Top Gun: Fire at Will is an action filled flight simulator video game. The video game, released in 1996, is based on the 1986 movie “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise as Maverick. The game’s graphics were excellent at time of release, and still look good.
Your first assignment in the game is to go to Top Gun School where you will try to win the Top Gun Trophy. After learning how to fly (figuring out the game’s many controls), you will start your official missions—around 50 total.
Your missions increase in importance as you go along in the game. You can choose characters from the movie to be your wingmen. Having all of the key characters from the movie in this game adds to the environment and keeping you in character. Because this game is plot based it is important that you keep your wingmen alive so you can play in future missions.
After training, you will set out on various missions, all with Merlin (your Radar Intercept Officer) in the backseat. James Tolkan is the only character from the movie to lend his voice to this game. He is back as Commander Honda, the assigning officer. He will send you on your missions to various locations such as Cuba, Korea, and
Libya. Some of the types of missions you will go on are: search & destroy, protect ally planes, and dogfights.
The F-14 Tomcat fighter you will be handling comes with radar, warning lights, altitude meters, and also some chaffs and flares to trick enemy radar. Oh yea, and don’t forget the missiles: air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground AGMs, U238s made from depleted uranium, a devastating nuclear missile, and a multiple target MIRV. Since realism didn’t seem too important to the creators of this game, the cockpit on your F-14 is basically useless. You can’t even interact with it. There’s also a lack of realism in the dialogue…too repetitive.
The gameplay is too difficult to learn for the basic arcade fan; and it’s too simple go give die-hard fighter sims a real challenge. But, you can select one of three difficulty levels: trainee, pilot, and ace. You can also set sound and music levels, along with some controller configurations.
Huge fans of flight sims might not be thrilled with this game as it lacks in realism and isn’t much of a challenge. If you are mostly wanting to have some fun and pretend to be Tom Cruise, then this game will definitely be worth the download.