The Afterburner 2 review is one of the many Afterburner reviews/re-reviews I have on tap.
Bare Knuckle 3 is the Japanese version of Streets of Rage 3. It's fascinating to compare these two games. For more details you can check out Streets of Rage online, an old site where I got the screenshot from.
One note: you said that the fat men can roll on the Japanese version (exclusively) but I am pretty sure they do this on the American version as well. I have lost many lives to their annoying rolling.
Anyway, good reviews. Thanks!
Last Note: Since you did a re-review of this game, maybe you could do Contra The Hard Corps (The Jap verison) of Hard Corps. You get a 3 hit life bar, instead of one hit deaths. Basically 9 hits per continue instead of 3. This basically covers your big criticism of the U.S. version.
Anyways my scores for the 3.
SOR 1- A- (Absolute masterpiece for a 4-Meg game)
SOR 2- A+ (The best beat em up ever, hence A+)
BK 3- B (Great game-play, terrible music, ugly backgrounds. Where is Adam, Skate serves no purpose this time around (Zan is a plain joke). I am bitter because this should have been an all-time classic.)
SOR 3 B- (I actually like a couple things more in this version, the role and the fact Zan is somewhat playable because you can use his offensive special a lot more often.
Afterburner II i would say is a C at least. It plays like a dream on the Sega Nomad, where the soft blurriness eases the choppy animation to some degree. 'Sides, a fast paced arcade title like Afterburner is perfectly suited to short bursts of play, especially when you're on the road.
It's only avoiding an F, I suspect, because the Sega CD version was programmed by someone who hated sprite scaling in any form, and playing the Master System version is a form of torture reserved for making gametesting licensed Wii games bearable...