• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Apr 25, 2006
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. There isn't enough of a difference between this game and Outrun2 to make it worth respending $30 on.
  2. 73
    It's a good game that holds onto the initial flavor of the arcade franchise, and it incorporates a few new twists on the game formula. At the same time, it's the same graphical engine, the same levels and practically the same idea just two years later with limited replayability once beaten.
  3. But those who’ve played Outrun 2 and found themselves bored of it after a few days will find nothing here to reignite the flame.
  4. There are just too many other, better racers on the PS2 that you should play even before OutRun 2006 comes to mind.
  5. Oh, and if you already own OutRun 2 on the Xbox, don't bother with this update. [Jun 2006, p.110]
  6. When the concept of OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast was pitched there would have been a decision made, go retro and incorporate as much of the older title with some new elements, or make a new and revolutionary racing simulator. The result was to sit in the middle and therefore the end result is essentially a mediocre title.
  7. Outrun 2006 is not a bad game, but in a world where arcade racers have evolved to the quality of the Burnout series, it just feels kind of antiquated. [Jun 2006, p.97]
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 5, 2013
    7
    This arcade style game is sort of like Ridge Racer meets the original 16-bit Outrun. If you don't like drifting, Ferrari, or the originalThis arcade style game is sort of like Ridge Racer meets the original 16-bit Outrun. If you don't like drifting, Ferrari, or the original Outrun game, you won't really understand this. The challenge of this game goes from boring to hard a little unevenly, but once it starts to get challenging you feel like its a game worth collecting. It has various game modes, cars to buy, and beautiful backgrounds. The music is really catchy and there are many tunes to unlock. The music is basically sonic the hedgehog or typical sega CD style. I'm not sure I'd recommend this game to a stranger, unless they already were familiar with Sega's past. It does have great music and its a good pick-me-up and play style game. Overall, Burnout and many other drivers will have more longevity for the player. Its not like there aren't enough PS2 racers. The current used cost on Ebay is a little high, but not outrageous. I'd recommend this more for Collectors and Sega fans. I will probably keep it for awhile. Its fun for awhile, and can get challenging if you stick with it. Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2012
    6
    this one is a traditional arcade racer and it lacks of deepness! i was really bored by this game. it looks good, its polished, but under thethis one is a traditional arcade racer and it lacks of deepness! i was really bored by this game. it looks good, its polished, but under the surface there is nothing really interesting here Full Review »
  3. Sep 5, 2011
    10
    Quite simply the finest arcade driving experience on a home console whether it's on Xbox or PS2. Sumo Digital have done an amazing job ofQuite simply the finest arcade driving experience on a home console whether it's on Xbox or PS2. Sumo Digital have done an amazing job of squeezing this much fun and frolics into platforms that were (roughly) 5 to 7 years old by the time this was released. It's not just a pick-up-and-play-arcade-racer, this is a game that implores you to love it and spend time with it collecting "OutRun Miles" to spend in the Showroom on music, cars or reversing the stages.

    It may be "old" now but do your gaming soul a favour and buy both the PS2 and PSP versions, any missions you can't quite complete at home just copy across and do it on the go. The number of times a Man In A Suit has sat next to me on the commute home and obviously seethed with jealousy at not being able to swing the back-end of a Ferrari left and right through an S-bend.

    Talking about the mechanics of OutRun 2006 may be like striping a beautiful women down to her bones, it's not really necessary to see what it's made of but comment must be made on drifting. It's essential that any game which includes missions such as "Avoid the Meteors" or "Drive Through Blue" or "Cut The Lines" gets this right. It not only gets this right by providing you with the tools to do it but also by making it pure joy.

    The music isn't something that can just be defined as "Good" or "Bad", there's the original OutRun themes, remixed themes and new tracks from OutRun 2. Most music needs unlocking but just refer to the "OutRun Miles" comment.

    It's a love letter to video games and it's simply amazing and it's tragic to think we'll probably never see the likes of it again. Here's a simple test, if you select "Night Flight" as your track of choice and whilst drifting around a sun-soaked stretch of road and you don't feel your spirit soar then walk on by, this isn't the game for you.

    For the rest of us this is simply amazing.
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