Excerpt: Afterburner was the very first arcade game I completed, and the only arcade game I've completed. Not that I was any good at it. My feeble nine-year-old brain was no match for the lightning fast jetfighter action, so I had to counter the onslaught of enemy planes with my [parents'] 10p coins. I can't remember how much my brother and I pumped into the machine, but in today's money we'd probably be able to buy SEGA. That's how bad I was.
Excerpt: After Burner Climax s'affirme ni plus ni moins comme un vrai bon soft d'arcade comme il en existait légion sur les consoles 16 bits d'il y a vingt ans, et précisément celle de Sega, la Megadrive. Cette dernière ne découvrit cependant la saga After Burner qu'à partir du second épisode, commercialisé en 1987. Mais sur les trois opus déjà sortis, aucun n'a trahi ses fondamentaux et n'a souhaité révolutionner sa recette.
Excerpt: Iâ€™m going to make a shocking revelation. Â Iâ€™ve never played Afterburner. Â Nor have I played Afterburner 2. Â I never played the arcade version of Afterburner Climax, either. Â My history with Afterburner is that I know that it existed at some point in history, and thatâ€™s about it. Itâ€™s not that I didnâ€™t want to play [...
Conclusion: Of course, there's much more that goes into the measure of a game than its duration, but there's no denying that a 10-minute arcade experience is very short by today's standards. A few players may find enjoyment in honing their enemy-targeting, missile-dodging skills and climbing the leaderboards of the Score Attack mode, but most will find that the immediate allure Climax offers wears off rather quickly.
Pros: Simple fire-and-evade gameplay is fun for a little while, Gorgeous visuals and an incredible sense of speed, Wide variety of special options to unlock for Arcade mode.
Cons: Only takes about 10-12 minutes to reach the end, Action starts to get old fast.
Conclusion: So for an arcade game, immediate impression is king, and with that numerous other aspects like depth and replay-ability take a back seat to hooking people in for a few minutes of fun. Sega knows this, and that's why their arcade output has been without peer for many years. So with that in mind, After Burner Climax is a pretty solid game, which was expected. But it's also one that you would only play for a few hours and possibly re-visit sometime down the road.
Pros: Break-neck speed, Great lock-on destroy combo gameplay, Pretty to look at
Cons: Arcade nature means some cheap deaths, Only really good for a few hours