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by Brian Gazza - originally posted April 30th, 2006; last updated May 18th, 2014

OutRun 3D - Master System (1989)

Cover

After OutRun's success, Sega released a number of spin-offs for the home market, created entirely for Westerners. OutRun 3D is one of the first of such efforts, which takes advantage of the shutter effects of the Sega 3D Glasses. The game itself is based on the original Master System version of OutRun, though the course layouts have changed, and a few of the levels are different.

A Little Bit Extra

Additionally, some effects that the previous release couldn't replicate are present, like the ocean on the side of the road on the shore tracks, or the overhead clouds in the plains stage. At a few points, you even drive into tunnels and must race in darkness. The radio allows you to pick from four songs. "Magical Sound Shower" makes a return, along with three new songs: "Midnight Highway", "Color Ocean" and "Shining Wind", the last of which sounds a little bit like the Space Harrier theme. There are also three difficulty levels to choose from, which fill the road with more cars and even slightly change the layouts of the courses.

While these extra effects are nice, the animation is choppier than before, and the sense of speed is totally gone. Plus, the 3D effect isn't too bad, but it's really nothing more than a gimmick, and it doesn't justify this sloppy piece of coding. Being one of the later Master System games, it wasn't officially released in North America, making this a European and Brazilian exclusive. It also supports FM synth, despite not being released in Japan.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Sega

Publisher:

Sega

Genre:

Racing

Themes:

Contemporary: Travel
Sprite-Based 3D


OutRun 3D (Master System)

OutRun 3D (Master System)

OutRun 3D (Master System)


Battle OutRun - Master System (1989)

Cover

Classic arcade gamers are most likely familiar with Chase HQ by Taito, a good old police-chase game in which you drive a fast black Porsche, ramming into delinquents to take them off the road. Well, Sega went and copied that formula and ended up with Battle OutRun.

There's really none of the classic OutRun elements here, other than the game seeming like it was built on top of the Master System port of the original game. Visually it's very similar, although the design of the car is different. At the outset, you're given a map of the United States, with seven different levels to conquer. Most of the stage is spent dodging cars, weaving through turns, while avoiding oil slicks and blockades. There are also jump ramps, although functionally they are completely useless.

Assuming you don't waste too much time, after a few minutes you'll come across the perpetrator, who you must smash several times until you can pull them over. You're then given a monetary bonus based on your performance, and then progress to the next stage. The money can be put towards purchasing a number of upgrades, which are bought from truck-trailers that pop up halfway through each stage. In addition to upgrading tires, the chassis and the engine, you can also purchase nitro boosts for extra bursts of speed.

Not Much There

Battle OutRun still has bright and vibrant graphics, the Ferrari still controls well, and the scrolling is smooth. There are four brand new pieces of music, although none of them are named. Unfortunately the long boring levels, poor music and backgrounds, plus extremely annoying CPU cars, make this rip-off of a game a five minute curiosity at best.

It's also relatively rare for a Master System game, having only been officially released in Europe and Brazil.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Sega

Publisher:

Sega

Genre:

Racing

Themes:

Contemporary: Travel
Sprite-Based 3D


Battle OutRun (Master System)

Battle OutRun (Master System)

Battle OutRun (Master System)


OutRun Europa - Game Gear, Master System, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, (1991)

European Master System Cover

European Amiga Cover

OutRun Europa was licensed by Sega and developed by Probe, the same folks behind the computer ports of OutRun and Turbo OutRun. Out of all the spin-offs, this one has fallen the farthest from the tree. You chase criminals through Europe, switching vehicles at every stage. On the first you ride a motorcycle, then hop onto a jet ski, a Porsche, a motorboat, and finally you get to drive the classic OutRun Ferrari.

There's substantially more car combat than even Battle OutRun. In addition to a timer, you also have a "Shield" meter that indicates how much damage has been done to your vehicle. There are also numerous "Boost" items to obtain.

The motorcycle levels play like some bad Road Rash clone, in that you can punch other bikers and cause them to explode (!) and the cops will try to pull you over. The jet ski scenes are even more action packed, as you attempt to fight helicopters with rockets. And then the driving stages are about what you'd expect, though you do get involved in a shootout with the main criminal at the end. It's quite long compared to the old games - a single stage is longer than the entirety of a game of OutRun.

Surprisingly Good

Perhaps since OutRun Europa originated on home computers, the quality of the product is far better than the ports of the previous games. Even the Spectrum and Amstrad versions, while choppy, are playable, while the Amiga is by far the best looking. The Master System and Game Gear games are identical to each other outside of screen size, with the latter being the only version released in North America.

OutRun Europa (Commodore 64)

The 8-bit computer ports are missing the mid-level branching paths, where you could choose a longer but easier path, or a shorter but harder one. The Commodore 64 version (pictured below left) has music by Jeroen Tel, while the Amiga, Master System and Game Gear ports have a completely different soundtrack by Matt Furniss. Both are excellent.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Probe

Publisher:

U.S. Gold

Genre:

Racing

Themes:

Contemporary: Travel
Sprite-Based 3D


OutRun Europa (Master System)

OutRun Europa (Master System)

OutRun Europa (Master System)

OutRun Europa (Master System)



OutRun 2019 - Genesis (1993)

Japanese Mega Drive Cover

American Genesis Cover

OutRun 2019's roots are probably the most curious in the franchise. The project was originally conceived in the early 1990s as a Mega CD racing title under the name of Cyber Road. Hertz, its creator, transferred the development to the Genesis while at the same time renaming the game Junker's High. Sega then granted them the OutRun brand, most likely to give Sims' work the extra marketing push, resulting in this Genesis-exclusive futuristic take on the franchise.

Like Turbo OutRun, there's a boost option which lets you go extremely fast. Rather than triggering it manually, it will instead activate automatically when you reach a certain high speed. The general feel of the game is a little more somber and darker than its predecessor's breezy worldwide jaunts, making the tracks rather dull to look at. The redesigned car isn't quite as attractive as the Ferraris of old, but its design is fairly cool, at least. The music is a collection of bad techno songs, composed by "real" bands like "Dual Noise" and "Hyper Sonic Gang", which are likely pseudonyms.

Despite feeling more like a depressing version of F-Zero than OutRun, at least OutRun 2019 still succeeds on a technical level. There are four stages, each divided into many tracks, which makes the game slightly longer than the original. Each stage section has its own background, and there are ramps you can use to jump to other sections of the road. There are also some nice graphical effects, like tunnels and overpasses. It's extremely easy to fall off if you're not paying attention. Also new (and unwelcome) is the big tech-y dashboard on the bottom of the screen. So while the core of OutRun games is largely missing, the game controls well and has a respectable sense of speed, making it a decent racing game in its own right.

The regional releases have different top speeds - 241 km/h in Japan, 682 km/h in Europe, and 682 mph in America. This only affects the speedometer, as the actual speed is identical for all.

OutRun 2019 was also released in 2005 as a standalone game system that hooks directly up to the TV, complete with an analog "steering wheel". Why they went with this game and not the original OutRun is unknown.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Hertz

Publisher:

Sega

Genre:

Racing

Themes:

Contemporary: Travel
Sprite-Based 3D


OutRun 2019 (Genesis)

OutRun 2019 (Genesis)

OutRun 2019 (Genesis)



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