Sunday Driving: Timeless Classics of Video Game Music

OutRun has endured in popularity for so long for a number of reasons.

First and arguably foremost is its sheer “pick up and play” nature. It’s simple to understand, easy to get into and tricky to master — exactly what you want from an arcade game — and this overall feel has continued into its later console incarnations.

Secondly is its soundtrack. Classics like Magical Sound Shower and Splash Wave sound just as good today as they did back when the first OutRun game hit arcades — and Sega very much understands this has always been part of the appeal!

In today’s episode, we continue with Flagman’s challenges in an attempt to prove our driving skills in various ways. Along the way, I ponder exactly what it is about OutRun’s iconic tunes that have caused them to endure over the years.

We’re unlikely to ever see another OutRun game given the status of Sega’s relationship with Ferrari, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the old games. Particularly those that had physical releases so that old bugbear “licensing issues” can’t wipe them off the digital face of the planet!


More about OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Driving: Timeless Classics of Video Game Music”

    1. I’m afraid not! This game came out in 2006 for PlayStation 2, original Xbox and PC, and is unlikely to get a rerelease owing to the expiry of Sega’s license with Ferrari. If you want to play it, you’ll have to grab one of those old versions. The PC version works fine on modern machines if you haven’t got an old console to hand!

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  1. Nice review! Outrun 2006 Coast 2 Coast is indeed a brilliant racing game. It also reminds you of Ford Racing games. And yeah, its 80’s/90’s classic soundtrack along with Donna Burke music and new remixes of the old tracks really made it a memorable game.

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