Date: 08-09-2010 07:50
Reviewer: Matt

Type: PS3
Genre: Shooter
Developer: Saga-AM2

PS Store Description: After Burner Climax is fast and frantic action, putting you in the cockpit of the world’s fastest fighter plane. Dodge planes, rockets and bullets while trying to target multiple on-screen enemy aircraft. Built for all skill levels, everyone will be able to take to the air and blaze through a branching storyline and over 20 stages.

Choose your Aircraft – Select your aircraft from the F-14D Super Tomcat by Northrop Grumman to the F-15E Strike Eagle and F/A-18E Super Hornet by Boeing.

Branching Storyline – Keep your head under pressure with limited time to make adrenaline-fueled decisions, and experience different paths through the game.

Climax Mode – When your Climax Gauge is full, time will slow down and your lock-on cursor will expand. This is your chance to lock on to enemies in masses and take them all down at once!

Gameplay: After Burner Climax is basically a shooter. There is not much to say about that, but unlike the others in the series it adds more options or perks for your fighter to have. The EX Options are gained by doing specific challenges. For example, "Reach the ending 10 time" you get Lock-On auto. The EX Options actually make the game more fun and intense, it also makes it more reachable to getting all of the other EX Options. Like I said this game is very intense, it is also very fast paced compared to other plane/jet shooters. Kinda the reason why its a "Arcade Shooter".

Controls are very easy to get to. Unlike the other After Burner games, the gun turret does not auto shoot (You'll need to unlock the EX Option to get that). Shooting with the gun turret feels near impossible to do, almost like not even noticing if your shooting something or not. Basically, your going to be shooting your missiles 99% of the time. Just by locking on with the cursor and shooting with the . Kinda feels like a downfall though using mostly the missiles.

Speeding up and slowing is important when trying to avoid missiles, enemy jets, lights, and obstacles. And for the very first time, the announcer tells you when to slow down or up to avoid damage. The was actually helpful compared to games that just yell at you. Till this day, I still don't know how I'm doing a barrel roll. Apparently the game automatically does it for you, it just really gets annoying though.

If you want to know, the game is very shoot. There is over 20 levels but your going to be able play about 13-14 depending on which path you pick and what you do. The secret missions are unlocked by doing certain stuff (like getting no continues or shooting down a certain target). There are multiple endings. Ending A is the true ending (from what I think). To get ending A, you need to not use continues (at least I think so, I used no continues). The mission is quite annoying to do, shoot down the three nukes with only gun turret. But like I said earlier, you cant tell if your shooting your gun turret or not.

The game only has a few modes. Score Attack is for a ranking, Arcade is the main mode, and Training is training (well self explanatory). All in all, your not going to be spending much time on this game unless your going for a high ranking. Trophies are easy to obtain, you'll get them all in under a hour or so. I also wish there were more unlockables, like music or more paints for ships.

Graphics/Presentation:Graphics are great for a PSN title. Not much to say there, but sometimes with missiles smoke trail, you can barely see. Glad there is a EX Option to remove it. The lock-on thing kinda makes the game more exciting (its hard to explain). For example, you notice how games feel more exciting with the extra explosions? Almost like how Gravity Crash or Blast Factor does it. But with After Burner Climax its with the lock-ons, it makes you feel like your the best (like I said, hard to explain).

Menus are quite bland, but do look better then other games. The Onscreen menu is good though, it does not interrupt gameplay. Water, explosions, missiles trails, enemy jets, and your jet all look detailed. Nothing much to argue with the graphics besides the missile trails visually interrupting the game at times.

Last Note: The value for this game is debatable. I got it when it was on sell for only $4.99. But the set price is $9.99. So for a $5 price tag, this game is one of the PSN purchases you could make. But $10 does seem a bit steep with how short this game. So you'll have to take that in mind if your about to purchase this game.

The could have made this game more longer if it had more unlockables or new modes. It would be cool if you could unlock more music from previous games. I would rather listen to the older games soundtrack instead. But, there is In-Game XMB support for this game so custom soundtrack is available.

Alternatives: If you don't seem interested in this game you can always try EndWar. Or if you like a PSStore game you can try everydayshooter, SuperStardust HD, or if you don't want a shooter try PixelJunk Eden. All of these games are at great value. Try these instead if you don't want to pick up After Burner Climax.

Presentation: 5.5
Graphics: 8
Sound: 8
Gameplay: 8
Lifespan: 5
Overall: 6.9
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