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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Experience the mayhem and action of OutRun Online Arcade as you test your time, speed, and handling ability, bringing your next-gen skills online with this coin-op classic. Feel the kick as you put your foot to the floor in one of 10 high-performance Ferraris racing your way across the U.S. with an open top and a girl by your side. Winding roads, beautiful beaches and big city lights - it's mile after mile of unrelenting acceleration through 15 action-packed courses, all visually enhanced in stunning high definition. Jump behind the wheel for the ultimate arcade racing experience and push yourself on the road as you race up to six others with online multiplayer. OutRun Online Arcade - it's a beautiful journey! Competition: OutRun delivers online multiplayer for up to six players for the first time on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Courses and cars: Race through 15 glorious courses in 10 licensed Ferrari cars for the ultimate OutRun ride. Arcade modes: The fast-paced arcade action thrills with heart attack and time attack modes. Classic tracks: Catch the cool sounds of OutRun as these smashing tracks feature alongside stunning new visuals. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Still one of Sega's best racers. [Apr 2009, p.92]
  2. Outrun Online Arcade is largely the same game that it's been for the last 23 years, which is to say that it's a simple and fun arcade racer that works great as a time killer, but it's nothing that's going to entertain for hours at a time.
  3. So despite its promise of fast cars and buxom blondes suggesting otherwise, OutRun Online Arcade isn’t quite the game our dreams are made of, but it’s damn near close.
  4. A great remake of a timeless classic. The pure arcade gameplay that was loved by so many, in a new revamped package that will appeal to modern gamers the world over.
  5. In motion, it's a painfully beautiful game: in the saturated richness of its colours and the raw exuberance of its backdrops; in the soaring melody of Magical Sound Shower and the husky elocution of the girl who voices the menus; in the hard, brilliant, arcade brashness of it all; above all, in the unique balance and beauty of its handling.
  6. Outrun is most definitely a blast from the past. Hardcore fans of the series or even fans of improving scores or times will love this addition to the series.
  7. Even at $10, we won't be taking another ride with OutRun until Sega serves up some substantial new content. [May 2009, p.80]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 8, 2012
    10
    An absolutely brilliant racer that has lovely sharp graphics, great pick-up-and-play gameplay, and that all important 'just one more go' factor. It's so incredibly playable, and although it's missing much of the 'coast to coast' retail release for xbox /ps2 /pc, it's online play, and HD graphics make up for it! Awesome.. my advice? get this right away and also get the coast to coast version for PC (or xbox or ps2) as well! Expand
  2. JeremyM
    Apr 15, 2009
    10
    A great game that seems so simple on the outside, is actually quite detailed. Online races are frantic and single player feels like a classic sega racing game. You cant get better outrun action than this. BUY THIS GAME! Expand
  3. MarcusL
    Apr 18, 2009
    10
    OutRun has been with us for over 20 years now, and we've had 3 years (or so) without another OutRun game. With OutRun being my third favourite game series (below Mega Man and Sonic), as you could tell, I was excited about this game. First good thing is the price. 800 Microsoft points. I was expecting at least 1200 points. Secondly, the looks. Yes, it looks like an Xbox game, but really, it looks beautiful still. Thirdly, is the gameplay. It's good old basic arcade driving. You don't have to go around bash the crap out of other cars (Wheelman anyone?), nor customize your car in such a crzy way so it goes 345mph (Need for Speed). It's just you, your girlfriend and a drifiting Ferrari that can go nearly 200 mph. And the multiplayer is great. Sure, it's not the BEST, but what do you expect from an £8 game? All in all, OROA is an outstanding game and a definate buy if you have a spare 800 points. Those looking for complicated customisation or mindless bashing of cars, this is not your game. But for people that JUST want to drive, this is your game. A masterpiece. Expand
  4. musicmaniac1965
    Apr 19, 2009
    9
    before i start of about what i like and love about this game, i will tell you the bad news first, so we end with a good feeling. there are 2 bug's in the game when you play online. the first one can be done if you play with collissions on. the second place player can rub his front of the car to the first player's side. if he touches the car long enough, he will get a boost so far away, that player 1 can't even catch his slipstream ! the second one i guess most of you have seen on youtube, but at the forks of the road, suddenly a piece of floor dissapears, and your car gets stuck. this will not happen to you if you are the host, but other players can expirience it. also the game is a stripped down version from outrun 2 SP, as the turbo outrun music is missing, and also 5 ferrari's. all this to keep download size small, and the price at 800 points. the good news is the developpers are now aware of this, and will release a patch to end all trouble. also if the game sell's enough, they may release the outrun 2 tracks and the reverse tracks from sega ! so if you love outrun, buy it. the troubles will be dealt with, and more content is always welcome to such a good good feeling arcade racer. now the good news: on the 1 player game, everything that was missing on the outrun coast to coast game is in this one ! so the vulcano erupts if you finish outrun mode stage A, flower pettals will fall and doves fly across the screen if you finish outrun mode stage C, the rocket gets launched if you finish outrun mode stage D, and coulorred confetti will fall down if you finish outrun mode stage E. also every effect from the arcade is here, and even been updated. so the low hanging clowds, the sun and lens flare when the sun shines in your face, and the higher resolution all helps creating a even more magical sega outrun mood. for me, this is a dream come true. even now i got the full 200 gamerscore from the game, i will be playing this time and time again. and online really adds to the fun, especially if the problems got solved. Expand
  5. OrlandoT
    Apr 15, 2009
    8
    Great quick nostalgic fun. Great game well executed when taking into account the $10 buck price. Multiplayer runs very smoothly.
  6. NealV
    Apr 27, 2009
    6
    I love OutRun2/SP, but this is disappointing. Why so little mention in reviews of the EVIL slowdown?! Certain stages (especially a couple of final stages) have slowdown that's so bad it totally throws you off your game - no way can that be good. Sumo can't have taken much pride in their work when a cut-down port of their last-gen classic runs so much worse on more powerful hardware. Don't even think about trying to sell me those missing OutRun2 tracks as DLC until you've fixed the slowdown! Expand