''Starhawk'' is the SpiritualSuccessor to the ''VideoGame/{{Warhawk}}'' series, both of which are UsefulNotes/PlayStation Exclusives. While still heavily focused on multiplayer, ''Starhawk'' features a single player campaign which is structured such that it introduces the player to the core mechanics of the multiplayer.

It's sometime in TheFuture. [[PlayerCharacter You are Emmett Graves,]] a hired gun and "Rift Salvager". Out here on the Final Frontier, there has been a new gold rush for "Rift Energy", [[{{Phlebotinum}} a valuable but dangerous power source.]] Graves was partially mutated by this energy, but a PowerLimiter on his back keeps him human. The Outcasts, who worship Rift energy, and viciously attack those that try to mine it across the galaxy, weren't so lucky. Together with his good friend Cutter, Graves protects independent Rift Energy harvesting operations from the Outcasts, also called "[[{{Mooks}} Scabs.]]" They have a ship called Annabelle, which can drop prefabricated structures from orbit on command, as do players online.

The multiplayer includes up to 32-person matches of Team Deathmatch and CaptureTheFlag, as well as four player [[CoopMultiplayer cooperative wave defense.]] Players are given an entirely unsettled landscape to riddle with bunkers, turrets, barriers, and vehicle depots. The developers specifically wanted to capture the fast pacing of pulling a trigger on a gun when building an encampment.

The Official Trailer can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-Gp65zi1ZU here]].

On November 14, 2012, Emmett was confirmed to be one of the first two {{DLC}} fighters, packed alongside his rival, [[VideoGame/GravityRush Kat]], in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale.''

Not to Be Confused With the Vectrex Game Starhawk. Or the Game boy Game Starhawk.

!!''Starhawk'' provides examples of:

* AnimalThemeNaming: Every single vehicle is named after an animal.
** '''Hawk''': [[TransformingMecha Jet Mecha]]
** '''Razorback''': Jeep
** '''Sidewinder''': Hoverbike
** '''Vulture''': JetPack
** '''Ox''': Tank
** '''Grizzly''': MiniMecha
* BadassMustache: Cutter sports the bushy British gentleman's 'stache.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Graves doesn't seem to wear a full suit in space, just goggles and a breather mask plus some thick, winter-weight clothing.
* BattleshipRaid: In the penultimate level, perhaps as a CallBack to the original VideoGame/{{Warhawk}}.
* BeamSpam: Beam turrets, though fairly high in rift expense, are still largely seen in clusters to the chagrin of any unwitting hawks.
* BigBad: The Outlaw.
* BigNo: Emmett gives one when [[spoiler: a Rift Vortex absorbs his brother Logan, who had just been turned back to normal.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The Outlaw is defeated, but [[spoiler: Emmett's brother Logan is permanently lost, and White Sands is in ruins, with most of the populace dead. Emmett takes solace from the fact that Logan is at peace now, and White Sands is shown to be rebuilding in the closing cutscene.]]
* BookEnds:
--> '''Emmett:''' ''"It all started with a spark. A flash of blue gold."''
* TheCorruption: What rift energy does to humans. It makes them look stereotypical voodoo witchdoctors, but replaces the paint emulating skull and bone with actual exo-skeletons and eerie blue glow between chitinous plating. There's a reason rift-mutants are called Scabs.
* CrapsackWorld
* {{Expy}}: The Hawks look and [[TransformingMecha transform]] like [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Decepticons]].
* DeathFromAbove: All combat equipment is dropped from the sky, even if a person or giant robot is standing on the landing zone. You receive a [[CosmeticAward Trophy]] the first time you do this.
** KillSat: And the delivery is from orbit.
* DropShip: Annabelle. It drops everything from soldiers to vehicles to buildings.
* DropPod: How you start some missions, and how your reinforcements arrive when you build an Outpost.
* EldritchAbomination: Rift energy. It's used as a highly efficient power source, but it's actually an amorphous EnergyBeing that compels those exposed to it to worship it, protect it, and keep others from harnessing it. The exposed become Scabs, exoskeletal mutants whose flesh is gradually replaced by Rift energy. [[spoiler: Then there's the final boss battle, where energy takes on a physical form seemingly all its own and can reanimate dead Scabs by smashing them together into new ones.]]
* FrickinLaserBeams: Beam Turrets.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Graves and the Outcast, who are somewhat like conduits for rift energy.
* GroundPound: The mechs' melee attacks. Even if you dodge the strike, you may still bite it from the shock-wave.
** The Hawk uses a powerful stomp in its mecha form.
** The Grizzly, a smaller, non-transforming MiniMecha, uses a spike.
* HomingProjectile: There are two kinds usable by the Hawks: [[{{Roboteching}} Swarm Lasers]], which can lock onto multiple targets or all eight onto one target, and the much more powerful but single-shot Homing Missiles. Rocket launchers are also able to lock on to airborne targets, allowing the rocket fired afterward to home in on them.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Emmett is able to absorb the Outlaw's Rift Energy to turn him back to normal, then he gets sucked into a rift vortex.]]
* JetPack: Vulture Packs allow the wearer to take off and reach higher places; however, this leaves them open to being locked on by enemies.
* KingMook: The Outlaw. He doesn't do anything the regular Scabs don't do, excepting the strange stun effect he places on Graves whenever he needs to do some BossBanter.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Scabs gain durability and strength at the cost of gradually becoming [[GiantMook gigantic]], [[WreathedInFlames flaming]], [[WasOnceAMan mutant]] [[DemBones skeletons]].
* MacrossMissileMassacre
* MadeOfExplodium: Including buildings and walls. Reclaiming a structure even displays the option with a little bomb in the recycling symbol.
* MagneticWeapons: The sniper rifle is actually a scoped rail gun and the [[MiniMecha Grizzly]] comes equipped with a gauss rifle.
* MultiTrackDrifting: Powersliding with the Razorback or Sidewinder is one thing, but you can also do so with a Hawk in the air, or in space. In much the same way as in ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'', Starhawk [[ArtisticLicensePhysics uses inertia when it feels like.]]
* MiniMecha: The Grizzly may be smaller than the Hawk, but it still packs a punch.
* NewOldWest
* OldSaveBonus: If your [=PS3=] has a save file of ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' (the 2012 Reboot) and it's not pre-owned, then you get an extra Outlaw skin for multiplayer that makes them look like [[MonsterClown Sweet Tooth]].
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: The Outlaw turns into a giant flying serpent made of Rift Energy during the final battle.]]
* PreOrderBonus: Those who pre-ordered the game at [=GameStop=] in North America got a new co-op map, some multiplayer skins, a new Multiplayer Homeworld Lobby, as well as the soundtrack and the original Warhawk for [=PS1=].
* RecycledInSpace: It's a game made to appease Warhawk fans, set in space stations and other planets.
* TheReveal: The Outlaw is actually [[spoiler: Logan, Emmett's older brother, who was mutated fully by Rift Energy.]] This reveal comes early on and the focus is therefore purely on stopping him and putting the past in its place.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Graves' signature Galloway Revolver, which is closer in appearance to a HandCannon and indeed, does very high damage per shot as compared to your other primary weapon, the Kinetic Rifle.
* RidiculouslyFastConstruction: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that these are relatively small, prefabricated structures which are ready to be used on impact.
* ScarfOfAssKicking: Graves wears one. It even billows in the wind.
* [[SicklyGreenGlow Sickly Teal Glow]]: Rift energy and those mutated by it.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: The Union Shotgun. Even the TransformingMecha has one in the Flak Cannon, which, like all of its weapons, can be used in flight or ground mode.
** ShortRangeShotGun
* SentryGun: Two kinds: Small anti-personnel machine gun turrets which slot onto certain structures, like walls and bunkers, and large beam turrets for anti-vehicle work, that have connectors for wall sections.
* SentientCosmicForce: Rift energy.
* SmashMook: Apex Warriors.
* SpaceBattle
* SpaceFighter
* SpaceWestern
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Warhawk, but the base and vehicle building is reminiscent of Battlezone.
* StuffBlowingUp
* TankGoodness: The OX tank, which can fire regular explosive shells and switch to an artillery mode, with a handy dotted line indicator showing your firing arc.
* TransformingMecha: The Hawk is able to transform into a jet to battle airborne opponents.
* TowerDefense: The build and battle system has some elements.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Cutter.
* VolcanicVeins: The Outcasts, who have been exposed to rift energy, known for its persistent, flashy blue glow. Emphasis on Emmett's right arm, which still lacks bulk in the chitinous armor.
* WeekendInventor: Cutter, who invented insta-buildings dropped from orbit and the technology to keep Emmett's mutation from taking over.
* WasOnceAMan: Scabs were once ordinary men until exposure to rift energy corrupted them.
* ZergRush: Scrapper Scabs come in the largest hordes of any wave of enemy, but only use melee attacks.