- For other games in the series, see OutRun.
OutRun is a third-person driving game where you drive a Ferrari Testarossa down various roads in a race against time. As you reach the end of a road, you come to a fork where you can merge left for an easier road or right for a harder road. You must avoid other cars on the road and the numerous buildings and structures on the sides of the road. Crashing slows you down and wastes precious time. You can adjust the car's speed by moving between high and low gear.
OutRun was a highly successful game due in part to the beautiful graphics that fly past you at dizzying speed, and the sit-down arcade cabinet shaped like a car which offered force-feedback by moving as you turned sharply and shaking when you crashed. Stand-up cabinets were also made.
The Nintendo 3DS port emulates this version and uses the same music.
OutRun made history by being the first game to let the player pick a radio station to listen to. When you deposit a credit, the game lets you use the steering wheel to choose one of three songs to play in the background. On sit-down cabinets, this music was played in stereo to two speakers behind the head rest.
The music was composed by Hiroshi Kawaguchi, and while there are only four songs, the three main driving songs are quite long. They do have an odd repetition near the end where, rather than repeating the entire track, they only repeat the last bit of each tune.
The song Last Wave exists in two forms, one with the wave sound effects played in the background as heard in the game, and one with just the music.
PCM ROM Data Corruption
When preparing the music for the OutRun 20th: Anniversary Box CD release, it was discovered that one of the PCM ROM chips (opr-10188.71) that contained the sample data for the percussion instruments was shipped corrupted during the arcade game's production run.
During the developement of 3D OutRun for the Nintendo 3DS, composer Manabu Namiki and producer Yosuke Okunari also noticed the ROM corruption.
To fix the ROM corruption, Sega actually went back to the original source file, archived on an 8" CP/M formatted floppy disk and burned the data onto a new ROM chip. This data was also used for 3D OutRun on the 3DS.
|Magical Sound Shower
|Last Wave (No Waves)
- Ripper: Valley Bell
- Recorder: TheAlmightyGuru
- Game Credits:
- Best OutRunners: Hiroshi Kawaguchi credited as MIY
(Source: High Scores, game lacks traditional credits.)
Back when games were made in this era, game credits were usually uncommon, but sometimes the developers would sneak their names in the high scores. "MIY" in the high score list is probably short for Kawaguchi's first family name, Miyauchi.
The VGM rips were logged using MAME and recorded with VGM Input v0.40 in Winamp. A true program rip does not yet exist. Because the game has rather off timing near the ends of the songs, alternate rips were made with different timing.
- mobygames.com/game/arcade/outrun - MobyGames.
- gamefaqs.com/arcade/564002-outrun - GameFAQs.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_Run - Wikipedia.
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