|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Sumo Digital||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SEGA||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Apr. 15, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-6||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
However, there are only a few different stages, and eventually you will probably get bored with the beat the clock OutRun mode and the mini-missions of Heart Attack. Thankfully, you can take your game online. The online modes feature support for up to six racers, and you can choose from short tracks reminiscent of the regular OutRun mode, or advanced endurance tracks. If I had one complaint about OutRun Online Arcade, it would be the lack of local multiplayer, but the online mode is engaging enough to make up for this shortcoming.
You can also customize online matches to include all cars, regular cars, or "tuned" cars. The difference between the tuned and the regular cars is in the performance and difficulty of control. The tuned models are a little bit harder to control handle, but they can reach higher speeds and take corners a little bit slightly better than the regular models. Speaking of cars, OutRun Online has no shortage of vehicles. All of the cars in this game are Ferraris, and the game covers all of the iconic Ferrari models including the old-school Dino 246 and the ultra-rare F50. The cars all have their own handling, although acceleration and drift power do not fluctuate all that much between models.
The visuals in OutRun Online Arcade are very good. The Ferraris all look sleek and detailed, with plenty of features for the auto aficionados who might be playing. But, the most impressive facet of the visuals has to be the different track environments, which range from a San Francisco cityscape to a foggy mountainside. The different environments have their own weather elements as well, which helps create a different atmosphere for each area.
OutRun may be a series that has been around for two decades, but OutRun Online Arcade feels like a modern racing game. The gameplay features some great arcade-style gameplay, and the sim-style elements thrown in make this one of the most complete-feeling racers out there. Though it does not have much in the way of modes, this live arcade title will keep you racing for quite a few hours!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor