Top Gun: Fire at Will!
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Top Gun: Fire at Will is a flight simulator based on the movie of the same name. You take the role of Maverick and must pilot your F-14 Tomcat with your RIO Merlin in the backseat through a series of missions that begin with the Top Gun School in San Diego and continue with conflict zones in Cuba, Korea and Libya.
Full motion video cutscenes with live actors play between many of the game's fifty or so missions, with James Tolkan being the only actor to return from the original movie.
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Average score: 67% (based on 29 ratings)
Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 16 ratings with 1 reviews)
Got this game almost immediately after it came out. The majority of the graphics were very pleasant, and the general storyline is quite impressive. The videos move the plot along very well, so you feel a sense of participation in this game that you are very unlikely to feel in other flight games.
Unfortunately, the terrain looks AWFUL, with very very few exceptions, but really not much effort has gone into the landscape drawing at all.
Also, having Merlin (your rio) shouting "BADGER BOMBER!" "MIG 21, RANGE 21 MILES AT ANGELS 6" over and over again in the space of 1 minute in an engagement is rather annoying.
Also, some of the missions are very very tedious. Particularly in the later Korean and Libyan theaters, which involve gasp Recon. Unfortunately, there are only 'dirty underhand' ways of passing missions you cannot do. If you can't do it, and you don't know much about PCs, you'll be stuck on the mission for life. To some, however, this may give the game some credit, as it shows it is a challenge and not a piece of cake.
The Bottom Line
If you hated the movie, by NO means will you necessarily hate this game. Neither of them are too realistic, yet the game probably cuts it, as it is based more around tactical skills and long range fighting rather than short-range encounters.
I recommend this game fully, if you can find it, as it is a plot I'm sure you'll enjoy.
DOS · by Quackbal (45) · 2004
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Game added by Derrick 'Knight' Steele.
Game added March 21, 2000. Last modified February 11, 2024.