Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
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  1. It's not perfect, but there’s a lot of fun to be had here and it’s something a bit different from the usual Wii titles.
  2. If only there were additional modes outside of the main story, but Heatseeker only offers the option to go back to a selected mission. That means a frustratingly limited experience that offers no multi-player aspect or freeform or mini-game modes to unleash some potential.
  3. Gripes aside, this game can be balls-out fun when it wants to. Tearing through the sky at Mach 3 to sink a battleship and a couple of subs, then doing a 180 to shoot down a sky full of bogeys gets the heart going every time.
  4. Heatseeker takes only eight to 12 hours to complete but does something most Wii games do not — it offers a story.
  5. 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.
  6. 55
    The majority of the game is a low-res, basic flight experience with very little to justify its "next generation" title. You’ll have just as much fun playing "Afterburner" for SEGA Genesis when it releases on VC, or reliving the “all range mode” battles in "Star Fox 64."
  7. 40
    Heatseeker manages to nail the whole "pointing the Wii Remote at the screen" thing, rather than introducing flight-combat gameplay, and as such fails to grasp the idea that you're in a damn fighter jet.
  8. Heatseeker claims to be an arcade fighting game -- which it is, so in that regard...mission accomplished; however it is also very easy with a low presentation value and limited gameplay options. There’s just not a lot here to get excited about.
  9. games(TM)
    Heatseeker is one of the more substantial playing experiences currently available on the Wii, and perhaps the first multi-platform release that feels superior rather than compromised. [May 2007, p.120]
  10. Straightforward intensity and manic action keep Heatseeker from burning out.
  11. 60
    Combining last-generation visuals with next-generation control is never going to result in a satisfactory outcome.
  12. Combine this ruthless beating with the ugly stick with the essential lack of variety inherent in these arcade air combat games and you have a title only really worth considering once it's in the bargain bins.
  13. Heatseeker's final insult to players comes when it requires that you land. Though not a prerequisite of many missions, when you do need to touch down it is an infuriating and clumsy battle, mostly resulting in your plane exploding just above the surface beneath you.
  14. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Exactly the sort of game that should ensure the Wii continues to thrive. It's easy to get used to, has a perfect difficulty curve and is pure fun throughout. An explosive success. [Apr 2007, p.64]
  15. Nintendo Gamer
    Fast as you like, fun to control and a mindless diversion for military fetishists. Difficult, even on the easiest setting, but if you're up to the challenge you'll get loads of value from it. [May 2007, p.46]
  16. Nintendo Power
    The presentation is capped off with detailed graphics and special effects, and live-action FMV sequences that would've been right at home in the jet sims of the genre's heyday. [May 2007, p.89]
  17. 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.
  18. Heatseeker is a mediocre, action-filled romp in the sky that is over quickly and is enjoyable only in short bursts.
  19. 55
    An average affair with only minor high points. There’s a big emphasis on explosions which gets old too quickly.
  20. 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.
  21. The tacked-on motion-sensing controls that are supposed to give you precise control of your plane only result in making playing through the game an exercise in frustration.
  22. 60
    Heatseeker is a very fun game to play; it’s just not one that you’ll want to play for long. The simple gameplay and tight controls feel spot on but everything else built around them fails to live up.
  23. 50
    The Wii might be hurting for air combat games, but even the mediocre Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII is slightly better than Heatseeker (and by this point, there's a decent chance that you can find it used).
  24. Like a ramshackle kiddie ride at the state fair, Heatseeker doesn't deliver what you deserve, but it gives you what you want.
  25. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#50 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#80 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 11 out of 33
  1. SimonG.
    Aug 30, 2007
    I usually don't mind the quality of the graphics. Otherwise I would've bought the PS3 instead of the Wii. But in Heatseeker's I usually don't mind the quality of the graphics. Otherwise I would've bought the PS3 instead of the Wii. But in Heatseeker's case, it's hard to forgive. It's a PS2 port, but even for the PS2 it's poor. The sense of speed is great however and you get a lot of satisfactions from blowing away other fighters. Some of the missions are a little boring, others are a little too hard, but most of them are fun. The controls take a bit to get use too, but once you got the basics, you're good to go. Some of the controls are somehow not intuitive; it's almost impossible to give orders to other pilots (press A + left on the d-pad). It's not a bad game. I was building a lot of expectation from it and I'm not quite disappointed, neither I'm overwhelmed with it. Full Review »
  2. KeithN.
    Jul 22, 2007
    With the extra weapons pack, and plane packs that you get when you register the planes, Heatseeker becomes a fairly entertaining game that With the extra weapons pack, and plane packs that you get when you register the planes, Heatseeker becomes a fairly entertaining game that offers a very intuitive (albeit unrealistic)control over the aircraft. The only negative is not being able to fly enemy aircraft in campaign mode, but hey, when you're in a Raptor...who's complaining ? Full Review »
  3. HerbertG.
    Jun 14, 2007
    This game is fun. very nice action. grafics are good (in air). controls are great. perhaps to less missions.