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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February 9

Limited Time Only: Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is $2.99

We're excited about the upcoming release of Reload and to celebrate we're offering HF:A for 40% off. Yep, $2.99. And to celebrate we're temporarily dropping the price on Heavy Fire: Afghanistan. So if you haven't checked this great game out, now's the time!

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February 9

Reload is Coming Friday, 2/13!!

If you enjoyed Heavy Fire, you have to check out Reload, available this Friday at a 10% launch discount.

Reload is a realistic weapons and tactics trainer for one to four players that also happens to be a super fun, super fast playing game.


  • 120+ medals, rankings, and achievements
  • 35+ Scenarios including Hostage Rescue, Sniping, VIP Protection, Olympic
  • Style Shooting, Heavy Weapons and more
  • 25+ weapons and accessories
  • Co-op multiplayer play for up to 4 players and Head To Head Play for 2 Players (one machine)
  • High quality graphics designed for 1080p
  • Steam Cloud, Leaderboards, and Achievements

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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
20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
At least it's not Rambo the video game.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I wanted to love this game, but I don't think I can suggest picking it up. The on-rails, arcade-style gameplay was my narcotic throughout grade and middle school; that's transferred over well enough. I forgive it for the uninspiring story, pitiful voice acting, and Stormtrooper-grade A.I.

The fact that guns barely make a sound troubles me most. A close second is the fact that you seem to swivel around on a turntable whenever you're moved down the "rail." I wasn't expected spectacular quality, but goodness, this is awful.

"Shoddy" encapsulates Heavy Fire in a word. It's not worth the bargain on a sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
I was actually suprised that i enjoyed the game. Its an arcade style shooter THAT IS WAY MUCH BETTER THAN RAMBO THE GAME!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is a on rails shooter developed by the same people who did Rambo the video game but will this be a better game than that or the same mess ? In Heavy Fire: Afghanistan you play as Will who is re telling his war stories that we relive and play through shooting our way through a war. So how is this game ? This game is bad and thats pretty much all i can say about it. Now as on rails shooter theres not much to say about it. You are put on a track and as soon as you clear out a room of enemies you progress on a track. But the game has many problems. Lets start off with the good. The game has pretty fun gameplay but even that wears out very fast. But now for the bad and theres alot to say here. The game is buggy and the hit detection is horrible. The game looks okay but the resolution problems really affect the game since its hard to tell where the enemies are when everything looks the same. The game is easy and also really short. The story is abysmal. The game also has one big problem. You have to make an account for the game if you want for the game to save. If you dont make an account the game will delete all youre progress. Overall the game is buggy and not fun to play and even though i love on rail shooters i cant recommend this game cause simply put it its not fun at all. Only get this game at a major discount otherwise skip this game. I give Heavy Fire: Afghanistan a 3/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
At first before I get into the review, let me explain the game:
1. No video options. Stuck to monitor's maximum hertz. When I mean no video options, I mean like no graphical options like consoles. No resolution, nothing. Guise of the Wolf (which only had a resolution option) even has an option!
2. You have a score at the bottom of your screen. In my opinion, useless.
3. It's an on-rails shooter by Teyon, the same people who made Rambo: The Video Game. BUT, because this was originally made for the Xbox 360 in 2011, they get a free pass right? WRONG!
4. One of the worst ports to PC I've ever seen.

I thought to myself as I saw a bundle with this game in it. "I've beaten Ride to Hell: Retribution, nearly beaten Rambo: The Video Game, played the Slaughtering Grounds and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, how bad can it be?"
OH GOD. So I buy this bundle from bundlestars.com (BTW, great website) for $3.49. I open the game to loud audio and it says, "Controller recommended" so I turn on my wireless Xbox 360 controller for Windows. Ok, three options in the Audio, that's ok. "But I have to use the triggers to change them and press X to accept the options?" From there on, I knew this would be going downhill fast. So I boot up the campaign to see 12 missions and a Veteran mode. I was aparently in the "Rookie" section because I probably would have to beat the game to go into the "Veteran" mode. That's fine. Launching the game, I hear an OK backstory of a soldier and then we arrive on a helicopter to Afghanistan. The first thing I noticed was the sterotype that all Afghans wear either turbans or balacavas. I thought, "Wonderful". The graphics are ok for 2011, so I try to move my standards down a little to that year. When I got into the game though...

The first thing I noticed was the M16 they supplied me with. When you run out of ammo, you have an infinite extra ammo Berreta they switch you over to when you run out of ammo. I'm surprised they added an actually "ammo" feature. When I shoot the gun for the very first time... I said, "The Slaughtering Grounds and Ride to Hell: Retribution have better sound quality than this!" The gun sounded like you tapped a button on your controller. The pistol has a very small sound. Then I noticed that I was invincible. I couldn't die, like I was a god. My health wouldn't go down (speaking of which there is no difficulty option) and then I got worried. After I beat the first level, I'd rather "masturbate with sandpaper".

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! $3.00 isn't worth it, heck, it's worth $0.05 for maybe a giggle with your friends.
The only reason it gets 0.3 is because the ok graphics for 2011. For people like me who like to play the dark-depths-of-hell games like me, this might be worth it to you. The only other reason I'd get it is if you love arcade rail-shooters that much. Everyone else: STAY AWAY FOR YOUR LIFE!

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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Bad graphics, horrible audio, generic campaign. One of the worst on rail shooters I have played.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Sorry Developers of this Game but I dont have many if anything good to say about this game. It is a walking disaster, a horrible wreck, needs overhaul on all gameplay aspects or just a REDO. The character design is decent and that is about all I have good to say, I would never waste my money on this game, good thing I got in a huge bundle so it was like 20 cents. STAY FAR AWAY from Heavy Fire if you know whats good for ya. Im rating this game a 1.5/10 which is probably the l;owest score I have given, sorry guys and try again.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
have played this game for 77 minutes and quite honestly cannot play anymore due to the poor mouse sensitivity issues in regard to the fact that you have no option to change the sensitivity in the options. I have played the typing of the dead and rambo the video game with the same mouse and not had this issue and regard these games as better rail shooters with a bit more thought behind them. I have read the negative reviews about people not being able to control the character and missing the point of what a rakl shooter is and the call of duty on rails reference whcih i found bizarre as the first 2 call of duty games that i have played do not have the modern warfare theme that Heavy Fire Afganistan has! Yes this game is cheaoper but really not worth it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Sorry but such a crappy game... Graphic are ok but all the rest is just garbage, sound weapon recoil... Had more fun with Operation Wolf.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Decent on rails shooter. Bad voice acting , gun sounds, and very sterotypical "murica ftw plot and characters" but the game itself it maybe worth the low asking price (5 usd) and definitely worth it during a discount or part of a bundle if you are looking for a on rails shooter
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Why play Call of Duty when this game basically distills every COD game since Modern Warfare into its gameplay for a tenth of the price? Go here, shoot these guys, go there, shoot those guys, blow up this APC. Oh no a helicopter! Grab that rocket launcher. Etc.
As a an added bonus, you can even play it with a sandwich in the other hand, because only wimps really need to duck for cover.

Seriously though, this is a great nostalgia trip for anyone who remembers virtua cop/ time crisis light gun games at the arcade. The levels are bite sized so you can drop in for a few minutes when you feel like it. Voice acting is cheesy without being annoying and graphics fit the theme of being an arcade game. Nothing that will break your computer but also not horrible. All of the achievements are also very achievable which is always nice considering the ridiculous requirements some games have. It's not a $40, $20 or even a $10 game but for $5 or less it's worth a look if you feel like a bit of brainless shooting practise.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is a game that really wants to be Call of Duty on rails, but it simply lacks the budget and creative license to pull any of it off. The game is just a cheap cash grab in every sense of the word.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Yes, it's mindless. But wtf ... I enjoy it for what it is. It's better than CoD in my Opinion, because this game here is straightforward dumb and linear. So what? I don't have a problem with that. It's a rail shooter you know ... ;)

The theme somehow reminds me of "Northern Sea Inferno" / "Persian Guld Inferno" whereas the gameplay itself reminds me of "Take'em'out". In did enjoy those two games back in the day and I'm enjoying this game here and now too.

I think the graphics are ok and well enough done for a game like this. I didn't expect to have free movement because I read the game description before purchasing it. I can't understand how many reviewers here keep moaning about this game being no real fps ... Or as we over here in germany say: "Wer lesen kann ist klar im Vorteil." ... :)

The controls are tight and you can choose to play with controller or mouse. Even the rumble feature is supported and configurable in strength. I personally prefer to play such a game with the mouse because it's much faster.

You HAVE TO play it with a controller if you wanna coop - yes this game even has a coop. I haven't tried it but I think it would be great fun for an evening instead of watching a movie.

But even if you're playing alone there are always plenty of other marines with you on the missions so you have to watch out only to shoot at the enemies as friendly fire is possible and done easily in the mess of it all. So watch out not to hurt your team mates.

The missions in this game vary a lot in what is happening and the overall action never gets boring. Between the missions can upgrade your marine by investing points in different tech-trees like more ammo, better weapons and the like. I guess you have to play through it a couple of times to see it all.

I got this game on a discount and from what I've seen yet it fullfills exactly what it promised, so I do recommend you to get this game too if you want some oldschool railshooter action without having all the hassle of a full fledged fps going on.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
The best Terrorist Killing Simulator on Market!
Listen ''America f*ck yeah'' song while playing this game

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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Personal Rating: 6/10

A surprisingly OK arcade shooter. Don't bother trying to get into the story or listen to the dialogue because that's where the game crumbles. The graphics are very gritty and arcade-y, by that I mean it looks like it was made to be played on the GameCube and not a high end PC, but still, is it fun? Yeah. It's pretty fun to have your own arcade game with a points system on your computer. You get two guns, an M16 and a pistol. A good strategy I found is to let your M16 run out and use your pistol, because your pistol kills everything in one shot.

Is it good? Not close to good, more or less the amount of quality you'd find in an arcade shooter, like the Terminator one but with a difficulty setting and all. I do reccomend getting this game if you can get it cheap, it's a nice little time waster.
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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
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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41 of 57 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 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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