After Burner Climax review

  • Looks lovely in HD
  • Incredibly satisfying to play
  • Can fiddle with various EX options
  • Only amounts to about ten minutes of fun
  • Still quite simplistic at heart
  • Not really worth the price

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 – there’s much more bang for your buck there. After Burner Climax features a reworked version of the Arcade mode, which – despite looking lovely in HD and being incredibly satisfying to play – 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’s a Score Attack mode that enables you to upload your scores to online leaderboards, but that’s pretty much it. We’d liked to have seen more substance here to go with the new style and, as such, can’t quite recommend it for the somewhat steep price, unless you really, really love After Burner.

Apr 23, 2010

More Info

Release date: Apr 21 2010 - Xbox 360
Apr 22 2010 - PS3 (US)
Apr 21 2010 - Xbox 360
Apr 22 2010 - PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Flight
Published by: Sega
Developed by: Sega-AM2
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Violence
PEGI Rating:


  • deedob - April 28, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    oh... and where i live, the arcade version of this game cost 2$. Sure you don't get the immersion of the fancy moving seat and the throttle/flightstick. But playing the game a mere 5 times means this 800 points package get's cheaper than the arcade version in the - short - run.
  • deedob - April 28, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    The length of a game has little to do with the "fun" you can have with it. I'd rather play Dead Space than the latest Alone in the Dark, despite the latest being about 2 times longer to play through. The same with comparing a map pack to After Burner. After Burner would be a fresh experience, even if a short-lived one. A map pack could last much, much longer, but for an experience you already played to death before. In my opinion, map packs are only for addicts of the given game that has them.
  • loonyman978 - April 25, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    oh right, i didn't realise people still counted MW2 as 'fun'
  • TheWebSwinger - April 23, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    @loonyman978: Yeah, but a 1200point map pack gets you 3 maps, and at about 10 minutes per match, that's 30 minutes of fun. 3x worth the price of After Burner, then, by that logic.
  • loonyman978 - April 23, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    oh yeah 800 MS point is ridiculous, espescially when you can get a DLC map pack for a mere 1200 :P
  • super2j - April 23, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    Dammit if only this review came in 41 min ago, right when i checked this site for a review and bought the game, saying f- it.
  • wrapdump - April 23, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    I'm sorry 800 Microsoft points is not steep for what you get, this game rocks.
  • OnyxOblivion - April 23, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    Who cares if its 10 minutes long? It's meant to be played again and again.

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