Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 100
    Play and enjoy After Burner Climax for what it is: a thrill ride.
  2. After Burner Climax is pure arcade. Pure fun concentrated in a game in which time goes much faster.
  3. After Burner Climax is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting new entries into the downloadable space. SEGA managed to preserve most of the intensity and all of the fun of the original game, and this latest iteration packs in a few extras that complete the package in a meaningful way.
  4. Beyond all of the enhancements and extras, After Burner Climax’s bargain price of 800 Microsoft Points ($9.99) makes it a must own.
  5. Climax’s brand of dogfighting is certainly straightforward and repetitive, but it’s also ludicrously fast-paced and highly addictive. Hardcore flyboys might sneer, but most others will have a hard time tearing their eyes from the screen.
  6. Simple and short, yes, but also one of the purest arcade games for the next generation consoles. A must have for classic game lovers.
  7. It is one of the most fun experiences in the services it was released and at the same time enhances the value of the same, offering tremendous value for the money invested.
  8. After Burner Climax sets out to be exactly what people expected it to be — a port of an arcade game — and nothing more.
  9. An old fashioned arcade game, colorful and funny like games from Sega used to be.
  10. 75
    Just like a climax in real life, After Burner is fun for a few moments, but once you've peaked for the night you're ready to move on to the next good time.
  11. After Burner Climax's a very interesting title, with an outstanding graphic engine and an intense gameplay-style that arcade lovers will appreciate. Its lifespan is shorter than expected, but it's worth the money if you're looking for some quick fun. It deserves the try.
  12. 75
    After Burner Climax definitely delivers in the explosions, thrills and fun, but much like a Half Minute Hero, it's over before you know it.
  13. Whilst it does have a small number of disadvantages, it’s a well-developed game that contains enough content to justify the 800 Microsoft Points price tag - definitely one to consider.
  14. At 800 points, After Burner Climax offers a whole lot of retro value for the fans.
  15. It’s bold and brash, and for as long as your interest holds, pretty good fun too.
User Score
4.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. kihp
    Apr 22, 2010
    10
    This is the classic Sega that I love -- bold, bright, 60fps addictive action. Love it.
  2. Mar 22, 2012
    3
    Terrible game, ok is same that Raiden, but Raiden is better, and After Burner Climax is a game that don't have any new, and is not funny. Is aTerrible game, ok is same that Raiden, but Raiden is better, and After Burner Climax is a game that don't have any new, and is not funny. Is a big deception that much titles of this genre are same. Full Review »
  3. Aug 25, 2011
    9
    If you were a fan of past After Burner games then this one if for you. Its fast past arcade style flying at its finest. Those looking for aIf you were a fan of past After Burner games then this one if for you. Its fast past arcade style flying at its finest. Those looking for a serious flight sim, or something like Ace Combat may want to look elsewhere. Sure the game is short, but its highly replayable and just darn fun. Full Review »