Excerpt: Typically, we here at GamesRadar want to root for those underdog budget games that manage to make it to retail with all the other big boys in the industry. So you have to believe us when we say that we take absolutely no pleasure in tearing apart games like Heavy Fire: Afghanistan. The plot is pretty much what you’d expect – ever since he was just a boy, our homegrown all-American protagonist has only ever dreamed of shooting at Middle-Eastern terrorists and he’s finally...
Pros: Tight motion controls, Four-player co-op, That good ol’ arcade nostalgia
Cons: Crappy sound design, PowerPoint presentations… err, mission briefings, Another Call of Duty wannabe
Excerpt: As I exchange fire within the on-rails shooter, Heavy Fire: Afghanistan, no feelings that generally resonate with militaristic subject-matter are present. There’s no sense of urgency or importance, no attempt is made at anything beyond superficial conflict, and even the bombastic spectacles that drive home the thrill of warfare in many of today’s military shooters are nowhere to be seen. Either way, I continue to be transported from cover to cover, turret to turret.
Pros: Good ol' arcade nostalgia
Cons: Subject-matter and genre clash, Ridiculously easy, Stale, repetitive environments
Conclusion: Your enjoyment of Heavy Fire: Afghanistan will be directly proportional to your expectations. There is absolutely nothing that is exceptional about it, which, in my opinion, is just fine as the cost mitigates the quality. It functions as it should, and as long as you don’t walk in expecting Call of Duty, your feelings won’t be hurt. Much. At least not like it was when you fired up Iron Man 2.
Excerpt: Dieses Schmankerl, das in den USA schon Ende 2011 erschien, haben wir uns für das Sommerloch aufgehoben. Und wir wurden nicht enttäuscht – Trash-Fans sollten sich diesen Lightgun-Shooter nicht entgehen lassen, schafft es doch derart mies produzierter Schund heute nur noch selten in die Läden. Das geht mit der in US-Patriotismus ertränkten Story los (”Seit ich sieben Jahre bin, wollte ich Marine werden..