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OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast PC DVD-ROM

Published by SEGA
Developed by Sumo Digital
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £29.99

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast, an introduction.

Earlier this year we looked at the PlayStation 2 and PSP versions of OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast and we were impressed with not only the games individually but also how well they integrated with each other. Here we have the PC version of the game which is virtually identical to the previous versions of OutRun 2006. It may not integrate with any other format's version but it's still a great arcade style racer that will appeal to OutRun fans.

What's the game about?

I imagine most gamers have played an OutRun game at some stage in their life. For those who haven't played the game, it's arcade racing at its finest with high speed racing and powerslides galore. The basic game involves racing from checkpoint to checkpoint within the required time. When you come to the end of a section you have the choice of going to the left or to the right. Take the left turn and you're in for an easier ride whilst the right turn leads you to routes that are more challenging. All this is done at breakneck speed and corners being taken by huge powerslides. Of course the fact you drive in Ferraris, also adds to the games appeal. The original OutRun was an absolute classic and the same can be said for OutRun 2 which we reviewed on the Xbox a few years ago.  OutRun 2 never appeared on the PC but thankfully OutRun 2006 has and it's every bit as good (and it includes the OutRun 2 SP).

What's good about the game?

OutRun 2006 offers various modes and includes pretty much everything from OutRun 2 and OutRun 2 SP. Whilst there are quite a few single-player and multiplayer modes for both systems, the various styles on offer include Race challenges, Heart Attack missions and Time Attack challenges. The races see you taking on five opponents and naturally, you'll begin in sixth place and will have to attempt to be in first position when you cross the finish line. In the Heart Attack missions you'll still have to drive from checkpoint to checkpoint but you'll also have to obey the desires of your female passenger as she asks you to overtake vehicles, hit giant balls, drift, hit vehicles and other kinds of crazy things. She gives ratings for your performance, so you'll have to do a good job if you want to progress. The Time Attack challenges see you trying to beat a ghost car to the finish line. All of the modes on offer are addictive and will keep you engrossed. The PC includes both LAN and Online multiplayer options, which adds to the already extensive replay value.

What's not so good about the game?

Aside from having to wait a while longer for the PC version, the only problem is a sound related one (the sound occasionally glitches) which isn't a problem that affects deaf gamers.

How does it look?

The PC version of OutRun 2006 is essentially a high resolution version of the game. The quality of the graphics really hasn't been improved that much but the increased resolution does give the game a sharper look. Naturally the load times are far superior to the console versions (because the game is installed to your hard drive). The main area where the PC version does win over the console versions though is the frame rate. In short the frame rate is blistering and a rock solid 60fps. The sensation of speed was good in both the PSP and PlayStation 2 versions but in the PC version it is something else. For this reason alone I would recommend the PC version over all others if you have anything resembling a decent specification PC.

How deaf gamer friendly is the game?

There are no problems for deaf gamers with the PC version of OutRun 2006. Whilst there is some unsubtitled speech here, it's not going to cause any problems. During the Heart Attack challenges, the lady passenger calls out various tasks for you to do such as hit the cars, try to overtake etc. Her speech isn't subtitled but the challenge she has set does appear in text on the top right of the screen. The ratings you earn are shown visually too. In fact whilst there is unsubtitled speech in the game, it doesn't add anything or present any information that you can't gather from simply looking at the screen so it's not problematic.

Final thoughts.

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is just as impressive on the PC as it was on the consoles. I daresay some may have hoped for the PC version to have had superior graphics although with the game running at much higher resolutions the game does have a much sharper look to it and at least you don't need a monster PC specification to have the game running at ultra smooth frame rates. It's also worth mentioning that we used the corded Xbox 360 controller to play the game and it worked superbly (it actually handled better than the PlayStation 2 version in our opinion). If you haven't yet picked up a version of OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast, this is definitely the version to go for.

Overall Game Rating: 9.0/10

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Usually when we see a PC version of a console game it's a bit of a mess but there's no such complaints with OutRun 2006. The higher screen resolutions give the game a much sharper look and the frame rate is sensational. OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast on the PC is the best version available and is highly recommended to fans of arcade racing games.