Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PSP)
- Coming to PS2 and PSP for the first time, alongside Xbox and PC versions
- 30 glorious stages, including the original OutRun2 and OutRun2 SP arcade stages
- NET PLAY racing for up to six players, both head-to-head and co-op
- New mission structure and platform-specific missions
- PSP connectivity: unlock PSP-exclusive content and transfer it back to the PS2 and vice versa
- Fully licensed and approved by Ferrari: players can choose from one of 12 different Ferrari models including the all-new F430 and Superamerica in standard, lightly and highly tuned forms.
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- Platform: Sony PSP
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PSP)
You're cool, the engine's hot and the girls are gorgeous. You have a tank full of gas and an open road ahead... a beautiful journey awaits.
Feel the wind in your hair and the pull of the V12 as you power your way along the highways and byways, a girl by your side and open country before you. With blistering graphics, remixes of the original sound tracks and gameplay that demands one more play, the beautiful journey is now coming to PSP and PS2 for the first time.
Encounter the best that OutRun has to offer across 30 glorious stages, including the original OutRun2 and OutRun2 SP arcade stages - from the sun-drenched sands of Palm Beach to the charms of Cape Way and Ancient Ruins, through to the wonders of the Milky Way and heights of Skyscraper stages. With online gameplay, PSP connectivity and an all-new license mode, which route will you take?
Top customer reviews
1: The smoothness of outrun is incredible and the speed and graphics are breathtaking and its a joy to play.
2:......for about 1 hour.
3: The game is purely arcade and very shallow.
4: It becomes virtualy impossible at the latter stages.
5: If formula 1 was as fast and smooth as Outrun then it would never be beaten for a driving game on the psp.
I would recommend that you pick up a copy 2nd hand, it shows up the fact that psp driving games can be smooth and fast but most of the programmers just cant be bothered.
Outrun is an arcade driving game where you drive your Ferrari through five stages of ever-changing scenery and reach the goal at the end of the fifth stage before the time limit expires. At the end of the first four stages the road splits into two, and you must decide whether you want to take the left road which leads to an easier stage, or the right road which leads to a harder stage. With fifteen different stages available, and five different goals to drive to, there's plenty of replay value in Outrun.
Outrun: C2C has plenty of modes for you to try out. If I try and cover them all this review will turn into a novel, so instead I'll just point out the best bits. The Chief amoungst these modes is Coast 2 Coast. Here you are given goals by the flagman, such as normal racing and testing of your drift. You are also given goals by your girlfriends, like hitting cars and not crashing, with a scoring system coming in the form of hearts. The better you perform the more hearts you'll receive. Both the flagman and your girlfriends will rank your performances, ranging from a high and mighty AAA to a down right pathetic E. And of course no racing game is complete without a Time Attack mode. Here you race through five stages as quickly as possible.
But what's the point in doing all this driving if you're not gonna get any rewards, eh? Successful driving will be rewarded with Outrun Miles, the currency of C2C. You can take these to the Showroom and use them to buy new cars, music tracks and other interesting things. However some of these items can only be purchased on the PS2 version and must be transfered to this PSP game. A shameful cash ploy by SEGA if you ask me, as you'll need two consoles and two copies of the game.
As for all you multiplayer lovers you're in for a treat. Up to 6 players can join up via the WLAN and race each other in a battle for super-driving, super-drifting, super-slipstreaming supremacy.
The beauty of Outrun: C2C is that it's a fun game to play regardless of your gaming experience. Newcomers will get excited about completing stages and checking out the scenery in the next stage with that feeling of "Wow! I never been here before!" Veterens will get their kicks from mastering the art of drifting their Ferraris around corners Ridge-Racer style and slipstreaming through heavy traffic as they look to complete the game with the highest score and quickest time possible.
The game runs smoothly and the graphics are great (if a little grainy compared to the PS2 version). There are some nice variations in the stages. They range from the sunny seaside resort of Palm Beach to the misty green hills of Lost City to the New York-styled city surroundings of Skyscrapers.
There is one annoying bug in Outrun: C2C. The game occasionally suffers from Game Heap. That's when the screen turns black and a bunch of computer codes appear in blue, which means the game has crashed. It doesn't happen too often, but it's rather irritating when it does. It's something you should be wary of whilst playing this game.
On the scale of one to ten Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast's addictiveness is about twelve. That's how much fun it is to play. The original 1986 arcade game was a little bit before my time, and graphics and sounds in video games have moved on a lot since. But if the original was just as much fun to play as this remake...well, maybe I should check out my local arcade and see if I can still find one of those old machines. You never know. I might get lucky.
Burnout is great, but not really much of a racer, as so much of your time is spent concentrating on putting others off the road. Ridge racer really looks the part, but when it comes to the driving physics it feels remote and a little robotic. So in my mind that leaves a pretty big space to fill, at least untill Gran Turismo comes out!
Now.... This game is not meant to be realistic! It is all about speed, impressing your girl, and basically getting from start to finish ASAP.
This is done in the same way as the original, by navigating several courses one after the other, all laid out in a kind of snooker ball layout.
This means that each race will last a little longer than a normal racing game, and keeps you interested as the enviroment is constantly changing, with no load times!
The driving physics are well designed, and while being far from realistic, offer a great deal of control, with the emphisis being on power sliding, and slipstreaming behind traffic.
The graphics remind me of Burnout for the psp. Detailed, fast moving but without the super impressive lighting and textures of ridge racer.
The Sound is great, with a full choice of cheesy rock ballads etc, totally suited to the style of the game. The only downside is that the sound of the engines isnt more prevellent, especially as the game is endorsed by Ferrari!
On the same note, the order you earn the ferraris doesnt make much sense, with the F50 being the first you can buy yourself!
Overall, this is an excellent arcade racer, worthy of a position in any PSP owners collection. Dont buy it if you are looking for a early substitute for GT though!
Replay value 9/10
I'm a massive fan of the Outrun 2:SP arcade game, and I was absolutely stunned to see that one of the game modes on the PSP version is basically an emulator of the OR2:SP arcade game - with all the menus, all the speech, all the music and all the tracks of the arcade version. Even the 'Game Over' screen is there.
The frame rate suffers ever-so-slightly when there's a lot going on, but for the most part it runs as smooth as silk. It's not quite as smooth as Ridge Racer, but that's not surprising considering the incredibly rich graphic detail.
The PSP-exclusive modes are fun, with the new Coast2Coast mode being very similar to Ridge Racer's system.
For my money though, the OR2:SP emulation mode is worth the cost of the game alone.
Finally - we can see what the PSP is all about. Fun, fast and INCREDIBLY good-looking.
You won't be disappointed!
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