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I used to love the old Outrun games in the arcades and older home systems, and I was rather pleased when the series was revisited, and for something so fun and kitschy, the PSP is the perfect medium to bring it back to life.
Despite its arcade origins, this isn't a lean game; there's a surprising amount of stuff to do, from the Classic mode, where you dive in a Ferrari with a bimbo and have to race to get to the finish line before the time runs out. There is also an interesting Heart Attack mode, where you're held at the whim of your girlfriend and have to do what she says when she says it, and a more typical Time Attack mode too. For added playability, you can also download the demo racers of other players via WiFi, but as for online races, well, you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone on it now!
Visually, this is a great game although that's hardly the main attraction. The textures are lovely, and as a result the vehicles look quite splendid, as do the environments you're racing around. The frame rate is a solid and consistent 60FPS, despite a lot of information passing by you at any one time. There's also a fair degree of depth in the picture, and there's no sign of cheap tactics - i.e. fog - being used to mask pop-in. Aurally, it's also a very slick package; the cars sound beefy and appropriate, and while the music isn't exactly the pop rock that Gran Turismo games use, it's decent enough if fairly generic.
As a fan of the original game, I had to get this, but it's more than nostalgia and is a great game even on its own merits.
Rating - 3+
Multiplayer - Yes
This is the psp adaptation of outrun 2 and as far as I'm aware it is the exact same game. I first played this game on the arcade machine so I decided to pick it up.
There is the traditional outrun mode, heart attack mode where you have to complete challenges, time attack, coast to coast mode and of course the multiplayer mode.There is plenty of replayability here and you should have no problem spending hours at it. You can gain money by completing races or challenges and with this you can buy new cars or colours. The heart attack mode offers loads of fun challenges, from drifting along a highlighted path to avoiding ufos.
I haven't tried the online mode yet but from what I've heard it's not that popular and its hard to find people to play with.
The graphics are pretty nice but nothing special. The controls are a bit unusual at first but once you get used to them its fine. You have to power slide a lot but its pretty easy to pull off.
So overall a great arcade racer, though I have to say it's a bit harder than games like Burnout etc. You should be able to pick this up cheap so I heartily recommend it.
What can I say about this game apart from the fact that when I was younger it was the reason for visiting the local arcade. This was a game in which you got to drive a Ferrari, not only did you drive it but you sat in it too!
You sat in a Ferrari Testarossa with a steering wheel and pedals and "drove" your car round the virtual circuit, I must have spent tens of pounds playing it.
When I saw it was being released on the PSP I just knew I had to have it, I remember loading it for the first time hoping against hope that it was like I remembered, wondering if the little Sony console could do it justice.
Well I need not have worried because it was exactly the same as I remembered it. The basic premise has remained the same, you have to reach checkpoints and each time you make it you get more time to try and make it to the next checkpoint.
You have a choice of cars and as you progress you unlock more (all Ferraris of course) to purchase as you earn points as you race.
It is an addictive game that gives you that "one more go" feeling and has quite a subtle learning curve to it. Once you learn to drift your car properly you will make better progress.
It has rich vibrant colours and a decent soundtrack and the controls are spot on. It is also in effect 2 games as you have the Coast 2 Coast version and Outrun 2SP which was a more difficult game in the arcades but the PSP version does not seem quite as difficult as I remember it.
All in all a must have purchase for the PSP owner.
The reason as to why I bought my PSP was simple; I wanted to play a game that I was simply addicted to when I used to go to the arcades when I was on a family holiday at the seaside. The game was Out Run and was originally released back in 1986, the whole setup was a step forward in gaming as this was one of the first games that you actually sat inside with the whole cabinet moving as you played and drove the Ferrari Testarossa from the Start line. This was a real breakthrough in gaming terms. As this was the attempt at adding something new to the experience.
So the technology has moved on considerably since my arcading days some 20 years ago, I can now sit on the train on the way to work and play the next version on a next generation console. Bliss!!
Outrun 2006 - Coast2 Coast is an original yet also a strong follow up to the original game. The objective is still the same as before, that is to drive the Ferrari as fast as you can and complete the various driving stages by reaching the checkpoints within the allotted time given, in fact the flavour an style of the game is near enough the same as the original in most respects, yet this time only more so. On the PSP the colours are sharp, the motion is smooth and the sound effects are crisp and clear.
In fact when you put the disk into the PSP and the games loads, you get a choice of what game to play. You can either choose Outrun 2 SP, which is kind of a re-working of the arcade game Outrun 2 with a few improvements added or the Coast 2 Coast version. Outrun 2 SP is considered re-worked because the arcade game was criticised for being too difficult to play, this version is a little easier but still very challenging. Bottom line is that this is a straight game in an arcade style. It does certainly deliver on entertainment as a straight driving arcade transfer and by no means detracts or loses anything at all. SP standing in this case for the words single player.
The other option is Coast 2 Coast, this includes challenges that you can play to build up money to buy such items as additional music tracks, courses, car paint jobs and most importantly the vehicles themselves. The more money you make when playing then the better the car you can buy as you progress the game. The ranges of cars are absolutely awesome in this game, from an F40 to a GTO or Dino, the range is actually quite vast in size and caters not only for enthusiasts but also for someone who wants to play the game with a totally different option of car that just happen to be Ferrari in make.
As with all versions of Out Run, the first stage is always the same, the first stage is always the Beach; the good thing about these versions is that the Start line is absolutely packed with people watching the race start. Also what differs from the normal version is that in Coast to Coast you can complete various tasks as well that add to the points and the money as well, these include slipstreaming other vehicles, racing for position, drifting the car around bends, and generally staying on the road.
Overall these are pretty easy once you've got the hang of it, but every now and then a few nasty tasks are thrown up. There are different levels of difficulty as well, and when choosing the harder settings, it can be painfully obvious that the choice of the right car can make the difference. Of course it also depends on what route you take at the fork, basically the course is laid out like in a manner that even though there is only one singular starting point there are five possible finishing points, if I was to give an analogy then imagine a set of red Snooker balls in a normal triangular layout, five in length and width. You start of at a point and moving forward take the ball to the left or right in the next line above till you reach the top line. In all games you'll complete a maximum of five stages. Every stage is different and has a different theme, for example after the Beach on Coast 2 Coast you can choose National Park where you drive at high speed through a Forest or Bay Area where you go across the Golden Gate Bridge and onwards, which is where the challenges begin proper. There is a high amount of detail added to the background scenery as well as the details of other vehicles, scraping cars when you pass them produces sparks. The speed is reflected in the game and the picture doesn't blur or shudder when you're hitting top speed, in fact all motion is totally smooth which really impressed me as again it has captured the style of the arcade.
There are a host of smaller games I this as well. In some you have to collect as many hearts as you can, and in others you are under time trial conditions, that assist in improving the way you drive and how future games are played. I thought this was quite good as all data is saved to the memory stick anyway so that the profile of your driver is built up, which helps when you have one on one races with others.
All the trademarks are here, the forks in the middle of the road as you reach the end of a stage, the banging music which has been considerably updated for this release of the game, with new versions of the classic 'Magical Sonic Shower' and 'Passing Breeze' as well as other tracks including 'Life is a Bore' that after hearing you won't be able to forget the words, as I was humming this for a few days after. Oh and one thing that made me laugh is that if you don't complete the game and run out of time, your female companion gets out of the car and storms off! Nice touch, in fact when you are given the challenge of slip streaming the other vehicles, the reactions she gives off are quite funny and it's the little details like this that really do add to the game itself.
Crashing is also taken to a new level, when you hit another vehicle or impact on a crash barrier or wall as the car turns and twists in the air with a quite frightening sound effect that sounds as if metal is just being crunched in a compactor. Time out: I think this is quite a powerful message that this sends out about racing and speed in general and personally I thought that this was a good way of delivering it as it does show the boundaries between reality and fiction, and seeing 5 seconds later the car is on the move undamaged then the shock factor here is necessary.
Of course the question is how long does it take to complete, well it took me about a week, but I dare say that the younger PSP'ers will complete this a tad quicker than me. There are two games, which even though play the same have totally different characters that entertain and slowly become very addictive to the player. Both games offer something different in playability, style and longevity. In fact some 6 months after buying this I am still playing it, as there is a whole universe in this that can be unlocked and played.
Overall this is an excellent addition to the PSP catalogue, a very true translation of the game, plus the fact that you don't have to put money in the PSP to play as well! Definitely recommend this as one of my favourites of all time. Play are selling this at the moment for £8.89, when I bought this I paid the price of £19.99 at HMV, so for nine quid you are getting effectively two games for the price of one.
Back in the old days of banging your cash into the old arcade machines, one of the most popular att he time was Outrun, from what I can remember it was one of the first to actually have a wheel and breaks on it to use which instalntly gained it notariety, I remember playing it for hours on holiday in Spain back than and loving every minute of it.
Of course it made the computers back then too and I had it on the Amiga , however the game was severley hampered by not having the wheel and pedals. So how could the PSP version handle it in the modern era.
The answer? Pretty well, The graphics are very sharp and look very bright and colourful. The game play itself is pretty good, although maybe not up to the quality of Burnout this certainly has it's charms.
As well as the numerous cars and tracks you can play in , there is also tracks and cars to unlock as you go through the game. Plus if you have 2 psps you can play each other with the Wi-Fi thing.
A great little fun game thats budget price to buy, kids will love and it's fun for adults too.
we purchased this game for our 2 sons aged 9 and 5 to share.games are normally fairly expensive but we got this online for 19.99 which i felt was quite reasonable as we bought it just after it was released.After playing this game once the whole family was hooked on it,its really a fun game.there are lots of different tracks and cars to choose from and as you progress through the game you earn outrun miles which you then build up to buy new cars,colours,trcks etc. you unlock different parts of the game as you progress through and there is also quick races if you just want a quick game rather than creating a profile and collecting points.The good thing about the psp technology is that if you have 2 people with a psp and only 1 game on some games its possible to gameshare which is great for a game like this because you can race each other which is a lot of fun.