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: Heatseeker is an average game, tending to slip under the average, in the category of those titles that won't even be remembered a month after their release. Aside from the Impact Cam concept and the fun you can have while playing the game, there's nothing else to enjoy in Codemaster's title. Even the older Ace Combat games are ten times better than Heatseeker and it pains me to say that we've yet to see a class A flight sim for the Playstation 2 console.
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.