is a 1986 racing game by Sega. This game has always been one of
my favorites, with the art and music direction, alongside the
fantastic graphics, shown as an evolution of Sega's
revolutionary Super Scaler technology. But unlike the other
Super Scaler games that preceded and followed it, OutRun has a
modern appeal unlike any of the other games built on its
OutRun hit the arcade racing scene, it was almost technically
identical to its biking predecessor, Hang-On. Hang-On had the
benefit of a very cool rideable motorcycle controller, but was
otherwise not much of an advancement over the original arcade
racing hit, Pole Position. At this time, racing games were
limited to 2D over-the-head style games or these pseudo-3D path
following racers. The technology just wasn't there to create a
seamless 3D racing experience.
believe the developers knew this; they knew that racing games
couldn't conceivably get any better. So they focused on making
OutRun more than a regular racing game: they made OutRun an experience.
The game had fifteen unique areas to explore. They licensed the
Ferrari Testarossa to put the player behind the wheel of one of
the coolest cars of the era. And they truly solidified the
entire package with three original songs by Hiroshi Kawaguchi,
each with a different speed, genre, and feel, all selectable by
me, OutRun is one of the earliest games you play just to
experience its atmosphere. Unlike older arcade cornerstones,
there's nothing to beat in OutRun, nothing to defeat: It's just
you and the open road. You choose the music, you choose the
path, and you drive. It captures this feeling so well that it
still has a lasting appeal today, with modern re-releases, both
official and fanmade.
urge anyone, even someone with a paltry interest in retro games,
to play this game: I believe it's one of the all-time greats,
and it's still so refreshing to play over 35 years after it was
OutRun is available to play on PC thanks to Cannonball.
Thank you Reassembler for your excellent port of this classic
Madville. I don't own jack!