The Final Say!
Review Date: November 2004
classic finally returns after years in the gaming wilderness and
promises the next generation of gamers another thrilling instalment
of Outrun 2! For those
that have never heard of the classic game, Outrun originally
appeared in the arcades and was more than your average racing game.
The locations were beautiful, the music was pumping, the car was
amazing and you also had a sexy gorgeous girl sitting next to you.
It even had comedy and when you crashed, your girlfriend would get
extremely cross at your poor driving. The game was eventually ported
to the Amiga, GameBoy, the Commodore 64 and even the PC with
glorious CGA colours.
The game was a classic and thanks to our friends at SEGA, the game
makes a majestic return on the XBox with all the thrills, excitement
and stunning locales that made the original game such a hit
world wide. For those that have played the original Outrun game, you
may notice that the graphics are very similar but have fortunately
vastly improved by power
of the XBox gaming console and with that said... Outrun 2 is the
perfect remake of a classic game!
Outrun 2 features many
classic gameplay modes that includes the arcade mode (standard
arcade racing), an exciting mission mode with over 101 missions, an
XBox live mode that allows you to play 8 different players from
around the globe, a new Heart Attack Mode that basically lets you
charm your passenger with your driving prowess and the added
drifting mode that lets you drift into some of the most stylish
driving to hit the XBox in months. The game also allows for a system
link of up to 8 players that will really spice up your LAN parties.
As with the classic
arcade game, Outrun 2 features checkpoints that must be achieved by
the gamer in order to progress to the next level and like the
original, these checkpoints are sometimes divided into two paths for
that added racing realism. This is great for increased longevity of
the title and lets you play the game again and again because there
are virtually many ways to complete the title.
The control system of
the Outrun 2 is extremely reminiscent of the arcade games of
yesterday, so don't expect the simulated reality of Project Gotham
Racing 2 because this game is just about pure arcade racing fun.
With that said, the control system of the title is basically
accelerate and brake with the analog stick used to control your
vehicle. The licensed Ferrari cars once again return in this remake
and fortunately for this old reviewer, the red Ferrari is still
there. Probably the most innovative change of Outrun 2 is the drift
mode that allows you to slide around the corners by tapping the
Graphically, Outrun 2 is
an amazing game that contains some beautiful backgrounds that really
helps immerse the gamer into this universe with its rich colours and
vast environments. Everything from beaches to forests have been
included in Outrun 2 and match that with a true sense of speed and
you have a game that really makes you feel like you are behind a
There is also a variety
of special effects in the game and small background details such as
balloons flying in the background or different weather effects
really add to the ambience. It should also be said that the car
detail is simply phenomenal and contains an extremely high polygon
count with a variety of special effects such as reflective surfaces.
The drifting effect is also pretty damn amazing in this game and the
smoke effects look extremely real and match that with some cute
polygon characters in the car (yourself and your girlfriend) and you
have a game made in arcade heaven.
The musical score of
Outrun 2 contains a pumping SEGA soundtrack that almost sounds like
it has been taken from a cheesy Anime series but as with the
original, the music really suits the game. There is also a variety
of car effects such as braking, skidding or slamming into other
obstacles at insane speeds to really complete this title. Outrun 2
also supports in-game Dolby Digital and sounds amazing through the
right home entertainment setup. I almost forgot to mention that
there is also a cheesy announcer in the game which I must admit did
become a little frustrating after awhile but it did take this
reviewer back into the 1980's.
In conclusion, Outrun 2
is an extremely fun and addictive racing game that I would recommend
to all gamers who don't want a true racing simulation because this
is as fun and easy as it gets, not to mention the replay value of
this title. With Outrun being a true arcade classic, there is little
wrong with Outrun 2 for not for it to follow in the steps of its
predecessor. Clearly for the fun aspired gamer.
- Andrew B Copyright ©2004 www.impulsegamer.com