Top Gun Danger Zone is a fun arcade-style flight simulator based on the hit Tom Cruise movie of the same name. The goal, of course, is to become a Top Gun aboard the USS Brigham. You'll get to fly two modern fighters: the F-14 and F-18, each with its own instrument panels and semi-authentic aircraft handling. Flight sim grognards will undoubtedly find many flaws in the physics department – even though I know next to nothing about flight sims, I can still tell that the plane shouldn't be able to bank quickly like a bike ;) What makes Danger Zone a lot of fun to play, though, is the career mode and the excellent atmosphere of being a rookie pilot. While you're not on duty, you have many things to do on the carrier. You can talk to other officers to pry tidbits of advice – but you won't get it immediately. You will need to survive a few missions before the officers will accept you as a peer and offer useful tips related to flying, among other things. This is a great feature, and makes life outside the cockpit much more interesting (similar to Wing Commander). You can also challenge other pilots in one-on-one dogfights to improve your standing on the "Top Gun Challenge Board" on the ship. On the downside, the game is disappointingly short, with only a handful of missions, and the enemy AI needs a lot of improvement.
If you're a die-hard pilot, you'll probably be turned off by Danger Zone's arcade-style combat and many technical flaws. If you are an arcade fan who doesn't care much about realism, or want something that really immerses you in the storyline, though, you'll have a lot to like here. Recommended for casual pilots only.Reviewed by: Underdogs