OutRun Online marks the triumphant debut of SEGA's classic racing franchise OutRun on current-gen consoles. This franchise has been around for more than 20 years, and OutRun Online Arcade, coming exclusively to the Xbox LIVE Arcade looks to take this cabinet staple to the next level with seamless online play, facilitated through Xbox LIVE. Players will be able to go online with up to six other people and keep the action going with the game's three different play modes: OutRun (the game's main mode) as well as Heart Attack and Time Attack, which are the game's two challenge-based modes.
The game will feature fifteen different tracks, all with punishing loops and dangerous curves to emphasize precise driving. These tracks will feature diverse "real world" settings that range from a dense forest to the bustling city of San Francisco and even include a frigid highway complete with ice and snow. Although the environmental elements look to be more for style rather than anything else, there seems to be a lot going for OutRun's visuals, which will be presented in high definition for the first time in the franchise's history.
The main racing mechanic in OutRun Online Arcade will blend arcade-style racing with sim-style strategy, as you will have to pull off fancy tricks like slipstreaming and drifting as well as keep your speed high in order to achieve the best time. But, of course you'll have to have good vehicles in order to pull off these moves. And true to form, you will have nothing but the best to race with in OutRun Online Arcade. This iteration will ditch all imitators and feature a roster of ten Ferraris that will help you hug all those corners and OutRun the competition in style!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor