Heatseeker (video game)

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Developer(s) IR Gurus
Halfbrick (PSP)
Publisher(s) Codemasters
Platform(s) Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
Release Wii & PlayStation 2
  • EU: March 30, 2007
  • AU: April 13, 2007
  • NA: May 1, 2007
PlayStation Portable
  • NA: May 8, 2007
  • EU: May 25, 2007
  • AU: June 1, 2007
Mode(s) Single player

Heatseeker is a jet fighter game for the Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable game systems jointly developed by IR Gurus (now Transmission Games) and Codemasters. The PS2 and Wii versions of the game were released on March 30, 2007 in both Europe and Australia, and on May 1, 2007 in the US. The PSP version was released on May 8, 2007 in the US, May 25, 2007 in Europe, and on June 1, 2007 in Australia.[1]


Players take on the role of an International Council pilot Mike "Downtown" Hudson, often accompanied by wingman Hank "Divot" Harrison. The game begins with a terrorist attack. The plot follows the International Council's attempt to thwart a dangerous dictator with an advanced nuclear cache named Bae Jung-Tae. Along the way, the player uses their flying and fighting skills to tackle a range enemies in the air, on land and at sea.[2]


Heatseeker is an aerial combat game that pits players against a variety of computer-controlled airborne opponents. Players are equipped with modern military hardware and a choice of weapons. The game offers players access to 17 jets and 37 different weapons.[2]

Missions take place over Korea, the Caribbean and Antarctica. Heatseeker has a display feature called ImpactCam, which allows the player to follow the progress of a missile once it is fired through to impact, from several camera angles. Environments are destructible, and players can blow up bridges, airports, docks, and military bases. The game offers players the choice between first and third person viewpoints.[3]


Heatseeker received slightly above average reviews, including a 7.6/10 from IGN UK,[4] 87% from Official Nintendo Magazine,[5] a 7.5/10 from Nintendo Power, and a 5/10 from Electronic Gaming Monthly. But the PSP version received bad reviews from IGN and GameSpot qualifying it as "poor"[6] or mediocre,[7] remarking the poor controls.


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