After Burner Climax swoops into arcades

New Lindbergh-based aerial shoot-'em-up from Sega delivered to arcades across Japan today.

It has been almost 20 years since Yu Suzuki's original After Burner wowed gamers with its then state-of-the-art graphics and frantic gameplay, and about six years since Sega Strike Fighter, the most recent installment in the After Burner franchise. According to Japanese news outlet ITmedia, Sega put After Burner Climax, the latest installment in this series, into Japanese arcades today. The basic arcade configuration consists of two side-by-side consoles linked together for cooperative play. Selectable aircraft include the F-14D Super Tomcat, F-15E Strike Eagle, and F/A-18E Super Hornet. The game also has a new attack, called "climax mode," which lets the player attack multiple enemies at the same time.

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kilgoreTrout_xl
kilgoreTrout_xl

This game looks fantastic! Anywhere to see if you can play it in the Boston area?

_Sam_
_Sam_

I think that arcades are still popular in the US, but it depends on their age.

GrimBee
GrimBee

"But you left out the most important part...DOES THE CABINET MOVE??" you bet it does! (well your hand does..) I got to play this game in an arcade demo..thing.. in England. My uncle works for some company (which supplies entertainment things for holiday camps) and he went there as a rep to see what was happening, and i went along (it was very crap, but for a few mins we got to try out some stuff!!) Amongst some of the most AWFUL ticket machines and rollercoaster sims you could ever imagine, there it was... afterburner. The version which was there didnt have two screens though... it was one player, didnt have a ROLLING cabinet like the old one had (not rolling, but you know what i mean). To be honest, it looked like something out of TRON, blue and yellow.. ONE screen. Im not sure if there will be a rolling around version like the old one, the stick was NOT like the old version either, its more like the starwars trilogy arcade version actually. But a bit moulded for your hand.. kinda like the old one, but MORE like the starwars one. Its kind of crap really, i like having the control stick by your knees, but you have to sit "properly" for this game.. But the sounds were great! (japanese rock... it works quite well though) Overall, from my 5 minute impression before we were all moved on to some awesomely boring presentation, the game was very IN YOUR FACE, the sounds were LOUD (but i would expect them to be quieter in the arcades..) and you would think its some cgi movie until you actually take off and it all rumbles away and you realise you are actually controlling it! The explosions and everything about it is fantastic. I can only explain it as, if you liked outrun 2 as an update to the classic, then you will LOVE this. Its also very very hard, you cant look at all the graphics, you constantly are moving around. Its not as fun when the seat isnt moving with you though... Apparently, two of these units can link up or something and you can dogfight... Overall though, its great. But its DEFINATELY not going to be a great home console game, because there isnt much to the gameplay, and i dont see any online being any good. And if you unlock anything, it wont actually make the game any better, its the best it can be, i think :) So, it LOOKS like the old game (with style and design aspects, and even the FIRE sounds) but the feel of it is a bit different, its not got that same old cabinet design, its more designed to show off whats on the screen.. bad idea.. oh and shinseraph? I think arcades died when consoles started to have very similar graphics.. once people went to consoles, the arcades had to up the price then. Consoles fault, not arcades ;)

shinseraph22
shinseraph22

Do you all know why arcades died out? because gamers always wanna be cheap. every now and then people would play dollar games but usually played the 50 or quearter games. too many people think that arcades are for skater kids/punks to hang out that didnt take showers. and the home console started to butt in. Arcades in japan work because everyone is comfortable with anime games etc. hell even girls hang out at arcades and i do not mean fat goth like chicks. even buisnes men go and play DDR on their breaks!! and thay are not only found in malls, thay are found on street corners on popular streets with attractive lighst music and other stuff. where else can you play the crane game with sonic 2 music?

KickinIt_ftw
KickinIt_ftw

@supercrap1: "But you left out the most important part...DOES THE CABINET MOVE??" Word. I was gonna say the same thing.

BrodiMan
BrodiMan

Why did the arcade scene have to die in America? There were so many good games that we are missing because of it... I miss After Burner. That game was friggin' sweet in every way...

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

After Burner was the craziest arcade game of its time imo. Too bad arcades in the States are practically extinct. Does anyone else miss arcades? :(

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

Sweet. After Burner was an awesome game, I'd love to play this new version. Too bad arcades are dead over here.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Damn ... it's a miracle of a game back then, still is and will always be

GrimBee
GrimBee

The wii would be awesome for arcade releases.. however.. they would have to be watered down considerably.. but thats the advantage of arcades! you pump in those coins for an experience you cant get at home! Arcades used to be freaking awesome. Then Sega made the Genesis/Megadrive and it just cried out "hey! arcades here we come!". The saturn tried to make the arcade hits, but it failed. The dreamcast was the best, it had easy conversion rates (same hardware as arcades). But the end result was a $40 arcade game, in your home, against the likes of Metal Gear Solid 2. NOW, with the reinvention of retro again, arcades stuff is being remembered and reborn ! (woohoo!!). this game is a perfect example.. but if its out only for the ps3 like virtua fighter 5 is? I can only see a dying end to the novelty of arcade ports. People want long life games for that cash, not quick arcade thrills. Afterburner is an awesome game. And ive played this in arcades and its absolutely AWESOME. It really blows you away.. but playing on an analog stick will just take some of that experience away.. just like in the old days with the d pad.. If sega released these kinds of games for the wii, it would be perfect because the controls are already there for easy pick up and play (no need to buy extra stuff like a racing wheel, or lightgun etc). I hope sega use this to make CONSOLE counterparts for the wii (etc) instead of making actual pixel by pixel copies of the arcade, at home, sort of thing. If they manage to seperate the dimensions between the arcade and the home, this will be awesome. Because the arcade will rise, the innovation will rise (games wouldnt be what they are today without competition from the arcade scene.. likewise online racing wouldnt even be around if it wasnt for daytona!). If sega manage to release this for the wii (and other versions of their arcade games... like FIST OF THE NORTH STAR!!!!!!!!!!) it will be incredible. It will make these games fun at home, but amazing to experience in the arcades too. If they just recreate the SAME game, but just for a ps3 pad.. with no rumble.. or "flight stick" sort of control (you could hold the wii remote like a flight stick) the whole experience will be just flat. And the arcade to home conversions, even though looking good, wont fare too well. Virtua Fighter 5 is another thing alltogether.. but games like house of the dead 4.. and afterburner... and outrun 2... and sega rally revo... I hope these come onto the wii, because i feel with the controls, and quick fire gameplay, they are more suited to this. And being watered down for the home version, it would give the arcades an excuse to provide a better experience, and a reason for the arcades to dominate again. Know what i mean?

supercrap1
supercrap1

But you left out the most important part...DOES THE CABINET MOVE?? And perhaps even more importantly, is it coming to the US?

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i thought this game was on sega genisis also

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Same here. They say there used to be some good arcades in TX. I guess I moved here too late.

Dolacide
Dolacide

I wish arcades weren't dead in the U.S.

ksathra
ksathra

Hope this shows up at my local Gameworks as I have always liked the After Burner series of games.

V-Nine
V-Nine

I still play the sega saturn version. 60fps and the mission stick kicks butt. Mission stick does wonders for Outrun on the disc as well. I can actually drive in the lanes for once. :) This new After burner looks a bit to real for its arcade style game play from proto video i've seen. Any how...anybody remember Sky Target?

GTKyle5
GTKyle5

I remember when After Burner first came out to the Arcades, it was the best rush I've gotten from a game....

sunsetsonata
sunsetsonata

wtf? there are still arcades? and new games coming out? WHERE TELL ME

gmsnpr
gmsnpr

This makes me even more interested in getting a Lindbergh board.

runstalker
runstalker

Wow, someone asking for a console version on "Live Marketplace". Marketing heads take note of this: Live/digital downloads have become so popular that a person, upon seeing news of the game's release in Japanese arcades, and knowing of its impending 360 release, instantly conjures up the desire for a downloadable demo on his next-gen console. The promotional conversion potential of Live/PS3 Network demos is staggering. Keep 'em coming, and on time.

kornbeaner415
kornbeaner415

I want it for 360........ F' that...... what happen to us the arcade is where it first started... for me at least i would go and drop quarter after quarter into a machine and now we have the all to much annoynce of staying home. Arcade games can only really be enjoyed at the arcade i hope SEGA never puts this game out on any console.

StumpyTrash
StumpyTrash

budlongmv I want this game on 360!!! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yeah, is there any chance for some console lovin'? Live Marketplace or otherwise?

solsticeblue
solsticeblue

It's been a long time... I've actually known about it's existence for a while now. Don't remember how, but randomly surfing through japanese game websites led me to its homepage. We'll see if this one still retains the frantic fun the original AB games had.

killjoi
killjoi

*drives crotch rocket really fast down a runway, pumps fist in approval*