OutRun is one of the great old-skool titles, way back in 1986 the original hit the games arcades and at that time there was probably no cooler pastime for kids than sitting in the mock plastic red Ferrari zooming around Americas West Coast, with a blonde chick in the passenger seat.
Quite recently, I think it was last year or possibly the year before, Outrun2 got a release as an arcade game so the fact that it has ended up getting a release on Xbox isn't that surprising. The original title had simple but very addictive game play using a checkpoint racing system that kept you striving to reach the next checkpoint and further your race.
Within the market today there is no shortage of quality racing titles and since its release the Xbox has managed to rack up a nice collection. So where does Outrun2 sit among these often far more sophisticated titles?
If you are my age then there is the nostalgia factor. I believe that the basic essence of many gaming formats hasn't actually changed that much over the years. Yes, the graphics have gotten a whole load better and yes, you tend to be able to have far more interaction and depth with modern games but is the thrill that these kids were getting way back in '86 any different to the thrill offered by modern titles?