Heavy Fire: Red Shadow
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Heavy Fire: Red Shadow is a very simple arcade shooter which anyone can pick up and play. The whole campaign can be completed in one sitting, as you work your way through four various locations to unlock new abilities which make you god-like. The endless mode will provide a bit of extra enjoyment as you compete for the top spot on the leaderboards, whilst utilising all of your previously acquired abilities. Unfortunately, After putting in about 4-5 hours into the game, I don’t see myself coming back to the game that often. I felt I’ve seen everything there is to see and reached the peak of what it has to offer.
It does become incredibly stale well before the credits roll but Heavy Fire: Red Shadow is “take your brain out and just shoot” dumb fun. For those moments after a bad day at work, when you just want to pop some melons, sink some ships and blow up a Jeep or 2, Heavy Fire: Red Shadow offers that catharsis but very little else.
If it appears on Game Pass or Gold, it might entertain you for an evening, but at full price, it’s hard to recommend to all but the thirstiest of achievement hunters.
Mastiff’s attempt at designing an interesting and engaging rail shooter falls flat on Xbox One. It could be different elsewhere, especially in VR, but as a regular ‘ol console shooter it is one of the most uninspired this generation. There is a little fun to be had, but only a little, and it fails to grab you every step of the way through the entirety of its missions.
The whole Heavy Fire: Red Shadow experience feels like it should be on VR, and that may well be the best way to get anything out of this turret shooter. The price is too high as well – at least for anyone to take a punt on – and even though it does nothing wrong and all appears to work fine, it does become very repetitive quite quickly
Heavy Fire: Red Shadow is such a disappointing game that even if you were a fan of the previous games in the series, you likely won't find anything to enjoy within this bare-bones sequel.
Created with a simple purpose, yet still executed, Heavy Fire: Red Shadow does not offer much of an interest. Shallow campaign, simplified gameplay and lack of content are some of the downsides that the game presents, and it is a difficult experience to recommend.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Heavy Fire: Red Shadow is a nice "first person action arcade" with fun gameplay elements like entertaining turret control, variable orders for air attack and back-up, nice visual effects (as a VR game) and beautiful music that can entertain you for some hours. But In the other hand, many of these good aspects, damaged by some technical issues and most importantly by "repeat" factor after some hours of playing. If you want to experience full potential of Heavy Fire: Red Shadow, you must play it with VR. In fact experiencing Heavy Fire: Red Shadow with VR is so much more entertaining than playing the game without VR. Finally i must say that If you like first person action arcade games or you want an entertaining action VR game, Heavy Fire: Red Shadow could be nice choice for you.
Review in Persian | Read full review
There's a certain audience that'll find Heavy Fire: Red Shadow to be a decent game. For those people, the turret sequences in other shooters must be their favorite part of the game. For everyone else, including fans of the series, Red Shadow is an utter disappointment. From a regression in gameplay to overly long stages and terrible presentation, there's nothing to recommend here, even if you just want to Trophy hunt. Unless you absolutely need to have every game in the console's library, stay as far away from this as possible.
The experience of playing this title is one of roller coaster highs and lows.