OutRun

Sega’s classic point-to-point racer from 1986, featuring a car that bears an uncanny resemblance to a Ferrari Testarossa (without actually being one for licensing reasons) and one of the best examples of Yu Suzuki’s “Super Scaler” technology at work.


Developer: Sega AM2
Publisher: Sega
Available on: Absolutely frigging everything


Articles about OutRun

The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 26 – Vanishing Point - Pete takes some time to educate Chris in the wonder of horizon-chasing "vanishing point" racers from the '80s and '90s. Plus the usual news and "what we've been playing" talk.
Sega Ages: OutRun – Chasing the Horizon - Trivia of the day: the shiny red car in the original OutRun is not, as many people assume (and as both numerous sites on the Internet and some incarnations of the game’s original manual claim), a Ferrari Testarossa; it’s just a car designed to look uncannily like a Ferrari Testarossa — in other words, it’s a … Continue reading Sega Ages: OutRun – Chasing the Horizon
Sunday Driving: It Keeps Happening - Oh, Flagman. Why do you taunt me so? Why does beating Clarissa in a straight-up race through the easiest courses in the game seem to be such a challenge? Who knows. And apparently after today’s experimentation, it is not the car that is to blame — though it may well be my driving. It seems … Continue reading Sunday Driving: It Keeps Happening
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 … Continue reading Sunday Driving: Timeless Classics of Video Game Music
Sunday Driving: Pipped to the Post… Twice - Let’s continue our OutRun adventure beneath those glorious Sega blue skies! OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is one of my favourite arcade racers, and playing through for this series is reminding me quite how much substance there is to it. This is no straight arcade port, by any means; there’s a wealth of different challenges to … Continue reading Sunday Driving: Pipped to the Post… Twice
Sunday Driving: Sega Blue Skies - It’s time to start our engines and kick off a new series of Sunday Driving. This time around, we’ll be exploring Sega and Sumo Digital’s wonderful OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast, which you may recall is a game that I am a big fan of. This is a classic racer that I’ve been meaning to revisit … Continue reading Sunday Driving: Sega Blue Skies
Slipstream: The Road to ’80s Arcade Racing Nirvana - OutRun is consistently cited as one of the best, most influential arcade games of all time, so it’s surprising Sega hasn’t done more with it over the years. And speaking more broadly, I’ve seen enough people bemoaning the lack of arcade-style racing games in today’s landscape that it’s even more surprising more developers haven’t attempted … Continue reading Slipstream: The Road to ’80s Arcade Racing Nirvana
The MoeGamer Podcast: Pilot Episode – Sega, Sega, Sega - The MoeGamer Podcast kicks off with an enthusiastic discussion of Sega, plus recent happenings from around the gaming business and what Pete and Chris have been playing lately.
Outrun 2006: Gone, But Not Forgotten - Ah, OutRun. The quintessential “Sega blue sky” series… and one that has kind of fallen by the wayside a bit since the expiry of Sega’s license with Ferrari. After listening to a bit of the soundtrack to the upcoming Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash and thinking “gosh, this sounds a bit like early 2000s Sega music, I feel … Continue reading Outrun 2006: Gone, But Not Forgotten

 

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