Air Buster Reviews (Genesis)

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Joystick (French) (Apr, 1991)
Aero Blaster est tout de même un excellent Shoot'Em Up très au dessus du niveau moyen des jeux de ce style sur Megadrive, et comme en prime on peut y jouer à deux en même temps, chacun dirigeant alors son propre vaisseau, pourquoi se gêner ?
This conversion of the little-known coin-op pits one or two players against the forces of a brutal alien empire. Aeroblasters is mainly standard stuff, but there are a few new features, such as the megafast tunnel sequence. Unfortunately it's a tad easy, so it's best for greenhorn gun-lovers.
Power Play (May, 1991)
Technisch ist die Sega-Version von “Aero Blasters“ ebenso auf der Höhe wie das hervorragende Engine-Vorbild. Parallax-Scrolling und flimmerfreie Sprite-Horden lassen das Herz jedes Actionfans höher schlagen.
Mean Machines (Mar, 1991)
Why oh why are Sega insisting on flooding the market with scrolling shoot 'em ups? Aeroblasters must be the fifth (maybe the sixth) we've seen this month! On the plus side, it's is a close conversion of the relatively unknown coin-op with great sprites, interesting backdrops and great simultaneous two-player laughs. It certainly kept the Mean Machines team occupied for a while, but it wasn't long before we were all going back to Gynoug for our shoot 'em up thrills. Hellfire and Gynoug are probably the best blasters to go for, but two-player action addicts should have a butcher's at this.
80 (Oct 02, 2006)
Air Buster is one of those good shmups that can be played over and over. It's challenging, fun, and just simple. While the majority of shmups that came out in the early 1990s were mostly average, Air Buster has stood for the test of time for being a great port of a great arcade game. Most gamers will remember the Turbografx-16 port of Aero Blasters more fondly than the Genesis version, but in the end they're mostly the same game. If you need some more shmup love after Lightening Force or Fire Shark, give Air Buster a shot; its excellent!
In the final analysis Aero-Blasters just about comes up to scratch. It plays well, the action's fast and sound's good. But if you're looking for a new twist on the genre or the ultimate shoot-'em-up challenge then you'd best look elsewhere.
The Video Game Critic (Nov 20, 2010)
On the surface the Genesis version seems to have the edge, but my friend Chris insists the Turbografx edition has cleaner visuals and better playability. Whatever the case, both will satisfy your urge for some arcade shooting fun.
Raze (May, 1991)
Some quite nimble navigating will be needed on parts of the game as the caverns you are flying through narrow to little higher than your plane. Of course, in such sticky situations, there's no hope of let up in the enemy's attack. The two-player option adds a much-needed dimension to this shoot-'em-up which is bog standard in one-player mode.
Allen Unkenrufen zum Trotz ist die Sega-Fassung gelungen. Ein spielbares, actionreiches und nicht zu einfaches Spiel mit Menükomfort, guter Grafik, gutem Sound und eigentlich allem,was dazu gehört. Einziges echtes Manko: Ich spielte es noch innerhalb der Testphase durch, Sechs Levels sind nunmal nicht genug!
Son seul point fort restera finalement son mode deux joueurs en coopératif. Pour moi un shoot them up doit être nerveux, hyper maniable, créatif, difficile, avec une bande son de qualité et surtout fun. Là impossible de décerner un de ces qualificatifs à Aero Blasters, pourtant plus abouti que certaines daubes de l'époque, mais mon dieu qu'est ce qu'on s'ennuie avec ce jeu...