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Heavy Weapon - Xbox Live Arcade review

He ain't heavy...

On the later levels, the screen becomes choked with missiles, bombs, planes and helicopters of every description, as well as the occasional blimp or artillery-blasting land vehicle trying to blasterate your from the side. You'll be dodging more than firing; something most shooter fans will really be able to appreciate. Your selection of upgrades is typical shooter fare: guided and unguided missiles, lasers, a lightning gun, shield, and defensive orbs that soak up bullets - but you're given a choice as to which ones to beef up each time you enter a level.

Visually, Heavy Weapon isn't the most amazing looking game on Xbox Live Arcade, but it's a step up from the PC game it's based upon. Colors are vibrant, and everything moves at a nice, smooth frame rate. Some of the end-level bosses are huge, and animate very nicely. The gigantic mushroom cloud that appears in the background every time you set off a nuke (the game's version of a smart bomb) is incredibly satisfying, as well.

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DescriptionHeavy Weapon is the type of brief, brainless fun that XBLA is built for.
PlatformXbox 360, PS3
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating7+
Alternative namesHeavy Weapon: Atomic Tank
Release date17 January 2007 (US), 17 January 2007 (UK)