Did you give it a go? It's my favorite plane to fly, the wing sweep stuff make me feel like I'm in macross it's awesome. I've gotten my money out of it just playing carrier traps (1/2 the time I catch a wire and probably deserve a court marshal, 1/2 the time I bolter or crash into the boat).
But unless you know someone who wants to dedicate their life to being Goose I find it is a bit of a pain in combat. The AI RIO "Jester" is decent but you appreciate how important that role is, probably more so than the pilot - the workload is definitely much harder in most parts of the flight. But again it's a joy to fly I love it.
Gotta relearn F-18 now and try out this new supercarrier. Exciting!