When indie multiplayer shooter Hawken burst onto the scene last year, people went bananas. They're still going bananas. But here's the thing: it's just a multiplayer shooter. Most of us haven't even played it. So why all the excitement?
A lot of it is down to the game's art style, which for anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s watching anime or reading manga will be right at home with. Decrepit megacities, combat mechs, it's the kind of badass stuff we sadly don't see as much of coming out of Japan these days.