OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

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OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
PlayStation 2 game cover
Developer(s) Sumo Digital
Publisher(s) Sega
Director(s) Paul Porter
Darren Mills
Producer(s) Mark Glossop
Steve Lycett
Designer(s) Travis Ryan
Composer(s) Hiroshi Kawaguchi
Fumio Ito
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Windows, Xbox
Release
  • EU: March 31, 2006
  • AU: April 6, 2006
  • NA: April 25, 2006[1]
Windows
  • EU: June 23, 2006
  • NA: June 27, 2006
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single-player, online multiplayer

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is a racing game developed by Sumo Digital and released in 2006 on behalf of Sega AM2. It is the eighth title in the series. Outrun 2006 is a re-imagining of the first game in the series, and has a new game engine and modern graphics. The game is split into two parts: a faithful conversion of OutRun 2 SP (which itself includes the OutRun 2 levels), and "Coast 2 Coast", which includes single-player races and challenges, and local network and internet multiplayer.

OutRun 2006 was released in Europe and North America on the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable in March–April 2006, but was delayed until June for PC. In Japan, OutRun 2006 has only seen a PlayStation 2 release, albeit retitled as OutRun 2 SP. Each version is subtly different so as to play to the strengths of its home system, which includes a link-up feature between the PS2 and PSP versions, a different mission set for the PSP and Xbox Live support on the Xbox.

The game featured an online mode for up to six players. As of May 13, 2009, the servers are offline for the PC, PS2 and PSP versions of the game. The Xbox Live servers went offline on April 15, 2010 due to the discontinuation of Xbox Live for Xbox.

Gameplay[edit]

Cars have varying classes ranging from Novice to Professional, with increased top speeds and diminished handling as the difficulty rises. New to the OutRun series is the addition of a separate "OutRun" class, which applies to every car and allows each car to have increased performance in all aspects; cosmetic changes including racing stripes and decals as well as completely renovated bodywork are also evident.

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast features 15 different cars, the most ever seen in any OutRun game. In addition to the ten vehicles from OutRun 2 SP, new models include the 550 Barchetta, F355 Spider, Superamerica, 328 GTS, and the Ferrari F430. Some models cannot be unlocked on the PlayStation Portable or PlayStation 2 without the use of the cross-system connectivity feature inherent of the two systems (as a result of PSP connectivity being removed from the Japanese PS2 version, all PSP unlockables are included in the Japanese PS2 version from the start).

Coast 2 Coast mode is the game's "career" mode, in which there are many challenges (labeled as "missions") to complete, ranging from racing rivals for the top position to thrilling player's passenger by completing their requests to execute certain driving maneuvers or tests of memory and logic. The racing modes from OutRun 2 SP ("OutRun race", "Heart attack" and "Time attack") are still available, while adding four extra modes exclusive to the Coast 2 Coast mode:

  • Test your Drift: A one-on-one race with the objective of accumulating points by drifting through bends;
  • Test your Slipstream: The player must drive behind traffic vehicles to collect the points and beat rivals;
  • Avoid the Knockout: Elimination race. The last-placed car at the end of each stage is automatically ejected from the challenge; and
  • Do not Lose your Girlfriend: Another one-on-one duel, but here the player must stay ahead of the rival couple until their "heart points" reach 0.

When the game is started for the first time, a limited selection of cars, tracks, challenges, and background music is available. Each individual element can be unlocked through the exchange of "OutRun Miles". which are points that player's score for progression through Coast 2 Coast mode or normal game, but the race does not need to be finished to earn OutRun Miles.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS2 PSP Xbox
Edge N/A N/A 8/10[2] N/A
EGM N/A 6.33/10[3] N/A 6.33/10[3]
Eurogamer 9/10[4] 9/10[4] 9/10[4] 9/10[4]
Game Informer N/A 7.5/10[5] 7.5/10[5] 7.5/10[5]
GamePro N/A N/A N/A 3.5/5 stars[6]
GameSpot N/A 8/10[7] 8/10[7] 7.9/10[8]
GameSpy N/A 4/5 stars[9] 4/5 stars[10] N/A
GameTrailers 7/10[11] 7/10[11] 7/10[11] 7/10[11]
IGN N/A 7.3/10[12] 7.3/10[13] 7.3/10[14]
OPM (US) N/A 2.5/5 stars[15] 3/5 stars[16] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A N/A 6.5/10[17]
PC Gamer (UK) 88%[18] N/A N/A N/A
The Sydney Morning Herald N/A 4/5 stars[19] 4/5 stars[19] 4/5 stars[19]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 83.10%[20] 80.03%[21] 82.59%[22] 77.21%[23]
Metacritic 81/100[24] 81/100[25] 82/100[26] 77/100[27]

The game was met with positive reception. It currently has a score of 83% and 81 out of 100 for the PC version,[20][24] 83% and 82 out of 100 for the PSP version,[22][26] 80% and 81 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version,[21][25] and 77% and 77 out of 100 for the Xbox version according to GameRankings and Metacritic.[23][27]

Edge ranked the game at #71 on its list of "The 100 Best Games to Play Today", stating that "Sun-seekers and joyriders call it home, its crystal lakes and epic drifts an escape from war-torn deserts and space marines."[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Edge staff (April 2006). "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PSP)". Edge (161): 95. 
  3. ^ a b EGM staff (June 2006). "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PS2, Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (204): 110. 
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  6. ^ Mr. Marbles (April 25, 2006). "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on May 9, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
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  8. ^ Colayco, Bob (May 5, 2006). "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ Theobald, Phil (May 15, 2006). "GameSpy: OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  10. ^ Theobald, Phil (May 15, 2006). "GameSpy: OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PSP)". GameSpy. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast Review". GameTrailers. April 25, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  12. ^ Haynes, Jeff (April 25, 2006). "Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PS2)". IGN. Archived from the original on January 2, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ Haynes, Jeff (April 25, 2006). "Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PSP)". IGN. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ Haynes, Jeff (April 25, 2006). "Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (Xbox)". IGN. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  15. ^ "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PS2)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 96. June 2006. 
  16. ^ "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PSP)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 103. June 2006. 
  17. ^ "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast". Official Xbox Magazine: 87. June 2006. 
  18. ^ "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast". PC Gamer UK: 104. September 2006. 
  19. ^ a b c Hill, Jason (May 4, 2006). "Outrun 2006 [Coast 2 Coast] (PS2, PSP, Xbox)". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for PSP". GameRankings. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  27. ^ a b "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  28. ^ Edge staff (March 9, 2009). "The 100 Best Games To Play Today". Edge. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 

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