Top Gun 2 review - Nintendo Entertainment System
It's war time, and as a crack pilot of the USAF "Top Gun" school of flying 'planes and shooting at things, you are naturally the first choice for a series of suicidal solo missions. In these missions it's your job to destroy key enemy sites and ultra-sophisticated new developments in order to stop the enemy. So now it's time to pack your special brown uniform, choose your fave missiles for the battles ahead, and take off in your F-14 to face impossible odds.
Top Gun 2, like it's predecessor, it's a cockpit-view shoot 'em up with the usual fiddly flight-sim elements eradicated, so the action concentrates solely on shooting the enemy targets. At the end of each level, the pilot comes up against the secret weapon which he has been sent to destroy. Beat this, and you move on to the next, tougher mission.
What the Mean Machines staff thought
The original Top Gun game wasn't all that bad - but this is terrible. The 3D effect is blocky, jerky, unconvincing and off-putting and the sprites are badly-drawn and dull, the sound, what there is of it, is enough to make you rip your ears off and worst of all, the gameplay is awful. The collision detection is ropey to say the least, and the poor perspective makes it impossible to judge how far away incoming missiles are, let alone dodge them. The "versus" mode adds little lasting appeal as it is laughably simplistic, an average battle lasting about seven seconds. Top Gun 2 could and should have been a lot better - fans of the original are bound to be very disappointed.
I think Rad has been a tad harsh in his comment. Granted, Top Gun 2 will win no awards for its graphics, and the sound too is similarly unappealing. The playability is all-important though, and Top Gun 2 isn't a total disaster - it's just pretty average. It's just too simplistic to gain points for ingenuity, and not exciting enough to keep you coming back for more. I think that with better graphics and more things to do this could have been a lot better, but as it stands, Top Gun 2 just isn't realistic enough to be a sim, or thrilling enough to score in the arcade stakes. If it's airborne thrills 'n' spills you're after try out Captain Skyhawk.