Out Run 2019

Game Data:

  • Review Date: June 2, 2021
  • Release Date: March 26, 1993
  • Platform: Sega Genesis
  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Genre: Racing

Description: Racers have to navigate their way through 4 stages of various settings trying to reach a goal at the end.


  • The car doesn’t flip into the air upon contact with other cars, signs, trees, etc. It just spins out a bit. While it’s less dramatic, it’s fairer to players because the time lost to the animation is majorly reduced. It’s still a penalty, though, as time will be lost due to the time used to get up to speed, which I feel is fair.


  • Out Run did a nice job of building atmosphere right from the start. The game started on a beach with blue skies, sunshine, and a crowd of people. Out Run 2019 throws that all away by starting the game and each of its stages in a mostly featureless tunnel. There’s nothing exciting about that and the scenery reveal coming out of the tunnel falls flat. This isn’t eastbound Interstate 376 in Pittsburgh.
The first game wowed players with a beautiful beachfront to start. This game starts in a bland tunnel.
  • The forks in the road are still there, but unlike the original, where choosing a path was an irreversible, game changing decision, here they’re basically alternate routes that lead back to the same place. It doesn’t matter much which way is chosen; it all leads back to the same place in the end.


I do like the image of the track in the distance, but those bland buildings look like our air conditioners.
This is an interesting twist. Players can jump Mario Kart style over missing patches of track.
It’s just more buildings to look at. Couldn’t they have come up with something better?
I like this little addition. Parts of the track are now completely over water and raised like bridges.
This is a bit better, but why are there trees in a desert?
Now this is a lot better. A pyramid, stone columns, and rocks fill the screen.

Final Opinion: Out Run 2019 was unable to recreate the magic the first game had. Skip this and see if there’s an arcade still around that has the first game in it.

Grade: C

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