Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X: Hacking the tactical map

If you have been following my previous posts, you know that I play Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X, an arcade combat flight simulator by Ubisoft. Despite all its greatness, the game suffers from a low-performance scripting engine, which perform poorly, even on my current computer, which is equipped with a very powerful Intel Core i7 CPU. (My current computer has but a moderate video card, but its technical specifications well outdo the recommended system requirements.) As a result, triggered events run with delay.

One of the side-effects of this glitch or incompetence is me being able to do things that I am not supposed to do, including but not limited to enabling Tac Map is mission 9. Tactical map or Tac Map is one the helpful tactical assets of the game. It provides the player with battlefield awareness, enabling him to devise a strategy to beat a mission. In the first part of mission 9 however, the player is deprived of this asset and is therefore forced to find its way blindly through an intricate network of early warning radar hotspots and surface to air missile launchers.

Taking advantage of the slow scripting engine however, it is possible to press M immediately after gaining the control of the plane to enable Tac Map. The ability to toggle Tac Map will be disabled shortly thereafter, meaning that the Tac Map cannot be disabled again. (But who wants to disable this blessing?)

Here are two screenshots of the hacked Tac Maps:

Even if you cannot hack the Tac Map on your computer, you should be able to use these images to find your way through the maze of the enemy defenses; or better yet, to destroy all enemy SAM sites before you run out of time! Doing so will give you an easier time doing the escort part of the mission since there will be no SAM site to shoot your allied bombers down and will leave you free to focus on shooting down the upcoming enemy planes (16 of them). You may wish to waste no time killing the red SAM sites, for they will be revived when allied bombers come.

I said “waste no time”; but reminds me that you need not to worry about the time if you know another glitch: The timer stops ticking as soon as you discover the enemy radar base, not when you destroy it! Therefore, you can find the enemy base, go back and destroy the SAM sites and then come back and destroy the radar base.

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Posted on 3 March 2012, in Software Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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