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After Burner: Black Falcon Reviews (PSP)

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Game Chronicles (Mar 26, 2007)
Right now your choices are fairly limited when it comes to a flight-action game for the PSP. Ace Combat is merely an OK port of the console version, technically it was quite nice but rather boring after awhile. After Burner: Black Falcon is much more exciting, colorful, and just plain fun. It delivers addictive arcade aerial combat requiring almost instinctive reflexes, all at the speed of sound.
85 (May 18, 2007)
After all these years I still love After Burner. While the large metallic joystick and arcade unit might be dust in the ether (actually there's the original arcade unit I remember for sale on eBay now) I'm at a point where I can't walk past my PSP without picking it up - a beautiful thing considering my occasional lack of enthusiasm for Sony's handheld unit.
Defunct Games (Apr 06, 2007)
fully recommend this game to anyone who wants a great portable arcade style experience, and to the old After Burner fans. If this game does well, as Outrun 2 did, maybe we'll see another great SEGA arcade game brought back. Me? I'd take a new Space Harrier game.
Worth Playing (Apr 24, 2007)
If you're a fan of the original After Burner titles or just want a nice shooting game in general, then After Burner: Black Falcon is easily one of the PSP's better choices. It's got a low learning curve, and once you get past the admittedly slow-going first couple of stages and pick yourself up a real plane, it's a sonic-booming good time all around. Buy with confidence, unless total speed and blowing up lots of things just isn't for you.
G4 TV: X-Play (May 16, 2007)
After Burner: Black Falcon doesn't try to be anything it isn't. It delivers a payload of pick-up-and-play fun, a goofy story and unlockable do-dads without resorting to overbearing plot contrivances or busy work. On top of that the game's soundtrack is by Trans Am – an indie band who's instrumental tunes merge Krafterwerk's electronics with the same kind of butt rock that you heard on soundtracks to flicks like Top Gun. The genius that paired the band's half-corny stylings with this kick-ass, retro-flavored remake can be our wingman any time.
GamerDad (Jun 20, 2007)
The biggest complaint I have is that the entire game is 'on rails' - you are headed in the direction the game dictates whether you like it or not, and trying to cruise above something you are supposed to be below simply means crashing. Other than that this is just unbridled fun from end to end - the missions ramp in challenge, and the optional mission elements give you plenty of extra things to strive for while up in the air. Missions are fairly quick and can be retried if you fail, making this great for gaming on the run!
GameDaily (Mar 19, 2007)
Multiplayer issues and guitar rock aside, Planet Moon pulled off a superb achievement with After Burner: Black Falcon. The studio captured the old-school feeling of the arcade original while, at the same time, adding enough originality and excitement to make it feel like a cool modern-day action game. Now if Moon could just produce a console version with better multiplayer, customizable soundtracks and more flying cows, there would be no telling how high this franchise could fly.
GameZone (Mar 26, 2007)
Sticking close to its arcade game roots, After Burner: Black Falcon is a short but addictive flight combat game for the PSP. Considerably challenging yet very straightforward, the game doesn’t offer enough variety but it still manages to remain fast-paced and action-packed. If you like a good portable flight combat game then this is the game for you.
IGN (Mar 16, 2007)
In the jet games I’ve recently reviewed, I felt like I breezed through the missions and thus their shallow customization options, but that didn’t happen with After Burner. Making sure you don’t go down in flames involves picking up combos, rolling and accelerating at the right moments and always paying attention to the big picture when it comes to your enemies. The game challenges without frustrating.
75 (Apr 25, 2007)
El resurgir de Afterburner ha resultado demasiado fiel al original, especialmente en duración y profundidad, aunque también posee sus bondades
Lawrence (Apr 29, 2007)
Still, After Burner: Black Falcon offers a quality action experience for someone looking for a mindless shooter. The controls are tight, the action is exhilarating and the game is just long and challenging enough to remain fun all the way to the end.
GameSpot (Mar 22, 2007)
After Burner: Black Falcon stays true to its namesake by delivering a simple exercise in straightforward, arcade-style fun. The action is immediate and unrelenting, yet despite a general lack of complexity, it can be a real challenge. There are some valid faults against it, such as the length and mission variety of the single-player campaign, but if you're looking for some quick, off-the-cuff shooter action, After Burner: Black Falcon is right up your alley.
70 (Apr 05, 2007)
Mit seinem Old-school-Feeling, der richtigen Dosis an Action und dem ständigen Happening auf dem Screen, ist After Burner: Black Falcon ein gelungenes Remake. Besonders dieses „ach früher“ dürfte bei älteren Semestern für Freude sorgen, denn diesen inbrünstige Seufzer haben Sega fest im Programm-Code verankert. Dafür fehlt es After Burner: Black Falcon jedoch komplett an Innovation. Wie Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast oder Pirates! setzt das Spiel vollkommen auf seinen Ruf und seine Tradition. Somit definitiv ein Titel für Retro-Junkies, die es nicht gerne sehen, wenn alte Konzepte neu aufgebohrt werden. Und After Burner gibt ihnen sogar recht: Never chance a winning team. Besonders nicht, wenn es so viel in die Luft jagt.
Overall, After Burner: Black Falcon could definitely be called a successful revival of an almost remnant franchise. It succeeds in delivering a challenging and intense old school experience. It has a surprising amount of upgrades, but outside of that the game will be considered by some to be simple and shallow. However, it’s the class in the simplicity that gets the job done and done well. Not to mention, the game is good light-hearted, not-too-serious fun that can be played on the go and with no need to worry about excessive load times.
70 (Apr 10, 2007)
Les ennemis arrivent par vagues entières, les explosions sont superbes et on prend du plaisir tout simplement. Et même si le jeu est vraiment court (terminé en deux heures et des poussières) et qu’il s’avère vraiment répétitif à la longue, les plus passionnées de courses arcades passeront outre et s’amuseront à faire et refaire ce jeu durant des heures. Histoire de prolonger le tout, les développeurs ont eu l’ingénieuse idée de rajouter un mode coopération en multijoueur, une excellente initiative qui se doit d’être souligné. Malheureusement le temps aura raison de beaucoup de joueurs qui verront alors les quelques textures moches qui ornent l’écran, le gameplay qui s’avère simple mais dirigiste et enfin les quelques chutes de frame-rate qui nuisent à la fluidité de l’action. Un excellent jeu pour les plus nostalgiques, et une bonne expérience pour les autres que l’on se doit de vivre au moins une fois dans sa vie de joueur nomade.
70 (UK) (Mar 30, 2007)
Surprisingly faithful to the feel of the original, the reanimated After Burner of 2007 makes valuable improvements across the board rather than letting rose-tinted nostalgia carry the load. The result is an effortlessly engaging, if rather slender, dose of wanton destruction that should satisfy the appetites of both retro fans and mainstream gamers without alienating either group. File it next to Out Run 2 as another classic Sega comeback that was long overdue.
68 (Apr 01, 2007)
PSP an, Kopf aus, Daumen auf den MG-Button und abwarten - das ist im Grunde After Burner: Sehr schnell, sehr simpel, durchaus spaßig! Auf Dauer macht sich der Mangel an Abwechslung überdeutlich bemerkbar, außerdem kann die Technik nicht mal ansatzweise mit Ace Combat X oder auch MACH mithalten. Sonntagspiloten sollten außerdem gewarnt sein, dass das Spiel seiner Kürze zum Trotz voller kleiner und großer Frustmomente ist - da können auch nette Tuning-Möglichkeiten sowie die cool inszenierte Story nicht viel retten.
Pocket Gamer UK (Apr 06, 2007)
A linear and repetitive experience, though one that certainly isn't short of occasional frantic moments of arcade greatness. But mediocre production values do restrict its potential and ultimate appeal.
Gamernode (Mar 26, 2007)
While the game is pretty entertaining at first, the appeal wears off very quickly and doesn't return. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere if you want aerial combat.
50 (Aug 02, 2007)
After Burner : Black Falcon se pose en digne héritier de la série et délivre une action rapide et intense, sans temps morts ni concessions. Malheureusement, un gameplay aussi simpliste aura bien du mal à s'imposer dans un marché qui prône la surenchère et la sophistication. Sans ambitions et sans évolutions notables en dehors d'un tout nouveau mode multi fondamentalement accessoire, le titre ne séduira que les nostalgiques et les fans de la première heure, les autres passeront leur chemin.
Gamekult (Mar 28, 2007)
Digne héritier de la série mythique dont il est issu, cet After Burner : Black Falcon sur PSP ne pourra guère convaincre au-delà de l'aspect régressif et nostalgique de son gameplay. Répétitive et ennuyeuse malgré sa faible durée de vie, cette résurrection presque trop fidèle d'un jeu vieux de plus de quinze ans a du mal à susciter un intérêt sans faille. Certains verront sans doute dans son gameplay basique et simpliste une force, trop heureux de filer à travers les nuages pour shooter de l'avion avec nonchalance. Mais en 2007, on attend sans doute plus d'un jeu mettant en scène des avions de chasse. After Burner : Black Falcon vaudra donc surtout pour les joueurs grabataires désireux de se remémorer leurs jeunes années ou pour les curieux avides de sensations primaires.
45 (Mar 20, 2007)
After Burner : Black Falcon évoque le gameplay éculé du jeu original et ses avions guidés par un fil invisible qu’on ne peut manœuvrer librement. Il reste un jeu de shoot efficace pour tester ses réflexes. Rapidement terminable et n’offrant pas de réel intérêt en solo comme en multi, on se lasse pourtant bien vite. Seuls les fans de la première heure ou les passionnés du genre trouveront leur bonheur.
JeuxActu (May 07, 2007)
Pas la peine de s’émoustiller à l’idée de revoir réapparaître une des légendes du jeu vidéo. Pas franchement inspiré, Sega s’est contenté de reprendre à la lettre un concept vieux de 15 ans sans y ajouter ne serait-ce qu’une touche de modernisme. Non seulement, After Burner : Black Falcon ne présente aucun intérêt dans son gameplay mais en plus déçoit sur le plan technique. Parfois, certaines légendes devraient rester enterrées…
The Video Game Critic (Sep 29, 2012)
Black Falcon introduces new concepts like mission details and plane customizations, but it feels like the fun factor was an afterthought.