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Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Upcoming Mac Titles Days of Thunder, Top Gun Previewed
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Joystiq has posted a new preview of Top Gun and Days of Thunder, two upcoming movie tie-in games from Paramount Digital Entertainment. Top Gun allows players to take the role of Maverick and engage in a variety of aerial combat missions. Days of Thunder, which was announced in February, allows players to race against characters from the film.

From Joystiq:

Top Gun offers players full freedom of movement, allowing them more control over how to approach and take out targets. Don't mistake it for a sim though, Top Gun is still an arcade game. For example, you won't be running out of missiles and your plane's "health" will recharge over time. Beyond that, the game is about dogfighting and taking out ground targets.

Watching the hands-off demo, I can confirm that the combat plays out as you would expect, shredding targets with a machine gun or locking onto them with missiles. One of the more interesting features is called CFI, or "Controlled Flight Instability." CFI allows players to pull off the kind of daring maneuvers from the film. Once activated, CFI automatically reorients your jet toward its nearest target, resulting in some crazy (impossible?) flips, loops and, yes, barrel rolls.

Unlike Top Gun, I was actually able to play Days of Thunder, and the gameplay seems more or less the same as when we got our hands on it in February. You can draft behind cars in order to build up your Hammer meter, which lets you pull off a hefty speed boost. The game also features the Focus ability, which slows down time and helps you regain control or steer through a tightly packed group of competitors. When your car has had enough punishment, just pull into the pit, play a short quicktime event to refuel and repair, and then get back on the track.

Days of Thunder also has a simple upgrade system. Rather than simulation-level engine tweaks, you simply apply Performance Points to different areas, like speed, tires, fuel, etc. Don't worry about getting locked into a certain configuration either, as Peformance Points can be redistributed at any time.
To read the full review and learn more about the games click on the links below.

Joystiq: Days of Thunder, Top Gun Previews
Paramount Digital Entertainment

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