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.
User reviews: Mixed (111 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 15, 2014
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September 16

Full Big Picture Support & Various Bug Fixes Are Live!

All the changes in the previous Beta are now live, plus a few additional bug fixes

Changelog Overview:
- Full Big Picture support
- New launcher: Can be controlled by mouse/keyboard or connected gamepads.
- Gamepad can be now used as a main player's controller (choose 'main controller' in the launcher). Four player mode with all players on game controllers now fully supported. Note: The Xbox 360 controller cannot be used to navigate or exit the Options Menu in gameplay
- Dodge/Jump movement with Gamepad issue fixed
- [Esc] key used to cancel user 'sign in'
- Improved save file system
- Readme files now displaying properly when using in-home streaming
- Long names no longer split into two lines on Hall of Fame

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“The game was exciting, fun, challenging, and rewarding.”
70 – Gamer's Daily

“(A) great game that is worth every penny.”
N/A – RND Games

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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.


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.


  • 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

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
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...

Posted: August 23
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 20
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
A rail shooter that pulled me out memories from the old times

Attractive graphics,enjoyable gameplay
Posted: August 24
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 27
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
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 bastards don't even speak AMERICAN!
Posted: September 10
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