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The sun is shining high in the sky, the roads near deserted, your Ferrari rearing to go... "Zoom" is all anyone can hear as the player speeds by in his Spider 360.

This is the main aim of the game and if arcade racing is your life, then Outrun 2 is your God. After what seemed like thousands of years since the release of Outrun in the penny arcades, Outrun 2 finally speeds out and onto your ever waiting console.

Players will fly through those lovely environments yet again, except this time with its new Xbox look giving it breath-taking and enrapturing scenery and beautifully enthralling vehicle designs. Each car contains the official name as the game has been licensed by Ferrari; this may seem like a good thing but unfortunately no other cars or trucks (My Favourite) outside of the big red stable appear.

As for circuits, they are quite varied, but over time can become extremely repetitive and so the player knows every turn and twist, but where's the fun in that? So, when your done actually racing against the clock, why not show off to the lady friend beside you in the car? And well, lets face it, Ferrari's = women, Woman = stunt driving, Stunt driving also = Woman, Woman = Male happiness. But fail on the track and watch as your driver is beaten harshly by his disappointed temptress.

Driving around listening to the car very dull so what Am2 has done in an attempt to satisfy your ears is... Play the Oldies! That's right you guessed it, they have the original soundtrack from Outrun. Sadly this can be ruined by an annoying voice que of the player's passenger, who likes to comment every now and again. But if suddenly you lose interest in the American music the player can unlock the Euro remixes to keep the head bumping! (Either that or drive into a wall whilst changing tracks

Outrun 2

 

Outrun 2

ESRB: Everyone - E
Platform: Xbox
Category: n/a
 
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The sun is shining high in the sky, the roads near deserted, your Ferrari rearing to go... "Zoom" is all anyone can hear as the player speeds by in his Spider 360. This is the main aim of the game and if arcade racing is your life, then Outrun 2 is your God. After what seemed like thousands of years since the release of Outrun in the penny arcades, Outrun 2 finally speeds out and onto your ever waiting console. Players will fly through those lovely environments yet again, except this time with its new Xbox look giving it breath-taking and enrapturing scenery and beautifully enthralling vehicle designs. Each car contains the official name as the game has been licensed by Ferrari; this may seem like a good thing but unfortunately no other cars or trucks (My Favourite) outside of the big red stable appear. As for circuits, they are quite varied, but over time can become extremely repetitive and so the player knows every turn and twist, but where's the fun in that? So, when your done actually racing against the clock, why not show off to the lady friend beside you in the car? And well, lets face it, Ferrari's = women, Woman = stunt driving, Stunt driving also = Woman, Woman = Male happiness. But fail on the track and watch as your driver is beaten harshly by his disappointed temptress. Driving around listening to the car very dull so what Am2 has done in an attempt to satisfy your ears is... Play the Oldies! That's right you guessed it, they have the original soundtrack from Outrun. Sadly this can be ruined by an annoying voice que of the player's passenger, who likes to comment every now and again. But if suddenly you lose interest in the American music the player can unlock the Euro remixes to keep the head bumping! (Either that or drive into a wall whilst changing tracks… -Ed) And because the player is bumping his head so much, how can he drive? Easily - the controls are your standard affair with the shoulder buttons as accelerate and reverse and the rest for, well, the small factors of driving such as the players view. And if that's not all, the cars (well most, of them), are easily driven and with responsive handling and arcade fashioned crashes you'll find it hard not to go off the road. But this doesn't simplify the game that much as the checkpoints are well placed and will have the player on the edge of his seat to see if he makes it. And once the player has mastered his skill against the A.I. why not play online? With up to eight people at a time it might be a good place to show off some of that driving talent. If you do want to go online and play, try the party mode with three friends to see who is the ultimate lady's man or ‘heartbreaker' as they are referred too. But then defeat is not an option… unless of course you like being a laughing stock. On the other hand if no friends come around (or you don't have any…) why not play ‘heartbreaker mode', where the player drives in style for points, and immediately after the high score has been defeated, brag to the ex-wife or mother in law. But where the game really falters (especially in single player mode) is its lifespan. Yes, there may be a hundred mission mode tracks to complete for cards, but are they worth it...? The answer my friend is a straight up no. All they do is leave the player with a sense of incompletion or lack of justice, as if you've been robbed from your gain (…a bit like a lawyer…). Overall the game will be forever known as an arcade treasure in years to come with its stunning landscapes that will send many racers around the world to find and to drool over the cars they wish they could have but don't unless your loaded like most of my friends. Outrun 2 is a must have for racing fans everywhere! Overall Score: 84%






 
 

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