Title Afterburner II Game Type General Action Company Sega/Code C/Argonaut, 1988 Players 1 Compatibility OCS Submission Pretentious Nickname Profiled Reviewer Review GAAAAAAACK! Where the Amiga release of Out Run depressed me, Afterburner II made me angry. So angry, I wanted the programmer's heads. Luckily for them, that was well over a decade ago, so I've calmed down somewhat. Before playing the Amiga version, I'd believed the Sega Master System version to be the worst. One quick run at the Amiga version and I realized I'd been wrong. The AMIGA version is the worst I've played. The controls are horrible! It's tough to maneuver your F-14 where you want it! There's little impression of speed while using your 'burners, and your Vulcan machine gun is constantly firing! It's just not like the arcade! The graphics are also horrible. The enemy planes show little detail, much like your own. The aircraft carrier from which you launch is drawn roughly twice the size of your plane, which is pretty tiny! The ground below you gives little impression of height or speed, and overall, the game has a very cheap look to it. For me, the biggest letdown is in the musical score. The signature tunes like "Final Takeoff" and "Afterburner" have LONG been some of my favourite video game tunes, most of which have been run through a blender for the Amiga release. I had to play the game with the music OFF for a while so I could at least ATTEMPT to be objective about the game play. Game play is pretty bad, to be frank. Afterburner II offers me little incentive to play past the third level (where you are reloaded and refueled). Enemies and missiles come seemingly out of nowhere, with little warning or chance to react. Your plane is difficult to maneuver, and overall the controls are very choppy. I had to play the Amiga version a few times before writing this review, simply to make sure I'm being objective. Am I trashing Afterburner II because it's not as good as the arcade, or am I trashing Afterburner II because it's a bad game? Well, because it's a bad game. Personally, I wouldn't waste money, time, or effort on this one.