Microsoft Flight Simulator is brilliant for many reasons, but for me it’s just an opportunity to take pleasure cruises to parts of the world I’ve always wanted to visit. With a new Top Gun: Maverick expansion released today, we are now invited to perform ridiculous, high-skill stunts on a specially equipped F/A-18E Super Hornet, thus eliminating any trace of the “cold” this game normally offers.
The free update it’s kind of a promotion, but there’s no Tom Cruise skin. Instead, it adds a bunch of missions and challenges, all themed around teaching us how to command high-speed fighter planes. They focus on the aforementioned Super Hornet, which is already in the game but now has a special Top Gun: Maverick Edition paint job to really take the point home.
The three new training missions teach players how to perform “extreme flight manoeuvres” such as unrestricted takeoffs, split S maneuvers, and navigating really rough terrain at low altitudes. There’s a landing challenge on the deck of the aircraft carrier, which is apparently a lot harder than it looks (I guess landing on a large ship wouldn’t give much room for error), and the most exciting, “a never-before-revealed hypersonic aircraft that It can reach speeds of Mach 10 and altitudes in excess of 150,000 feet above sea level.” Hell!
Elsewhere, there’s a mission to reach the stratosphere, as well as five “high-speed, low-level” challenges that are also focused on navigating tricky mountain terrain without crashing, exploding, and dying.
The update is free and available now. As for Top Gun: Maverick itself, the movie hits theaters on May 27 and has received an impressive five star rating on our sister site Gamesradar.