Conclusion: OutRun Online Arcade is OutRun. Did you like OutRun last time you played it? Do you like it enough to pay 800 MS Points for it and rack up some Achievements? Do you like it enough to play against your friends? These are the questions you must ask yourself before buying, if you haven’t taken the plunge already, of course. As far as this reviewer is concerned, if you haven’t played the game already, then you really owe it to yourself to give it a try.
Excerpt: Longtime fans of the racing genre no doubt have some experience with Sega and its storehouse of legendary arcade racers. After all, there was the original OutRun cabinet that used to line the walls of Dairy Queens and Pizza Huts in the 1980s, the Daytona USA multi-cabinet grids that would rake in quarters at skating rinks and putt-putt golf courses, and the more niche Sega Rally games that eventually crept into the then-massive Chuck E. Cheese franchise.
Pros: Classic, OutRun gameplay intact., Great HD facelift., Online leaderboards, ghosts.
Cons: No traffic online., Poor collision physics., Lacks content, personality.
Excerpt: Some things will always remind you of your childhood and for me, Sega’s classic racer OutRun is one of them. We’ll put the home versions of OutRun Europa, Turbo OutRun and OutRun 2019 to one side when we consider that statement since – by and large – they sullied the good name of the original. When Sumo Digital were tasked with updating OutRun for the 21 st century, they didn’t go far wrong.
Excerpt: OutRun is one of the few games I remember playing when I was younger, and it’s one of the few games where I don’t want the series to stop because I have so many fond memories of (virtually) speeding down a sunny coast in a Ferrari F40 listening to the old style power ballads only costing you 800 Microsoft points instead of £100k trying to do it in real-life.
Conclusion: So despite its promise of fast cars and buxom blondes suggesting otherwise, OutRun Online Arcade isn’t quite the game our dreams are made of, but it’s damn near close. While we hope that SEGA are holding back the much-needed content for a ‘proper’ next-gen revival, the world of OutRun has never looked quite so inviting and, more importantly, the race has never felt quite so good. The days of the arcade cabinet may very well be numbered, but its legacy certainly lives on.
Pros: Easy to pick up but challenging to master, Multiplayer is a lot of fun, Online leaderboards are a good incentive to keep playing, Great controls make even insane drifts relatively easy, Impressive sense of speed
Cons: No multiplayer rankings, Less content than previous iterations