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!
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