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OutRun

アウトラン

Developer: Sega AM2 Publisher: Sega
20 September 1986
OutRun [アウトラン] - cover art
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#1,102 All-time
#3 for 1986
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1987 Sega AM2 Sega  
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JP 4 974365 143268
1987 Sega AM2 Sega  
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1987 Sega AM2 Sega  
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US
1990 Sega NEC Avenue  
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1991 Sega AM2 Hertz  
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XNA 0 10086 01125 8
1991 Sega AM2 Hertz  
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OutRun Sega Ages
1996 Sega Rutubo  
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JP 4 974365 091101
2015 M2 Sega  
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2018 Sega AM2 M2  
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2019 Sega AM2 M2  
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I struggle to think of a more unified game in terms of presentation and gameplay. Outrun is so much more than a game, it's a perfect pearl.

You ride a Ferrari Testarossa with your girlfiend and the objective is to simply reach checkpoints before the time runs out, in essence a concept that hasn't changed since Sega's Hang-On from the previous year, and even though gameplay wise it hasn't changed much either(except having maybe slightly tighter controls), Outrun has fantastic presentation. It's the little things that count, like being able to change the song you want to play on the station(most will agree that Passing Breeze is still the best), riding on a seaside, and having the choice to drive in various locales on the map of your choosing, which all have beautiful scenery for a 1986 arcade game. Yu Suzuki has stated that he considered this a driving game than a racing game, and getting submerged inside it is marvelously zen.

The arcade version and its timer are completely brutal, but that's not what matters, does it? It's the unforgettable experience of riding next to sea waves along with other people's cars, trucks, reading whatever billboards you're passing by, shifting gears in time before you crash. And even if you lose, the sighs you let out at the warm sunset of the game over screen, are not of frustration: but out of relief and contentedness, because you just witnessed an unforgettable experience. You deck out your initials and then quit just as the sun sets over the cozy, glamorous world of Outrun. The palmtree backrdop indeed makes all the difference between "Damn you, I lost!" and "Aw, shucks, I lost..."

That's not to say this game wouldn't benefit from a free ride mode, which some future port would certainly need at some point.
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"Was this road really that long?"

It hasn't lost much of its power in the decades since, reducing every non-essential element of a video game and still being the most memorable road trip in gaming history.

This is truly a game at it's purest form
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LukeBrassai アウトラン 2022-08-03T22:25:44Z
2022-08-03T22:25:44Z
3.5
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kaaisu アウトラン 2022-07-31T09:15:19Z
Arcade
2022-07-31T09:15:19Z
2.0
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MegaDriveGirl 3D Out Run 2022-07-21T02:43:57Z
3DS
2022-07-21T02:43:57Z
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Chatran アウトラン 2022-07-17T03:55:44Z
2022-07-17T03:55:44Z
4.0
1
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Mistertitanic OutRun 2022-07-02T13:00:43Z
Master System • US
2022-07-02T13:00:43Z
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twinkiemachine OutRun 2022-06-30T13:58:52Z
Mega Drive/Genesis • XNA
2022-06-30T13:58:52Z
3.5
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twinkiemachine OutRun 2022-06-30T13:58:18Z
Saturn • JP
2022-06-30T13:58:18Z
4.5
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twinkiemachine OutRun 2022-06-30T13:57:49Z
TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine • JP
2022-06-30T13:57:49Z
3.0
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twinkiemachine アウトラン 2022-06-30T13:57:36Z
2022-06-30T13:57:36Z
4.5
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twinkiemachine SEGA AGES Out Run 2022-06-30T13:57:30Z
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2022-06-30T13:57:30Z
4.5
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1Chops アウトラン 2022-06-30T01:30:39Z
2022-06-30T01:30:39Z
3.5
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Sixtyforce アウトラン 2022-06-23T11:40:41Z
2022-06-23T11:40:41Z
3.5
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  • UnmistakableRin 2021-05-20 14:35:27.111426+00
    I've never managed to finish this game, dammit.
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  • JGar40 2021-07-15 04:11:21.709418+00
    Yakuza 0 gang, it's not so much the gameplay that makes this great but the presentation. It does a lot with pixel graphics.
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  • feargm 2021-09-20 11:02:20.589707+00
    happy 35th!!!
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  • elchriso 2021-10-13 01:38:16.414838+00
    Played this at an arcade with the moving seat last weekend and holy shit guys it's so fucking good. Like still one of the best machines in the whole place good. Hasn't ages a day in 35 years. Got better if anything.
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