OutRun 2 Reviews (Xbox)

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Overall User Score (35 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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GameSpy (Oct 22, 2004)
In 1986, the world experienced a little Sega magic with the arcade release of OutRun, Yu Suzuki's revolutionary driving game. Unlike most racers before and since, OutRun wasn't about circling a static track -- it was a raucous cross-country jaunt infused with beautiful graphics, decidedly Californian style and some unforgettable tunes. More recently, Sega created a superb sequel in OutRun2, which added modern-day aesthetics but retained the distinctive flair and flavor that made the original famous. Now it's hitting the Xbox, and Sumo Digital's home port is nothing short of excellent.
Retro Gamer (Oct, 2004)
A classy sequel that fans of the original will love. Sega proves once again why it’s the king of arcade racers.
The Next Level (Nov 01, 2004)
Overall, there's a lot of wholesome game content available and OutRun 2 is especially deep for an arcade racer. Whether you're extensively unlocking content or simply bringing a friend to shame online, OutRun 2 offers plenty of replay value and solid gameplay elements. And when you think about it, that’s exactly what made all those great classic, old-school games so enjoyable and compelling to play.
GotNext (Nov 01, 2004)
Overall, there's a lot of wholesome game content available and OutRun 2 is especially deep for an arcade racer. Whether you're extensively unlocking content or simply bringing a friend to shame online, OutRun 2 offers plenty of replay value and solid gameplay elements. And when you think about it, that’s exactly what made all those great classic, old-school games so enjoyable and compelling to play.
Next Level Gaming (Oct 22, 2004)
Who in the 90's did not play Outrun? It was in every arcade I ever went to, and probably about 90% of every laundrymat I passed by. And depending on the arcade you got the upright version, or the full sit-down setup. And the game was unmistakeable; steering wheel and pedal, gearshift, fast moving 2D sprites moving in a 3D view, and the most memorable music in an arcade game. Somehow Sega always knew their game music, and nothing to me was as pumping as Magical Sound Shower or Passing Breeze.
Shin Force (Jun 13, 2005)
OutRun2 is checkpoint arcade racing at its best! Fans of the original OutRun or Scud Race/Super GT will definitely love it, and the uninitiated will soon join the ranks. Honestly, from graphics to gameplay, OutRun 2 exceeded all my expectations.
Pelit (Nov, 2004)
Klassikon jatko-osa on herkullista arcadekarkkia, joka on oikean namin tavoin parhaimmillaan pienissä annoksissa. Ahmatit syövät paketin pahveineen päivineen tyhjäksi alle viikossa.
SegaFan.com (Apr 01, 2005)
OutRun 2 es una gran producción con dos problemas principales que realmente dependen más del perfil del usuario que de la programación del juego en sí. El primero es que, salvo honrosas excepciones, los títulos de velocidad que triunfan actualmente habitúan estar más cerca de lo que podríamos denominar "estilo GT" (inspiración en mayor o menor medida del 80% de juegos del género que salen hoy en día) aderezado últimamente con algo de tuning, que de un juego de planteamientos básicos sencillos como es el caso de este DVD. El segundo "pero" de OutRun 2 es el excesivo peso en la versión doméstica del modo Misión, al menos para una buena parte de jugadores, a los que no les vuelve locos ir superando minijuegos, sin que esto quiera decir en ningún momento que no sea divertido, que lo es y mucho. Si se pueden "soportar" estas dos salvedades la obra de Sega-AM2 y Sumo Digital está más que recomendada.
GameZone (Oct 22, 2004)
The original OutRun hit the arcades in the mid-eighties and immediately dazzled gamers with lightning fast graphics and smooth arcade racing gameplay. The result was a groundbreaking racing game that instantly earned its place as an arcade classic. The second OutRun game recently hit arcades using Xbox architecture in the cabinet. It featured the same brand of furious gameplay as its predecessor coupled with incredibly vibrant and realistic graphics. Now, the sequel is hitting the Xbox, and since the arcade version was built on Xbox hardware, OutRun 2 is an arcade perfect conversion and then some.
GameSpot (Oct 27, 2004)
When the original OutRun was released in 1986, it became an instant classic to racing fans. The cherry-red convertible Ferrari with the female passenger gave OutRun a distinctive look, which is almost iconic in its recognizability today. With the release of OutRun2 on the Xbox, Sega has effectively recaptured the magic of the original game. While it may not offer the sophistication of other racing games on the market, OutRun2 has an old-school sensibility that makes it both appealing and addictive. A wealth of content and an online mode add to the game's great value as well.
IGN (Oct 22, 2004)
Back in the arcade days I played OutRun, Pole Position and every other arcade racer I could get my hands on. Back then, they were all arcade racers. Each game had its twist, its one catch, and Sega's OutRun always stood out as a fast, wild ride in a convertible with a girlfriend. If you remember playing it, you'll also recall it wasn't an easy game, either. OutRun was easy to pick up and play, but to beat it? Well, you'd better have two pockets filled with quarters, and another loaded pair of pants for backup.
SEGA-Portal.de (Sep 20, 2009)
Für Leute wie mich könnte die Wertung nicht hoch genug sein und diese können ruhigen Gewissens noch die zwei fehlenden Punkte dazu addieren. Um sie dem Großteil der Spieler allerdings gerecht zu machen, habe ich das Spiel möglichst objektiv bewertet. Schließlich gibt es nicht sehr viele Autos, knapp 3 Spielmodi und lediglich die Challenges als Nebenaufgaben. Außerdem dürfte der hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad, der für diese Aufgaben nicht verstellbar ist, so manchen Spieler zur Weißglut bringen. So bleibt OutRun2 also für Fans des Genres der wohl beste Vertreter der 128Bit Generation, während der ganze Rest über das altmodische Spielprinzip nur müde lächeln kann.Aber auch diese sollten sich das Spiel einmal ansehen, vielleicht existiert irgendwo noch eine unentdeckte Liebe…
Console Obsession (May 31, 2010)
OutRun2 and Burnout 3 are worlds apart, whilst Burnout 3 may pip Sega’s fan-pleasing thoroughbred arcade racer at the post, they both are still very different games. We have to applaud Sumo Digital at what is a fantastic achievement in both the smooth conversion as well as the game-saving additions. The Mission mode may become difficult rather quickly and the Live play is disappointing, but this is arcade racing and beautiful journeying at its utmost finest.
X-Power (Oct 22, 2004)
De arcade roots zijn op elk moment in het spel zichtbaar en voelbaar. Hier zal niet iedereen even gelukkig mee zijn. Outrun2 speel je niet "uit" maar "perfectioneer" je, ook al moet je een bepaald parcour steeds weer herspelen. In die zin is Outrun2 de ultieme combinatie tussen old school gameplay en alles wat een spel van de huidige generatie zo aantrekkelijk maakt. Kan je jezelf hierin vinden, dan heb je geen reden om het spel niet in huis te halen. De andere gamers raad ik aan om het spel eerst eens te huren.
Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 27, 2004)
En définitive, Outrun 2 peut-il tenir tête à Burnout 3 ? Si vous faites partie de cette niche de joueurs qui pensent que Criterion à force d'en faire plus finit par en faire trop, ou simplement si vous êtes un nostalgique d'une conduite simple, complètement surréaliste et auréolée de défis parfaitement délirants comme sait en faire Sega, alors foncez, Outrun 2 est pour vous car c'est cette diversité et cette folie de challenge qu'on saura apprécier en dépit d'une réalisation un peu à la traîne.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Sep 29, 2004)
As much as we'd like to take it in isolation and extol its virtues unshaken by the knowledge of meatier challenges a couple of shelves away, it's impossible to talk about OutRun2 - one of the most single-minded racing games we've played - without contrasting it with the depth and scope of Burnout 3, released just three weeks earlier. And it's a comparison that hurts the SEGA title. Burnout 3, simply, was built from the ground up to be satisfyingly vast, and it succeeded. You won't run out of things to do for weeks. OutRun2, meanwhile, is completely the opposite - a concise racing challenge geared towards delivering short-term thrills in the arcade, with reversed tracks and a couple of unlockable bonuses, task-oriented mission modes and Xbox Live support drafted in over the last year to try and boost its appeal to console owners.
4Players.de (Nov 04, 2004)
OutRun 2 ist ein Arcade-Racer durch und durch, der immer wieder für ein paar heiße Drifts ans Pad bzw. Lenkrad fesselt. Es macht einfach eine Menge Spaß, mit seinem virtuellen Ferrari über den Asphalt zu schlittern und ohne jeden Tuning- oder Setup-Ballast ordentlich Gummi zu geben. Auf Dauer ist dies für ein Vollpreisspiel aber leider etwas wenig. Zwar haben die Entwickler versucht, mit den 101 Aufgaben des Xbox-exklusiven Challenge-Modus für Langzeitmotivation zu sorgen, aber sind diese erst einmal absolviert, was übrigens schneller geht als man denkt, lässt die Motivation spürbar nach und man kehrt eigentlich nur noch für das ein oder andere Wettrennen über Xbox Live oder Systemlink zurück. Zwar gibt es auch noch einen originellen Party-Modus, aber da man dabei nicht gleichzeitig, sondern nur nacheinander an den Start geht, ist man die meiste Zeit nur zum Zuschauen degradiert und verliert somit schnell die Lust an den indirekten Punktewettkämpfen.
XBox Front (Jan 23, 2005)
Wenige Rennspiele waren so stilprägend wie Outrun aus dem Jahr 1986 von Sega. Dieser Spielhallen-Hit, in dem man mit einem roten Ferrari an Traumstränden vorbei von Checkpoint zu Checkpoint eilte, gehört zweifellos zu den unsterblichen Arcade-Klassikern. Ende 2003 kam Outrun 2 in die Spielhallen. Mittlerweile hat Sega eine 1:1 Umsetzung für die Xbox produziert.
contactmusic.com (Oct 28, 2004)
To conclude; Outrun2 is a must for any fans of the original. The way the game has been updated and longevity of play has been assured make this title a must. For anybody out there who is just looking to buy a racing title, you should maybe hire Outrun2 before buying it, just to make sure it is what you are looking for.
videogamer.com (Dec 24, 2004)
Outrun 2 is a good game, it's just very short and let down by poor AI, and what should have been its saving grace, in online play, is actually more of a test of patience. While it lasts the experience is great and if you must own the game, this conversion is very good.
1UP (Oct 26, 2004)
OutRun 2 is a love-hate proposition. You either get it or you don't. If you don't, there are other racing games available that offer more cars, more challenges, more complex controls, free-roaming environments, modifiable performance, and all that jazz that's becoming endemic to the modern racing game. But if you do happen to get it...well, drift away.
The Video Game Critic (Jun 24, 2006)
There's an on-line mode and a lame "take-turns" party mode, but sorry, no split screen. Outrun 2's soundtrack is a collection of generic synth-pop tunes, which sound cheesy at first but have an old school charm. The original Outrun is included as an unlockable, and it many ways it's better than Outrun 2! Even so, this great-looking game provides more instant gratification than most modern games.