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OutRun

アウトラン

Developer: Sega AM2 Publisher: Sega
20 September 1986
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#1,250 All-time
#3 for 1986
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1987 Sega AM2 Sega  
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1987 Sega AM2 Sega  
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1990 Sega NEC Avenue  
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1991 Sega AM2 Hertz  
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1991 Sega AM2 Hertz  
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OutRun Sega Ages
1996 Sega Rutubo  
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2015 M2 Sega  
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2019 Sega AM2 M2  
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Presentation: perfect 10. Influential? Oh yes. Gameplay? I'll pass, thank you. What a shameless coin-eater, what a clash of expectation versus reality. Games are the most powerful medium for learning, and this teaches a hard lesson.
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zaxapitsa 2023-03-03T13:43:53Z
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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, a structure 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 with idle clouds, where you can smell the salt and envision the seagulls in the air, and having the choice to drive in various European locales on the map of your choosing, which all have beautiful scenery for a 1986 arcade game. You can visit the Swiss grasslands, the wheat fields and vineyards in France, admire the German autobahn, the canyons of Spain, the dilapidated towns from pre-WW1 times, and the dunes of the Dakar rally. Yu Suzuki has stated that he considered this a driving game than a racing game, and getting submerged inside it is marvelously zen and a moment you wish you can keep forever. That, to me, is a hallmark of a really ingenious game.

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 resentfulness and peacefulness - I never get angry when I lose at "OutRun".

That's not to say this game wouldn't benefit from a free ride mode, which the dip switches certainly do have on offer. Even better is the open source port called "Cannonball", which has been made for so many platforms including Windows and the Wii(with motion controls!), which adds so many perks such as picking single tracks, a 60fps mode, perspective changes, and even has a track editor. This is a package you don't wanna miss.
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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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2024-06-18T21:35:09Z
3.5
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2024-06-04T11:24:49Z
4.0
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tackyproduct アウトラン 2024-06-04T03:41:45Z
2024-06-04T03:41:45Z
3.0
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Avirumque アウトラン 2024-05-20T04:05:25Z
2024-05-20T04:05:25Z
4.0
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kaaisu 3D Out Run 2024-05-14T07:52:16Z
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2024-05-14T07:52:16Z
3.0
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thepardunk アウトラン 2024-05-10T02:44:02Z
2024-05-10T02:44:02Z
1
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Rafayurikoo42 アウトラン 2024-04-27T01:08:36Z
2024-04-27T01:08:36Z
3.5
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mrmoptop2 3D Out Run 2024-04-23T18:53:31Z
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2024-04-23T18:53:31Z
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DimFau22 アウトラン 2024-04-20T17:44:51Z
2024-04-20T17:44:51Z
5.0
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FirstMate アウトラン 2024-04-19T17:03:40Z
2024-04-19T17:03:40Z
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Bobek アウトラン 2024-04-14T16:48:36Z
Arcade
2024-04-14T16:48:36Z
3.5
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RetroVertigo_ アウトラン 2024-04-13T11:17:44Z
2024-04-13T11:17:44Z
3.0
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  • Clownboss 2022-10-07 17:00:03.018068+00
    Also everybody try out the amazing "Cannonball" source port.
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  • 4D3D3D3 2023-04-16 06:13:07.060349+00
    the mall arcade I went to in the 90s had a sit down cabinet and it was the coolest game, though the weirdest detail I'm glad to now confirm is true is that it had a carpeted seat
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  • DavidthePearce 2023-07-27 01:54:20.541248+00
    If DOOM and other FPS games with that 2.5D style are labelled "Retro FPS", OutRun and racing games in this style should also receive their own name. The experience of playing this is much further from a conventional arcade racer than DOOM is from a conventional FPS.
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  • ToonFG 2023-08-22 13:40:09.181924+00
    omg it's so good.....
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  • onlyhereforcc 2023-11-08 01:26:28.21235+00
    the single most influential game in the history of.... music
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  • ssguiss 2024-01-03 16:34:03.310651+00
    great OST, game's what summer feels like. gameplay is tough as nails
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  • Regal_Throes 2024-01-19 23:39:21.442594+00
    Had the Sega Arcade Gallery on GBA and played this and After Burner the most. Could listen to that music for hours.
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