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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“(A) great game that is worth every penny.”
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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
17 of 18 people (94%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Today's Review: Heavy Fire: Afghanistan

Wow i mean... just... Wow... I've seen some horrible ♥♥♥♥ in my life, as some other state i've played Ride to Hell: Retribution, Rambo the videogame, The Slaughtering Grounds and The walking dead: survival instinct and even when those titles suck, i've enjoy them, but this game it's a total pile a garbage. This game it's like the product of a hobo and dump cannister having a child's puke, a dog eating that puke and the ♥♥♥♥ comming out of the dog it's this game, everything about it is just horrible, when i've got the game (for 2.99) didn't really think that i could see with my own eyes how Teyon (btw the developer of Rambo the videogame) could really make such masterpiece of the art of completly sucking balls. I could go on and on for hours with the totally complete wrong things it makes this game so horrible, and i will.

Graphics: They are pretty much OK for a 2010/11 game, not really sensation but somehow not that bad, thought there are really annoying things like getting blinded by the sun (i could't see the enemies so i just shoot blindly straight forward until they die, and this happends a lot)

Sound: The worst thing without a doubt, voice actors were paid like 5 bucks each and they did that, make a voiceover for characters worth 5 bucks, aside from that gunfire sounds is horrible, i've played so many games that have guns in it and never heard such horrible gunshots sounds.

Gameplay: Reasonable. just one word for it, it's not good but it's not really that bad EXCEPT FOR THE MOUSE HAVING NO SENSIVILITY AND WORKING HORRIBLY LIKE IF YOUR DPI WERE 50.

Metascore: 0.63/100 - this game isn't even got to scratch 1 point, maybe the price is the only thing right about it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.8 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
On-Rails Shooters are fun when done correctly, Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is no exception. It is easy to be put off this game because of the large number of negative reviews, but most of them are people that are complaining about the fact that it is an On-Rails Shooter, despite the fact that it is clearly advertised all over the store page, resulting in the game having an unfair overall review score.

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is fun, fast-paced and very atmospheric, qualities that you would hope for in an arcade-like shooter. The maps are really well done creating a very immersive and grim atmosphere, as you would expect in 2011 Afghanistan, the sun is blazing making it difficult for you to get a clear view of targets and there is heavy enemy fire coming from all corners of your view. The chaotic gameplay makes this game more challanging than your other average On-Rails Shooter games too, a perks system and multiple achievements are also nice touches.

The aiming is a little finnicky at first, but you get used to it very quickly, plus the controls are extremely simple overall so it takes little to no time to master them. There aren't many faults with this game in my opinion, just some minor things like small grammatical errors in the campaign dialog and some questionable voice acting, not to mention the anti-climactic death sequence, but that's about it, nothing ultimately hurting the fact that it's a fun game.

Sure, On-Rails Shooters may be from an era that is now long gone, and it isn't as popular or as good as The House of The Dead series for example, but that doesn't make Heavy Fire: Afghanistan any less of a well-made and fun game, just make sure you know what kind of shooter you're actually about to buy before you make the purchase. As far as I'm concerned it is more than worth it's £1.99 price tag, definitely recommend for a few hours of challenging and rewarding fun.
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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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4 of 8 people (50%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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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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28 of 35 people (80%) 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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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 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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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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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
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 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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