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After Burner III Reviews (SEGA CD)

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Shin Force (Jul 25, 1999)
Of the 16-bit based versions, After Burner III for Sega CD has the best aircraft, cockpit, free flight gameplay and sound... After Burner II for Genesis has better ground graphics... G-LOC for Genesis has the best all around graphics, but it's slower... And After Burner II for 32X and especially Saturn blows them all away...
Game Players (Oct, 1993)
Cinematic screens, CD sound, and the Navy's hottest fighter can't save this typical shooter. It's a good shooter, but it's more of a disappointment than a standout.
This is a welcome addition to my Sega CD lineup.
50 (Nov 10, 2005)
All in all, I'd recommend avoiding Afterburner III if you're a fan, as you're bound to be disappointed. If your expectations don't run too high, give it a whirl and see Yu Suzuki's secret shame. The soundtrack is at least worth checking out. For some real Afterburner action, check out the incredible 32X version instead.
Joypad (Oct, 1993)
Seul avantage de cette version, les sons. On ne fait pas un CD pour rien. Les musiques sont vraiment bonnes, les bruitages et les voix aussi. A écouter, mais pas à regarder ou à jouer, l'intérêt vole trop bas. A réserver aux amateurs du genre.
Video Games (Aug, 1993)
Achtet Ihr auf die Grafik oder erwartet einen echten Simulator, dann ist Afterburner Oberschrott. Die einzige Möglichkeit, dieses Spiel zu genießen: Mega-CD an die Steroanlage anschließen, Nachbarschaft mit dem Getöse erschrecken und sich an der Spielhallenatmosphäre freuen. Afterburner III ist nicht anspruchsvoll, nicht schön, nicht abwechslungsreich, sondern einfach nur rasant. Ihr könnt nicht besonders viel machen, zum Frust-Abreagieren für eine halbe Stunde bis Stunde eignet sich der Simulations-Verschnitt bestens, ansonsten besteht wirklich akute Verblödungs-Gefahr!
Defunct Games (Oct 28, 2006)
This game, while superior to many versions of After Burner on the technical level such as the Master System version, is by far one of the worst versions I have ever played. Aside from the sound, none of the "improvements" over the old 2D version work in favor of the game. This game not only fails, but actually managed to give me a headache, and that's at least ten points off right the score right there. I seriously advise you to avoid this game, especially if you are prone to seizures. Trust me, that's not a joke.
Mean Machines (Mar, 1993)
Afterburner III ranks as the biggest waste of potential we've ever witnessed as in a Sega game. Every aspect of the game is simply appalling. Whatever you do, DON'T BUY THIS!
The Video Game Critic (Nov 20, 2011)
The trademark Afterburner soundtrack is clear enough, but since when does that justify a CD title? If you must play this, I recommend setting the difficulty level to easy and using all three continues. At the very least you'll make it to the advanced stages, which will confirm your suspicions that you really weren't missing much.