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February 13, 2006
Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
6/4/2006SegaSumo Digital1-6$79.95

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Background textures could still improve.
If you've been around the gaming scene for a few years then you'd almost certainly be familiar with Outrun. Perhaps it's the blindingly fast red Ferrari Testarossa you remember, or your blonde girlfriend, or perhaps it was Hiroshi Miyauchi wonderful music with songs such as Passing Breeze or Splash Wave still remembered to this day. A little over a year ago Sega released a very updated new game on XBox (Outrun 2), but Sony owners were left out in the cold with no port available. Get ready to rejoyce as Sega's new game is not only coming to the PS2, but also the PSP.

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Sliding around the corner.
In Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast gamers will experience the best that the series has to offer with 30 stages including the original OutRun 2 and OutRun2 SP arcade stages - from the sun-drenched sands of Palm Beach to the charms of Cape Way and Ancient Ruins, through to the wonders of the Milky Way and heights of Skyscraper stages. One thing is certain, developers Sumo Digital (who also developed Sega's superb Virtua Tennis and Codemasters' V8 Supercars 2 on PSP) are doing a fantastic job with this PSP port.

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Into the 4th stage...
Outrun 2006 is fully licensed and approved by Ferrari with players able to choose from one of 12 different Ferrari models including the all-new F430 and Superamerica in standard, lightly and highly tuned forms. In terms of game modes one new addition to the game is the all-new license mode. Also included are platform specific missions to complete. We're not sure what this means as yet, but perhaps you will have to beat another car, or set a new record time. Another aspect to this game which will appeal to PSP owners is the inclusion of Wi-Fi play for up to 6 players.

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Graphics are quite impressive.
With the game being available on PSP and PS2 the developers are keen to stress that items will be transferable between the two different games. It still remains a little undercover with the details, but the Outrun miles will be transferable which should unlock new content.

All-in-all this is a fantastic looking title, and one which should make Sega's bottom line a lot healthier given the PS2 and PSP's user base. The graphics look wonderful and you can check this game out in early April. I know I will.