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Retro Vault: Out Run 2, Alien vs Predator, The Wizard

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Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you want to catch up on previous Retro Vaults, check out the CVG Retro Vault archive.


December 2003 - Out Run 2 arcade flyer

Although Sega has released a number of follow-ups to its classic arcade racer Out Run - including Turbo Out Run and Out Runners - it had never deemed any of them the official sequel.

As a result, when Sega's AM2 division got to work on the fifth Out Run game, 17 years after the original title, it was named Out Run 2: an indication that Sega considered this the first 'proper' sequel.

Rather than featuring Ferrari-like cars as in the first game, Out Run 2 actually had the official Ferrari licence, meaning players would whip around corners in Testarossas, 360 Spiders and Enzos.

Aside from the obvious major upgrade in graphics and sound, Out Run 2 offered two major additions to the original's gameplay. The first was a new Heart Attack mode, in which the player's character had to perform race-related tasks given to him by his female companion.

The other, more important change was a new drift handling system letting players chuck their car around corners and slide it satisfyingly between oncoming traffic.

Out Run 2 was greatly praised by fans, and a special version of the game was eventually ported to the Xbox.

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