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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,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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Score distribution:
  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. AceGamez
    90
    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. A return to simplicity that deserves mention for its unique qualities, no matter how quirky the mainstream gamer may find them to be.
  5. 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.
  6. Play Magazine
    75
    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: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. MattJ.
    Aug 11, 2005
    10
    It's amazing, closest thing to the arcade.
  2. RonaldK.
    Nov 16, 2005
    10
    this game is how all arcade racers should be. and with all the cool unlockable's you keep playing this exelent game.
  3. Apr 23, 2021
    10
    Amazing racing game recaps the atmosphere of the first game with great additions one of the best video game sequel ever!
  4. ColR.
    Oct 29, 2004
    9
    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 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. Oct 9, 2021
    8
    Really fun game! I love how relaxing and colorful it is and how it looks, the different modes, different things you can do. I love the arcadeReally fun game! I love how relaxing and colorful it is and how it looks, the different modes, different things you can do. I love the arcade feel and how fast you go. I do wish there were more cars in it though. Being a Sega game I really like it and Outrun2 is definitely an enjoyable sit down game. Probably not one you’ll spend hours playing, a fun one to revisit, it is enjoyable and delivers that. This is a game you can play for a half hour and put down, and I love those type of games. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2020
    8
    The moment I started Outrun 2 on my Xbox, the nostalgia hit in. If you expect a Need For Speed or Burnout, don´t read further. But if your aThe moment I started Outrun 2 on my Xbox, the nostalgia hit in. If you expect a Need For Speed or Burnout, don´t read further. But if your a oldschool arcade racing fan, this is clearly your game! Some folks call this game outdated, I call it a cult classic! Great, simpler times! Expand
  7. CiaranG.
    Jun 20, 2006
    4
    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. Expand

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#41 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004