Archive for the ‘OutRun Series’ Category

‘Bonus Edition’ revealed for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

August 1, 2012

A specialized ‘Bonus Edition’ of the upcoming Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has be announced through SEGA’s official blog. Available to all who pre-order the racing game, potential players will receive access to an extra course themed around SEGA’s classic arcade franchise OutRun and Metal Sonic, Dr Robotnik’s evil doppelganger version of Sonic as a playable character – Both of which will be available in all gameplay modes. It is unknown at this time if the content will be packaged within the game itself or be a downloadable extra.

Although the title will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, the upcoming Wii U console, PC and mobile devices, there has been no word concerning if the later two will be receiving these additions.

Developed by SUMO Digital, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will be released in North America on November 20th. A more extensive special release of the game will be revealed at a later date, but that has been confirmed to only be arriving in European regions.

Update: The European ‘Limited Edition’ has been confirmed to be identical to North America’s ‘Bonus Edition’.

[Source: Official SEGA Blog]


REMINDER: OutRun Online Arcade being removed from Xbox Live Arcade in December [Update]

November 19, 2011

This December will see the loss of the Ferrari licensed OutRun Online Arcade on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360. Unless the contract with the Italian sporting vehicle manufacturer is renewed, the game will never be available for purchase again. The actual day as to when it will be taken down is unknown.

Released in 2009 and available for 800 Microsoft Points (Roughly 10 USD, 7 EUR or 6 GBP) this port of the 2006 arcade title OutRun 2 SP has some of the content removed, replaced or new completely with the addition of high definition graphics in particular being a high point. The title was removed from the PlayStation Network on PlayStation 3 much earlier in 2010 for undisclosed reasons.

This highly praised SUMO Digital conversion of AM2’s famous OutRun driving series is not the first game to be removed from the Xbox Live Arcade download platform. Typically those who purchased games that became delisted can re-download them from their Xbox 360 download history menu, but it would be wise to save it on your hard drive just in case.

As of November 22nd, the game is part of Microsoft’s ‘Deal of the Week’ program, making it half of it’s normal price until next Tuesday. Click here to see the full list.

Tribute: SEGA2010

January 1, 2011


SEGA released a lot of brilliant games in 2010 full of fun and sexy times. It was a great year to be a fan of the company, and what better way to get excited for the new year than to look back and see just how much they accomplished within just 365 days? We have compiled a montage of just a handful of them, and we hope you enjoy!

The music is a remix of the OutRun song Splash Wave from what is arguably SEGA’s best game from 2010, Bayonetta.

“The Disappearance of Yu Suzuki” 1UP Interview

December 8, 2010

Videogame blog 1UP features an extensive two-part interview with world-renowned game designer Yu Suzuki. The interview spans much of his history within the industry as well as what his concepts and work have achieved and gone onto create. He may be more influential than you expect.

This interview goes into everything from his first work with Hang-On to creating whole genres and some of the most universally acclaimed and renowned game franchises in the industry all the way to his latest work, Shenmue City. It is a must read for anyone interested in the history of game design.

PART 1 – Yu Suzuki talks about the old days at SEGA and current industry trends.

PART 2 – Yu Suzuki looks back at the Shenmue franchise, and explains why he’s been out of the public eye in recent years.

Classic SEGA Music: Splash Wave

November 4, 2010

Out Run is an 1986 arcade driving game developed by SEGA AM2, headed by prolific game designer Yu Suzuki. A pioneer title at the time of its release, Out Run’s innovative controls, non-linear track progression, and excellent graphics and sound made it a staple of the arcade gaming scene of the 80’s and 90’s. It’s eclectic soundtrack, composed by Hiroshi Miyauchi, combines elements of Jazz, Latin, and traditional Rock music to make for a truly distinct sound, which strongly reflects its themes of leisure and relaxation. The song we will be exploring today is “Splash Wave”, which is considered by many to be the unofficial theme of the Out Run series.

Hit the jump to continue reading and to listen to different versions of the song, including fan remixes.