WEEKEND: BYTE SIZE: Nostalgia trip for racing game fans.
X-Box - pounds 39.99
IN the mid-80s arcade gaming was turned on its head by a racing game that was as near to perfection as a night in with Rachel Stevens.
Outrun was the epitome of slickness, fast cars, smooth graphics and perfect gameplay.
Kids scoured the house for loose change to put into the shiny red Ferrari at the local arcade.
Since then, it has been copied, over and over again.
Without Outrun there would have been no Gran Turismo, Colin McRae or Project Gotham, etc.
Outrun 2 sees the return of the Ferraris and the cute blonde in the passenger seat.
But the similarities don't end there, the game has a remixed version of the old soundtrack, and it relies on the same values as its predecessor.
It's a high-quality game, it's lots of fun, but it's just a polished version of the first one. That's not a bad thing, the first one was a classic,
but 17 years on it's more of a nostalgia trip. 7/10
Pro Evolution Soccer 4
PS2 - pounds 39.99
CORONATION STREET or EastEnders? Jordan or Jodie Marsh? EA Sports' FIFA or Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer? You're in either one camp or the other (or in the case of Jordan and Jodie, neither).
I am a Pro Evo addict, so next Friday's launch of the Pro Evolution Soccer 4 is a highlight of the gaming year.
And for Pro Evo fans, this latest version won't disappoint.
While FIFA continues to go for arcadey action and all the licences it can wave a cheque at, Pro Evo sticks to brilliant gameplay.
New features for 2004 include a revamped Master League, an improved graphics engine, a referee legging it round the pitch and new fakes, moves and ball physics to help make the most realistic football game even more true to life.
There's even an unlockable six-star difficulty mode. How different will that be to the five-star mode? One harder, presumably.
Konami can't be bothered about matching EA Sports when it comes to licensing deals, so we still get laughably-named British teams. This year's include Nextbaumedge (West Brom) and the apt Crisisbless for Crystal Palace.
Pro Evo debuts on X-Box in November, complete with online play. Now that has got to be a good thing. 9/10
IT'S BACK: 80s arcade game returns with Outrun 2
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Oct 9, 2004|
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