Saturday 4 June 2022

OutRun (Sega Game Gear review)

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1991

OutRun is a driving game that was also released on the Sega Master System in 1987.

+ Despite being an 8-bit port, the essence of the game is still intact and there's plenty of speed that the series is known for.

+ 15 different courses available and the freedom to choose your route to the finish line makes every attempt feel fresh.

+ The one-on-one VS CPU mode is an added bonus, but the 2-player option (via a Link Cable) gives the game real longevity.

+ The controls are terrific and the vehicles have some weight to them which makes cornering a much more natural experience.

+ The rolling hill effect is impressive and the sprite scaling (while a little crude) does a convincing job of conveying speed.

- Some slowdown in areas where there's lots of roadside scenery and there's no cut-scenes when you reach the goal.

- The time limits in each course are very strict and there's no difficulty option for less skilled players.

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