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Heatseeker

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78
WiiN-Zone
Ich bin schwer beeindruckt. Heatseeker repräsentiert sein Genre in Höchstform. Mir haben vor allem die spannenden und atmosphärischen Luftkämpfe bei strömendem Regen und tosendem Gewitter gefallen. Ich hätte mir lediglich noch einen Multiplayer-Modus in Form von kooperativen Luftschlachten gewünscht.
76
WiiIGN UK
Ultimately, Heatseeker is a welcome addition to the Wii’s catalogue. It’s one of the few games that isn’t a ‘proof of concept’ for the console’s innovative controller. Instead it’s a fully-fledged title that happens to use the Wiimote extremely well. Controlling a plane at break-neck speeds is beautifully fluid using the Remote and - aside from some fiddly button commands - you feel connected to the flying experience at all times. Intensive missions and gruelling dogfights also work particularly well, making for one of the more exhilarating games in Wii's catalogue – bested only by Excite Truck. However, Codemasters is limited by its scope: there’s not enough variation across levels and, once you’ve completed the main game, there’s little incentive to return. A multiplayer or challenge mode would have turned Heatseeker into a top gun but unfortunately, as it is, it’s only a gutsy rookie.
75
WiiGame Informer Magazine
Gripes aside, this game can be balls-out fun when it wants to. Tearing through the sky at Mach 3 to sink a battleship and a couple of subs, then doing a 180 to shoot down a sky full of bogeys gets the heart going every time. Plus, the missions do a good job at shaking things up; sure you shoot down a lot of waves of enemy planes, but they are broken up by other tasks. None of this makes Heatseeker the best at what if does, but considering the lack of air combat games, fans of the genre might still want to give this one a shot.
74
WiiFragland.net
Heatseeker is fun! It isn’t a realistic simulator and might not look all that great, but offers a decent and addictive gameplay. It can be a great way to start your career as a pilot, but ace fighters should be wary of this one as it's rather basic and has limited freedom.
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PlayStation 2Fragland.net
Heatseeker is one of those games that will give the ever-so-old Codemasters the boost it needs and the possibility to prove they still have what it takes. It’s no Ace Combat, but damn… It does come reaaaal close! I can truly recommend this game, certainly to shorten the waiting for the next AC.
70
WiiGNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies
Heatseeker est un jeu simple, rapide, efficace et plutôt bon dans l'ensemble mais qui souffre peut-être encore de quelques petits défauts pour en faire un grand Hit. Vous ne passerez pas à coté d'une "tuerie" si vous ne l'achetez pas. Mais si vous l'achetez, vous passerez à coup sûr de très bon moments.
70
WiiGame Informer Magazine
Butt rock, check. Unlimited missiles, check. Cheesy codenames like Downtown and Eyeball, check. Yes, this is my kind of jet fighting game.
70
PlayStation 2Yet Another Review Site (YARS)
With the speed and the hectic action, not to mention the unlimited ammo, Heatseeker ticks all the boxes for a fun game. The only trouble is that it has no real depth. This in its self is not a bad thing, but you do find your self going into a trance as you take out endless waves of Migs. For me though it has been a thoroughly enjoyable game to play. If you want to feel like Tome Cruise in Top Gun, even for a few minutes, then this is the game for you, just don't expect to get the girl at the end of it!
70
PlayStation 2GotNext
Ultimately, Heatseeker may not be on the level of a Burnout of the skies (as the back of the box claims), but it is a rowdy good time. You may need to look past some rough patches – and the fact that you've done just about everything before in other similar games – but it’s still a worthwhile romp for your PS2. So go ahead, recite all those Top Gun lines, and ride into the danger zone.
66
WiiJustPressPlay
Heatseeker takes only eight to twelve hours to complete but does something most Wii games do not - it offers a story. Even though the narrative may not be detailed, it does offer one unlike the many proof-of-concept games. Despite that, there is very little replay value other than increased level difficulty and several unlockables. If you are a newbie to this genre, this game will be extremely fun and exciting, but a flight sim junkie will find Heatseeker to be lacking. Without a multiplayer aspect, the game itself deserves a weekend rental but not much more. Codemasters hit a niche market with Heatseeker seeing as this is one of the only flight sim choices for the Wii.
65
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
A dix mille années-lumière des simulations aériennes, Heatseeker offre une bonne session de shoot au joueur avide de sensations fortes. Les combats aussi surréalistes que divertissants constituent l'épine dorsale d'un soft avant tout caractérisé pas une grande facilité. Heatseeker est titre très accessible, peut-être trop, ce qui contentera surtout les néophytes et les joueurs désireux de participer à d'âpres dogfights sans s'être coltiné un manuel de 500 pages auparavant.
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WiiJeuxvideo.com
A dix mille années-lumière des simulations aériennes, Heatseeker offre une bonne session de shoot au joueur avide de sensations fortes. Les combats aussi surréalistes que divertissants constituent l'épine dorsale d'un soft avant tout caractérisé pas une grande facilité. Heatseeker est un soft très accessible, peut-être trop, ce qui contentera surtout les néophytes et les joueurs désireux de participer à d'âpres dogfights sans s'être coltiné un manuel de 500 pages auparavant.
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PlayStation 2Play.tm
The problem with Heatseeker really comes when you start to realise that's all there is to it. As much fun as each mission is on their own, when you're pulling on the flight gloves for the next and then the next and then the next it all soon starts to become very familiar. For all the fresh locations spread throughout the world each mission is still essentially you flying through the open air with either land or sea below you, shooting planes that more often than not all tend to look very much the same from the distances you view them at. It's not that any of it is bad; it's just that it all feels rather pointless after a while. With no strong narrative to hold the campaign together or to evoke any emotion it all falls apart somewhat once the initial thrill of combat has faded and the monotony of yet another similar mission set in.
60
PlayStation 24Players.de
Mag ja sein, dass die PS2 die primäre Entwicklungsplattform war, aber etwas mehr Engagement hätte man für die dreister Weise auch noch etwas teurere Wii-Fliegerei schon aufbringen können. Eine spielerische Offenbarung ist der Titel aber auf keiner der beiden Plattformen und auch grafisch wirkt Heatseeker bis auf die hübsch inszenierten Zeitlupenabschüsse ziemlich rückständig. Arcade-Piloten können trotzdem einen Probeflug wagen, ansonsten gibt es gerade auf der PS2 weit ambitioniertere Alternativen.
60
WiiEurogamer.de
Am Ende reicht es einfach nicht, dass Heatseekers Flugmodell für sich genommen recht annehmbar funktioniert, wenn man nicht weiß, wofür man kämpfen soll. Wer dann noch die interessante Wii-Steuerung subtrahiert – eine Rechnung, um die PS2-only-Besitzer wohl oder übel nicht herum kommen – merkt man erst recht, dass Heatseeker eine ziemlich gewöhnliche und lieblose Angelegenheit ist, die zu alledem auch noch grafisch enttäuscht. Immerhin tut Heatseeker garantiert niemandem weh - wenn es also unbedingt Flugaction auf der Wii sein muss, ist Codemasters graue Maus wohl die erste Wahl.
58
WiiGamesmania
Ich habe selten in den letzten Jahren eine dermaßen schwache Grafik mit ansehen müssen, allein deshalb disqualifiziert sich Heatseeker sofort nach dem ersten Spielstart. Unverständlich ist auch, warum die PS2-Fassung besser aussieht als die Wii-Version. Letztere macht dennoch etwas mehr Spaß, da die Steuerung mit der Remote überraschend gut gelingt. Doch das abwechslungsarme Gameplay mit den unzähligen Angriffswellen und den wenigen Aktionsmöglichkeiten zerstört jeglichen aufkommenden Spielspaß. Auf eine richtig gute Actionflugsimulation müssen wir daher weiter warten, bis dahin greifen Flugfans zum besseren Blazing Angels.
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PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Ich habe selten in den letzten Jahren eine dermaßen schwache Grafik mit ansehen müssen, allein deshalb disqualifiziert sich Heatseeker sofort nach dem ersten Spielstart. Unverständlich ist auch, warum die PS2-Fassung besser aussieht als die Wii-Version. Letztere macht dennoch etwas mehr Spaß, da die Steuerung mit der Remote überraschend gut gelingt. Doch das abwechslungsarme Gameplay mit den unzähligen Angriffswellen und den wenigen Aktionsmöglichkeiten zerstört jeglichen aufkommenden Spielspaß. Auf eine richtig gute Actionflugsimulation müssen wir daher weiter warten, bis dahin greifen Flugfans zum besseren Blazing Angels.
57
PSPFuturegamez.net
I guess the problem with this game is that there is already better on the market including Namco's very entertaining Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception. Still, if you've played that game and are looking for a bit more flight sim excitement then Heatseeker may be worth a look.
57
PlayStation 2GameSpot
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.
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PlayStation 2Softpedia
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.
55
PSPJeuxvideo.com
Heatseeker était à l'origine un projet destiné à la seule PSP, et c'est malheureusement sur ce support qu'il se révèle le plus décevant. La faute à une maniabilité presque bridée qui gâche la nervosité des combats et rend l'aventure largement moins prenante.
55
Wii4Players.de
Heatseeker ist eine durchaus unterhaltsame, aber weitestgehend unspektakuläre Action-Flightsim, die trotz aller Mängel immer wieder für ein paar luftige Kampfeinsätze gut ist. Wii-Piloten sind hier allerdings nur Flugkapitäne zweiter Klasse und müssen teils alles andere als nachvollziehbare Einschränkungen in Kauf nehmen. Dabei ist die recht schwammige Bewegungssteuerung gar nicht mal das größte Problem. Nach einer Weile hat man die lizenzierten Jets auch mit Nunchuk- oder Wiimote-Bewegungen weitestgehend im Griff oder man sattelt einfach gleich auf die präzisere und authentischere Stick-Kontrolle um. Mit unhandlichen Steuerkreuzaktionen muss man aufgrund der geringeren Tastenanzahl hingegen leben. Warum die Wii-Jets jedoch keine Seitenruder haben, der Funkverkehr reduziert, die Zielauswahl beschränkt und die Replay-Funktion gestrichen wurde, verstehe ich aber einfach nicht.
55
WiiIGN
And in the end, the gameplay just doesn’t make Heatseeker a must-have Wii title. Dogfights are relatively basic, as you’ll usually be able to target and obliterate enemy fighters well before they’re in range, and when you do get into heated fights it’s usually a pretty quick and manageable situation. Graphically the game can be extremely painful, as it often rests at PSP quality, and the overall presentation isn’t much better, as menu navigation and pre-flight is pretty basic as well. Heatseeker has its moments, and they usually result in a blaze of glory that’ll get your heart pumping, but those moments are few and far between, as the majority of the game is a low-res, basic flight experience with very little to justify its “next generation” title. You’ll have just as much fun playing Afterburner for SEGA Genesis when it releases on VC, or reliving the “all range mode” battles in Star Fox 64.
54
PSPCheat Code Central
Up to four players, each with a copy of the game, can have more fun with the five multiplayer modes. These modes are variations of Deathmatch and CTF. There are dogfights which are every-man-for-himself, and modes which involve two-person teams whose duties include defending their base while attacking the opponent's base. All of the games suffer from the same control problems and inadequate graphics, but these are fun modes to play as they don't degenerate into redundancy. You won't get endless hours of fun out of these modes, but at least you'll get some satisfaction - which is more than I can say for the single-player mode.
54
WiiGameSpot
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.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Instead, we're left with a very empty feeling after playing Heatseeker for even a few hours. It starts off entertaining but loses all its appeal and fun factor very rapidly, primarily due to the reasons listed out at the start of the prior paragraph. IR Gurus and Codemasters could've done so much more, but just didn't bother, and that's the long and short of it.
51
PSPGameSpot
With subpar graphics, poor controls, 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, but be advised: There are better flying games out there for the PSP.
50
WiiGameSpy
The Wii might be hurting for air combat games, but even the mediocre Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII is slightly better than Heatseeker (and by this point, there's a decent chance that you can find it used). And what's really insulting is that Codemasters is charging $50 for the Wii version of Heatseeker, when the PS2 game is selling for $20 cheaper. Of course, the PS2 has more quality air combat games than you can shake a joystick at, from Heroes of the Pacific to the Lethal Skies franchise to the undisputed king of the genre, the Ace Combat series. For Wii gamers, the pickings are considerably slimmer, but a mediocre game is a mediocre game, whether or not it has any direct competition, and it's unlikely that even the most diehard fighter jocks are going to get $50 worth of enjoyment out of Heatseeker.
50
PlayStation 2GameSpy
When it comes right down to it, Heatseeker just isn't a good value for the money, compared to what else is out there for the PS2. At $30, Heatseeker is more expensive than a used copy of Heroes of the Pacific or Lethal Skies II or a brand new Greatest Hits version of Ace Combat 5, all of which are clearly superior air combat games. With those kinds of quality alternatives out there, there's no reason to even let Heatseeker out of the hangar.
50
WiiCheat Code Central
Ultimately, I think that Heatseeker could actually be a fairly enjoyable game. Unfortunately, if you are interested in this game, I don't think the Wii version should be the one that you decide to play. The tacked-on motion-sensing controls that are supposed to give you precise control of your plane only result in making playing through the game an exercise in frustration. This is definitely one instance of a game that would have been better off with dual analog stick controls. So if you feel the need to go downtown, do yourself a favor and leave your Wii-mote uptown.
50
PSPPocket Gamer UK
Ultimately, Heatseeker has landed on PSP armed with overly simple action and a limited multiplayer payload. On a postive note, it throttles up the action without delay, making it great for portable play since it always puts you in the thick of combat. You'll certainly enjoy the single-player missions for a short while, until their shallow reserves run out of fuel. But with a lack of deeper missions and an underwhelming multiplayer offering as your only alternative, Heatseeker is perhaps best summed up as a quintessential average game with a hot name. How very '80s...
50
PlayStation 2Deaf Gamers
As we mentioned earlier, Heatseeker does have a low-budget title feel to it and had it been priced accordingly there wouldn't have been too much to be upset about. However, the game is priced at £29.99 and at that price it's difficult to recommend, especially if you have yet to play the Ace Combat titles. The story is pretty much nonexistent and some of the missions are just tedious. Graphically the game also falls short. Given how enjoyable Heroes of the Pacific was, it's disappointing to find that Heatseeker doesn't even come close to living up to its expectations.
50
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Unless you're really against a game that takes itself seriously there's nothing to recommend Heatseeker over Ace Combat, especially not since the last AC, Belkan War, made a serious effort to recreate the kind of one-on-one duels we've all seen in the movies and expect from dogfighting. Heatseeker feels like a step back, a simpler, uglier, dumber but friendlier jetfighter that plants you firmly in the role of the one man army. To put it another way, Ace Combat expects you to be upset at the scripted, drawn-out death of your wingman and Heatseeker lets you fly into the ground and bounce off with a bit of damage. The only thing Heatseeker succeeds at is being a close approximation of a superior game. If you don't mind supporting that and you like your gaming ultra-casual, you're clear for take-off.
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PlayStation 2IGN
Graphically the game can be extremely painful, as it often rests at PSP quality, and the overall presentation isn’t much better, as menu navigation and pre-flight is pretty basic as well. Heatseeker has its moments, and they usually result in a blaze of glory that’ll get your heart pumping, but those moments are few and far between, as the majority of the game is a low-res, basic flight experience with very little to justify a semi-demanding price. When factoring in amazing flight games such as the Ace Combat series on PS2 (many of which can be found between $10 - $20 now), there’s simply no competition, as Heatseeker looks, feels, and plays like a first-generation PS2 game; nothing more.
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PSPPAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
When all is said and done, Heatseeker is unassuming and uninspired. The straight-up arcade style action can be fun in short sittings, but the repetitive nature of the game will soon eradicate those brief moments of pleasure. Ironically, a tighter, more focused approach could have made the game more palatable, as well as dispensing with needless features such as the “impact cam.”
40
WiiGamestyle
If only there were additional modes outside of the main story, but Heatseeker only offers the option to go back to a selected mission. That means a frustratingly limited experience that offers no multi-player aspect or freeform or mini-game modes to unleash some potential. You can pursue some of the bonus aircraft or weaponry that is unlocked through good performance or meeting a specific goal. Yet Gamestyle asks why bother? There is little need to improve your odds of success in what is a shortlived title at best.
40
PSPIGN
And in the end, the gameplay just doesn’t make Heatseeker a must-have title on PSP, especially when considering the robust competition. Dogfights are relatively basic, as you’ll usually be able to target and obliterate enemy fighters well before they’re in range, and when you do get into heated fights it can be a bit of a pain due to the PSP version’s less-maneuverable feel. Graphically the game is decent, but still doesn’t stand up against the other competition on the platform, and the lack of VO is a serious letdown. When factoring in amazing flight games such as Ace Combat, Afterburner, and even M.A.C.H. on PSP there’s simply no competition, as Heatseeker looks, feels, and plays like an inferior product all-around. It’s a game that boasts high speed and explosive arcade action, but it was trumped by other PSP titles long before releasing, and a $29.99 price tag isn’t enough to put it above more intense, entertaining, and higher-quality products already on the system.
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Wii1UP
We get what Codemasters is going for here. They wanted a fun arcade flight experience where gamers could use their Wii Remote to simulate the excitement of air combat. But there are so many reasons to not own this game, including a price tag that is $20 higher than other ports. And when it looks like a PSP game on your Wii, you have to question the game's worth.