Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
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  1. Game Informer
    While OutRun 2 has some moments (when the Viagra takes hold) where it's "still got it," the game is pretty much past its prime. [Dec 2004, p.183]
  2. 70
    There's an undeniable appeal to nailing that perfect drift, sliding in past the finish line with just a few seconds to spare. Especially in a Ferrari with a cute girl in the passenger seat.
  3. 60
    Its best assets -- the branching courses and the grumpy girlfriend -- are almost 20 years old. Even drifting is now ancient. Perhaps a quirky story mode or a more detailed skill-progression system would have elevated OutRun 2 to higher status.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Linking one impossibly huge slide after another can be intense and fun, but the weird, floaty physics would probably make more sense in a game about racing ATVs on the moon. [Holiday 2004, p.134]
  5. In many ways OutRun 2 is undone on Xbox Live by the mere fact that the core gameplay wasn't designed for competitive racing.
  6. OutRun fan boys rejoice—everyone else proceed with caution.
  7. A thrilling experience that, despite its lack of features, is a great game to play in short bursts.
  8. GMR Magazine
    The disappointing lack of traffic [online] means you'll need at least four competitors on a course to prevent boredom. [Dec 2004, p.123]
  9. The bottom-line is that Out Run 2 is a great game for arcade thrills, and how can you hate driving a Ferrari with a babe by your side, eh?
  10. 60
    For those willing to spend the time to discover the subtleties of the handling model, lower their record times by milliseconds, attain Triple-A standard in all the mission modes, they will find a game which will satisfy their craving for a good arcade racer for quite some time.
  11. 55
    Half the time you might find yourself falling asleep at the wheel, rather than getting too excited about Outrun 2. The first time you pop it in, it looks promising, but beyond the slick veneer there isn't much more to it than those first few minutes of excitement.
  12. Despite its flaws, OutRun 2 is the epitome of arcade racing. The controls are ridiculously simple, there's absolutely no attention paid to car or player damage, and there's no story mode or specific goal.

Awards & Rankings

#45 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. 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.
  3. MattJ.
    Aug 11, 2005
    It's amazing, closest thing to the arcade.