Thrustmaster Top Gun Afterburner Force Feedback review

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You have to love your flight sims to spend £60 on a joystick, but this Top Gun-branded monster brought out the Maverick in the entire PC Pro team. Fans of the classic 1980s blockbuster can get the most out of their games with the two-handed stick/throttle combination.

Thrustmaster Top Gun Afterburner Force Feedback review

It’s amazing how much more immersive games feel when played using the proper equipment, with the throttle swinging forward to apply afterburners and the like. The stick itself is responsive and the force feedback is fantastic: even the configuration utility offers plenty of turbulent amusement.

It’s not perfect, though: we’d like a few more buttons for some of the more complex games. Plus, it requires its own power supply despite connecting over USB, which is a little irritating. But these are relatively minor points that don’t detract from the overall effect. Like the film itself, it’s brash, over-the-top and a whole lot of fun. Get yourself a headset and change your online handle to Maverick.

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