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After Burner Climax review

Pricey but nicey retro remake

Pros

  • Looks lovely in HD
  • Incredibly satisfying to play
  • Can fiddle with various EX options

Cons

  • 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 %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

More Info

GenreFlight
Description<p>We&#8217;d liked to have seen more substance in this XBLA game to go with the new style and, as such, can&#8217;t quite recommend it for the somewhat steep price, unless you really, really love After Burner.</p>
PlatformXbox 360, PS3
US censor ratingEveryone 10+, Everyone 10+
UK censor rating12+, 12+
Release date:21 April 2010 (US), 21 April 2010 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
Genre:Flight
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