OutRun 2019

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OutRun 2019
Out Run 2019 Coverart.png
European cover art
Developer(s) SIMS Co., Ltd.
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) M. Taisi
M. Toma
Composer(s) Shigeki Sako
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Release date(s)
  • JP March 26, 1993
  • NA 1993
  • EU 1993
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 8-megabit cartridge

OutRun 2019 (アウトラン 2019?) is a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis-only pseudo-sequel to Out Run that takes place in the future. The object is to race against a time limit in a rocket-boosted car across four different stages around the world. Like the original Out Run, there is a fork in the road before each checkpoint; however, there can also be forks within a single route.

The maximum speed of the car as indicated on the game is 341 km/h (211.89 mph) on the Japanese version, 682 km/h (423.77 mph) on the European version and 682 mph (1097.57 km/h) on the North American version.

Stages[edit]

OutRun 2019 features four different stages to race across, each one harder than the last. Like in Out Run, at the end of every route, there will be a diverge between the next two routes. Here is the layout for every stage, routes included.

(STAGE 1: Metropolis)

Stage Number Goal name
1 2 3
R2 City Dam R4 New York
R1 Tokyo GOAL
R3 Factory R5 Street Lights

(STAGE 2: Temples and Ruins)

Stage Number Goal name
1 2 3 4
R2 Western Dunes R5 Pyramids
R1 Oasis R4 Temple of Poseidon GOAL
R3 Forest Zone R6 Angkor Wat

(STAGE 3: Around the World)

Stage Number Goal name
1 2 3 4 5
R4 Mountains
R2 Stockholm R7 Donaw River
R1 Sicily R5 Matterhorn R9 Hong Kong GOAL
R3 Acid Rainforest R8 Mediterranean Sea
R6 South Pole

(STAGE 4: Into the Sunset)

Stage Number Goal name
1 2 3 4 5
R6 Submerged City
R2 Factory R4 Future Buildings R9 Night View
R1 Yugoslavia R7 Horizon City GOAL
R3 Great Wall R5 Sunset City R10 Dome City
R8 Sunset

Also, throughout most of the stages, some routes will diverge, splitting into two different roadways. Usually, some of the roads will lead onto a bridge over ground, over a pit, or over water. Slipping off the bridges will cost the player precious time or force the player onto the ground route if one exists under the bridge.

Sometimes, when the roads split, they will lead to a different kind of road. This is usually seen by means of a three-way diverge sign, which means the player can choose whether to go left, right, or continue forward. For example, on one route in Stage 4, some parts of the road are covered in wet cement. Another features the player driving into a tunnel. The last will lead the player over a bridge.

Finally, there are also secret diverges that can be spotted easily. For example, some areas will have a ramp placed strategically on one side of the road. If hit correctly, the car will fly to one side, and eventually land on a secret roadway. Also, jumping off these ramps can also lead up to overhead bridges on some routes. These secret roads can usually lead to a quicker way to the next route.

History[edit]

OutRun 2019 was originally being developed for the Mega-CD/Sega CD as Cyber Road. Development was later moved to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, where it was renamed Junker's High[1] before eventually becoming OutRun 2019.

In 2005, OutRun 2019 was re-released as a TV Games device, as Play TV Legends Outrun 2019. Notably it included a steering wheel controller.[2]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Han J. Lee (1992-05-26). "New Mega Drive/Genesis Stuff (part II)". rec.games.video. Web link.
  2. ^ Harris, Craig (February 22, 2005). "Sega's Menacer Returns". IGN. 

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