Top Gun kicking tires, lighting fires this summer

Paramount bringing fighter jet film license back to gaming with downloadable air combat game for PS3, PC, Mac.

It's been 24 years since Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards first felt the need for speed in Top Gun, but the fighter jet popcorn flick has proven an enduring cultural touchstone, spinning off more than a dozen different gaming adaptations for every system from the Commodore 64 to the iPhone.

Fire that missile right up his tailpipe!

That legacy will grow by at least one more offering, as Paramount Digital Entertainment today announced Top Gun for the PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac. Set for release this summer, the downloadable game will put players in the role of ace pilot Maverick, reteaming him with Goose as the pair make its way through the navy's demanding Top Gun Academy program.

The game will feature two single-player modes, a story-driven campaign with new story dialogue courtesy of original Top Gun screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and a survival mode against a never-ending onslaught of enemy fighters. Those players looking to claim the title of Top Gun will be able to take to the skies in five multiplayer modes and prove themselves in online dogfights for up to 16 pilots with a variety of unlockable planes.

Top Gun is being developed by Kuju Entertainment's Guildford-based studio Doublesix. The downloadable-only developer is best known for its work on the PS3 shooter Burn, Zombie, Burn and the Xbox Live strategy game, South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play.

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36 comments
djman24us
djman24us

Hmmm...I think I like Sega version better....

Omegamojo
Omegamojo

I remember literally losing a tooth while playing the NES version. Lots of explosions and 'Pull up, pull up!!'

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

I'm having nightmarish flashbacks of aircraft carriers....

tzimisce24
tzimisce24

Ha, wow, talk about old-school. Wiping out hundreds of enemy fighters was simple. Landing your plane, not so much. Might be worth a look, but bring on Ace Combat 7 for us fighter-sim fans already.

atopp399
atopp399

I wonder if it will be hard to land on air craft carriers?

Witchsight
Witchsight

Pete, you mean NES? I loved and hated that game.

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

Rather play the SNES version, for the lolz :D

richioso
richioso

@misterstatus You're a loose cannon

BloodMist
BloodMist

I just hope they don't copy any ideas from the old NES game.

tehepicpwnzor
tehepicpwnzor

This has the potential to either epic-win or epic-fail.

misterstatus
misterstatus

Somehow I doubt this game will take my breath away, and with no 360 support, the developer is on the highway to the danger zone. Maybe I've just lost that lovin' feelin' for a new Top Gun game. Ok, I'll stop now.

firehawk998
firehawk998

I loved the movie back when it was released but I am not keeping my hopes up for the videogame.

toothofymir
toothofymir

Must...resist...urge...to...quote...movie!

lamprey263
lamprey263

sounds more like they're trying to ride the wave of the After Burner downloadable game, which I got but I don't think there's a huge demand for these kinds of game if anything, I'd much rather them make a game off of the Iron Eagle movies and all their cheesiness

monson21502
monson21502

top gun. oh boy, cant wait to crash into the ship again over and over like i did on the nes game. i was too little to know down was up up was down rofl

luckjon
luckjon

There's already a game, and its called Ace Combat 4/5/0/6.

IcY_PonCheEzY
IcY_PonCheEzY

top gun sucked back then and its gonna suck now...i just hope this time i can land on the aircraft carrier

dkdk999
dkdk999

i know seriously since when does the 360 get left out ?

Slagar
Slagar

Nothing will ever beat After Burner.

acsam12304
acsam12304

im still waiting for the next ace combat game for the consoles. ( forget the new PSP one) or if they can make HAWX other then a game where every level u have to defend something.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

...It...Looks...Like...Crap... ...It...Sounds...Like...Crap... And, the movie WAS a truckload of crap... except for the dogfights parts... that was good action, now it's very dated trough

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I wonder if the gay overtones will reappear XD

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

Wow this is like the first multi-platform game that I have noticed, not being released on the 360.

Zombie07
Zombie07

:o if this is done in a realistic, yet fun way i will so totally get this. Hawx didn't really do it for me... it was too arcadey, Ace combat felt just about right though.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

thus, why it's only going to be a downloadable game.

Keleboss
Keleboss

It's going to be available for Mac, but not XBL. That business strategy logic is... interesting.

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

Sounds like a joke game to me... I'll wait and see if Tom Clancy's HAWX is worth getting.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

The game was great way back when but unless it receives a huge revamp and some new stuff its gonna be pretty blah compared to todays games.

Cruse34
Cruse34

I really hated that movie

da_chub
da_chub

hopefully landing on aircraft carriers has improved :)