After Burner: Black Falcon

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After Burner: Black Falcon
After Burner PSP Box.jpg
Developer(s) Planet Moon Studios
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release date(s)
  • NA March 20, 2007
  • EU March 30, 2007
  • AUS April 12, 2007
Genre(s) 3D shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

After Burner: Black Falcon is a flight combat simulation video game. Unlike previous games in the series, it is exclusive to the PlayStation Portable and not a port of an arcade game.

Overview[edit]

The game's plot sees a terrorist cell dubbed Black Falcon planejacking 13 prototype fighter jets dubbed "Assassin" from the CIA. There are three different plots to choose from, each with their own plot-twists. Players will be tasked with making the skies friendly again by screeching through the skies in an assortment of 19 originally designed planes, including the F-14D Tomcat, the F-22 Raptor and the F-15E Strike Eagle. Each of the planes can be customized with a variety of weapons, items and custom paint jobs.

After Burner: Black Falcon supports "numerous multiplayer challenges" in both eight-player competitive and two-player cooperative modes.

Characters[edit]

Billy "Sonic" Blaze A speed-junkie USAF pilot. He worked as a car and bike racer and video game tester before joining the Air Force for more speed in his life. His ex-girlfriend "Diamond" surprisingly joined up with Black Falcon which left Sonic devastated. He pilots a F-15E Strike Eagle.

Harrison "Bull" Duke A marine pilot for the USMC. A very talented pilot with a sarcastic personality, Bull intends to quit the Marines soon and work for the private sector. His sole reason for helping the hunt for Black Falcon is to gain money and fame which will help his mercenary career in the future. He pilots a F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Tomiko "Shinsei" Rossellini A female United States Navy pilot who is obsessed with perfection. Her mother was Japanese while her father was a talented pilot for the US Navy who was stationed in Kadena Naval Air Base in Okinawa. She grew up watching Navy planes which also motivated her to be a pilot as well. Her reason for accepting the mission is to prove to everyone that she is the only candidate to be the squadron leader. Her nickname Shinsei means "Perfect". She pilots an F-14 Tomcat.

Reception[edit]

IGN's Greg Miller gave the game a 7.9/10, opining that the "challenging, quick, tight and exciting" gameplay surpasses "shallow" competitors, praising the "varied" environments, and criticising some bland textures in addition to the "mixed bag" of multiplayer modes. Miller concluded that it was "one of the best flight games on the PSP" and "everything you’d want in an arcade title."[1]

  1. ^ Miller, Greg. After Burner: Black Falcon Review, IGN, March 16, 2007.

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