You have probably noticed recently that I have been doing more content about Destiny, I'm really enjoying playing and writing about Destiny, and you guys seem to be enjoying the Destiny focus. There will still be a variety to my website, it's just that at the moment Destiny is where I have the most fun, which is why today I want to bring you my first review of an Exotic item, and I thought I would start with my favourite, Hawkmoon.
I'm sure any Destiny player is aware that Hawkmoon, Monte Carlo and Forth Horsemen are all exclusive to the PlayStation consoles. But seeing at they will be added into the loot pool on Xbox with the release of The Taken King, I thought I would review it for you! I was very lucky recently, and got Hawkmoon and the Vex Mythoclast in one drop from defeating Atheon on Hard mode. In the short time since I got my hands on this weapon I have fallen in love with it. I have unlocked all the perks on it, including getting it to 365 damage, so let's get into my thoughts!
One of the first things you will notice when you pick this weapon up is the impact, you are not doing this weapon justice, it has one of the highest impact ratings I have ever seen on a primary weapon. It also has an amazing stagger ability to it, which proves very handy on any major enemies(those with yellow bars), sadly it has no affect on bosses, as far as I can tell. The range for this weapon is in the medium department I would say, with the gun struggling to preform at longer distances, especially when considering the low zoom optic automatically fitted on this weapon.
The thing that I love most about this weapon is the magazine size, which clocks in at a whopping 13 rounds, this is higher than every other hand cannon in the game, with the popular Fatebringer boasting an 11 round clip(pre patch 2.0, it seems it will be reduced to 10 after the patch). It has a fairly low recoil on it, making it easy to land multiple precision shots(again this is pre patch 2.0 which seeks to make this harder). Now we have spoken a little about the base stats, lets look at the perks and what they do for the weapon.
In the first column of perks there are Accurized Ballistics, Field Choke and Aggressive Ballistics, I have opted for Accurised Ballistics, as it adds range and impact at the cost of stability. As I said the stability is very manageable so this trade off is a good one for me! In the middle column of perks we have, Hammer Forged, Quick Draw and Speed Reload. Now seeing as Hammer Forged is the only perk to offer a meaningful reward in my opinion, that is the one I have opted for, as it increases Range and Impact, in exchange for nothing!
This weapon doesn't really have an exotic perk like other exotic weapons, rather it has two perks which work together to increase the damage potential of this weapon even further that the base stats. We have Luck in the Chamber, which means one random bullet will deal greater damage! Then in the normal Exotic Perk slot we have Holding Aces, which means two more bullets dear bonus damage! This then means that 3 out of your 13 bullets will deal considerable bonus damage, meaning that it is incredibly potent against all enemies, including bosses!
In the short time since I unlocked this weapon, it has become my favourite Exotic in the game(though I have just acquired the Gjallahorn for Xur so we will have to see how long it keeps that title!). I have already racked up nearly as many kills with is as my Thorn, which used to by my most used weapon. All in all this is an amazing weapon, that all players(Xbox included) should aspire to acquire, though that is easier said than done!
Thank you very much for reading,
Friends of The Games Critic:
My name is Ed, I write everything here, covering all kinds of games, but I only play them on the PS4!