Review: After Burner Climax on iOS offers flighty, yet short-lived fun
15 February 2013
Excerpt: If you dig flight action, this week was full of nostalgia. You could go to your local IMAX theater and purchase a ticket for Top Gun 3D , or you could spend $3 on Sega's arcade sequel After Burner Climax . No matter which route you take, you're bound to run into a little bit of retro-trippy fun, only to realize that the ride ends too soon. Like the XBLA/PSN release that came out last year, Climax offers the kind of fun that's good to experience in bursts.
Summary: I can honestly say that I enjoyed my time with Afterburner and will undoubtedly keep returning to the game when I have a spare ten minutes. However despite it’s obvious charms particularly in the graphics and sound I did feel that the game was more Afterburner Anti-climax rather than Afterburner Climax as there is clearly something missing from the game which makes it a stand out title and an essential download.
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: Wolfenstein 3D was the original first-person shooter that would go on to influence some truly iconic titles over the years, including Halo, Call of Duty, Battlefield and of course developer ID’s very own Doom series. Like a digruntled old war veteran, Wolfenstein has re-surfaced to show the rest of these young pretenders how it’s done.
Excerpt: Arcades, like war, have changed. The sorts of games that would typically have been played in arcades in the past are now bought (fairly) cheaply via the online stores built into our consoles. Never has this been more painfully obvious than with After Burner Climax . This is a good thing. There are two factors that immediately make you feel as though your TV is sending you back to the golden age of arcades: speed and colour.
Conclusion: I can't honestly say how this will translate to the newer generation of gamers who never played versions of Afterburner first time around, probably cynical dismissal from them in all honesty, but all you veterans like me should get on this ASAP. There's far worse ways to dispense with 800 MSP than getting this, and as a Trueachievements achievements hound bonus, completing the game to 100% will not take more than an hour or so of play. What are you waiting for?
Excerpt: In a time when simulation is everything, flight combat games in the vein of After Burner Climax are hard to come by, not least because this one in particular seems to take its main inspiration from, of all things, an arcade racer. ‘ OutRun with fighter jets.’ There really is no better description for After Burner Climax . Just as fast and frantic as it is pretty, the game seems to exist in SEGA’s distinctive world of fun above logic.
Conclusion: There’s absolutely nothing wrong in spending ten-dollars for this game. While it may be short, the score attack mode and EX options will turn a 20-minute game into a game that you’ll likely play for many hours when it’s all said and done.