“ Manufacturer: Sega / Genre: Driving & Racing / Release Date: 2007 „
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not worth £2. I had bought this from a carboot for £2 hoping to play a classic outrun game just like the ones in the arcades but i was dissapointed. I found that the gameplay has changed from being a fun arcade drift everywhere racer but instead i got a cheap feeling low budget game. and the worst thing about this game is that it wasnt low budget. I found that the game wasnt graphicly pleasing in any way. The controls arent what you call easy to use.
-- Gameplay --
Controls are hard to get used to and cars do not handle well, not even for the drift everywhere style of the game. I found that the gamemodes where uninviting and not realy that interesting.
-- Sound --
The sounds are poor quality and all kind of sound the same. For eexample you wont hear a difference in the slowest car to the fastest car.
-- Graphics --
very poor i dont think that sega realy did their best to create a visual immersive game and could have clearly tried better.
-- Overview --
a badly produced game i would avoid it unless you can get it for free.
The Outrun series has been around since the 1980's when the first 2D Outrun game was released in the arcades. Following this it was released on multiple platforms from the Sega Master System to the Mega Drive.
Outrun 2006 is a new and updated version, an update from Outrun 2. There isn't much difference between Outrun 2 and Coast 2 Coast, just updated courses, extra effects and a few special effects. The game engine and graphics still remain very similar.
Walking into Trocadero arcades in Central London, the Outrun arcade machine appears to be one of the most popular to play. On a Saturday afternoon one would have to wait half an hour to play on this machine. However despite this game being available on the internet for less than a few pounds it seems to attract little interest compared to most console games. This could just be down to peoples' preferences of the kind of game they want to play rather than the gaming lacking any value.
Most games these days while realistic can be too time consuming a try too hard to emulate reality thus making it feel like a full time job rather than a way to relax. On the other hand Outrun 2 offers a pick up and play arcade experience similar to what games used to offer. One can simply pick up the controller play on one of the arcade courses and finish the race in 10 minutes. However for those who want realism, I would recommend driving a real car rather than playing a video game.
Coast 2 Coast doesn't require a demanding graphics card, however onboard graphics from even today's systems will not be able to handle the game. A £40 graphics card should do the job. Also I recommend the Microsoft wired controller for the best experience. At only a few pounds offering many hours of fun game play this game is highly recommended.
Ahhhhh. Outrun. Eater of 50p pieces and shatterer of youthful dreams. There I was, thinking I was the next Nigel Mansell or Alain Prost. Turns out, I was more like Jacques Villeneuve Snr.
When I heard that Outrun was being updated for the PC, it's quite possible I wet myself with excitement. Despite this, I waited over two years before buying it (and believe me, it's not comfortable sitting in wet pants for that long!). There were two reasons for this: firstly, cynical old me thought it would be a rubbish cash-in; secondly, I'm a cheapskate, so didn't want to pay full price for it.
Eventually, I bought a second hand copy for 99p and pausing only briefly to change my pants, put the disc into my PC... It turns out my fears were completely unfounded, Sumo Digital had turned out a game that was both faithful to the original and a huge amount of fun to play.
"Fun" is the key word when you consider Outrun 2006. It's not one of those horrendously complicated games where you have to design your own car from scratch or raise the money to be able to race. It's just a pure arcade blast. You select a few options and before you know it, you're looking impossibly cool in a Ferrari racing along at idiotic speeds and smacking into (or preferably avoiding) other cars and roadside obstacles.
That's it. That's all there is to Outrun. It's simple, fast and unapologetically good fun.
Outrun is not the most complex racing game. It's certainly not the most realistic (you can't even crash - the worst that happens is your car leaps in the air and you lose a lot of speed!). It is, though, horribly addictive. The track designs are varied enough to be interesting, without requiring you to remember complex sequences of turns. If you make a mistake, it's down to your ineptitude, not the game being nasty. And each time you just fail to qualify, you hit the Retry button, determined that THIS time, you'll do it.
It's the type of game where you sit down for a five minute game and look up to find that an hour has gone by. In the short term at least, it's got that perfect combination of instant accessibility and addictiveness, which means that you'll find yourself returning to Outrun for "just one more go". True, in the longer term, the game play becomes a somewhat repetitive and it's not a game you'll play to death until you've beaten it. However, it is one which you're likely to load up every so often for a pure blast of fun.
Although the gameplay might be relatively simplistic, Outrun 2006 still offers a reasonable challenge. There are a number of different modes and various features to unlock as you progress. This adds to the addictive nature of the gameplay, as sometimes simply beating a level isn't good enough - you have to beat it in style.
Of the different game modes, the standard race is the most instantly accessible. You race against other cars and have to finish in the top 3 to qualify for the next stage (higher if you want to unlock extra features). It's nice and easy to pick up and you can instantly get used to the way the car handles.
A fun spin on the standard race is the Heart Attack mode. Here, you're trying to impress your female passenger and have to do the challenges she suggests (such as "overtake as many cars as possible", "overtake the convoy" and, rather disturbingly "hit the cars"). Once you've done these, she'll grade you from AAA to E on your performance (is she a schoolteacher?) Most of the challenges are fun and sometimes tricky to achieve, although there are a couple that are silly and break even Outrun's tenuous grip on reality ("Hit the Ghosts" Where did that one come from?!)
There's also an online mode where you can race against other players, but I'm so rubbish at the game I haven't dared venture into that yet. I do have some pride!
Graphically, the game is functional, but nothing much to write home about. It's instantly recognisable as an Outrun game and has been updated so that it doesn't look too dated. It doesn't really matter, though. The graphics do what they need to. They convey the right sense of speed and there are lots of nice background touches or road markings to add to the atmosphere. Things do occasionally slow down a little bit when a lot is happening on screen, but this is rare enough to be a minor annoyance, rather than a serious flaw.
Sound, too, is good, rather than excellent. The game features updated versions of the tunes from the original arcade game and these prove annoyingly funky and you'll soon find yourself humming along whilst driving. The speech is reasonable and adds to the atmosphere, as your girlfriend shouts at you for nearly crashing or whispers sweet nothings in your ear when you do well. Engines growl and the noise grows and fades as you drive past cars or trucks. As with the graphics, sound is not the most sophisticated you will ever hear, but it does its job in creating that unique Outrun atmosphere.
And it's atmosphere which sums Outrun 2006 up. From the smooth(ish) graphics, appropriate sound and adrenalin-pumping, addictive gameplay, Outrun 2006 give you plenty of fun. It's not going to offer much of a long-term challenge for those raised on more hard-core racers, but it's a fun blast whilst it lasts. The fun nature of the gameplay does mean it's one you're likely to keep in your collection to load up when you just fancy 10 minutes or so of computerised mayhem and want something you can just pick up and play.
One word about the controls: although you can play it using the keyboard, this is not recommended. For that true, authentic Outrun experience, you really need a steering wheel. Using the keyboard is OK, but it can occasionally mean that you feel you don't quite have the same level of control as you did in the arcade, and you find yourself crashing whilst fumbling around for the right keys. Anyway, a keyboard just can't capture that authentic Outrun feel.
Hats-off to the big, nappy-wearing lads and lasses at Sumo - they've come up with an old fashioned racer that captures the spirit of the original Outrun, whilst updating it so that it can still hold its head up high in today's market.
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