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OutRun (SEGA Master System)

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User Reviews

In my book, it's among the top 5 racing games. J. David Taylor (28) unrated
Better than the Arcade Coin Op!!! Kevin Huang (9) unrated

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Out Run fut un titre à succès à l'époque sur Master System, pas moins de quatre jeux portent son nom ! La 8 bits fut vraiment sa console de prédilection, et il n'y a pas trop à se plaindre au vu de ses qualités. Vous l'aurez compris au travers de ce test, Out Run est un jeu qui ressemble à Hang-On, mais aussi à World Grand Prix, la vue est sensiblement la même avec cette route qui se contorsionne et un décor de fond panoramique, néanmoins il lui apporte aussi de nombreuses améliorations, dont une "ligne de conduite" radicalement opposée, la détente prenant le pas sur la compétition en termes d'ambiance. Cependant, si Out Run peut à juste titre être considéré comme une digne évolution de Hang-On, ce n'est pas encore un aboutissement comme le seront d'autres jeux de course 8 bits. Cela ne l'a pas empêché de distraire nombre de joueurs !
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Overall this Out Run's no substitute for the coin-op, but it is very playable stuff. The variety of routes and tremendous feeling of speed easily outweigh the graphic rough edges.
Avec Space Harrier, Out Run est l'une des meilleurs cartouches pour la console Sega. A mettre dans toute bonne logithèque !
Génération 4
Malgré quelques défauts cette adaptation d'arcade est une grande réussite et le jeu réjouira tous ceux qui ont adoré l'original des cafés.
Conversione di un titolo classico che mantiene lo spirito originale e che vi terrà impegnati per molto tempo senza stancarvi
Happy Computer
Der Spielautomat Out Run ist wegen seiner exzellenten Grafik und der Hydraulik zum Superhit geworden. Leider ist es unmöglich, diese beiden Besonderheiten bei einer Umsetzung auf ein Videospiel-System zu berücksichtigen. Wenn man diese Tatsache einkalkuliert, ist die Adaption von Out Run recht gut gelungen. Die Grafik ist sehr farbenfroh, und das Tempo holt eine Menge aus der Z80-CPU heraus. Leider merkt man jetzt um so schmerzlicher, daß das Spielprinzip von Out Run nicht unbedingt das intelligenteste ist. Man dreht halt seine Runden, achtet ständig auf die ablaufende Zeit und tut sein Bestes, nicht von der Fahrbahn abzukommen oder ein anderes Auto zu rammen. Interessante Details wie die Wahlmöglichkeit zwischen verschiedenen Strecken und der anständige 3D-Effekt bewahren Out Run davor, von mir eine Schelte zu beziehen.
The Games Machine (UK)
Out Run is instantly very playable, with good sound - although the three tunes do rather resemble each other, they do add a nice atmosphere. The graphics, however, are a let down; the backgrounds are well drawn, but on the racetrack things are not all good.
Retrogaming History
Out Run in sala giochi è un capolavoro assoluto, su Master System è una buona conversione. In sostanza ci si ritrova tra le mani una produzione valida e divertente ma lontana dai fasti dell'originale e ciò è dovuto sopratutto alle limitazioni hardware della console. (Però il flickerio/sfarfallio poteva e doveva essere minore)
Non è quel capolavoro del coin-op, ma rimane sempre un buon giochino di giuda con visuale dietro la vettura.
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
[Retest] Racing games become kerb crawlers fast.
Overall, Out Run is a decent title for the Sega Master system. The controls are simple, and the music is excellent. The branching paths and alternate endings offer a lot of replay value, and it will take a good amount of time to thoroughly complete this title. If you are looking for a hidden gem that sets the Master System apart from the Nintendo, you may be disappointed. If you are looking for a cheap entertaining Sega Master System game, this is for you.
Semelhante aos fliperamas com carros de corrida, este jogo tem cinco etapas, com cinco traçados a percorrer.
The Video Game Critic
I've played several versions of this game, and I'm fairly satisfied with this one. In this arcade racer you speed your convertible down a highway that cuts through many different environments. Forks in the road allow you to select your path, which adds to the game's replay value. The backgrounds aren't spectacular, but the change of scenery spices up the monotonous gameplay. Basically you just need to stay on the road and avoid oncoming cars. The road is wide and the control is good. Unfortunately, when you crash the people don't fly out like they did in the arcade (couldn't they have squeezed that in?). Your car looks great, but the oncoming cars are distorted. The scaling scenery is choppy, but that's okay because it's basically just eye candy anyway. At the beginning of the game, you can select your background music. Outrun is likable enough, but not all that exciting.
Defunct Games
At the end of the day it's hard to look past OutRun's bad graphics, broken game play, and disappointing sense of speed. This just isn't a quality port of an otherwise good arcade game. There were moments when I played it that I could see brief glimpses of the greatness that I remembered in the arcade, but those were too few and far between. Just look elsewhere when choosing an 8-bit arcade racer.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Es war schon nicht einfach, in der Spielhalle die Aufgabe zu erfüllen, aber in den eigenen vier Wänden ging die Spielfreude irgendwie schneller verloren. Die Grafik ist nicht schlechter als bei dem Vorgänger. Der Sound ist identisch. Aber die Atmosphäre fehlt einfach, und die macht gerade den Reiz dieses Spiels aus! Nun will man das Spiel nicht unbedingt an den Simulationsgeräten in den Spielhallen messen, weil dort ganz andere Möglichkeiten gegeben sind. Betrachtet man jedoch die Sega-Version, so sind nicht nur Abstriche aufgrund der Tatsache zu machen, daß dieses Spiel auf den Homecomputern anderen Voraussetzungen unterliegt.