I played this game for about 10 minutes before sending it back. The gameplay is awful! For a flight game, there was no option to have classic flight controls which means that your flying is limited to turning with the joypad. Whenever the game deems it necessary, you have to perform random manoeuvres which only work half of the time. This takes all choice in combat out of your hands and the game leads you along too much. If this wasn't bad enough, getting a missile lock is almost impossible, resulting in me sending it back after 10 minutes playtime. If you want a good flight sim, go for something like Ace Combat, IL-2 or Hawx which are way better in every respect.
Soon as the "PARAMOUNT" movie studio Splash Screen appeared, I should have known they were planning a release of another "TOP GUN" flick. No problem there. After "Tom Clancey's H.A.W.X." [game 1] attempting to convince myself this was going to be a fun combat flying game to play, was something my brain wasn't willing to cooperate with.
While H.A.W.X. 2 was lacking compared to its original predecessor, its planning, development and performance easily surpasses "TOP GUN: HARDLOCK" which---honestly---looks more like a training project produced at the hands of young novice Game-Developers.
Aimed at "Teens", there's lots of racy, supposedly sassy dialogue voice overs that could possibly mimick movie talk. Personally, I've still got my fingers crossed that some Developer somewhere will produce a flight combat game superior to the Tom Clancy original... GBJ