Like drift-racer OutRun before it, After Burner is the latest Sega classic to get an HD remake and a release on XBLA. Out of the two, OutRun Online Arcade is still the one to go for %26ndash; there%26rsquo;s much more bang for your buck there. After Burner Climax features a reworked version of the Arcade mode, which %26ndash; despite looking lovely in HD and being incredibly satisfying to play %26ndash; only amounts to about ten minutes of fun. Sure, you can change some variables in the main Arcade by fiddling with EX options (get a bigger targeting reticule, more credits, an auto-gun and so on), but if anything that makes your play-throughs shorter.
Elsewhere, there%26rsquo;s a Score Attack mode that enables you to upload your scores to online leaderboards, but that%26rsquo;s pretty much it. We%26rsquo;d liked to have seen more substance here to go with the new style and, as such, can%26rsquo;t quite recommend it for the somewhat steep price, unless you really, really love After Burner.
Apr 23, 2010