Drift Out (1991)
By: Visco Corp Genre: Overhead Racing Players: 1 Difficulty: Hard
Featured Version: Arcade
Also Available For: Super Famicom (variation)
Overhead racing games were one of the earliest types of games to appear, with their history extending as far back as the 70's, so as you can imagine the genre has undergone quite a few changes in the intervening years. One of them is obviously the standard of graphics, but there's only so much that can be done using the Super Sprint style view. The best way to improve graphical quality was to zoom in closer to the action. It might seem obvious but it didn't become commonplace until the 90's. Many of the titles that then appeared were rally games, and Drift Out was one of the first. It's actually Neo Drift Out that I'm personally more familiar with but in the interests of chronological accuracy I'll look at this one first! I don't know how well-known it was at the time - I at least never saw it, but it was a very pleasant surprise!
RKS Score: 5/10