OutRun 2

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Arcade style racing action meets challenge based skills driving. Driving between different zones to reach the finish point with choices of which route to take along the way means you can select the difficulty along the way. This is the sequel to the original arcade classic and has a very similar style graphically and gameplay.

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Average score: 82% (based on 25 ratings)


Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 39 ratings with 2 reviews)

OutRun The Competition All Over Again

The Good
OutRun, has to be one of the most iconic arcade games of the 80’s. With it’s great gameplay, and amazingly cool “car” cabinet. The Sega Genesis port saved me my quarters. And the game was also ported to many a machine. Yet a true sequel would allude us until now. Nearly a decade later, OutRun 2, hit the arcade, and the Xbox.

OutRun 2, will be immediately recognizable to OutRun veterans. As in the original, you drive various Ferrari, with a hot blonde sitting shotgun. The goal being, not to place 1st , but to race from check-point to check-point. The faster you go, the higher your score. But watch out, if you screw up your passenger will show it. She will either cuss you out, or even assault you physically.(What a temper!)

OutRun 2, is not all nostalgia. It also adds to the original, gameplay wise. For starters the courses are now more varied. From beach side,(A nod to the original) to a winter mountain area, and even a horror-movie inspired area. There are more cars available as well, many of which must be unlocked, but more on that later. Arcade mode further ups the ante with “drifting” because this dubious “sport” has become popular lately. Learning how to execute a drift takes some time to master, but is well worth it as it will help you finish races even faster.

Arcade Mode is just one of OutRun 2’s many types of gameplay. There is also Challenge Mode, in which your passenger will request you do certain stunts, from drifting to simply knocking down cones. Completing challenges can earn you codes, artwork, and even new Ferrari to play with.

In Heart-Attack mode, you must keep your female companion happy. On the HUD a “heart” meter, by driving fast and aggressively, as well as pulling of stunts, you gain hearts, making mistakes causes your meter to decrease. Each single player mode, includes a different babe to ride with.(What a player!)

There is also Online play. Via Xbox Live, you can compete with friends, up to eight can play. The goal here is to beat the other players, simple enough right?

The Graphics are very good in OutRun 2. It looks much better than it’s arcade counter-part. I have heard some fools claim it looks like a Playstation 1 game. Don’t listen to all that noise, as that person must not remember what PS 1 games looked like or something. The graphics are very sharp and clean, one might say snazzy. The cars all look great, hell they are Ferrari. The areas you race through all look unique, and great.

The sound in OutRun 2 is good. Perhaps not as much as the graphics. But still good. The sound effects sound realistic, which is more than I can say for some games. The music is classic OutRun, with new tunes that could have easily been in the original. On top of that there are literally classic OutRun tunes. “Magical Sound Shower” any one?

The Bad
here could have been more music, or better yet a custom soundtrack option. Alas there is not. Why does “Step On Beat”, not return? That was a awesome tune from the Genesis port of OutRun.

The online component could have been better realized. I mean one online mode? Who are they kidding?

The Bottom Line
In the end OutRun 2 exemplifies what a update to a classic game should be. It combines the fun of the original, and still manages to pack in new thrills. Now if only we could get a new Hang-On, or Streets Of Rage. Sega, the ball is in your court.

Xbox · by MasterMegid (723) · 2006

Racing, old school.

The Good
Outrun 2 represents a fine arcade classic, and feeling if you will. It is almost Identical to the Arcade racers you see today, it has various amounts of content to do, from simple Arcade racing to challenging missions. Design is good, use of Ferrari's really spice things up, the challenges and "Heart-Attack" is vary addictive and enjoyable. The game is surprisingly long, along with a total of 101 missions to fill. Sound is adequate, as well as graphics, never met such a smooth arcade-game. Their are also plenty of unlock-ables, like cards, or the ability to play the completely original Outrun game, which really gives the game versatility.

The Bad
It can get repetitive at times, and often it feels weird to not have a handbrake for drifting, although it is supposed to be an arcade game. Music could've been better, not a vary good wealth of tracks, and I always thought custom soundtracks would work better. Some of the challenges are pretty far-fetched, like the math game, which I won't go into. The arcade itself can be over challenging, unless you play it on easy of coarse.

The Bottom Line
The game is pure arcade heart, really suggested for racing fans, as well as those who want a good challenge, or simply likes chicks and hot cars. After a day or two, you'll be hooked with this arcade Sim of greatness, Sega, really outdone themselves.

Xbox · by Chase Bowen (35) · 2005



While the previous OutRun games featured fictional "lookalike" cars, SEGA licensed the likeness of Ferrari cars in OutRun 2. The classic red convertible racer used in the series is now officially a Ferrari Testarossa.


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Game added by Baza.

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Game added October 21, 2004. Last modified March 30, 2024.