Archive for the ‘Afterburner’ category

Halcyon Days Are Here Again

April 10, 2007

Those of us who fondly remember watching Button Moon on television might also remember going to the local arcades in their younger days to waste all their pocket money on the latest SEGA games available. Arcades were a more important industry back then, kids these days on their PlayStation 3s and XBOX 360s are unlikely to have experienced the joy of sitting in a “real fighter cockpit” and charging through hordes of enemy planes in the hit game Afterburner. Yu Suzuki’s classic entertained many an 80’s child.

The series has been reborn on Sony’s PSP after years of absence, which can only mean good things for the SEGA faithful. The new arcade game and now the PSP version are worthy of a big grin from ear to ear for us in the SPOnG office. So without much time-wasting, we spoke to Planet Moon Studios, the developers responsible for making the PSP’s After Burner: Black Falcon as action-packed as AM2’s coin-guzzling counterpart.

[Read on for Spongs Interview with the Developers]

Arcade Treats for your Consoles

March 19, 2007

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You wait for one then three come along at once. The coming weeks sees the release of three Sega arcade games converted for the home machines. Vitrua Tennis 3 comes out on 23rd March for PS3 and Xbox 360 and 30th March for PC and PSP. Virtua Fighter also hits 23rd of March on the PS3, and finally Afterburner Black Falcon comes out on the PSP on the 30th March. So overall a great month for all you arcade fans out there, I myself can’t wait to get my twitchy button mashing fingers on them.

gamesTM Reviews Afterburner Climax

March 7, 2007

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I love gamesTM, but one thing that annoys me about the magazine is the fact that on the front cover they list the game formats that they cover and arcade is included in this. Trouble is it’s not very often they actually cover any thing arcade related. But hopefully the tides are about to change because in the latest issue they have a full review of Sega’s Afterburner Climax, hooray! Not only that, they also gave it a whooping 8 out of 10. I look forward to seeing more arcade reviews in the future. I appreciate there aren’t as many arcade games as there are console releases, but surely they can spare the old arcade industry a couple of pages now and again.

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Video of Sega’s ATEI 2007 Stand

January 31, 2007

Does exactly what it says in the title. Featuring; Too Spicy, OutRun2 SP Super Deluxe, Let’s Go Jungle, Virtua Tennis 3, Afterburner Climax and Manic Panic Ghost. Enjoy!

Video of Sega's ATEI 2007 Stand

January 31, 2007

Does exactly what it says in the title. Featuring; Too Spicy, OutRun2 SP Super Deluxe, Let’s Go Jungle, Virtua Tennis 3, Afterburner Climax and Manic Panic Ghost. Enjoy!

Sega @ ATEI – Part 1 – Driving & Flying

January 27, 2007

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Seeing as Sega had an extremely large stand, the biggest at the show if I’m not mistaken, I thought I would break up thier new arcade offerings in to genres, starting with driving & flying. By far the most enjoyable out of these three was Outrun 2 SP Super Deluxe. This quite possibly has to be the daddy of all the arcade racers out there. As you can see from the pictures the machine is made up of 4 replica Ferrari’s; the F50, the Dino, the Spider and the last one I can’t remember but it was silver. All of them are motion based and each car has two steering wheels. Two wheels you ask? Yes that’s right, and this is by far the most interesting & fun feature in the game. Every time you crash or pass through a check point the driving switches to your team mate in the other seat. trust me, it’s hilarious. Next up this is Ford Racing which has been out for a while, but this is the Deluxe version which has larger screens and a Ford GT style applied to the cabinet. Much like the Outrun 2 SP’s. Finally there was Afterburner Climax, which for me is as good as the original arcade version that I was playing when I was a wee nipper. There was three different cabinets for this game as you can see below. I wasn’t overly keen on the biggest version, my nose was almost touching the screen (I do have a big nose though). By the way I do have a lot of video from the ATEIwhich I will be sorting out soon, and don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about the Sega booth babes. I will be covering them in a separate post. Games come first (can’t believe I said that!).

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Sega Rocks the Troc!

December 3, 2006

After Burner Climax Super Deluxe Segas Afterburner Climax is without doubt the next generation of air combat. This incredible sequel to Afterburner 2 is built around Sega’s Lindbergh hardware system. It features the top fighter planes of today soaring through climates and skies of all types.The Brave Fangs Aero Team, part of the G.H.O.S.T. squadron from Sega’s Ghost Squad, has been instructed to shut down the rebels of the skies to end a potentially demolishing nuclear inferno.Aircrafts include: F-14 Super Tomcat, F-15E Strike Eagle or F/A-19E Super Hornet in 4 different color variations and fully loaded with guns and missiles.Afterburner Climax features 20 new stages including Volcanic Islands, an Iceberg Base, Nuclear Arsenal, plus secret and extra stages.The full motion super deluxe version now takes pride of place at funland in the Trocadero centre in London. It’s £2.00 a go, but worth every penny. Get down there now!


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