OUT RUN BY SEGA
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
Created by Yu Suzuki, as far as driving games in the 80s were concerned, this was a 3D masterpiece at the time of its release! Of course, it looks pretty awful now, but back in the 80s, this was the first racing game to feature hills. The game also used the sprite-scaling techniques used in Space Harrier. Believe me, at the time this game looked awesome in the arcades!
What I really liked about the game were the luxurious landscapes. A generous dose of palm trees and sand dunes always make you feel alive (even if they are 8-bit), especially if you live in dull and rainy Great Britain.
Most guys in the 80s could only dream of driving on palm tree lined roads in an open-top Ferrari Testarossa Spider with their blonde girlfriend, so Out Run was the closest they were ever going to get to this fantasy!
The original OutRun game (the sega arcade version) was the first arcade game ever to allow the player to choose the background music. It was first ported to the Sega Master System in 1987, quickly followed by other home computer and consoles conversions.
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ZX SPECTRUM VERSION
Atari ST Version
PC (MS DOS) VERSION
Well, these are nice, bright graphics, and the frame rate seems pretty decent and smooth, too. A pretty decent conversion overall, but what goddamn awful, irritating music, though - much prefer the 8-bit C64 version myself.
However, for some home computers an extra cassette of music from the original arcade version was included with the actual game due to limited sound chip capabilities, and I just hope it was included for the PC.