Afterburner Climax is the console version of Sega’s awesome arcade game. The console version of the game does lack the mock cockpit, joystick and sound system but is every bit as enjoyable. Afterburner Climax can only be downloaded on Microsoft Xbox live market place for a mere eight-hundred Microsoft points which converts to $10. It also can be downloaded on the Sony PlayStation 3 for $9.99. Do not type in the game title to the search bar of Amazon.com because the search results will blank out the “afterburner” part and focus on the “climax” which will bring up some family unfriendly products. Consider yourself warned! The price does seem a little steep for an arcade type game, but according to Sega.com you get two themes on both consoles. Downloading Afterburner Climax on the Xbox 360 will score players not only the themes but two net avatars and gamer icons.
Now onto the gameplay! In review of Afterburner Climax graphics and sound, Sega delivers a game that is stunning on an HD television but the sounds seems somewhat lacking. The voices and music in Afterburner Climax are all super cheesy, so old school arcade gamers will appreciate them but the newer generation of players might not think too highly of them. The graphics simply put, were well done. As a super-fast paced game, literally, I never found the graphical environment a hindrance when I was trying to shot everything down!
Afterburner Climax is a flying game and there are three different planes for players to choose from: Northrop Grummand F-14D Super Tomcat, Boeing-manufactured F-15E Strike Eagle or F/A-18E Super Hornet, as according to Sega.com. To be honest there is not really a story line to Afterburner Climax and if there was one I missed it. It basically consists of an opening scene where fighter jets are being scrambled and taking off. Then you get to pick your plane and chose from some flashy paint jobs and then you hit the skies. Once you hit the skies you might notice immediately that you are kept on a somewhat straight path. You can however tilt up and down, but these are limited too. I found the most fun part of the game was being able to loop around and such. Despite the lack of a story line I felt that the customization of the fighters and the way the mission are actually divided into submission gave the game a certain amount of replay-ability.
While you are busy blowing everything out of the sky, you may shoot enough stuff down to enter – I am not joking either when I say this – Climax Mode! This special mode slows down time for you and allows players to mark up any targets they can get into their radical. At the end of this mode your plane fires as many missiles as need to destroy your marked up targets. I would recommend this game for anyone who likes fast paced gameplay, Grandpa most likely will not be a fan, because of the speed of Afterburner Climax, so leave him to his R.P.G.’s.
Lastly, Afterburner Climax is a pretty well done rendition of an arcade classic. It maintains an arcade sound while spicing up the graphics. In review Afterburner Climax is fun and almost addicting if you are a leaderboard junkie and you like blowing things up!