August 9, 2010, 8:09 pm
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Do you know how hard it is for us to write about a flight-sim without referencing Top Gun? It’s impossible. Tony Scott’s afterburning macho-fest was like a direct hit to our youthful minds. So much so, in fact, that many, many years on, any game with fighter planes and aerial dogfights still has us rubbing our hands together in juvenile glee.

Which was exactly what we were doing at a recent preview event for Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2. Holed-up in the entirely appropriate setting of an aircraft hanger in the middle of nowhere, we were looking forward to getting some hands-on time with the single-player campaign. But as the tutorial mission loaded, a familiar tune burst from a nearby journo’s iPhone.

It was “Danger Zone,” Kenny Loggins’ husky power-ballad masterpiece. Seems we weren’t the only ones looking forward to stepping into Maverick’s flight boots.

With such a willing audience, it’s perhaps surprising that the flight-sim genre has all but stagnated in recent years. There was a time when they dominated our shelves, with every kind of experience from F-16’s rock hard simulation to arcade fair such as Afterburner. These days, however, taking to the skies occurs all too seldom.

But Ubisoft have faith. So while EndWar – the other recent new Tom Clancy I.P – has slipped from the radar, HAWX survives for a second pass. Currently taxiing towards a September release date, it’s already looking pretty good.

(Read more at Play.TM)

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