After Burner 2
a game by SEGA Entertainment, Inc.
Hang on to your seats, joystick jockeys; it's time to climb back inside the cockpit of perhaps the most famous combat jet in arcade history! That's right, it's time to turn on the afterburners and fire up the machine guns once again for a thrill-a-second shoot-'em-up called, appropriately enough, After Burner II.
For a pure adrenaline rush, After Burner II represents the razor's edge of home gaming. As the player streaks through the battle-scarred skies, launching air-to-air missiles and firing an endless barrage of machine gun fire, the ship can climb, dive, bank and even perform a 360 degree roll in order to evade the constant onslaught of enemy warheads.
After Burner II begins with the player's take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier and continues overseas, forests, swamps and across the polar icecap as the player-pilot runs a gauntlet of oncoming enemy jets and missiles! The pseudo-first person, into-the-screen perspective used in the original game is reprised here with machine gun fire generated automatically, while the steering, air brake, missile launching and afterburner functions are assigned to the Genesis controller. After each stage is completed, the player's craft links up with a mothership for refueling and » missile refitting.
TIP: Level select: when the game says “Start Options”, hold down all three buttons and press the start button. You will see “select stage”. Then, select your stage (up to 20) by pressing left or right on that screen.
The game's most compelling feature is its ability to simulate high velocity movement; After Burner II's aircraft slashes through the sky at such speed you can almost feel your face twisting under the imaginary G- force!
TIP: To get extra missiles use the following procedures during the rounds to get your missile count up to 100 automatically: Stages 3 and 13, hold left on the control pad and press button B. Stages 5, 11, 16 and 21, hold right on the control pad and press button B. Stages 9 and 19, press button B. Grab your helmets and limber up those fingers, all you Top Gun wannabees, 'cause After Burner II will test your limits.
2006-04-24 Get on the F-14 Tomcat and fly in After Burner 2.