“Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby. That’s a negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.” Yeehaw! The adrenaline pumping excitement of Top Gun is back and better than ever! Top Gun 2 gives you more planes, more weapons, more bogies, bosses, and missions. So grab you helmet, hop in your plane, and lets go do some damage!
Top Gun 2, created by Paramount Digital Entertainment, is as action packed as it gets. Communism is making a comeback and the pilots of the USS Enterprise have been sent to destroy it. You and your fellow Top Gunners fly deep behind enemy lines and attack enemy strongholds. They meet you with stiff opposition from both ground and air. You’re outnumbered 20 to 1, bogeys come at you from all angles, bullets are flying, heat syncing missiles are locked on, and fleet commanding bosses swoop in when you’re at your weakest, forcing you to overcome insurmountable odds to survive. Do you have what it takes to complete the mission?
Top Gun 2 offers all the types of missions that we’ve come to enjoy such as seek and destroy, traditional dogfighting, land attacks, and search and rescue. This time it even has a space mission. Each mission demands and even greater mastery of the controls and weaponry. Prior to each mission you can select your plane of choice. Choose from the all-time classic F-14, or pick the more maneuverable F-16, or slide into the seat of the fire power heavy F-18 hornet. Each mission favors different planes more. It’s up to you to figure out which puts you in the best position to succeed. You can also upgrade your weaponry to make eliminating the opposition easier. As you destroy enemies and complete missions you accumulate more cash which can be used to purchase upgraded firepower.
If you like classic arcade fighter pilot games then you’re really going to love Top Gun 2. There’s non-stop action from beginning to end. The sounds and graphics are top notch, the bogies don’t stop coming, and for every heat sinking missile you fire off be ready to have 3 more coming straight back at you. I love pretty much everything about this game with the exception of the controls. The controls are accelerometer based as you’d expect, and for the most part feel natural, however currently there’s no option to customize them. Why would you need to customize them? Well, currently to turn left you need to tilt your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad to the right. If you like opposite direction controls then you’ll love it, but if you don’t you won’t. I’d love to have the option to invert them. Hopefully that’s coming in an update. Secondly you’re not able to do barrel rolls. One of the most popular scenes in Top Gun involves flying inverted, so why can’t I fly inverted? With these changes Top Gun 2 would be darn near perfect! Even without these tweaks Top Gun 2 is a super fun game, offers plenty of value for the price, and a great game for both kids and adults. If you’re a fan of flying and action games then you should definitely check out Top Gun 2!
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Requirements: iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad; iOS 4.0 or later
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