Classic Gaming- Sega Outrun: (1986)

There have been many racing games that have been developed over the past couple of decades that really grabbed the attention of gamers including children and young adults.  But one of the many racing titles that gamers from the 80’s would probably remember includes Outrun which was originally released in arcades before its import to the Sega Genesis.  Racing games were so much more enjoyable than because during the time developers had to not only stretch their creativity to make an exciting game but include realism to make players feel like they were actually on the road.  The advanced pseudo 2D graphics that were utilized during the development of this game was mind blowing and ahead of its time especially for an 80’s game.  However, since Outrun was originally an arcade game it gave the creators more space to be innovative in both gameplay and graphics.

Along with having great gameplay Outrun includes a great soundtrack that allows players to become more attached the game while they are mastering the controls along with the stages themselves.  The designer Yu Suzuki had done a terrific job in producing a creative simulation of driving; but the composer of this game Hiroshi Kawaguchi did a great job in capturing the feel of the stages with captivating music.   Many people would argue that 80’s tropical pop like music fits the vibe of many of the races and makes the game much more addictive.  Aside from being known as one of the most innovative driving/racing games in arcade history Outrun is considered to be legendary among many  people and gaming publications.  This game was won numerous awards over the past few decades including the  “Game of the Year” award from the Golden Joystick in 1987.   IGN had also described Outrun for being one of the most influential games of all time; this fact is especially true because in some ways it paved the way for many other racing games including:  Virtua Racing, Gran Turismo and many more.  Even though, game designers more advanced technology to produce better titles in the 2010’s many people would argue that Outro was a great racing game that will live in the hearts of many people who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s.

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