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