its ok for a shooter. I do agree..even the most difficult of games have a checkpoint system or a health bar in place to give balance to the game. If your going to do something like this then multiple difficulty levels are in order. The way you have it set now would be difficulty of Red October. 1 life 1 chance to get it right or the world is screwed. Remember average joe gamer wants a good time burner yet have it fun and relatively easy with options to go harder if he thinks he hard enough to do it not instant ball breaker..that leads to rage quitting and low scores on your work. A for effort but a D overall.