I picked up this game real cheap and thought I'd write a review as there isn't one. Get ready for my first review ever!
Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear is a rail shooter - a genre rarely seen these days. Think of it as a FPS on a rail where you don't have to worry about moving your character or vehicle, all you have to do is take cover, aim, shoot the bad guys and pick up bonuses. Simple enough! In fact this game reminds me of Time Crisis or the House of the Dead that I used to play in arcade halls in the 90's. If you liked those games at the time, chances are you'll like this one, too.
The other things you have to know are that the game is short and the achievements are easy, especially once you know you can connect 4 controllers to help you beat the game on Veteran difficulty.
Story / Scenario: 1/5
You are a member of some elite squad on a series of missions in Afghanistan and Iran and you want to stop them from launching their nuclear missiles. Period. But who cares!? It's a shooter so just shoot :)
Very basic menu screens. Some original Xbox titles did a lot better.
Overall sub-par graphics with basic colouring and grainy textures. Environments are OK and varied enough. Lightning effects are not too bad at times. The smoke screen effect is well done.
Music / Sound: 1.5/5
Turn off the music. Decent voice acting. Average sounds and explosions. I think you can hear the radios playing music when you're near (they're the collectibles).
This is where the game shines. I found the game mechanics are solid, simple and effective. Don't worry about moving your character or vehicle, the game does it for you. All you do is take cover, aim, shoot, pick up bonuses. And that works pretty well! The basic weapon is the Pistol which has unlimited ammo. Then, you unlock more weapons as you progress through the game and you also have grenades. The cover system works well, allowing you to reload, plan your next shots, or wait for the enemies to reload / stop firing resulting in no frustration and a good fun factor. The QTE events are easy and add nicely to the mix. Friendly fire is enabled so don't shoot other squad members or you'll have to restart at the last checkpoint (there's also one hostage you don't want to kill). Look out for health packs and pick up extra ammo and grenades when you see them.
- Smooth animation with no slowdown
- Good cover system allowing you to reload, plan your next shots, and wait for the enemy to reload/stop firing
- You get to control a variety of vehicles including tanks and choppers
- Local co-op available
- Choose how you want to spend upgrades - new weapons, more health or more ammo
- Enough checkpoints so you don't have to start the mission all over again when you die
- Extremely linear with no alternative paths
- No online co-op
Replay Value: 2/5
Once you have beaten the game on Veteran difficulty, there isn't much else to do. You can replay each mission separately to improve your score, grind missing achievements and see where you rank on online leaderboards. For those who like a real challenge, try finishing the game solo on Veteran (without connecting other controllers I mean).
You will need to complete the game on the 2 difficulty levels: Rookie and Veteran. The first playthrough on Rookie is easy enough. However finishing the game on Veteran offers a real challenge. Fortunately, you can connect 3 or 4 controllers to make it A LOT easier! Most other achievements will come naturally and then there are a few collectibles (shoot the radios!). No multiplayer and no online achievements. I recommend you use the Walkthrough on this site (and thank the author!) for an easy 1,000G.
2.5 out of 5 for me.