Top Gun: video games inspired by movies with Tom Cruise

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We are returning from the vision Top Gun: Maverick, was recently officially distributed on streaming services in Italy as well. The film is true to the canons of the first episode, perfectly representing the ’80s and their exuberance, and has many of its dynamics, including the immortal soundtrack.

The sequel to the popular feature film impressed us so much that it convinced us to do a video game retrospective considering all the games inspired by Top Gun. There aren’t a few, including official titles, more or less veiled accolades and collaborations that exploit the brand. Let’s find out what ours is favorite Top Gun video gamesand tell us yours in the comments!

Grand Theft Auto V

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An image reminiscent of the aircraft carrier in GTA 5

An image reminiscent of the aircraft carrier in GTA 5

Yes, Top Gun is also infected in GTA 5. Many of you will probably remember the mission on the aircraft carrier moored at sea. Los Santos.

During the raid mission in the Humane Labs laboratories, it is actually necessary to steal the warriors and recover the precious cargo. Here, as soon as we start the engines and leave the carrier deck, we can hear the powerful Top Gun music along with the track. Kenny Loggins “Danger zone”. No election has been so successful.

flight simulator

The best graphics for Flight Simulator, almost indistinguishable from reality

The best graphics for Flight Simulator, almost indistinguishable from reality

With the release of Top Gun: Maverick in theaters (by the way, don’t forget an event that was delayed by almost two years due to the pandemic), a film-specific expansion was released simultaneously in Microsoft Flight Simulator on PC and Xbox Series X.

The collaboration between Microsoft and Paramount Pictures has brought PC and Xbox users this curious and intriguing free DLC where the absolute hero is the warrior. F / A-18E / F Super Hornet already seen in the movie. There are five flight missions to perform in addition to the implementation of the beautiful Darkstar plane, which is home to Tom Cruise, who is battling a dangerous aviation test aboard the Maverick.

Ace War 7

Great realism of planes in Ace Combat 7

Great realism of planes in Ace Combat 7

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is undoubtedly one of the best video games based on air combat. Honored by the public and critics for its technical realization thanks to clever use of the graphics engine unreal engine 4it also turned out to be a fun and engaging action title.

Ace Combat 7’s gameplay is very cinematic, there’s never a moment of breathing, and the controls are intuitive and easy to master. Countless cutscenes give a wink to American action movies, including, of course, Top Gun. It also draws attention with its orchestrated soundtrack, which manages to emotionally underline the important scenes of the play, just like in the two films.

Top Gun: Fixed lock

Thought-provoking still image of an air raid on Hardklock

Thought-provoking still image of an air raid on Hardklock

It’s been ten years since Top Gun: Hard Lock was released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The game used the original movie’s license without much pretense, with ups and downs. One of the strengths was definitely the two-handed soundtrack from the movie and a story that intertwines with the original thanks to the use of many characters. maverickThe Iceman and the Jester.

this Gameplay it was very simplified and suffered from some shortcomings such as the presence of unexplained fast time events in the dogfight stages, but it allowed itself to be played and represented a good way to remember Top Gun within the four walls of the house. At the time perhaps both the first and second films came out a long way off and became a niche title for a few nostalgic fans. Today, perhaps it would be appropriate to try again.

Tom Clancy’s HAWX

Some planes were impeccably prepared

Some planes were impeccably prepared

When Ace Combat remained the only (worthy) representative of this category, competition in the genre of “air combat” almost disappeared. Rare attacks on the subject by some small software houses had completely failed and put Namco in the monopoly of the “Top Gun” video game scene. However, in 2009 he thought Ubisoft Giving some sparkle with Tom Clancy’s promising HAWX, a further extension of the already productive world, based on the famous action books.

One of the innovations that this title brought was the ability to pilot in “third person”, by quickly pressing the back buttons, you entered a kind of view outside the plane, allowing us to perform otherwise impossible maneuvers, making combat in battle spectacular. but effective. A very limited multiplayer, repetitive gameplay combined with a choppy technical realization hasn’t made it into Olympus action games. However, those who have played HAWX probably keep a nice memory of it, so we put it in our special section.

Weapon 3

Detailed cockpit of the ArmA III aircraft

Detailed cockpit of the ArmA III aircraft

In the ArmA III tactical simulator there is also room for aerial fights, often referred to as dog fights in Top Gun: Maverick. Game developed by Czech software house dei Bohemia Interactive Released on Windows PC in 2013, it is a massive open world simulator in which dozens of factions, armies, military vehicles coexist, each with its own specific use case.

Paradoxically, we are in a realm diametrically opposed to the realm of crazy action, but anyway ArmA III it’s possible to “taste” how a real hunting cockpit draws us in. Subsequent expansions have added many new generation aircraft and other vehicles.

Top Gun (NES)

8-bit pixel graphics made us dream big

8-bit pixel graphics made us dream big

One of the first video games to be directly inspired by Tony Scott’s movie was Top Gun, released in 1987. Nintendo Entertainment Systemor for NES buddies. Given the technical and physical limitations (we think the pad only has two curtains), the developers’ work was commendable. The game was prized by critics and audiences, sold millions of copies, and proved to be another hit addition to the already dense Nintendo library. super weapon It proved to be a fast, fast, easy to use game, but also a satisfying pad in the hand.

Air battles took place in different environments such as air, land or water (obviously only the color of the background changed, from light blue to blue to brown). For those who have never tried and still have an old man NES Based on your own 4K OLED, we recommend saving the cartridge (it’s also relatively inexpensive) and enjoying the magic of the 80s.

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