AFTER BURNER II
アフターバーナーII

MAKER: NEC AVENUE / SEGA
RELEASE DATE: 28 SEPTEMBER 1990
STYLE: ACTION / INTO-THE-SCREEN SHOOTER
FORMAT: HUCARD
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Overview
One of Sega's big arcade hits using their 'super scaler' technology, it was a bold move to try and convert this to any home machine. After Burner II is, quite simply, one of the most mindless shooters that you're ever likely to play: simply fly your F-14 into the screen, dodging missiles like crazy and letting all hell loose with your vulcan cannon. There is precious little strategy - even less than Space Harrier, and often luck plays more of a part than skill. The action is split up by the occasional bonus stage - a run through a canyon blowing up anything that dares to exist in front of you. Fuelling planes and landing strips also make a regular appearance.

Comment
After Burner II is not the kind of game you will play for hours on end, but one you will repeatedly stick on for a quick blast, and the conversion to the PC Engine is better than you would have ever expected. The arcade has been replicated very faithfully given the limitations of the machine, and thankfully it retains the furious pace of the original. It even has some points over the Mega Drive version, like the graded horizon and scaling of the refuelling plane. The control method is just a tad fiddly, with you having to reach for the Run button to kick in the speed, but you soon get used to it, but aside from that the actual controls themselves feel a little tighter and targeting is easier than other versions, including the arcade. The main thing that lets it down is the canyon sequence, which is blocky and ugly - but this is only a bonus stage and of minor importance. Sound is average, with the great tunes from the original tainted a bit by NEC Avenue's poor drum beats, but effects are full-on and satisfying enough. There's also a bonus 3D room in which you can play around with the shapes and colours of the balls on the title screen, which is a nice touch. Definitely one of the better NEC Avenue/Sega conversions and basically damn good fun.
sunteam_paul

Cheats/Tips
Too hard? Try this tip - Set your speed to 2 and hold DOWN and RIGHT to avoid enemy missiles. On stages 6 and 7 hold DOWN and LEFT.

 

 

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Music

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