It looks great, it moves at a ridiculously blistering pace, you feel genuinely nervous and jumpy for pretty much the entire time you're playing it, and it's basically infinitely replayable. Perfect, right? Well, not quite. It's still just an aged into-the-screen shooter with limited playability, only about three choices of route, and a plot and setting that consist of little more than excited radio chatter and stupid whoops of joy as one fighter pilot saves the world.
But After Burner Climax is what it is, and wears its dunderheaded olden days sensibilities firmly and happily on its sleeve. You'll either appreciate this or you won't, but NowGamer urges you to give it a go.