It's been awhile since we've played an aerial combat game, and the release of Heatseeker from Codemasters was the perfect way to climb into the cockpit again for high-flying action, and of course, some big-time destruction. The car culture in video games has spread through many different game genres including this one, because gamers can choose from a dozen different fighter jets, and 20 different skins to customize it and make it cool. The fighter jets are current and "near-future" models including the F35 Lightning II, F-15 Eagle, the stealthy F-22 Raptor and the SU-47 Berkut, a sleek Russian model.
This game works hard to make gamers feel like they are in the pilot's seat, experiencing the G-force turns while engaging in dogfights against legions of enemies. Launch a missile strike against enemies and then use the Impact Cam to get an up-close view of the targets as missiles hone in and deliver the firepower. The Impact Cam shows a close-up view of the action in a cinematic way, complete with different angles, huge explosions and even smoke trails. Gamers get a nice arsenal of weapons with 40 different missiles and bombs to tailor the destruction to suit the enemy at hand.
Depending on the console, Heatseeker showcases a few differences between the platforms. For the PS2, there are 18 missions that take gamers across the world from the Far East, to the Caribbean, down to the Southern ocean and even Antarctica. All the missions for the PSP have been designed specifically with the PSP controls in mind, and gives players 30 missions all together. Plus, there are multiplayer challenges to let PSP owners get together with up to 12 players for wireless ad-hoc action. Wii owners know it's all about the controllers, and with Heatseeker, gamers get to test their high-flying action skills in new and different ways. It's cool to be soaring through the sky while raining down destruction on enemies in the air, on the water and on land, while getting great views of the destruction via Impact Cam. Heatseeker ends up being a nice change from the typical "on the ground" military first-person shooters. Every once in a while, it's great to get out of a tank and take to the skies.
|Rating||5 / 5|
|Console||PS2, PSP, Wii|
|Hot||Good selection of jets, nice explosions|
|Not||Controls are tricky at first|