Top Gun: Hornet's Nest
If you're prone to worrying about nothing, you may be more than a little surprised to discover that MicroProse are about to release a flight sim that, on the face of it, will be competing against their own hotly anticipated Falcon 4.0 for space on the nation's hard drives. Then again, you might not, preferring to dwell on why dropped toast always lands butter-side down. At the risk of the more sensitive of you not being able to sleep at night, we put the question to Top Gun 2's developers and demanded an explanation.
"Our goal in developing Top Gun: Hornet's Nest is to provide the player with incredibly intense action and realism, while offering a user-friendly design," says Zipper Interactive's Jim Bosler. "We want players to jump right into the heat of battle from the start, and immediately be able to start taking out the enemy. Even if you've never played a flight sim before, you won't have to wade through 200 pages of a manual and struggle with an unforgiving flight model to have yourself some fun in this flight sim." Top Gun 2 is, in fact, a very different game from Falcon 4.0. Whereas the latter has been designed to appeal to heavyweight flight sim addicts - the kind of people who actually enjoy reading 500-page manuals and own a set of rudder pedals and a throttle controller - the sequel to Top Gun: Fire At Will, like its predecessor, promises to appeal to those people who want the same quality in terms of graphics and realism, but don't want to have to learn how to fly an F/A-18.
A quick gander at some pre-release code confirms that Mr Bosler is not prone to bullshitting hapless, know-it-all hacks. Top Gun 2 appears to be both easy on the eye and not terribly difficult to fly. In fact, after just a few minutes the kill count is an impressive four to two, with both Allied casualties being self-inflicted. A developing storyline stretching over 30 missions, eight-way multi-player support, numerous 'sexy' cut-scenes and pre-mission briefings from the movie's Commander Hondo (remember him?) might just be enough to tempt those previously shy of flight sims to give it a whirl.
Download Top Gun: Hornet's Nest
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Huge manuals put many people off buying Falcon 4.0 and F-22: TAW. This, presumably, is where Top Gun 2 comes in. The thing is, just about every recent jet fighter flight sim features numerous toggleable flying aids to make the game accessible to the first-time flyer, while at the same time holding plenty of appeal for the seasoned ace.
The trouble with Top Gun: Hornet's Nest is it's a bit too simplistic. It takes about five minutes to learn to fly the F/A-18 in Top Gun, and just a few days to work your way through the three campaigns. The fact that it's linear means that there's little in the way of replay value, and you can't exactly go back and play the missions again with the flying aids turned off because there really aren't any to speak of.
If you still don't think you can handle Falcon 4.0, and want an extremely simple flight sim instead, then you you probably won't be majorly disappointed with Hornet's Nest. But take heed: there are better-looking and just as accessible flight sims out there already. We advise you to check these out before parting with your hard-earned cash for this one.