OutRun is considered an arcade classic. Its mixture of great gameplay, speed, and an atmospheric soundtrack created one of the best driving experiences in video games. Join us as we revisit this timeless gem and celebrate Yu Suzuki’s masterpiece!
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Following up a soundtrack as timeless as OutRun’s was a difficult proposition, but 1989’s Turbo OutRun made an excellent try at it. Its selection of fast-paced themes echoed the new racing style that still leaves fans of the series divided today. Despite the controversy surrounding the changes to the gameplay, this was a great score that deserves some attention.
In 1987, Sega joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving to create a public service announcement for teenagers. OutRun was the featured game, and the spot helped launched a national campaign about the issue. The ad was timely for everyone involved, particularly the video game industry.
Sega’s classic racer zoomed onto the Master System in 1987 in a port that managed to capture the magic of the arcade original, despite the downgrade in hardware. Though outclassed by its Genesis and Saturn siblings, the 8-bit version of the game is still well worth playing, and it shows how well Sega’s arcade titles could transfer to the Master System.
For more than three decades, Hiroshi Kawaguchi has been the creative force behind many of Sega’s most beloved soundtracks. He has written music for all sorts of games, including classics like OutRun, Space Harrier, and After Burner; and he has played many of them live. Join us as we celebrate one of the greatest game composers of all time!