After Burner: Black Falcon PSP

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 20, 2007
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
Buy On
  1. This straight-ahead arcade action game hits its mark with a good deal of enthusiasm.
  2. A linear and repetitive experience, though one that certainly isn't short of occasional frantic moments of arcade greatness. But mediocre production values do restrict its potential and ultimate appeal.
  3. An effortlessly engaging, if rather slender, dose of wanton destruction that should satisfy the appetites of both retro fans and mainstream gamers without alienating either group.
  4. But its arcade heritage is just a little too strong, so be sure to ask yourself if a game that wowed you a quarter at a time 20 years ago is worth $30-40 today, with only a mild evolution.
  5. games(TM)
    70
    This is all about the actual experience and arcade thrill and there’s nothing more exhilarating than flying through a screen of explosions while desperately dodging enemy missiles. [May 2007, p.113]
  6. Edge Magazine
    60
    To appreciate the game's dilemma, look no further than its multiplayer modes, which have so little room for manoeuvre that they needn't have existed at all. [May 2007, p.94]
  7. Tidy controls and some classic retro styling, along with a great soundtrack straight from the chips of a Mega Drive assure this is everything a Sega classic should be.
  8. 70
    A fun, challenging and intense recreation of a classic franchise that's good in short bursts.
  9. PSM Magazine
    70
    While Black Falcon can be fun in multiplayer or in short bursts solo, both which suit the PSP, the gameplay is only marginally improved from the original. [May 2007, p.82]
  10. While the game is pretty entertaining at first, the appeal wears off very quickly and doesn't return. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere if you want aerial combat.
  11. A true sequel to the old After Burner games worthy of the series mantle, but at the same time showing just how dated the series’ gameplay looks today. Unless you still play the old arcade games, this game will feel outdated now.

Awards & Rankings

#84 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
#27 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BrianS.
    Mar 23, 2007
    8
    I breezed thru the first level but the challenge increases as you progress forward. If you are a fan of the original arcade releases or a I breezed thru the first level but the challenge increases as you progress forward. If you are a fan of the original arcade releases or a straight forward arcade shoot'em up then this is for you! Full Review »