Starhawk’s strength and weakness are pretty much the same thing. On one hand, you could say it’s got an egalitarian approach to handing out hardware. Games like EA’s Battlefield series condition us to think of the pilots and tank drivers as a privileged few. There’s only so much heavy iron and high octane on a map, and to the camping victors go the spoils. Similarly with the good guns. You have to put in your term of service to unlock the actual killing guns instead of the ones that tap the other guy on the shoulder so he can turn around and shoot you with the killing gun he’s unlocked. This caste system helps players find their places in the world. It keeps things orderly. It channels the chaos.

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