Top Gun: Hard Lock sadly is yet another licensed game that misses the mark on what made its source material so much fun and that of course results in a game that’s simply mediocre if not below average for the aerial combat genre. For flight genre enthusiasts Top Gun really doesn’t present an exciting experience thanks in part to combat that lacks an immediate punch and visuals that are serviceable but don’t necessarily measure up to what has been previously released. Top Gun: Hard Lock could’ve been a fun if not slightly goofy flight action game, but in the end it’s simply a game that lacks any true character and could’ve been quickly forgotten about if not for having the Top Gun moniker slapped on.
+ The jokes are so bad that they’re funny for the wrong reasons.
+ You can create your own meta story based on how bad the dialog is.
+ Trophies/Achievements are easy to acquire.
- Visuals are really bland and lack any unique and defining characteristics.
- Not having the same spirit as the Top Gun film makes the story completely unnecessary.
- Action is limited in its set pieces and fails to present an edge of your seat experience.
- No Iceman makes Ian a sad gamer.
As a gamer and a video game journalist I like to play as many games as I can get my hands on. Doing such a thing often leads me to stumble across a few hidden gems while in other cases I simply subject myself to a terrible game merely to see how bad it truly is and maybe get one or two easy Trophies or Achievements in the process.