After Burner Climax takes off in April

Remake of Sega's classic jet-combat sim will land on Xbox Live on April 21, PlayStation Network on April 22 for $10.

Gamers who trudged through high school in the 1980s probably dropped a few quarters into an After Burner cabinet in a dingy arcade. The past four years have seen Sega bring back the series in the form of the 2007 PSP game After Burner: Black Falcon and the 2006 arcade sequel After Burner Climax.

After Burner Climax takes to the skies in just over four weeks.

In January, Sega announced that After Burner Climax will be released on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network sometime this spring. Today, the publisher dated the game as arriving on the former on April 21 and the latter on April 22. The E10+ for everyone 10-and-over rated game will cost $9.99 on the PSN and 800 Microsoft points on XBL.

Presented in HD, After Burner Climax gives players three planes to choose from and 20 stages with branching paths to blast through. The "Climax" part of the game's name comes from a gameplay mechanic that lets players slow down time for easier missile locks and evasive maneuvers. In keeping with the series' arcade roots, development is being handled by Sega's AM2 development division, the same studio behind coin-op classics like Space Harrier, Out Run, and Virtua Fighter.

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54 comments
jamestillett
jamestillett

im getting for sure psn version for sure

acidrain1976
acidrain1976

OMFG! They remade After Burner? Oh, I'll be getting this! Now let's get a Space Harrier remake! *prays*

itchyflop
itchyflop

haha!!! too right SnuffDaddyNZ remember it well there were two machines an upright and a sit in job!!! do you remember g loc with the fully immersive arcade get in and sit down in your cock pit machine?? They re vamped after burner in the arcade and even that was tasty too!!! awesome game!!!

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Still an awesome game, and it was more than a "few" quarters put in the machine back in the day - me and my brother probably shoved in 16 during a session.

Mr_Manikin52
Mr_Manikin52

I'm the best Tomcat Pilot in the video game world.

tbs76
tbs76

YUP...buying this one. Can't wait for April 21st or 22nd. Just don't know which system I will buy it for.

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

lol i had afterburner on the amiga, what a pile of poop, but i used to love the arcades!! I bet this is actually better graphics than the arcades were looking at the ps3 demo. Might get it aslong as it isnt £10 which it prolly will be, if its 10 dolla than give us it for £5 you nuggets!! :P

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Lol at the "climax" gauge in the game. Is that for if you try to fly the plane with the wrong stick?

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

HAVE TO PLAY THIS!!!!! Love After Burner

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

Oh, man...CAN NOT WAIT!!! After Burner was one of the games that I would willingly stand in line for! Looks sick, should be awesome! Now, if Sega would only give us an updated version of Thunder Blade...

JPH85
JPH85

co-op for this game would be sick.

NND1
NND1

NICE..Brings back a lot of memories...

h3rb
h3rb

I remember After Burner. Man... old school.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

This looks sweet.

alixkid
alixkid

There are way to many old SEGA games that i would love to see updated. eg. shining force, alex kid, eternal champions, fantasy zone there are tones more. So many people forget what sega did for this industries.

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

After Burner was a game I played in the arcades and I thought it was awesome! good that they're bringing this one back and I have to agree with singhellotaku- I feel this game should have been on Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection as an unlockable!:)

No_SuRReNDeR
No_SuRReNDeR

I had this for the SMS...I must have blistered the crap out of my thumbs on it as a kid....cant wait to try this!

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

Yeah...but you can't port the cool rotating, swivel seat from the arcades...

green_dominator
green_dominator

How ironic.....for me that is, I was just talking about After Burner and how I wished it would come to XBLA and here it is lol This should be fun.......

neogeta8
neogeta8

Spent loads of my pocket money on this game in ye olde days. Can't wait!!

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@singhellotaku First and foremost this is a brand new version of After Burner, its not the original Afterburner. Perhaps you should read the article a bit more clearly. On topic , this is great news, and I am down with getting this. Its great to see Sega come out with new versions of their classics. Last year we saw a new version of outrun, maybe next year Space Harrier???

Worm209
Worm209

Will it be compatible with my aviator flightstick? hope so.... im sure it would add to the experience and make it feel more like the arcade game (minus the spinning seat)

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Theres a climax bar to tell you how far along it is...

sonicare
sonicare

I remember playing this game in the arcade. The original afterburner. Always got blown out of the sky in about 23 seconds.

Whitewind617
Whitewind617

A "climax" powerup hu.....maybe that wasn't the best name for it guys.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

I played this game in Myrtle Beach and it was impressive. The problem is, the arcade game has a moving chair that only operates when the user is strapped in and clear of people. I got ticked off because some 6 year old kept wanting to watch and was putting his foot on the side of the machine which was pausing the gameplay.

swamptick
swamptick

Can't wait. Being 33, I played MORE than my fair share of Afterburner titles both in the arcade and on the Genesis. I am getting this one for sure.

Alan1187
Alan1187

@Ekultus Nah it's still a good game. I just don't have any way to play it anymore. Now if they try to bring out Virtua Fighter that would be milking a bogus arcade title. That game was terrible.

ionusX
ionusX

srry for a second i thought that read burning climax :P i rotfled

ekultus
ekultus

@Alan1187 yea you used to love it at the arcade sitting in the pilot seat, this game will fail, just another attempt to sqeeze every last dime out bogus arcade titles

Alan1187
Alan1187

Cheaper than 3 new maps for CoD. Worth it IMO. Used to love this game back in the day.

heyguysitsme
heyguysitsme

I used to love this game, I would go to the boardwalk and play it all the time. Dad would give me $5.00 and thats what I would play :)

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

this should have been on the sega collection, After Burner rocked but its not worth an individual 10 dollar puchase

Aurey
Aurey

Yay! This is the Sega I remember from my childhood. Bayonetta, Sonic and Sega racing, Yakuza 3... three good Sega games in a row! And now Sonic 4 and Afterburner!! I wish they decide to make a new Panzer Dragoon or Space Channel 5 and Skies of Arcadia sequels. It's nice having Sega back

misterstatus
misterstatus

Is Sega under new management or something? All of a sudden, they seem to be doing everything right again! If I could just get them to remake Panzer Dragoon. That game would look insanely gorgeous on the new consoles.

niklev83
niklev83

WOW!!! I will be buying this right away! :)

dellis66
dellis66

the original on sega was one of the first videogames i ever played

nini200
nini200

I must admit XBLA is getting some awesome titles recently: perfect dark remake hydro thunder, and now this. Good going XBLA! The Wii VC has been getting awesome support too: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Cave Story Ogre Battle 64 Max and The Magic Marker Rage of the Gladiator this is a great time to be a gamer. :)

evant30
evant30

I hope it has motion support for the sixaxis controller.

sportwarrior
sportwarrior

Kind of excited about this game... I wish it were $5 instead of $10, but I kinda wish all games were $5 on PSN, haha.

monson21502
monson21502

i used to play this alot back in the arcades. i`ll be buying on both ps3 and 360. well ill buy it for 360 and get my friend to buy it on ps3 :wink: