Out Run (Sega Master System, 1987)
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|Out Run is a 3D third-person racing game. The player controls a car, a Ferrari Testarossa Spider, from a rear third-person perspective. In contrast to other third-person racing games at the time where the camera is some distance above the horizon to see into the distance, Out Run places the camera near the ground, directly behind the car, simulating a Ferrari driver's perspective view and limiting the player's view into the distance. The road also curves and dips, which, combined with the low perspective, increases the challenge by making it difficult to see what is on the other side of a hill.
The player must race to the end of each stage as fast as possible against a time limit while avoiding traffic. At the end of each stage, the player is presented with a fork in the road where the player must choose one of two stages. The left route presents an easier stage, while the right offers a greater challenge. Passing through checkpoints awards the player with extra time. Once the timer reaches zero or the player completes the race, the game ends. In addition to the nonlinear gameplay, Out Run also offered the choice of music to listen to while driving, represented as radio stations.
The 8-bit console Master System port released in 1987 was also well received. It received a score of 9 out of 10 from the October 1987 issue of Computer and Video Games, which concluded that "Outrun on the Sega has all the thrill power of the arcade version." It also received scores of 852 out of 1000 from the British ACE magazine, and 17 out of 20 from the Finnish Tilt magazine. The Games Machine gave the Master System version a score of 72%, stating that, "Of all the versions," the Master System port "comes closest to the original coin-op" but that "nonetheless, it does suffer in comparison" to the arcade original. It was reviewed in 1988 in Dragon #137 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column, where the reviewers gave the game 4½ out of 5 stars. They described it as a "racing simulation" with "refreshing differences," pointing to the branching paths and music selection choices, and praising the game as "a very fine Sega simulation that provides hours of entertainment." Computer Gaming World named it as the year's best arcade translation for Sega. The French magazine Génération 4 gave it an 82% score that same year.
|Publisher||Sega of America, Inc.|
|Platform||Sega Master System|
|Number of Players||1|
|Game Series||Out Run Series|
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