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Top Gun: Hard Lock Xbox 360 Review – Flight of Fancy


Publisher:  505 Games
Developer:  Headstrong Games
Genre:  Flight Action
Platforms:  Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date:  March 13, 2012
ESRB:  T – Teen

Based on the iconic 1980’s film Top Gun, this flight simulator/combat action game is an imagining of a modern group of Top Gun flight school graduates fighting in the Persian Gulf.  The game was developed by Headstrong Games and features licensed military aircraft models from Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin.  There are three main game modes:  Campaign, Danger Zone, and Multiplayer.

The Campaign mode features 15 missions set mostly in the modern-day Persian Gulf and follows the story of a squad of Naval aviators.  The player-controlled protagonist, who goes by the call sign “Spider,” is a recent (and predictably cocky) graduate of Top Gun flight school.  The player, as Spider, must complete various missions, ranging from reconnaissance to air interdiction to the traditional dogfight.  Although, the jet aircraft and Hard Lock mode do stray from tradition a bit.