Friday, 3 June 2022

OutRun (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Sega R&D 2
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1987

OutRun is a driving game that was later released on the Sega Game Gear in 1991.

+ The spirit of the series is alive-and-well here despite this being an 8-bit port and the fast-paced action is intact.

+ The 15 stages offer unique scenic and spatial challenges and being able to choose your route adds replayability.

+ The stage transitions look fantastic as they seamlessly merge into one another, and the ending cut-scenes are intact.

+ Great renditions of the original music tracks and the graphics feature more sprite detail compared to the portable version.

- However, some stage backgrounds are sparse and look incredibly out-of-place compared to the more vibrant courses.

- The frame-rate is low which results in choppy gameplay and a lack of precise control over your vehicle.

- Rolling hill effect is overused leading to frustration at the abundance of crashes due to not seeing what's ahead of you.


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