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Top Gun: Available Tomorrow on the PlayStation Network

Ollie Barder's Avatar Posted by on Aug 16, 2010 // Senior Games Designer, doublesix Games

Hello again! This is Ollie Barder from doublesix. Since I spoke here last, the studio has been really busy with Top Gun – a new air combat game for the PlayStation Network based on the classic 80’s film. Needless to say it’s been a lot of fun making Top Gun and I’m happy to announce you can download Top Gun starting tomorrow (August 17th) on PSN. Screeching across a blue sky in a F-14 Tomcat will never get old.

PlayStation Network: Top Gun

For those curious as to how we’ve tackled the game we went down a more arcade focused route for air combat, more so than other games in the genre. So instead of having to micromanage finite ammunition, stalling and the vagaries of an overly complex flight model, we’ve streamlined all that down and removed as many restrictions as we possibly could. The reasoning behind this was to have the player focus on just enjoying air combat and keeping things simple while choosing either your guns or missiles. This means things like your health replenishes over time and your guns won’t ever overheat. You’ll have the freedom to fly through the blue sky and get to feel like a fighter ace.

We were also really keen on getting atmosphere and tone of the film into the game and make all of that nicely functional too. From using the same HUD elements as you see in the film (such as the missile lock), to your co-pilot spouting one liners each time you down an enemy – it’s all there to tie into the game’s functional feedback. In fact, we had Jack Epps, Jr., the original screenwriter for the Top Gun movie, write the script for the game to maintain the feel and attitude of the Top Gun property. Naturally, the game features the wonderfully nostalgic “Danger Zone” too as well the Top Gun theme.

The final element that we thought that would make all this gel was the addition of Controlled Flight Instability (or just CFI), as this acts as both a target camera and modifier to the flight model so you can pull much quicker turns mid-air. This came from that annoying habit of players in multiplayer doing loops to avoid being shot, CFI basically means the enemy has nowhere to hide now.

PlayStation Network: Top Gun - Gameplay PlayStation Network: Top Gun - Gameplay

From 11 campaign missions, a horde mode and 16 player online multiplayer (with 5 modes) there’s quite a fair amount of content for a digital download game. You may also play as any one of six different jets: the US Navy’s F-14, F-16, or F/A-18 or the enemy’s MiG-29, MiG-31, or Su-27 We even support a custom button mapping for Saitek’s Aviator flightstick too. We all hope that people enjoy the game as much as we have had making it and always remember, you can be our wingman any day.

Make sure to download Top Gun tomorrow on the PlayStation Network for $14.99.

Finally, be sure to join Top Gun screenwriter and game author Jack Epps in PlayStation Home Central Plaza tonight for the Top Gun Troop Parade, starting at 5:00 pm PDT / 8:00 EDT. Better yet, wear your new Top Gun shirt, which you can win by watching the trailer in the theater.

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+ jpbslayer on August 16th, 2010 at 12:05 pm said:

looks good


+ chrisishizu on August 16th, 2010 at 12:05 pm said:

wow look for it


+ WolfsFang_ on August 16th, 2010 at 12:07 pm said:



+ polo155 on August 16th, 2010 at 12:09 pm said:

Sux cus i just bought Sega’s Afterburner, ya really need to advertise sooner, i wont be getting his cus i have that!


+ GJD21 on August 16th, 2010 at 12:09 pm said:

This> hawx


+ jpbslayer on August 16th, 2010 at 12:15 pm said:

almost forgot – Can we buzzz the tower in this game? If we can im definatly buying


+ polo155 on August 16th, 2010 at 12:16 pm said:

dont get me wrong, i get upset because dumb how little i heard of this and if prefer this but im not rich, i dont need 2 flying games, understand my side as a consumer ?


+ SpyDudeFX on August 16th, 2010 at 12:22 pm said:

$14.99 pricey, $9.99 is the better price point for PSN titles. It does look like fun though, I love capture the flag games. So how does the Home flight suit offer work? Do we get a code via email, if so how long to receive it? And is this suit an exclusive item that won’t be available again?


+ AllVol21 on August 16th, 2010 at 12:23 pm said:

Awesome news, but if landing is hard as it was for the NES version, I will drop the game quickly.


+ MakulaTolkien on August 16th, 2010 at 12:23 pm said:

It looks awesome.. custom soundtrack support by any chance?? if not, it’s cool. I’ll enjoy the game anyway.


+ Cyb3rfr34k-iso on August 16th, 2010 at 12:25 pm said:

Come ON 15$…
put this one for 10$!


+ acsguitar on August 16th, 2010 at 12:26 pm said:

Will this support Flight Sticks specifically the Saitek Av8r-01


+ zamboni_steve on August 16th, 2010 at 12:27 pm said:

Not to be a stickler, but the F-16 was an Air Force aircraft. It even got its own cheesy 80s film: “Iron Eagle.”

Anyway, how long is the single player campaign, roughly?

Still, I’m practically sold since this game will apparently allow me to fly a virtual plane to the tune of “Danger Zone.”


+ PaperCarrier on August 16th, 2010 at 12:31 pm said:

Make it free for PlayStation Plus Subscribers next week!


+ SpyDudeFX on August 16th, 2010 at 12:32 pm said:

Any PS Plus discounts for this tomorrow?


+ AnthonyTonyMagic on August 16th, 2010 at 12:33 pm said:

I feel the need…


+ JetSetFuture on August 16th, 2010 at 12:37 pm said:

I had no interest in this game…until I read the words “Danger Zone.” $15 isn’t too bad for a roundtrip ticket to the ’80s.


+ MTipton on August 16th, 2010 at 12:38 pm said:

“Put some G forces between us.” I didn’t know that gravity was a unit of distance


+ Glacier928 on August 16th, 2010 at 12:40 pm said:

This looks great! I remember playing the Top Gun 2 for Nintendo…man was that game tough as nails…well i’ll definitely be picking this up tomorrow!


+ Atomika14 on August 16th, 2010 at 12:58 pm said:

That doesn’t sound like the original version of “Danger Zone”…


+ depward on August 16th, 2010 at 1:12 pm said:

Looks sweet. Think I’ll have to buy, just because I FREAKING LOVE Top Gun.


+ LilBayArea on August 16th, 2010 at 1:18 pm said:

10 bucks is wat all psn should.. 15.. is a deal brecker..


+ Axecution on August 16th, 2010 at 1:35 pm said:

Yeah $10.00 is where this should be priced at, no doubt.


+ Axecution on August 16th, 2010 at 1:38 pm said:

Nevermind – watched the trailer in HD, and- this game looks amazing. :D I’ll probably get it even either way.


+ Thrasher20 on August 16th, 2010 at 1:39 pm said:

This looks really awesome


+ Thrasher20 on August 16th, 2010 at 1:40 pm said:

Top Gun for PS1 was hard as hell


+ Toke_Buddy on August 16th, 2010 at 1:47 pm said:

This looks like agame that took one month to make. Only 6 airplanes…. how lame Starhawk will totaly kill this.


+ unspacy on August 16th, 2010 at 1:50 pm said:

i to will be getting this game the f14 is my fav plane only because i love macross/robotech for using the f14 design for the valkyries which look like f14 but can transform into a mecha or robot & have shields (as in like star trek shields), fly in space & enter an atmosphere on there own, have a warp drive system attachment & there warp drive in macross/robotech is called a fold system & the planes in there have it external & internal fold system & those planes are just awesome the vf-25s from frontier is awesome


+ drivatar on August 16th, 2010 at 2:03 pm said:

60fps ?


+ Pelt_Hunter on August 16th, 2010 at 2:09 pm said:

Might be somewhat fun online but the graphics do look rather dated. Especially the explosions. There seems to be no volume or depth to them. Just an expanding sprite. I’m sure it will find an audience though.


+ Moonglare on August 16th, 2010 at 2:32 pm said:

Game looks awesome! Gonna get it ASAP =)


+ PuppetShoJustice on August 16th, 2010 at 2:35 pm said:

$15 is an unfortunate price point since Afterburner Climax is cheaper in addition to being a remake of a beloved arcade classic.

I’ll keep an eye on this. But I don’t anticipate picking it up unless the guys over at PS3Trophies and GameFAQs really get a kick out of it.


+ footballrule on August 16th, 2010 at 3:11 pm said:

I look forward to buying this game. I will be in Playstation Home tonight for the event. :)

This game is $14.99? $9.99 would have probably been a better price, but that just my thought. :p


+ Sponge-worthy on August 16th, 2010 at 3:15 pm said:

Correction: Danger Zone ‘as made famous by’ Kenny Loggins.



+ Captcrash83 on August 16th, 2010 at 3:16 pm said:

Will there be a demo released tomorrow also?


+ MadMeat001 on August 16th, 2010 at 3:27 pm said:

jaffe twitted about this game :)


+ jimmyfoxhound on August 16th, 2010 at 3:37 pm said:

Graphics look a bit.. hrmmm… but if it’s fun to play then I can over look that. Any chance of a demo?


+ KongWen on August 16th, 2010 at 3:51 pm said:

It’ll go on sale for $7.50 or $9.99 sooner or later. I look forward to that date.


+ snechla on August 16th, 2010 at 4:07 pm said:

No Kenny Loggins Danger Zone? FOR SHAME, SONY!


+ midnightshade on August 16th, 2010 at 6:43 pm said:

can’t wait… to buzz the tower!!


+ annihilation748 on August 16th, 2010 at 7:06 pm said:

Come ON 15$…
put this one for 10$! [2]


+ Luchico638 on August 16th, 2010 at 7:07 pm said:

Is there an in cockpit view for this game?


+ FireZombie on August 16th, 2010 at 10:25 pm said:

Warhawk > Top Gun


+ scavengers-US on August 16th, 2010 at 10:41 pm said:

i concur, warhawk > topgun


+ MapleStory on August 16th, 2010 at 10:53 pm said:

After Burner Climax > Top Gun. $15 is lame, unless it had some online multiplayer aspect.


+ jacob-813 on August 16th, 2010 at 11:04 pm said:

This looks awsome. I loved the iPod version and this is even better. I will get this at somepoint. maybe it will go on sale. They always do. Well not always, but I can hope, right?


+ SpiritThief on August 17th, 2010 at 6:01 am said:

Doesn’t look as intense as Warhawk dogfighting.


+ WhiteRice757 on August 17th, 2010 at 12:37 pm said:

Actually The Navy does operate the F16A in their “aggressor ” squadrons, VFC-12 (NAS Oceana), VFC-13 (NAS Fallon) and VFC-111 (NAS Key West). They were also used at Miramar until 1996 when Fighter Weapon School moved to NAS Fallon. Cheers!


+ HolmWrecker on August 17th, 2010 at 1:13 pm said:

I’ve been wanting a jet-fighter game for a long time. Looks like fun. I’ll be snagging this one for sure!


+ jacob-813 on August 19th, 2010 at 10:23 am said:

This is awsome I just got it

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