OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast Reader Review
I'm sure if I were playing Outrun 2006 on the PS2 or the X-Box right now I'd be in love with the game. As it happens, I'm playing it on the PSP. This is an excerpt from the Eurogamer review:
"The PSP frame rate obviously can't quite keep up, but never reaches the point where you feel more like turning the game off than persisting".
I disagree. The framerate CANNOT keep up, especially in the more 'busy' sections of tracks and as a result the FPS suffers dramatically. If this were a strategy or turn-based game this wouldn't really be much of a hinderence but this is a RACING GAME which requires tight precision and intense concentration. The FPS bouncing up and down makes the handling of the cars so inconsistant that you're not just battling the AI and the windy tracks but also, the awful framerate.
It's a shame because if it weren't for this I'm sure i'd be enjoying the game very much but the reality is, you can't really have a good racing game with an inconsistant framerate.
If you can look past the framerate issues (and that is a big 'if'), then there is plenty to do in the game. Loads of tracks, modes, cars, online options etc...fill this little UMD and it also possesses a vast soundtrack which includes some of the classic Outrun tunes as well as the new remixes as well. Unfortunately, you'd have to unlock them first but personally, it's not so big a feature as to cause irritation that one would have to unlock it to access it. As well as the Coast 2 Coast SP mode, you're also granted with the arcade version which is a nice bonus. The Coast 2 Coast mode itself encompasses both of the games tracks so you get both the tracks for the arcade and the console specific versions.
It's really sad to see such obvious effort go into providing a unique console experience via the Coast 2 Coast mode. By all means SUMO digital could have just ported the arcade version over and be done with it; but they didn't. If only they'd redirected some of that passion towards making sure the game was actually playable...If only...
On a side note, I also bought Ridge Racer recently for the PSP. Now, there's a game which runs as smooth as silk while looking a million dollars. For racing enthusiasts into the 'drift' sub-genre of racing games, I'd recommend RR or its sequal. As for Outrun, I'd stay clear unless you want to be frustrated and dissapointed.
5 / 10