Excerpt: Since the controls have such a daunting learning curve, we aren’t what you’d call enamoured with flight simulations. we’d much rather play a flight game that allows us to perform fancy corkscrews from the get-go and watch in glorious slow motion, as our prey violently blows to pieces. Heatseeker is one such game, giving us the immediacy and exhilaration that we, umm…seek. Upon starting the game, you must first choose a control scheme.
Excerpt: With the drought of summer games that plagues the industry every year, new title is worth taking a look at. To help fill the void, Codemasters delivers Heatseeker on both the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii. But does this summer title warrant more than rental?
Conclusion: Heatseeker isn't a horrible game, it's just very, very average, and when there are games out there that do everything this one does better, there's really little reason to check it out. If you're absolutely plane crazy it's a rental, but that's it.
Conclusion: With no multiplayer, dated graphics, grating sound, and some unoriginal gameplay, Heatseeker has a lot of things going against it. But in spite of all these issues, shooting wave after wave of generic enemies can be fun in short spurts. If you're looking for some mindless fun, the game might be worth the $30 price tag on the PS2, but it's in no way worth the $50 Codemasters is asking for on the Wii.
Pros: Controls are simple and work well, shooting down hundreds of planes is mindless fun, solid frame rate.
Cons: Little mission variety, graphics are ugly, voice acting is horrific, no multiplayer.
Summary: Heatseeker will strap you into the pilot’s seat and deliver an exhilarating white-knuckle ride that’ll have you clutching the joypad as you engage in face-melting 6G turns and fight against a seemingly-impossible amount of airborne enemies.
Conclusion: Overall Heatseeker should satisfy you craving to recreate Top Gun, but if you are a hardened Ace Combat fan you can’t escape the fact that this is a simple game done on a small budget with not enough variation to keep you hooked.
Pros: Flying the planes around the environments is quite graceful, Explosions and dogfights are exciting
Cons: Not nearly enough mission variation, Not quite the polished package that its competitor is
Excerpt: Flying through the danger zone… Back in the 80s, Top Gun was the macho film to watch. Everyone wanted to be able to fly F-16s and shoot down Migs, whilst giving the finger to Russian pilots. The trouble was you couldn’t really do it. Most people were not American ace pilots and the flight simulators at the time didn’t really give you the same buzz.
Pros: Fast, cinematic action. Nice simple flying model keeps the game fun.
Excerpt: Dit weekend ontving ik van Pim deze game, ”review hem maar”. Wat ik van deze game kon verwachten was mij geheel onduidelijk. Het was in ieder geval een vlieg ”simulator” game met de naam Heatseeker, dat was het wel zo’n beetje. Ik zou het vet vinden om ooit in een F16 te kunnen vliegen, dit lijkt mij het uitgerekende moment. Codemasters heeft deze game ontwikkeld en op 3 consoles uitgebracht: de Nintendo Wii, Playstation Portable en Playstation 2.
Excerpt: Wooow, de var tætte på! Ud af ruden ser du 2 missiler flyve forbi dit fly. Begge var tænkt med endestation i skroget på dit jagerfly. Du bliver jagtet af et F-16 fly, og ser ingen anden mulighed end at øge farten. Din fjende følger med, og lader op til at lade endnu et missil forfølge dig. Han affyrer, og du udfører instinktivt et loop i høj fart, og med ét er du bag ham og trykker på aftrækkeren. Spørgsmålet er nu, om Heatseeker på Wii rammer forbi.
Pros: Bedre grafik, mindre arcadestil og en bedre historie.
Cons: Over grafikken som ligger langt væk fra dagens minimum.