Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. It's not a very deep game; it's kind of ugly, and the voice acting is atrocious. But Heatseeker can be fun in small doses--especially if you don't mind taking down wave after wave of enemies, level after level.
  2. I had high hopes for some real rock em' sock em' aviation action, it never happened.
  3. The game’s presentation is very 5 years ago complete with cheesy CGI footage of newscasts and over acting characters that take this serious in tone style of game, to the brink of a comedy.
  4. 50
    When it comes right down to it, Heatseeker just isn't a good value for the money, compared to what else is out there for the PS2.
  5. Heatseeker feels like a step back, a simpler, uglier, dumber but friendlier jetfighter that plants you firmly in the role of the one man army. To put it another way, "Ace Combat" expects you to be upset at the scripted, drawn-out death of your wingman and Heatseeker lets you fly into the ground and bounce off with a bit of damage.
  6. Games Master UK
    Hits the target like a laser-guided missile...for an hour or so. Then it crashes and burns. [June 2007, p.82]
  7. Heatseeker is certainly not a game for everyone, and even the flight sim enthusiast may be a little turned off by it’s over simplification of aerial combat. But, for short bouts of intense and mindless arcade action, this game definitely fits the bill. Because unrealistic as it may be, Heatseeker is not a game that tries to be.
  8. Edge Magazine
    It'll be happier on PSP, where competitors and attention spans are in short supply, and the more energetic interaction offered by the Wii should play to its drop-in simplicity and haphazard dogfights, but on PS2 it's too obviously anachronistic and quickly exhausted. [May 2007, p.93]
  9. AceGamez
    With Ace Combat firmly established as the jet fighter series on the PS2, Heatseeker really needed to be something special. Sadly it isn't, and although it's fun for a little while, the target for this missile disappears from the radar long before you've reached the end, making it a game that Ace Combat could blow out of the sky with a single shot.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    It's nowhere near sexy enough...Heetseeker just doesn't have the quality to deliver on its premise. [May 2007, p.111]
  11. Heatseeker is a decent choice for fans of aerial combat who don’t want to have to monitor 20 different gauges at once. There are plenty of fighter jets to unlock, and it’s nice that it’s accessible, but it also has its share of issues, and fails to doesn’t bring anything new to the genre.
  12. We're left with a very empty feeling after playing Heatseeker for even a few hours. It starts off entertaining but loses all its appeal and fun factor very rapidly.
  13. PSM Magazine
    Maybe Heatseeker would be more fun if we weren't already so darn spoiled by the Ace Combat series. [July 2007, p.84]
  14. Jolt Online Gaming UK
    More typical of the PS2 (so knock a point off), but more suited to the Wii – if only for the short-lived novelty value – Heatseeker is definitely a game for the already initiated into the genre.
  15. Heatseeker isn't a horrible game, it's just very, very average, and when there are games out there that do everything this one does better, there's really little reason to check it out. If you're absolutely plane crazy it's a rental, but that's it.
  16. 65
    Its problems come far more from having not much else to show once you get behind the mask, no depth to engross you or rewards to entice you than through any real technical fault with the game that's actually on display.
  17. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Heatseeker's main problem is that all this action, however it's presented, remains much the same throughout the game. The jets and locations change but the tone and intensity do not. And that makes Heatseeker a rather predictable experience. [Mar 2007, p.90]
  18. The product as a whole feels uneven and rather low-bugetish, but as promised it delivers aerial combat which is both exhilerating and explosive.
  19. With Ace Combat already in the skies we have to wonder why would bother with this below-par in-flight entertainment.

Awards & Rankings

#64 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Nov 6, 2013
    This game is amazing, plain an simple. The multiple craft, plus the story and the combat makes this game one of my favourites. Sure theThis game is amazing, plain an simple. The multiple craft, plus the story and the combat makes this game one of my favourites. Sure the graphics aren't the best, but graphics aren't everything, and it really doesn't ruin this amazing experience Full Review »
  2. Sep 13, 2012
    worst game ever , horrible graphics each every thing is horrible.i cannot say how horrible and bad never ever in your life buy this game.worst game ever , horrible graphics each every thing is horrible.i cannot say how horrible and bad never ever in your life buy this game. don't even think to buy this game a game you should buy is 'ACE COMBAT ZERO THE BELKAN WAR' . Full Review »
  3. BenB.
    Apr 16, 2007
    Big jets, big missiles, big explosions, big thumbs up.