Gaming greats – OutRun (1986)

What do you daydream about? Sitting at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta, stuck in traffic, by yourself and with no radio reception? No - you daydream about

Yu Suzuki, the Sega man behind OutRun, apparently got his inspiration from watching Burt Reynolds in the 1981 film Cannonball Run, and even went touring around Europe to sample different types of scenery to put in the later stages of the game. Sounds like a bit of a chancer to us...

No matter how he did it, he certainly came up with a winning formula, taking arcades by storm and spawning PC, Sega Master System, Atari ST and Amiga versions among others.A driving game that aimed to let you take as much pleasure from the journey as finishing first, it was a point-to-point route, with a series of forking roads meaning there were six different destinations you could end up in and the excuse for lots of stunning (if a little lo-res) scenery along the way.24 years later, we still daydream about being in OutRun.

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