If you want to experience Top Gun gaming experience, this is it. Flying in the universe of 2012 (3 years from now) where Private Military Corporation has enough power to subdue South American nations is an explosive arcade experience. I know the moment I saw that payload for my F-18 feature 150 (Yes, Hundred Fifty) standard missiles, 40 cluster bombs that HAWX is never going to be realistic. Heck they won't even start the mission from take-off / landing. Everything starts in-flight. The default cam is Tail-Cam but you can switch to the cockpit view if you wish.
The Hollywood experience definitely reminds me of X-Wing Rogue Squadron from LucasArts that I used to play. A somewhat open map and objectives continually pop up during flight.