I’ll have to pass being that its like other games I got. But, I hope it sells the system.

Off topic, Sony got another BIG blow today to their High Def endeavors. Today it was announced that Paramount (Who produced the hit movie of the summer: Transformers) is sticking to HD-DVD only. And, Transformers, Sherk3 (and a couple other movies) are coming only to HD-DVD. Thats really going to hurt. Block buster is probably kicking themselves because the went exclusively to BlueRay.

Anyway, thats my sob story of the day. Good luck on WarHawk. Sony need some commercials on TV. They are getting killed by Wii and Madden-XBox commercials.


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+ Al2x on August 21st, 2007 at 7:13 am said:

LOL, sorry if this sounds snobby, but what do “Beta Testers” do besides play the game? Some people rarely even input “bugs” and such.

Anyways, maybe I would know what they do if I would ever be accepted to a beta. PlayStation user since ’97 and no beta tests, GAP, or home beta :\


108

+ Violater on August 21st, 2007 at 7:16 am said:

Soooo War Hawk has started to feel the Anti Ps3 sentiment review scores.
6.5 from PSM


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+ Kurse on August 21st, 2007 at 7:27 am said:

You guys are pure CLASS!
Thats why the H8 in the gaming media is so shocking. The internet is burning with rumors that Warhawk was rated 6.5 from PSM.
I was a beta tester and am an experienced Counter-Strike and Battlefielder. I can objectively say that Warhawk is awesome, one of the best offerings in the genre for years and yet it is being subject to FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) reviews by the so-called media.
They already did this with Motorstorm & now they are extending the strategy to Warhawk.
Warhawk was THE beta to be in this summer, it was the game that made us forget about that “other” beta.
Anyway, I guess you need to fly some of these press people to Cali & Hawaii more often….


110

+ HIPPOPOTAMUS on August 21st, 2007 at 7:30 am said:

I’ve already put the $40 in my PSN Wallet. I’m really looking forward to this game! My ID is the same if anyone wants to play online


111

+ UCIGASU on August 21st, 2007 at 7:56 am said:

can we keep our PSN-ID on our warhawk wings?

:)


112

+ TheTwelve on August 21st, 2007 at 8:02 am said:

Wow. What an amazing gesture. I’ve already downloaded that from flickr.com and made it my wall-paper. I’ve always been console guy and always wanted a game like this…I’m SO looking forward to this game I can hardly wait. Luckily, there are some amazing PSP games coming out this week to keep me company.

Sony, you may be one of those big-bad multi-billions dollar companies, but you sure do a good job making me believe you have a heart!

As for the 6.5 review, which has gotten more attention than the other 9.6 review and more attention than any of the positive Bioshock reviews—-

I’ve never heard a negative review from those who were on the BETA. That’s what matters. I’m sure there were BETA people who didn’t like it, but I would have to dig for it. The truth is in the pudding, and the gamers are the ones that will decide if this game is great.

We can think of all kinds of conspiracy theories as to why this 6.5 review came about, or why Lair got low reviews from EGM—a wise man would be foolish to completely ignore dishonesty in these reviews but let’s not take it too seriously.

The real reviews will be from us who buy Warhawk and other games and spread the truth about them via word of mouth. Everybody is curious about the PS3 games right now and everybody is curious. Everybody wants to see if the PS3 is worth it, if it’s really the best hardware.

I believe it is, but the truth will come out when these games come out. Reviews mean jack if the mob buys the games and keep buying them due to their quality.

If these games truly suck, it will be made very clear soon. Making too big a deal about any review, positive or negative, is the same as robbing us of our own hobby. Buy the games that you want. Or wait. But the truth will come out.

With Warhawk, the truth will come out in… a week! Can’t wait!!—–12


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+ UCIGASU on August 21st, 2007 at 8:16 am said:

“Mark Valledor | August 20th, 2007 at 8:07 pm

@ucigasu – we got you, albiet a bit small. Check out the plane up/left from Merovee (3rd close up)”

Looks like im pwning someone.
:))


114

+ Elsa43 on August 21st, 2007 at 8:38 am said:

Actually the beta testers should be thanking Dylan and his team! It was great to see the feedback and changes posted in the forum by them and it was nice to know that we were listened to.

I think that most beta testers did love this game! It’s very addictive… but it’s also simply a FUN game! I don’t think I ever laughed so much as when playing a game of Warhawk with some friends! :)


115

+ scorpio on August 21st, 2007 at 9:01 am said:

Wow, great job guys. I can’t wait to pick this game up….


116

+ scorpio on August 21st, 2007 at 9:03 am said:

@ ELSA43

That’s exactly what im hoping for a great online game where its addictive and fun. I have tons of fun playing socom with friends.


117

+ Demon on August 21st, 2007 at 10:14 am said:

I’m so jealous of beta testers. I never get invited for a beta.

I’ve never heard a negative comment about the game for a beta tester, so I might buy this game.


118

+ macpac24 on August 21st, 2007 at 10:40 am said:

Any official comment on the negative reviews so far given to the game?


119

+ aaquib on August 21st, 2007 at 10:52 am said:

@117

Take the “s” off the word reviews, because its only 1 review. I guarantee you IGN, 1UP and Gamespot will give it much better reviews. Playing from the BETA, its a great game! I’ll be buying it even if it got a 2 from PSM.


120

+ dk3dknight on August 21st, 2007 at 10:55 am said:

Btw I thought should add, Dylan, dont worry about cutting my name off, im actually a good sport.

Cant wait to see yall on the battlefields.
*I finished my Emergency Procedure forms*

I have a story to tell that I think everyone will like, the story of the first install, the music…

Then you get onto your first server and I kid
you not I played over 10 hours discovered that is was now morning and I had to go to work and I had failed to sleep at all…

Well I leave now with that comment now back to my inspection forms…


121

+ rodband on August 21st, 2007 at 4:41 pm said:

so wait do we get the posters? we meaning all us beta testers.


122

+ Lithgow on August 21st, 2007 at 5:16 pm said:

Wow…that is just amazing. Just shows how close you all really are to the users. This just blows my mind.


123

+ Ultimate on August 21st, 2007 at 6:11 pm said:

@dk3dknight im new to playstation blog. how did you getto be a beta tester?


124

+ Rockwallaby on August 21st, 2007 at 6:15 pm said:

@Loucifer would you like some cheese with your WHINE, if you dislike your PS3 that much give it to me I could always use another or stick it on ebay and buy another console.

Warhawk is a must buy I think the reviews will not reflect the opinions of the beta testers (actual players)

as for lair it was never going to be much more than ace combat with dragons.

I never listen to reviews if I’m unsure about a game I rent it & decide for my self if I like it, these reviewers have never met you & they don’t know what YOU like, belive it or not you all have the ability to form your own opnions & make your own choices


125

+ Dew87 on August 21st, 2007 at 6:17 pm said:

I don’t know what substance the US PSM were abusing when giving Lair and Warhawk those scores, it’s not legal. When I found out the magazine is run by a former OXM editor, any credibility the reviews had went down the drain.


126

+ 40cal on August 21st, 2007 at 6:36 pm said:

I read some other reviews for Lair and Warhawk and the scores where around like 8 and 9. PSM and EGM can LMAO. We are all still buying these games.LOL

And I am loving this news also.
Way off topic.
Bioshock coming to PS3? Oh yeah!

http://n4g.com/News-61148.aspx


127

+ Scarecrow on August 21st, 2007 at 6:55 pm said:

Sweet! Incognito’s so cool with their fans.

Must get this game for sure!
High flying action in an all out war!


128

+ homy on August 21st, 2007 at 7:08 pm said:

The editor in chief of PSM came from a xbox magazine. So that’s how MS controls the media.

http://forums.gametrailers.com/showthread.php?t=155168


129

+ 40cal on August 21st, 2007 at 7:45 pm said:

@ Everyone

If you buy Blu-Ray movies.

Let Viacom and Paramount Pictures know that they lost your buisness. Just click on the link.

http://origin.www.viacom.com/CONTACT


130

+ Clover09 on August 21st, 2007 at 8:44 pm said:

Hey I was on my PS3 and went on the internet and saw that the homepage is full of Warhawk images and it says 7 days til’ release, good marketing! I like the way it looks. There should be more of this from now on.


131

+ Joey_Numbers on August 21st, 2007 at 9:07 pm said:

It really sucks you guys didn’t allow all the early adopters to join the beta. I would have bought for sure, now I am going to wait and see…


132

+ TheMrDude on August 21st, 2007 at 9:08 pm said:

i love warhawk, i cant wait!!!!

oh by the way, ignore PSM’s review everyone, the guy who wrote the warhawk review in PSM also wrote this

http://forums.gametrailers.com/showthread.php?t=155168


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+ IceCold on August 21st, 2007 at 11:28 pm said:

Wow a beta thats lets user know they appreciate the effort from gamers. Maybe Sony as a whole could learn from this, and use it for Home Beta and possibly people who really care about beta and what they stand for. Hence I have been trying to get into G.A.P. for ever. Surveys, comments, suggestion.. but still nothing. O well. Good job guys!


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+ Roxas009 on August 21st, 2007 at 11:41 pm said:

mann i cant wait till i get my ps3, so i can blast u guys out the sky!!! dudes try to ignore those reviews!!! lair looks good to me!! warhawk looks like it deserves a 9.5!! and plus from the stuff i read from the beta testers it gets me really exicted!! i think ign would give it a good review problay a 9.5 and i hope game informer does the same!!


135

+ ryuk on August 22nd, 2007 at 12:06 am said:

@ DYLAN

IM SO GLAD FOR BEING IN THE WARHAWK CHALLENGE WHO ARE THE DEVS WE ARE GOING AGAINST PLEASE TELL US!


136

+ Cynn on August 22nd, 2007 at 12:59 am said:

I should be in that picture. If you have Click, then you should have a picture of me being blown to hell by him. lol That’s all I remember from the beta!

Warhawk is going to rock. When the developers actually care, the game is going to show that. I don’t think we could have asked for a better team on this project!


138

+ maluraq on August 22nd, 2007 at 7:51 am said:

This is an excellent tribute — way to go guys (devs, Sony marketing and beta testers). Can’t wait to get my chance to play finally.


139

+ Destroyer41139 on August 22nd, 2007 at 8:20 am said:

This Game looks sweet i’m definitely getting this game when it comes out on blu-ray.


140

+ TylerOwnsYou1986 on August 22nd, 2007 at 8:31 am said:

Ignore psm review apparently they are going through some pms….


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+ HeavenlyGamer on August 22nd, 2007 at 8:39 am said:

I have been sold on this game from day one but I read an article saying someone was gonna get four headsets will Warhawk be able to support more than one Headset for the game, and off topic SONY PLEASE SELECT ME FOR A BETA TESTER MY ONLINE ID IS COTTONMOUTH1 and I’m a beast on RFOM 3000 shotgun kills and counting!


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+ Kratos_ate_Snake on August 22nd, 2007 at 8:46 am said:

If anyone is interested in joining a Warhawk clan, check out Tactical Warfare

http://twhq.org

This is one of the coolest clans out there. Check it out yourselves.


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+ patrickp3 on August 22nd, 2007 at 10:06 am said:

I wasn’t a tester for the BETA, but I see a problem with this whole rewarding the top BETA scorers thing.
As has been pointed out by at least a few of the actual testers, I would have thought the idea behind having gamers participate in a BETA-stage was to find bugs and generally tweak the game to a better state.
The Warhawk developers have already admitted that many testers ‘cheated’ in a number of ways, ways that are no longer an option in the release format. Why, then, are the high scorers alone being rewarded? Keeping true to the whole idea behind a BETA release, surely those who made the most suggestions, reported the most bugs, they should be rewarded. Or, all should be rewarded equally for agreeing to take part.
Unless, of course, the idea wasn’t to improve the game before release at all, but only to crank up the hype (such as it is) surrounding Warhawk.
What’s the answer?


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+ Nephlabobo on August 22nd, 2007 at 10:16 am said:

I don’t see the top 5 Manhunt 2 testers you hypocritcal facist bastards.


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+ mariusmal on August 22nd, 2007 at 12:38 pm said:

this is a great move.big companys like sony tend to distance itself from gamers. this blog and this kind moves makes us gamers happy. happy because we fell that somebody out there doesnt see us only has an end stage of the game production. we can proudly participate in the development (betas).

but a little word up… please do consider europe a little more, sony always had big support here. the waited for ps3 and rejected x360 in europe.i know the big bucks are on the USA, but please remember us


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+ Qbrain on August 22nd, 2007 at 2:53 pm said:

@mariusmal

exactly what i wanted to say :D

im also very happy with this blog itself, it gives us the opportunity to say exactly what we (the gamers) think about games. and since you guys (the blog-makers) even post replies to us in the comments, i really think you guys are taking this also very serious and that, i think, is very very cool. This is pure service from sony. You would never find this everywere..
You guys are actually giving me the feeling that you indeed make games for the gamers, and not for the profit/money.

:D

warhawk is going to be an extremely good game. This is going to be a console-buyer even as heavenly sword. I already have it but you know what i mean :P

I hope there are more things of this to come, and i am extremely looking forward to this.

Very well done.

-Q


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+ xT3RMlNATORx on August 22nd, 2007 at 3:22 pm said:

Congrats, fellas. It’s really cool for them to show how much they appreciated all your help with the beta. If this is a sign of things to come, Warhawk will have an awesome community to go along with the superb gaming.

Oh, and I can’t wait to be pwned by NCOG tomorrow, it can’t come soon enough!


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+ aaquib on August 22nd, 2007 at 3:31 pm said:

Hey guys,

Warhawk just scored 4/5 from Yahoo! Games!

http://uk.videogames.games.yahoo.com/1e/news/warhawk-90921e.html

“t’s difficult to be at all negative about this game, because Warhawk is just so much fun and hugely playable. The only criticism that can be levelled at it is that there is absolutely no single-player option whatsoever so, obviously, leave this well alone if you have no broadband connection. Otherwise this is highly recommended whether you go for the game with bonus extras on Blu-ray disc, or else download the cheaper version from the PlayStation Store.”

Sweet! I knew something was up with that PSM review!


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+ Kpepe on August 22nd, 2007 at 3:58 pm said:

@ Dylan Jobe

If you haven’t read my other post at the Warhawk FAQ blog, here goes:
I’m in a clan that’s currently doing a machinima for R:FoM. Will this game ever support spectator mode to make a movie out of this game. Anyway GREAT GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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