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Top Gun: Hard Lock

6.3 Overall Score
Gameplay: 6/10 5
Sounds: 5/10
Graphics: 7/10

Intuitive gameplay | Decent soundtrack

No internal view | Poor graphics

Top Gun: Hard Lock is the perfect way to spruce up a rainy weekend. It draws its inspiration from the smash hit starring Tom Cruise. This is a rock solid, arcade style shooter game. This aerial, dogfighting action game is true to its nostalgic roots. It is more air-to-air combat than flight simulation so it offers fun and excitement rather than complexity. This game is simple and action packed.

Based on Tom Cruise’s signature action flick, Top Gun is adventure packed entertainment. The storyline is set in the modern time Persian Gulf, which is appropriate for the dramatic dogfighting events. This game offers a unique “Hard Lock” mode which allows players to perform difficult air combat maneuvers that deliver explosive satisfaction (hence the name “Hard Lock”).

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The core mechanics are intuitive and the game offers fifteen different missions to keep you jumping. The difficulty is adjustable and restarts are available for more challenging spots in the game. Of course, if you’re really skilled in air combat, you may be able to complete your missions flawlessly.

You earn a rating for each mission completed. There is always some sort of skewed satisfaction derived from possessing the highest rating. If you are a perfectionist you can retry any assignment for a higher score, so maintaining a higher rating can be quite gratifying. Fully immerse yourself in air combat as each group of enemies take to the sky and watch your rankings soar.

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Top Gun: Hard Lock puts you behind the controls of fourteen different planes, each of which are licensed recreations of real-world aircrafts. Get behind the controls and take out ground targets, rival planes, radar jammers, and a cornucopia of other targets. Move in close, put the target in your crosshairs, lock your missiles, and fire! What could be more enjoyable than the sweet satisfaction of blowing things out of the sky?! Don’t get overzealous because your target may deploy countermeasures if it is not completely destroyed. It’s a pretty exhilarating and quick-time event.

You can also enjoy a wide variety of modes aside from just the campaign. Top Gun-Hard Lock offers a single player Danger Zone as well as an online multiplayer mode. Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch are for competitive dogfighting. Impressive cooperative options include carrier strike, base defense, and aircraft escort. Destroy things alone or get your friend involved in the action. It’s all up to you.

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The graphics in Top Gun are impressive and the gameplay is rock solid. The planes look great and the visual effects are on par. The detail in the environment adds to the ambiance right down to the reflection of the sunset against the backdrop of rolling hills. Put on a bomber jacket and you’ll feel like you’re really flying. The fundamentally engaging gameplay is adrenaline soaked entertainment. Perform invigorating air acrobatics while pursuing your prey. Since Top Gun: Hard Lock is available for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3, all air combat gaming fanatics can enjoy this heart-pounding thriller.

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