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When the Call of Duty games arrived on the Wii, I thought that the bar for shooters on the Wii would be placed very high.
But games like Heavy Fire: Afghanistan proves that isn’t the case – that game makers are willing to put out low quality, unimaginative shooters.
Heavy Fire plays a lot like the Time Crisis. You go along a set path, and at certain points stop. Bad guys will pop out of cover, and you shoot them. You can also hide behind cover to avoid getting hit.
Nothing wrong with that.
But the game lacks in creativity; you only get two guns (a fully automatic rifle, a pistol) and every now and then you can get one grenade that kills off all soldiers.
Speaking of the bad guys, there are only three basic types: an enemy soldier with a rifle, or gunners on a truck, or a helicopter. That’s it.
The level design is also flat and uninspired. All you do is shoot a bunch of bad guys, then go off and shoot more bad guys, and keep on doing it until the level suddenly ends. And there’s no connection between the game play and the story (the game’s story is very forgettable.)
To make matters worse, this game plays like a last gen rail shooter: you have to shoot icons to get health back or to get ammo for your rifle or to get a grenade. What’s really annoying is you can’t save health packs for use later on, it’s either use it now or lose it.
The game’s 12 levels will take about two hours to get through, then you can play all twelve again at a harder level. But then the game gets really hard; there’s no health packs, and the enemy will hit you even if you only out of cover for a second or two. It didn’t make the game fun, it made it frustrating.
If game makers want to make rail shooters, they have to clear a very high bar – and compete against first person shooters. Heavy Fire: Afghanistan comes up far too short. SKIP IT.
This game(or a similar title) is availible as Wii Ware for anybody on the wii for around 1,000-1,200 wii points and if you have the money to pay for a gamefly subscrpit you probably have the money to pay for the wii points.