Heatseeker is an arcade-style flying game from IR Gurus, the same developer behind 2005's Heroes of the Pacific. Unlike Heroes, Heatseeker takes place in modern times and places you in the cockpit of some of today's most well-known fighter jets. It's not a very deep game; it's kind of ugly, and the story is flat out stupid. But Heatseeker can be fun in small doses--especially if you don't mind taking down wave after wave of enemies, level after level.
The campaign in Heatseeker spans 30 missions that take place in locations ranging from the Caribbean to Antarctica. The first few missions have you protect an island base and teach you the basic controls. From there, things escalate and it's up to you to avert an international crisis. Before each mission, there's a short briefing that details the mission's scenario and your objectives. The pre-mission briefings were painful on the PlayStation 2 and Wii because of the terrible voice acting; on the PSP, they're shorter and have no narration, so they're less painful but still pointless.
The good news is you don't need much of a story for what you're going to do in Heatseeker, which is blow stuff up. Your choice in planes is limited at first, but you'll eventually get to fly a number of real planes including: F/A-18 Hornet, F-15, F-16, MIG-31, SR-71 Blackbird, F-22 Raptor, and many more. Each plane has unique ratings for speed, agility, and defense, as well as air-to-air and air-to-ground ability. However, it's difficult to detect differences from plane to plane unless the ratings are vastly different. The controls are easy to learn, but unlike other versions of the game, they don't work very well. It's difficult to target specific objects with bombs, and it's tough to maneuver your jet with any level of precision. Your heads-up display is well designed, and as long as the game's obnoxious captions aren't obscuring a large, important part of your screen as they're prone to do, it's easy to find any information you need at a moment's notice.
As mentioned earlier, you'll spend nearly all of your time in Heatseeker blowing things up. You'll use your unlimited ammo to shoot down hundreds of enemy planes, drop bombs on unsuspecting jeeps, unleash torpedoes on ships, as well as take out antiaircraft guns, tanks, and more. You'll also be charged with protecting planes and ships, but to do so, you just blow up more bad guys. Once in a while, you'll need to scan vessels to find out if they're up to no good, and if they are--you guessed it--you blow them up. One nice thing about the missions in the PSP version is that they're shorter than they are on consoles. This is nice because you can finish a mission if you've only got a few minutes to spare and because the missions in console versions were sometimes too long.