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"Outrun Online Arcade (XBLA)"

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Tue 21/04/09 at 22:58
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"Ghosts Can't Die!"
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Itís been a busy week for the hard drives on my Wii and Xbox 360. After taking a fairly long break from the Live Arcade and Virtual Console services I came back to a whole list of new titles and downloadable content that I couldnít resist. Pokemon Snap returned those wonderful memories from when I was younger, Majoraís Mask is awaiting my time on the Wii and one of my favourite racers also made its debut this week, Outrun.

Outrun is a true arcade racer through and through. Select from a handful of Ferraris and then choose if you want Manual or Automatic Transmission. You are now ready to go! Things couldnít be kept simpler as you race at around 300kph with your girlfriend in the passenger seat down winding roads and widely varying environments. Hard breaking is for losers in this game as drifting is all you need to make your way around seemingly impossible bends. While racing along tracks is all well and good, what sets this simple racer aside are the forks you reach in the roads. You will begin on a wonderfully beautiful beach where after about a minute of driving you will need to make a choice as to where your driving takes you next. If you stick to the left road you will then take an easier path whereas going right will make things more difficult and challenging. With fifteen locations to drive through itíll take multiple races to venture all of them. Itís crazy how one minute youíll be racing through dusty canyons, then drive onto snowy mountains and then end up in a casino paradise.

There are a small handful of differing modes to accompany the regular Outrun option. First up is the oddly titled ďHeart Attack ModeĒ where not only must you try and make it from start to finish, but you must also attempt several missions along the way. These range from something as simple as overtaking cars or not crashing into the walls right up to the bizarre like hitting floating ghosts and grabbing giant coins in the road. Some are especially challenging and can often require extremely precise driving in order to gain a top grade. The second mode is a standard time trial mode where all traffic is wiped away and youíre solely scored on how quick you make it from the opening area to the finale. If youíre looking for a lengthier challenge then you can tackle both Outrun and Heart Attack Mode over all fifteen courses! While these are all for the lone player, the addiction kicks in when trying to get higher in the leaderboards since all these modes each have their own individual tables to prove yourself on.

However Sumo have included a multiplayer mode which isnít bad but isnít as good as it could be. While itís great fun having five other people racing with you at once, the problem lies in how stripped down the entire experience feels. For one the traffic is all gone so slipstreaming is out of the question. Next as for the different match styles, all you really have is the basic Outrun mode which is a bit of a let down.

When you consider this is only an Xbox Live Arcade title rather than a fully fledged store bought game, the overall presentation isnít too bad. The menus are nice and simple with the sounds of crashing waves in the background. Visually when you set foot in a Ferrari, everything looks attractive and colourful. The varying locations help make tracks feel more appealing with the Milky Way and Jungle sections looking particularly great. The music is classic Outrun tunes remixed and updated which Iím sure will please long term fans of the series and I have to admit I do love the ďRisky RideĒ track especially when speeding down beaches and navigating hairpin turns.

On the surface Outrun Online Arcade may seem like a basic package with little new to offer driving fans, but after one race youíll see how it becomes so hard to put down. Hereís hoping Sega decide to release more of their arcade catalogue on XBLA. Crazy Taxi perhaps?
Fri 24/04/09 at 20:28
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"Ghosts Can't Die!"
Posts: 774
Yes! Finally just nailed the Million Point achievement after many many attempts. Now going to try and finish Time Trial in under 4.30.

Not so sure about this one :s
Wed 22/04/09 at 13:59
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Nice review mate.I think Outrun Online is great fun too.Haven't had time to play it anything like as much as I would like to be honest.Would be nice if similar Sega titles do become available,Virtua Racing would be great.
Wed 22/04/09 at 11:18
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"Ghosts Can't Die!"
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Thanks pb. Every time I load up my 360 I can't help but try a few more races to rise in the ranks of the leaderboards. Wonder if good sales may lead Sega to start Outrun 3. One can hope.
Wed 22/04/09 at 08:13
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Good review, I was going to do a PSN review on this!

Been playing this since I downloaded it from PSN last week, very nice game and pretty much captures all that made the original Outrun 2 arcade game so addictive.
Tue 21/04/09 at 22:58
Regular
"Ghosts Can't Die!"
Posts: 774
Itís been a busy week for the hard drives on my Wii and Xbox 360. After taking a fairly long break from the Live Arcade and Virtual Console services I came back to a whole list of new titles and downloadable content that I couldnít resist. Pokemon Snap returned those wonderful memories from when I was younger, Majoraís Mask is awaiting my time on the Wii and one of my favourite racers also made its debut this week, Outrun.

Outrun is a true arcade racer through and through. Select from a handful of Ferraris and then choose if you want Manual or Automatic Transmission. You are now ready to go! Things couldnít be kept simpler as you race at around 300kph with your girlfriend in the passenger seat down winding roads and widely varying environments. Hard breaking is for losers in this game as drifting is all you need to make your way around seemingly impossible bends. While racing along tracks is all well and good, what sets this simple racer aside are the forks you reach in the roads. You will begin on a wonderfully beautiful beach where after about a minute of driving you will need to make a choice as to where your driving takes you next. If you stick to the left road you will then take an easier path whereas going right will make things more difficult and challenging. With fifteen locations to drive through itíll take multiple races to venture all of them. Itís crazy how one minute youíll be racing through dusty canyons, then drive onto snowy mountains and then end up in a casino paradise.

There are a small handful of differing modes to accompany the regular Outrun option. First up is the oddly titled ďHeart Attack ModeĒ where not only must you try and make it from start to finish, but you must also attempt several missions along the way. These range from something as simple as overtaking cars or not crashing into the walls right up to the bizarre like hitting floating ghosts and grabbing giant coins in the road. Some are especially challenging and can often require extremely precise driving in order to gain a top grade. The second mode is a standard time trial mode where all traffic is wiped away and youíre solely scored on how quick you make it from the opening area to the finale. If youíre looking for a lengthier challenge then you can tackle both Outrun and Heart Attack Mode over all fifteen courses! While these are all for the lone player, the addiction kicks in when trying to get higher in the leaderboards since all these modes each have their own individual tables to prove yourself on.

However Sumo have included a multiplayer mode which isnít bad but isnít as good as it could be. While itís great fun having five other people racing with you at once, the problem lies in how stripped down the entire experience feels. For one the traffic is all gone so slipstreaming is out of the question. Next as for the different match styles, all you really have is the basic Outrun mode which is a bit of a let down.

When you consider this is only an Xbox Live Arcade title rather than a fully fledged store bought game, the overall presentation isnít too bad. The menus are nice and simple with the sounds of crashing waves in the background. Visually when you set foot in a Ferrari, everything looks attractive and colourful. The varying locations help make tracks feel more appealing with the Milky Way and Jungle sections looking particularly great. The music is classic Outrun tunes remixed and updated which Iím sure will please long term fans of the series and I have to admit I do love the ďRisky RideĒ track especially when speeding down beaches and navigating hairpin turns.

On the surface Outrun Online Arcade may seem like a basic package with little new to offer driving fans, but after one race youíll see how it becomes so hard to put down. Hereís hoping Sega decide to release more of their arcade catalogue on XBLA. Crazy Taxi perhaps?

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