EuroGamer: "After Burner Climax has a unique merit; it's a spectacular celebration of Sega's arcade aesthetic. The skies are so rich and saturated that the colour is intoxicating. Clouds add to the sense of pace and the first stage's shimmering sea is a perfect update of the original. The landscapes rush by so fast that you don't really notice how low-poly they can be, and it doesn't matter - they still look gorgeous. Breakneck dashes along canyons and through arctic underground bases are thrilling, while volcanic islands, aurora borealis and hazy deserts are worth replaying just to soak up their visual splendour."