Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is a super fast playing on-rails shooter set in modern-day Afghanistan featuring tanks, assault vehicles and helicopters. The game offers 60 awards, one machine co-op for up to four, Steam Cloud, Leaderboards and Trading Cards.
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Release Date: Aug 15, 2014

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“The game was exciting, fun, challenging, and rewarding.”
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FAST, DEADLY AND UNRELENTING COMBAT

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is a super fast playing, high intensity on-rails shooter set in modern-day Afghanistan. Whether fighting up close and personal with guns and grenades, raining down fire from a helicopter or laying waste with a main battle tank, Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is an immediately fun, pickup-and-play experience for hardcore gamers and novices alike.

EXPERIENCE FAST-PACED ACTION SET IN MODERN-DAY AFGHANISTAN

You've battled through some of the most intense combat situations known to man — and it ain't over yet. Afghanistan is teeming with insurgents, and every day brings on new challenges. Today, it's up to you and your men to bring down the enemy. The intelligence reports tell you that enemy forces have been plotting their next move from a shack hidden deep within the forest on a secluded mountainside. You're going to surprise them in their own territory — and you're bringing Heavy Fire.



Stay sharp in this blisteringly fast-paced modern day shooter. Protect your team as you move from cover to cover, eliminating threats as they appear! Fight on foot or in a variety of vehicles including tanks, helicopters, and APCs. Utilize weapons ranging from handguns to mounted cannons and grenades to stay alive, keep fighting, and complete your mission.

Features

  • 24 missions featuring Exclusive Multi-Cover System
  • Experience gut-wrenching, fast-paced action set in modern-day Afghanistan
  • Fight on foot. Fight by tank, assault vehicle, and helicopter
  • More than 60 awards, ranks, and equipment upgrades
  • Co-op multiplayer play for up to 4 players on one machine
  • High quality graphics designed for 1080p
  • Steam Cloud, Leaderboards, Achievements & Trading Cards!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.00GHz or similar AMD Athlon 64
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct3D 10 capable video card (NVIDIA® Geforce 8800 GT or AMD® Radeon™ HD 3870 or above) with at least 512 MB video memory. Some low-end integrated cards may not work.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or similar AMD Athlon X2
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct3D 11 capable video card (NVIDIA® Geforce GTS 450 or AMD® Radeon™ HD 5670 or above) with at least 512 MB video memory. Low-end integrated and laptop cards are not recommended.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
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SPECTRE//EV6
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan made me somewhat like arcade shooting style, although I know it's rail shooter. Its not quite what I expected but fun and enjoyable. I'd give 7/10.
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DatFancyIan
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is an enjoyable on the rails shooter
Gameplay
You start off the game by creating a profile, and then you enter the world as a man named Will, who has just joined the marines, you go through a number of missions with you're new found self all while, shooting enemies, disabling traps, bombing grenades, hearing "TANGO DOWN!" a million times, shooting through planes and machines guns, as well spending skill points in your armory, which can upgrades things like weapons and health, which can really change how well you do in some missions, as you progress through your profile you earn in-game ranks! Which some are steam achievements! After you finish the 12 operations you unlock, almost a hardcore mode, where you run back through the missions with thier difficulty increased, called Vetaran mode.

Pros:
Combat System - The game has a highly enjoyable combat system, throwing grenades, destroying tanks and cars, having to pick up ammo drops and grenades, the on-rails part of the game is a hit and miss with some players but I find it really fun to have to know where the camera is and avoid shooting my own teammates.
Controls - The controls are quite easy to comprehend and arnt all over the place like some other games.
Obstacles - The game is quite inventive with the obstacles it has to offer, the game uses even things like SUNLIGHT as an obstacle so that players cant see some enemies as well, and HF:A also has checkpoints in case you die!
Graphics - The graphics arnt too amazing as the game was really originally made in 2011, but at that point in time these graphics would be considered well done, and I believe they are decent.
Steam Integration - Having steam trading cards and achievements are a great edition to the game, that just add that little extra inch that makes the game even better!
THE PRICE! - The price of the game is only 3 dollars! And thats not even on sale or in a bundle! Its amazing the game isnt more because it really feels like a 10 or 15 dollar game!

Cons:
Storyline - The story line in the game isnt too well done, most of the mission statements are short and not very exciting to the player, cut scenes arnt very amazing either.
Setting - Where the game takes place, in fictional Afghanistan, has been done many times before this and is quite a common setting to see a shooter game bieng held.
Voice Acting+Sound Effs - The voices arnt too well done and alot of people have problems with the gun shooting sounds, these arnt HORRIBLE to the game, but it isnt a pro thats for sure.

I would rate this game 7/10
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is a great game. If you have played alot of shooters, and cant stand ontherails shooters I would suggest you not get the game because it isnt too far off your classic shooter. But obstacles like sunlight and machine guns, and the low price of the game, and the challenging aspects of the later gameplay really make this game amazing, $3 is a great price for 5+ hours of gameplay and even more if you want to delve into veteran mode. WIth 9 hours of gameplay I still havnt beaten the first 12 missions and I plan to keep coming back and taking on these missions and getting those achievements. I enjoy the game alot and Im sure you will too!

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Super Bowl XLIX Champions
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
Absolutely terrible.
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Furrek
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
I don't remember when I was playing my last on-rail shooter game. I don't remember when was last time when good game from this genre came out.

HOOAH!

You can complain a little bit on graphics, some of effects look rather cheap. The way enemies show up are also sometimes ridiculous and QTE... well, I won't say much about it. It's hit or miss - sometimes you feel like "yeah, it was good idea to put it there" and sometimes you will feel like making fun because jump/evasion action was just silly. The story, music and other stuff are just decent.

HOOAH!

Still, while playing Heavy Fire: Afghanistan I felt really great. It's fun game, reminded me how much I loved on-rail shooters years ago and I feel kinda sad to see now that's almost dead genre. How many of these games we have on Steam? How many of these games come out in last few years? Yeah, kinda depressing for everyone who enjoys this genre. Sadly, this game won't make them more popular but it's always something nice to enjoy.

HOOAH!

It's not long, will be probably replayed by me few times, like many other games from this genre, and the price is great.
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sfnhltb
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 23
A decent rail shooter with a reasonable storyline and good gameplay, although a bit on the easy side once you have the hang of the cover system and how to use it. There is a reasonable variety in the missions, in the open, villages, tunnels/caves, on a helicopter, in a tank, etc. so it doesn't become too repetitive.

The difficult ramps up reasonably well through the game, with an initial easy mode that unlocks a veterans campaign which is reasonably tough although it can be a bit checkpoint dependant - if you miss a health pack just before a checkpoint in a couple of places it can make it very difficult to advance without restarting the level. Other than that the checkpoints are fine, avoiding having to replay too much when you die, but not too close together so you have to get at least vaguely competent to advance (in VM at least).

The story is functional but fairly forgettable and generic, the on rails gameplay works fine here for me - you act reasonable sensibly, always having cover available (although it isn't usually 100% so you have to pick off a couple of enemies while in cover before you can reload and take on the rest of the scene one by one. You are a bit of a bullet sponge (especially once you have progressed and got the bonus health) but not to the point of immersion breaking - you do feel vulnerable to enemies, especially heavy machine guns and the like.

There are a few weak points though - repeatedly taking on BTRs with small arms (Technicals, sure), whereas at the opposite side of the scale a certain enemy that takes 10+ direct hits from a bazooka to kill seems unlikely. There are also quite a lot of quick time events where you are nearly crushed to death by a falling object or whatever, but following the instruction is optional - you dodge anyway, you just get extra points (and say "Hoo-ah!"). This leads onto the sound more generally - which is competent, but cliched and repetitive.

Overall this is a decent but fairly forgettable addition to the genre, recommended if you like this sort of "Time Crisis" gameplay, especially given it is not exactly expensive to pick up even when not on sale.
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[BacEn] Jobbo_Fett
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
My time on this game is skewed due to leaving it open for the cards and forgetting that the launcher counts as "time played."


With that said, this game is pretty poor. It is similar in quality to the Rambo on-rails shooter video game that came out some time ago. Dialogue is clunky, the story isn't engaging, aiming and the "feel" of the guns is off. It probably doesn't help that I played a much better on-rails shooter (Blue Estate), but this game is a harsh step backwards.

The only saving gracy(?) is that it is cheap.
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philipvs
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
This is a rail shooter, precisely what it purports to be. It would have been nice to have a light gun to play with, and the controls take some time to get used to, but the game delivers what it promises. Take the time to get to know the controls and the game becomes fun to play.

I confess that the controls had me confused from time to time, but then you play the section over till you get it done. :)
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kschang77
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 14, 2015
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is one of those "budget titles" that is easy to play, but left you rather empty. It is a rail shooter similar to old arcade game Time Crisis (yes, the one with the light gun) where you need to shoot enemies while popping in and out of cover. It plays fast, its graphics looks quite decent, but it is buggy and at certain stages, near to impossible to pass. Even at the price of only a few dollars, it is still hard to recommend.

A rail shooter basically moves for you, stops at certain locations with cover. Duck behind the cover to reload, pop out to shoot (when enemy stops shooting). In this game, if the enemy has the red exclamation mark he's about to hit you, and your health bar only goes so far. The problem is when there are like 6 to 7 bad guys on the screen, 2-3 are shooting at the same time. There is no correct time to shoot (or is there?) As you clear area after area, with enemies poping out from close to far, you have to ration your shots carefully (one shot will kill the enemies) lest you fall back to your pistol. Yes, you do shoot pistols too. Occasionally you get to play with vehicle mounted weapons, same idea.

The levels are quite decent, actually, look "reasonable" for the area they're depicting, villages, caves, mountain paths, city ruins, you get the idea. But enemies just... pop up, pretty much.

The only powerups you get are ammo, health, and grenade (only ONE) which blows up enemies on one side of the screen.

The game is buggy in that exiting the game can sometimes result in the game not starting the next time. The game's "launcher" will start, but as you click "play" both crashed to desktop, no error message. Sometimes change the video options and reinstall Direct X may cure it... until it happens again. There's seemingly no pattern to the crashes.

All in all, there are better "rail shooters" around than this "topical" shooter rushed out to fit the news cycles.
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Bobaluti
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2015
got this game in a bundle. perhaps my review is biased but i did try to play this game. is 0.6hrs a valiant effort. the kind of game, the look of the game, the pacing of the game didnt appeal to at all but i did try it. i think if i had some sort of light gun peripheral the game would of been played more but idk, im 6 feet tall
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crowe
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 28, 2015
i ♥♥♥♥ing love light-gun games and this is a good one. everyone who is upset they don't get to move around in this game is an idiot.
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The Pyronator
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
It's bad, that's why i like it.
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rocket56
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 28, 2015
Get rid of the ON RAILS Junk.
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itsNinjaToast
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 19, 2015
Probably the worst game, with the worst the control EVER
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Its like trying to feed a baby with a food he doesn't like, as it looks like one of those flash games on the internet were you movement is controled by you character, and he moves alot, like is house is on fire, which affects your aim.
I though i was going to play a real shooter, but i looks like i was playing tickle fight with a random bully while drunk, with my movement being controlled by the alcohol.
Yes, its that bad, like internet flash bad.
Unless you're drunk, i would not recommend you this game, unless you're bored and have nothing to play, then by all means, play away.
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RipperG (灬^ ω ^灬)
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 19, 2015
fun little game to kill some free time decent graphics but the voice acting is a bit off drop some good cards the only con i have for this game its a short game you cant have enough of it
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Coconut CSGORage.com
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: September 9, 2015
got it free, only for cards
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FunkBlack
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: September 7, 2015
Lamest game I ever played.
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boxes
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 6, 2015
it's pretty ♥♥♥♥♥♥, but i mean, it made me laugh
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TechPcGamer
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 14, 2015
WOW WORST ARMY GAME I HAVE PLAYED SO FAR
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Charleytank64
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12, 2015
first of all this is an on rails shooter that was released in 2011 for Windows and consoles by Teyon.
there is a few things I really didn't like about this game like the camera always moving and if your firing any weapon when the camera just happens to move you will kill your own soldiers and I think I killed over 300. the fact that you couldn't move on your own and fire on your own at any target you wanted too. the gameplay is ok the graphics looked really sharp the story was almost like every other war game I have played, it kinda reminded me of one of the first Ghost recon games i played on the first xbox. but overall it's pretty easy till you hit veteran. I gave up on this game a long time ago and again decided to try it again and beat it because one of my friends was playing it. overall I liked it but didn't like a few minor things in the game but it's enjoyable if you can kill the narrator that constantly tells you when to jump or kill this guy or that guy but I couldn't ever kill him. still giving it a thumbs up because I can't get the last 3 achievements.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan made me somewhat like arcade shooting style, although I know it's rail shooter. Its not quite what I expected but fun and enjoyable. I'd give 7/10.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is an enjoyable on the rails shooter
Gameplay
You start off the game by creating a profile, and then you enter the world as a man named Will, who has just joined the marines, you go through a number of missions with you're new found self all while, shooting enemies, disabling traps, bombing grenades, hearing "TANGO DOWN!" a million times, shooting through planes and machines guns, as well spending skill points in your armory, which can upgrades things like weapons and health, which can really change how well you do in some missions, as you progress through your profile you earn in-game ranks! Which some are steam achievements! After you finish the 12 operations you unlock, almost a hardcore mode, where you run back through the missions with thier difficulty increased, called Vetaran mode.

Pros:
Combat System - The game has a highly enjoyable combat system, throwing grenades, destroying tanks and cars, having to pick up ammo drops and grenades, the on-rails part of the game is a hit and miss with some players but I find it really fun to have to know where the camera is and avoid shooting my own teammates.
Controls - The controls are quite easy to comprehend and arnt all over the place like some other games.
Obstacles - The game is quite inventive with the obstacles it has to offer, the game uses even things like SUNLIGHT as an obstacle so that players cant see some enemies as well, and HF:A also has checkpoints in case you die!
Graphics - The graphics arnt too amazing as the game was really originally made in 2011, but at that point in time these graphics would be considered well done, and I believe they are decent.
Steam Integration - Having steam trading cards and achievements are a great edition to the game, that just add that little extra inch that makes the game even better!
THE PRICE! - The price of the game is only 3 dollars! And thats not even on sale or in a bundle! Its amazing the game isnt more because it really feels like a 10 or 15 dollar game!

Cons:
Storyline - The story line in the game isnt too well done, most of the mission statements are short and not very exciting to the player, cut scenes arnt very amazing either.
Setting - Where the game takes place, in fictional Afghanistan, has been done many times before this and is quite a common setting to see a shooter game bieng held.
Voice Acting+Sound Effs - The voices arnt too well done and alot of people have problems with the gun shooting sounds, these arnt HORRIBLE to the game, but it isnt a pro thats for sure.

I would rate this game 7/10
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is a great game. If you have played alot of shooters, and cant stand ontherails shooters I would suggest you not get the game because it isnt too far off your classic shooter. But obstacles like sunlight and machine guns, and the low price of the game, and the challenging aspects of the later gameplay really make this game amazing, $3 is a great price for 5+ hours of gameplay and even more if you want to delve into veteran mode. WIth 9 hours of gameplay I still havnt beaten the first 12 missions and I plan to keep coming back and taking on these missions and getting those achievements. I enjoy the game alot and Im sure you will too!

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
My time on this game is skewed due to leaving it open for the cards and forgetting that the launcher counts as "time played."


With that said, this game is pretty poor. It is similar in quality to the Rambo on-rails shooter video game that came out some time ago. Dialogue is clunky, the story isn't engaging, aiming and the "feel" of the guns is off. It probably doesn't help that I played a much better on-rails shooter (Blue Estate), but this game is a harsh step backwards.

The only saving gracy(?) is that it is cheap.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
A decent rail shooter with a reasonable storyline and good gameplay, although a bit on the easy side once you have the hang of the cover system and how to use it. There is a reasonable variety in the missions, in the open, villages, tunnels/caves, on a helicopter, in a tank, etc. so it doesn't become too repetitive.

The difficult ramps up reasonably well through the game, with an initial easy mode that unlocks a veterans campaign which is reasonably tough although it can be a bit checkpoint dependant - if you miss a health pack just before a checkpoint in a couple of places it can make it very difficult to advance without restarting the level. Other than that the checkpoints are fine, avoiding having to replay too much when you die, but not too close together so you have to get at least vaguely competent to advance (in VM at least).

The story is functional but fairly forgettable and generic, the on rails gameplay works fine here for me - you act reasonable sensibly, always having cover available (although it isn't usually 100% so you have to pick off a couple of enemies while in cover before you can reload and take on the rest of the scene one by one. You are a bit of a bullet sponge (especially once you have progressed and got the bonus health) but not to the point of immersion breaking - you do feel vulnerable to enemies, especially heavy machine guns and the like.

There are a few weak points though - repeatedly taking on BTRs with small arms (Technicals, sure), whereas at the opposite side of the scale a certain enemy that takes 10+ direct hits from a bazooka to kill seems unlikely. There are also quite a lot of quick time events where you are nearly crushed to death by a falling object or whatever, but following the instruction is optional - you dodge anyway, you just get extra points (and say "Hoo-ah!"). This leads onto the sound more generally - which is competent, but cliched and repetitive.

Overall this is a decent but fairly forgettable addition to the genre, recommended if you like this sort of "Time Crisis" gameplay, especially given it is not exactly expensive to pick up even when not on sale.
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55 of 76 people (72%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Alright... LISTEN MAGGOTS! Freedom ain't coming to this hellhole in the middle east if we don't deliver it with big buckets of ammo and loads of gallons of napalm... SHOOT AND BURN YOUR WAY INTO THEIR HEATHEN HEARTS and show them the true meaning of MANIFEST DESTINY!

And remember, always just shoot, these poor ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s don't even speak AMERICAN!
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38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
I can understand the negative reviews. People are used to FPS with a free movement, more weapons and more gameplay. I can also understand that you can get bored with the repetitve scenes. And well, it's true that in the easy mode, you have often sunlight in the eyes and being blind to any enemies. True, the fact that the controller can't be set for player 1 is also annoying as the default keys for the keyboard aren't natural at all for me (AZERTY keyboard...). However, I don't understand the "outdated graphics". Seriously, you don't need CoD graphic quality to enjoy a war FPS! Graphics are good in my opinion.

And besides, the gameplay is nervous. Once you progress in the game, you can see more enemies at the screen. And when the Veteran mode is unlocked, some stuf change. Like the fact that the enemy is quicker to hurt you. I'm not used to rail shooter, I prefer "normal FPS" but it doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it.


And for the controller thing? Developers will fix that in the next update (well normally).

Anyway, anyone is entitled to its opinion. I enjoyed this game. It's not the Game of the Year. Sure, if you're a lover of great graphics (à la CoD), you'll be disappointed. But I don't think that graphics make a game. Everything is coherent in the game, apart dates. I totally recommend it, not because I'm in love with this game, but mainly because it's still fun to beat high scores...

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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
First off, let's get the elephant out of the room: this is an on-rails shooter. The developer made no attempts to hide the fact, so if you read a review from someone who is particularly irate about this, they probably lack reading and visual interpretation skills.

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is the guiltiest of pleasures. It's more linear than a triple-A shooter, has a setting that's about as overdone as that pizza I left in the oven last night, and quick-time events that would make David Cage blush. And yet, between the story and dialogue that fumbles with both the English language and basic military jargon, guns that look and sound like they were assembled from the imagination of Call of Duty-playing seven-year-olds, and graphics that give off a "Medal of Honor 2010 played on a toaster" vibe, this game... is pretty fun.

It's a basic on-rails shooter that doesn't really do anything wrong gameplay-wise, in a setting that doesn't do anything new, setting-wise. You'll brease through it in two hours, although there's a "Veteran" mode which amps up the difficulty once you've beaten the main story. You could do a lot worse with five dollars... but you could also do a lot better.
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Having actually been to Afghanistan, I can testify that:

1) Terrorists do, in fact, do cartwheels 5 feet in front of you
2) One bullet kills every bad guy
3) One magazine can take down an armoured vehicle
4) The over use of the phrase "tango down"
5) One Soldier can single-handedly rid the coutnry of terrorists

So ya, if you want a real Afghanistan experience, play the hell outta this game!
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
At least it's not Rambo the video game.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2014
Summary: Don't let the low price fool you, this game is ok; I'd give it a B-. If you ever want a break from the usual modern FPS format, this is an option that's just as entertaining, but in its own way. This game challenges the player; not always fairly, but usually so. The health meter is a welcome change from being able to recharge health by waiting under cover. Your weapons will sound a bit silly, but they get the job done. This is a game with a realistic setting, non-stop action (except for the shooting ranges) and despite its low price, it's visuals are as breathtaking as any modern game.

First, let's talk about the choice of genre: the rail shooter. It's an older style, but age in itself doesn't determine quality. We live in a time where first person shooters are legion, and most operate very similarly. If you ever want a break from that, one option is to try an older style. Would it be more exciting in an arcade cabinet? Yes, and if you tried playing this with an Xbox controller you would have a horrible experience. But as you get past the middle of the game, it gets tough, and if you want to beat the game, you couldn't do it in an arcade cabinet. A mouse and keyboard are the best way to go for this. If you spray and pray in this game, you will get hit even if you kill the enemy. But if you take advantage of the precision a mouse provides, you can get out from cover and have a fair chance of killing him without taking a hit. The difficulty may shock and tick you off if you're used to games where you can press a button to stick to cover and shoot at your enemy without exposing yourself, which is no challenge at all. In my opinion, a quality shooter of any kind is one where you have to make your own cover and get out from behind it to engage an enemy, and this game fills that requirement.

And yes, I said difficulty. Some reviewers claim that this game is as easy as Whack-A-Mole. Maybe they're the god-like, all-day snipers of Counter-Strike and Day of Defeat who cause normal mortals like me to stop playing those games out of having no chance of scoring a point. Maybe they only played the console version. Or maybe they only played the first level on normal mode, because the further I get through this game, the more that claim confuses me. The enemy can shoot back, and sometimes there will be little to no pause between the shots of one enemy and the next, making it almost impossible to break cover and shoot back without getting hit. It makes the grenades like precious gems, because they're the best way to clear enemies that won't hardly let you stick your head up. This game does challenge the player; not always fairly, but usually so. Then there are levels where you get in an Abrams tank or an Apache attack helicopter, where the enemy can't do an opium-picking thing to you, and the main challenge then is hitting everything and doing it fast, because you're always on the move.

Then there's the realism factor. Criticisms are: shoot an enemy anywhere and he dies, we're back to health meters and health packs, and the guns are just plain silly. To be fair, the rifles and pistol certainly are silly, and there's no good reason to spend an upgrade point on a new rifle, because nothing changes. Save it for extra ammo, health, grenades and faster reload time. The guns look highly detailed, but the player's small arms sound like Robotron fighting Megaman in the middle of a disco. The guns of your allies and enemies sound much better, and so do weapons mounted on vehicles. As for health meters and single shot kills, a health meter and health packs are much more realistic than many shooters where you just have to crawl under a rock and wait five seconds for all your wounds to heal, and single hit kills are more realistic than needing to put two rounds into a target's head or five into his chest. Think of the ArmA games: no mercy from bullets. I welcome the health meter back with open arms.

Now for the story. The problems that you can't escape from are the sloppy syntax and prose in this game, mainly in the journal entries before the missions. If you're thinking "This doesn't sound anything like a Marine, or any English speaker", then that's because this game was made by Teyon, a Polish video game developer. This is not the first game to have translation problems, but they could have done better on the journal entries (although the radio chatter in mid-battle sounds authentic). There are some other inaccuracies: the uniforms are Army uniforms and not Marine uniforms, and the Marines do not use the Black Hawk or the Chinook. As for the content, it doesn't deserve the hate that it gets from the politically correct about being a game in a real setting like Operation Enduring Freedom. Nobody has a problem with all the games set in the Second World War, where just about every side can be played as. Spec Ops: The Line, where your main enemies are American soldiers, has gotten a pass, so there's no ground to stand on when ridiculing this game for being from a modern American soldier's point of view. If you ask me, gamers could do with a healthy, even if unpleasant, dose of reality in their lives. Instead of trying to make some idiotic moral equivalence between the US and its foes, this game is based on authentic characters. The Marines are experts and professionals, who pull out all the stops to complete their mission with as few casualties as possible. The game punishes the player for friendly fire and civilian casualties, as it should if it wants to be taken seriously. The game doesn't name the enemy, it calls them “rebels”, but if you don't know who they really are, you must be living under a rock. They are portrayed accurately as well: they wear civilian clothes, take civilians hostage and hide behind them, and know no limits as to where they will fight from. Although the places and times of the battles aren't exact representations of real life, the concepts are real enough: combined arms battles in environments like mountains, small villages, big cities, and military bases. If you want something more varied and fantastic, then play Mass Effect or something.

Finally, I believe the game's greatest strength is in its visuals. They stand with the best of modern games. You could only get a better picture of the Afghan combat environment from a TV camera or actually visiting it. Every pocket of a uniform, every feature of a vehicle or weapon, and every contour of a building is superb. You have to deal with the very real problem of natural and artificial light in a battle, meaning it gets in your eyes. In an age where graphics are as advanced as they are, it might not seem like such a big deal that the game has excellent visuals, but how about when it has them and is selling for $5 on Steam? Now that's a cut apart, isn't it?

In the end, while it may not be my favorite game of all time, it was still a worthwhile purchase that I recommend.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
A rail shooter that pulled me out memories from the old times

Attractive graphics,enjoyable gameplay
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
I thought I would get one of those bad "vote and get a free copy" action shooters. Surprisingly, it's FUN! Won't tell you about mechanics and gameplay. This is a decent rail shooter reminding me of old SEGA game called Lethal Enforces 1&2, but with smooth graphics, upgrades and you favorite Steam achievements and cards. For a $3 game (free game in my case, as like many of you got it that way) it's really good. Cheers! The only thing I'd fix - sounds. Music is alright but all the "dum-dum" and "rha-ta-ta" sound a little bit plastic.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
Let me explain why I wouldn't recommend it to YOU.

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is a FPS rail-shooter. That means you are able to play with one hand (advantage for people with one arm!)...the other hand can grab into a chip package or to the next drink. That hears nice, but it's so damn boring with the time.

As the name says you are in Afghanistan and you are American...so...I think that's all I have to say.

It has positive aspects...some...few.

++ it was a nice (more or less) experience
++ the graphic is better than the potatoe engine of RAMBO.
+ the achievements are easy (but you lose 3 hours of your lifetime)
+ if it's in sale for less than one €, it's acceptable
+ reminds me of Moorhuhn
+ I think that was it

Here comes the talibans!

- I didn't saw Osama
- every terrorist looks like the other next to him (look the pictures)
- the sunlight is one big flashbang
- baddest dialogues in history
- enemys die with one shot...ONE...not in the head, no into their fckng arm!
- never laughed so hard about physics!
------> threw a grenade in front of me, survived.
------> destroyed a tank with a pistol...about 3 magazines á 14 shots
- 5 weapons...
- no crosshair :-(
- reload a weapon in under 2 seconds
- playtime was about 2 and half hours
- You are a damn american hero and you kill over 100 talibans (in one mission!), but you don't get shot any time - like in real war

I got this game for free and now I know why...It's a nice experiences if you didn't played a rail-shooter before. After you made the experiences you can delete it. If some like the game I respect that.
I'm honest and I just played this game for the easy achievements...hihihihi

A really simple point and click killing simulator: 3/10
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2015
first of all this is an on rails shooter that was released in 2011 for Windows and consoles by Teyon.
there is a few things I really didn't like about this game like the camera always moving and if your firing any weapon when the camera just happens to move you will kill your own soldiers and I think I killed over 300. the fact that you couldn't move on your own and fire on your own at any target you wanted too. the gameplay is ok the graphics looked really sharp the story was almost like every other war game I have played, it kinda reminded me of one of the first Ghost recon games i played on the first xbox. but overall it's pretty easy till you hit veteran. I gave up on this game a long time ago and again decided to try it again and beat it because one of my friends was playing it. overall I liked it but didn't like a few minor things in the game but it's enjoyable if you can kill the narrator that constantly tells you when to jump or kill this guy or that guy but I couldn't ever kill him. still giving it a thumbs up because I can't get the last 3 achievements.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
In this game, you play as a brave Marine that overcomes the sun perpetually being in his eyes. I've always thought on-rails shooters were kind of fun, but this game made me question whether they'll ever have a place on PC. After all, playing an on-rails shooter with a mouse rather than a light gun eliminates virtually all challenge. And you probably couldn't play this game with a light gun even if you felt like going to the trouble to configure one, because it utilizes five buttons for its multidirectional cover feature and input commands for QTEs. It isn't a bad game, but at the same time, it's hard to come up with compliments. If you go into this game expecting a really simple point and click Muslim killing simulator that will last you a couple of hours, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
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32 of 60 people (53%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
Lightgun shooters in arcades were always great fun - if I came across a House of the Dead or Time Crisis cab somewhere, I had to play them. The genre has been pretty much dead ever since the golden age of arcades in the mid-nineties, saw a small return with the Wii just to be all but vanished again these days. So, starved for some mindless on rails shooting I got myself Heavy Fire: Afghanistan - hoping it would at least be of somewhat respectable quality.

As it turns out, this game feels like it was produced for the NES zapper and came right out of 8bit console hell. See, 1987 there was Operation Wolf and 1989 there was Mechanized Attack (the first lightgun shooter I ever played) - both games feature more excitement and fun in the first stage (which roughly lasts 1-3 minutes) than godawful Heavy Fire: Afghanistan. How so you might ask? Well, for starters Heavy Fire has a story that takes itself serious. This is not Schwarzenegger's COMMANDO turned videogame, this is the actual War on Terror turned shooting gallery - not cool in my book. They could have made this good, harmless fun like TOTAL CARNAGE back in the day did - but no, they went with the realistic approach. I am not down with an arcade game having such a serious background.

Good thing the rest is just as much of a mess, so skipping this (if you felt like checking it out in the first place) is no big deal. Seriously, I cannot imagine how to make this game any less exciting. The pacing is slow, there is a lack of some serious explosions and firepower, there is next to NO feedback or hit confirmation, animations suck - as mentioned before, arcade games from the 80ies(!) destroy this p.o.s. of a game. There is also nothing to make this game engaging in any shape or form: no multipliers, no combos, no diversity. Remember those cool combos you could do in Virtua Cop? Not here. Or shooting holes into zombies in House of the Dead? Can't do anything like that. It does have an awkward cover system, but that is about the only thing it shares with Time Crisis. Hmm, what else? Grenades are super-awkward to use, with a big wind-up before your guy actually throws the damn things instead of acting like insta-smartbombs as any person who actually has played GOOD lightgun games would imagine and OF COURSE there is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ perk/level-up system in place (every two completed missions you get to choose EXCITING upgrades like bigger clip-size!). Did I mention they even borked reloading? Don't think so: well, they borked reloading. Instead of it being instant you get a crappy cooldown, forcing you to keep your head in cover, even with faster reload this is not as fast as I would want this to be. Also, ammo is limited. Oh, and we got QTEs - can't have a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game without those, right?

This game has barely anything going for it besides the visuals, which are okayish (though somebody hit 11 on the post-processing) and we got House of the Dead: Overkill on Steam which is so incredibly superior to this that there is NO reason to waste 5 bucks like I did. So, until you want to relive the excitement of Duck Hunt on your NES with PS2 graphics and USA! USA!-content - stay the hell away from this!
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
It's like Time Crisis, but slower and boringer.
Enemies are too dumb and easy to kill (1 shot)
Suitable for male children around 5 with low reflexes (no joke).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2015
This game ? just pathetic !
i try this with a keyboard and a mouse, no controller.
Hmmmm, so i remember wild gunman arcade style with a real plastic revolver (70's, 80's, 90's) with real cinematics, 20-30 years before it was better. Better accuracy, better fun.
Now we have real FPS with freedom to move QWSD, with better accuracy, better fun (i don't mention their names, you know it), and you can play multiplayer :)

Ho, if you forgot to kill an ennemy in the timeline, no problem !! camera move to the next scene and i'll let you discover the surprise :)

The game doesn't support ALT+TAB, so you have to kill a useless process named HF_starter.exe, and it works sometimes
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
This game totally reminds me of the arcade lightgun games like Time Crisis and The House Of The Dead. The graphics are a lot more modern than either of those games though. It looks pretty nice, and moves fast. With the different vehicles and the different weapons, and the equipment upgrades there are a lot off different ways to play. When you're shooting outdoors on foot, use the assault rifle. Indoors, use the shotgun. Either that, or upgrade your armor (Life on the life bar), and take more hits before you need to restart the level. Fun game for sure. Oh, after playing it, I felt like I was more accurate in other FPS games. It feels like good practice to me.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
A decent on rails shooter better than some fps games.

Can get a bit repetative if played for more than a couple missions at a time.
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