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  • Summary: OutRun2 offers arcade racing in a variety of gameplay modes: arcade, mission, live, drifting, and heart attack. In arcade mode, you can race against the clock from Palm Beach to one of five destinations. You can also unlock hidden items in mission mode, drift around corners in drift mode, and charm your passenger with your driving techniques in heart attack mode. OutRun2 also features support for Xbox Live, allowing you to race against up to eight people. Expand
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
  1. The game is a throw-back to old arcade racers, and it doesn't miss a beat. This game will last you as long as you want it to last.
  2. The fact that it's more of an arcade racer and not nearly as aggressive as "Burnout 3" makes it a game for players who want a more chilled, yet still very entertaining drive. As far as sheer quality of production is concerned, it comes very close to beating its rival, being incredibly polished on all fronts.
  3. Straight console junkies may find it a bit vapid, but the rest of the world’s gamers- those of us who have gamed in arcades before, will most likely find OutRun 2 invigorating.
  4. OutRun2 is not a game that you will spend hours playing at one sitting, but you will experience lots of very happy five-minute bursts.
  5. 80
    This sturdy racing game features solid racing mechanics and a decent sense of speed, but it's a little unapologetically corny at times.
  6. Similarly appealing are the game's various challenges, like trying to impress your date by drifting; you know you're doing well because all these hearts are flying out of your car. [Nov 2004, p.75]
  7. But the problem is it’s a port of a very dated arcade game. The graphics are cartoony, the sound effects are more for nostalgia than any other sort of enjoyment and the game mechanics are infantile. There are a total of two buttons you use for the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. KeremS.
    Jan 5, 2005
    My personal Xbox Game of the Year 2004. Brilliant stuff.
  2. MattJ.
    Aug 11, 2005
    It's amazing, closest thing to the arcade.
  3. RonaldK.
    Nov 16, 2005
    this game is how all arcade racers should be. and with all the cool unlockable's you keep playing this exelent game.
  4. ColR.
    Oct 29, 2004
    This is what made Sega great, and it's finally a worthy sequel to the awesome OutRun. It's not as deep as GT, but it's not meant to be - it's not about being Colin McRae, it's about a fast, fun sunday drive. Brilliant! Expand
  5. SteKar
    Oct 31, 2004
    Great fun game. Finally a pure arcade racer that brings back the fun og the 80s. Simlation racers are nice, but pure fun arcade racers are what's missing in today's games. Powersliding is extremely rewarding and fun to do. You can drift for a long time while passing traffic and other cats. Project Gotham 2 has fun powerslides and so does Rallysport 2; but OutRun 2 offers the same drift feeling that in SegaRally 2. Sega has the best powerslide engine, great feel, really. One complaint: way too hard to beat the opponents in the rival race. Expand
  6. SimonP.
    Oct 4, 2004
    If, like me, you are old enough to remember the original Outrun, you'll know what a superb game it was and still is. This pseudo sequel can't hope to achieve such classic status, but it is nevertheless a great game in its own right. Outrun 2 has the unmistakable sheen and production values of a classic SEGA racer. I personally prefer it to Burnout 3, as it offers a purer driving game experience. Gameplay is, thankfully, very easy to get grips with and you'll be pulling off immense power slides within a few minutes. The graphics and sound (particularly the remixed classic outrun tunes) are first rate. I haven't tried it on LIVE yet but, that aside, it's not a game that will take forever to complete. That's not really the point with a game like this though - it's strength is its ability to offer quick fixes of intense fun backed up by superb audio visuals - much like the original game. If you like arcade style racing games you can't do much better on the Xbox, or any other system for that matter. Expand
  7. CiaranG.
    Jun 20, 2006
    Did not interest me in the slightest. Graphics are not good. Gameplay is boring and frustrating and there's no depth to the game whatsoever. You just slide around corners unrealistically from level to level with a poor range of cars and tracks. I'd recommend that you don't buy this game. Expand

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