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While parts of the game have their problems (graphical and A.I. issues especially), Marine Heavy Gunner: Vietnam is actually a decent, cheap game to pick up and play around with. The $20 (USD) price tag is great, and makes the game have a bit more appeal than if it were released at a normal cost. Those that may not want to spend the 20 dollars on a single-player, linear game should at least keep their eye open a few months from now when this baby drops to 10 bucks or so. Despite its repetitiveness, it can be addicting in a way that you’ll want to ‘play just one more time’ to clear the next mission.
The game is fun and I did enjoy playing it, but that’s because I knew this would be a game I would play, beat and move on. For a couple of afternoons it's quite fun, but without multiplayer, there is just no re-playability here. If this title had been released about 3-4 years ago it would have scored an 8 or so. But with today's games it just doesn't compare.
As a pure, seven-hour-long shooting gallery, Marine Heavy Gunner has its moments. But so do a thousand other games, many of which also sport multiplayer modes--something this game lacks. Ultimately, like many budget titles, this one's the poor man's version of its full-priced competition. However, the savings in cost simply isn't worth the significant discrepancy in quality.
It is also worthy to note that MHG is actually a budget title. Should we expect the same caliber of gameplay found in games like the aforementioned Black Hawk Down, or even Call of Duty, when we're paying a mere fraction of the general price? Well, probably not. It's a sad thing that we must lower our standards because of MHG's price tag. If we do, however, what we're left with is a technically functional first-person shooter that may prove to expand our expletive vocabulary and, in turn, will leave any seasoned gamer with a sour taste in their mouth. What would my advice be to those of you playing on a tight budget? Slowly step away from the bargain bin. That's right, now put your wallet away and continue to save your cash until you can come back and purchase a full priced title that's worthy of your hard-earned green.
All in all, Heavy Gunner is a respectable attempt to echo good game design, but it ends up reminding people of the better games they'd rather be playing. If you've already played and gotten tired of every single shooter available, and have exhausted your excitement for all the demos of the upcoming fall games, and still can't get enough, only then would I recommend Heavy Gunner. Otherwise, there are better things to do for the money.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Heavy Gunner is een arcade shooter die weinig om het lijf heeft. Een zoveelste teleurstelling in de reeks Vietnamshooters.
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Не так прямолинейно, как Marine Sharpshooter 2, но по-прежнему очень уныло.
Armchair Empire, The
When a product is released to appeal to those with a few less dollars to spare, it can’t really be faulted for offering a little bit less. However when older games become more affordable and are in the same price range as new budget games, the choice becomes obvious. If you can’t afford the cream of the crop today, there are enough older gems that can be had for the same price.
Ras le bol du succès des FPS qui nous attire les pires horreurs. La série des Marine est une plaie et ce n'est pas cette excursion vietnamienne qui la sortira de ces miasmes infectieux. Parfois risible, le plus souvent gonflant et de manière générale parfaitement inconséquent, le nouveau titre signé Groove peut repartir aux oubliettes avec son héros à la bouche pleine de dents et débordant d'hormones. "Huuuuugggrrrr !!" Oh ta gueule toi !
Als MG-Schütze traben Sie im Ego-Shooter Heavy Gunner durch den Dschungel Vietnams. Der sieht allerdings auf wie Kunstrasen mit vereinzelten Plastikpalmen. Außerdem schießen die KI-Kameraden fast nie, während die Gegner freudig ins offene MG-Feuer laufen - Müll.
Unglaublich schlecht. Mit diesen zwei Worten lässt sich das gesamt Spiel beschreiben - ebenso wie meine Laune, als ich den Artikel schrieb. Es gibt schon einige Genre-Vertreter, die das Vietnam-Szenario verhunzt haben, aber keiner in solch einer abscheulichen Art und Weise wie durch Marine Heavy Gunner eindrucksvoll demonstriert. Dieses Spiel scheitert an all den Dingen, die einen guten Shooter ausmachen. Finger weg!