Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. By simply making sure that absolutely everything in the game is designed to remove the usual restrictions on fun, Sumo's created something that practically transcends rivals like PGR3 and Burnout before you even done anything.
  2. 90
    For the absolute best version you need to check out the Xbox game, but other than a few slight technical differences and some control irks you'd be hard pushed to tell it apart from the PlayStation 2 version.
  3. If you know anything about good games, you'll love it as much as we do. [April 2006, p.70]
  4. The $30 price tag, combined with the huge pile of content added, makes this a must-own for racing fans, Sega fans, or people just looking for a great arcade racer to add to their gaming library.
  5. Instead of a sense of "been there, done that" it will be a wave of comforting nostalgia, like a sea breeze taking you back to days gone by. OutRun 2006 is a lot of fun, it's just that you have to know exactly what to expect from the series.
  6. 87
    Its more of a single player experience than it is for multiples of people, and in that sense it works nearly perfectly. Car handling is simple, the frame rate is speedy, but more than anything Coast 2 Coast is fantastic fun to play - a quality that many a game bogged down with FMVs and unnecessary complications neglects.
  7. Sega is firmly established as one the best developers for arcade racers and you don't need to look further than OutRun 2006 to see why.
  8. The bottom line, however, is how much enjoyment will be gained by picking up OutRun 2: Coast 2 Coast – and it's a lot. Those that find the Project Gotham or Gran Turismo franchises a bit intimidating have a game to pick up and play for a long time.
  9. Online play only sweetens the deal, making this one of the best, easily-accessible racers on any system.
  10. It's unabashedly repetitive, cartoony and not as pretty as many would like, but it's still the most beautiful journey yet. [Mar 2006, p.96]
  11. An exceptional title; pure, simple, fun, brilliant - I simply can't lay enough superlatives around the game.
  12. The branching track system is brilliantly designed to challenge and thrill in equal measure. Giddy car handling enables skilled drivers to power-slide gracefully around corners at ridiculous speed.
  13. OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast offers a fun, accessible experience to racing fans who just want to jam on the accelerator and go.
  14. The audio is about what you'd expect from an Outrun game - nearly perfect. Both the remixes and original OR songs enhance the action, and accurately reflect the casual vibe given off throughout it.
  15. Close to the same game as OutRun 2, although the name is different.
  16. While some of the content is new, the game plays exactly the same--fast, thick with the flavor of classic arcades, and kind of simplistic. [Jun 2006, p.110]
  17. There isn't enough of a difference between this game and Outrun2 to make it worth respending $30 on.
  18. 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.
  19. OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is like the unattractive girl at the high school mixer. While all the popular guys are dancing with Need For Speed and Burnout, OutRun is standing quietly in the corner waiting for that special guy who can appreciate an old-fashion good time.
  20. Sega seeks to reenergize the arcade racing genre, but just slaps some rehashed tracks from OutRun2 and nothing much else.
  21. 70
    Up against such performance powerhouses as "Burnout," "Gran Turismo," and "Midnight Club," it simply can't compete.
  22. So if you pick up Coast 2 Coast, don't expect any sort of significant evolution of the arcade experience. [Jun 2006, p.87]
  23. Oh, and if you already own OutRun 2 on the Xbox, don't bother with this update. [Jun 2006, p.110]
  24. This game is worth hiring before you even consider buying for two reasons, the first being that you might actually finish the game over the hire period, and the second reason is to see whether the music will drive you insane.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. AndyM.
    Apr 27, 2006
    A superb update. And don't be fooled by the graphics issue. Mip mapping or no mip mapping, only a couple of the stages look inferior to the Outrun 2 standard, and that is compensated by some truly stunning stages. It is more forgiving - perhaps too much - but it also boasts much better mission stages, with fewer difficulty spikes, and greater variation. Compared to your Burnouts, and Project Gothams, Outrun 2 is anachronistic. But that is the charm, its an arcade game in your home that you can pick up and play, full on, flat out. Full Review »
  2. BarneyC.
    Apr 4, 2006
    It's good, no doubt, but unfortunately the cross development with the PS2 version has resulted in grainy textures (Basically, it appears to have NO mip mapping on the scenery), meaning that textures in the distance get pretty ugly and "shimmery". Even the included Outrun 2 tracks don't look quite as good as they did in the original Outrun 2, thanks to the lack of mip mapping. What's more, it's easier than the earlier Outrun 2, with less penality for hitting other cars, and while that makes it a little more user friendly, those who played Outrun 2 to death may find it a touch too forgiving. HOWEVER, when all is said and done, the game still looks pretty good, the track designs are as captivating as ever, and the gameplay still has that sublime 'just one more go' factor. Essentially, what you have here is the PS2 version of Outrun 2006 on your xbox, and although that's not as great as it could have been, it aint all bad either, and it sure is better than missing out altogether! Full Review »
  3. music_maniac1965
    Apr 3, 2006
    I would have given it a 9,5, but that's not selectable. but given the quallity and quantity of things to do, and the fact that i truely love arcade recers like this, i could not give it something less than a 10. the "outrun miles buys you unlockables" is exelent, and despite a few small details missing compared to the orginal, this game breathe and feels like its arcade parent. sega and sumo did a marvelous job. not only do i own the xbox version, but also got it for on the move, in other words, for my PSP. Full Review »