Outrun 2

Outrun 2 - Xbox Review

Outrun 2 - Xbox Review

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?

  Outrun 2 - Xbox Review
Outrun 2 - Xbox Review
Outrun 2 - Xbox Review
Outrun 2 - Xbox Review
Outrun 2 - Xbox Review

The great thing about Outrun2 is it has changed as little as possible. The developers at Sega have managed to keep the feel incredibly similar to the original. Even the music has been lovingly remixed and you race to jazzed up versions of the original tunes. Graphically there is far more detail but this has been done cleverly and the overall appearance will leave fans of the original feeling all sentimental.

To keep the buyer happy there are a plethora of modes for you to wade through. There are 15 tracks in total and the tracks look absolutely wicked and eight nice looking Ferraris to get to grips with. There is also a mission mode with over 100 missions to complete this is how you unlock all the special features.

The best feature in Outrun2 is the Xbox Live mode you can race with people online and this is where Outrun2 comes to life. Races have up to eight players each and it is very easy to get to grips with the interface. You can keep slots free within a race for your friends and once the race is complete you remain grouped together incase you want to race against the same players again. This mode and the mission mode make for the substance of Outrun2 and with these two modes you will find a high level of re-playability.

To conclude; Outrun2 is a must for any fans of the original. The way the game has been updated and longevity of play has been assured make this title a must. For anybody out there who is just looking to buy a racing title, you should maybe hire Outrun2 before buying it, just to make sure it is what you are looking for.

7.5 out of 10

 

http://outrun2.sega-europe.com

 



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