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After Burner: Black Falcon – Review
8 January 2008
Excerpt: Having been a fan of Planet Moon's previous work (conceptually, anyway), I was quite disappointed to see that none of their trademark absurdist sense of humor made it into After Burner . I suppose it wouldn't be a good fit for a game aiming to be a straightforward Top Gun sort of thing, but it would have added some life to a product whose biggest failing is repetition and lack of excitement.
Excerpt: It has been a long while since the huge After Burner cabinet was the pride of every arcade and pier up and down the country. The intimidating machine consisted of a cockpit that rotated and lunged, moving players in relation to the game and causing a frenzy of excitement at the time. Since then there have been a handful of muted sequels and re-releases through retro compilations, mobile phones, and the like, but Black Falcon is the true premier of a wholly original After...
Summary: After Burner: Black Falcon is the first arcade-style flight combat title for the PSP, combining intensive air combat with explosive gameplay, whilst allowing players to relive the experience of the classic After Burner arcade game.
Summary: After a long break After Burner returns in full force. Sega may not be the ones behind this resurrection, but that shouldn't stop you from experiencing one of the best shooters on the PSP. After Burner is fast, fun and full of surprises, which makes this a perfect celebration of what made the original game so great! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Excerpt: After Burner: Black Falcon is a boring game with a serious identity crisis. With a story of a rogue squadron that has stolen top secret aircraft from Dreamland, you begin with the impression that you’re dealing with some serious stuff. But then when your objectives are to "pwn" a number of radar dishes and then to "repudiate" a few B2s, you’re left to wonder how much more contradictory you can get.
Excerpt: While it might be lacking the imposing and immersive arcade machine most commonly associated with the After Burner name, After Burner: Black Falcon delivers a spiritually faithful arcade action experience on the PlayStation Portable. This is not an ambitious game. The gameplay is stripped-down and single-minded; the single-player mode is short; and the competitive multiplayer is disposable.
Pros: Fast-paced action stays true to classic After Burner formula, includes 15 real-world military jets, doesn't take itself too seriously
Cons: Single-player game is short, competitive multiplayer mode nearly worthless, short draw distance is distracting
Summary: Without the stomach-churning hydraulics of the original arcade machine – and restrictive ‘on-rails’ action that forces you down a narrow flight path, without the freedom to explore and choose your own route – After Burner’s PSP debut is at a serious disadvantage from the off. But with lightning-paced action, impressive pyrotechnics and gloriously OTT action, Black Falcon still emerges as the most thrilling flight game on Sony’s handheld.