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w hile Outrun 2 will al­ways be my favourite Sega ar­cade racer, I’ve got a spe­cial soft spot for Daytona USA as well. Like Outrun 2 it sums up ev­ery­thing that’s great about Sega as an ar­cade man­u­fac­turer: clear blue skies, amaz­ing mu­sic, as­ton­ish­ing graph­ics and solid game me­chan­ics. It’s a fan­tas­tic rac­ing game and there’s even a di­nosaur-themed track. What’s not to love?

I would reg­u­larly play Daytona when it was in the ar­cade at Bournemouth pier and Poole ar­cade and it was one of the first games that I picked up for my Saturn. More re­cently I down­loaded the PS3 ver­sion and while it’s close to ar­cade per­fect, noth­ing matches sit­ting down in an orig­i­nal cab and pow­er­ing round those cor­ners as those fruit ma­chine reels spin above you.

It’s tremen­dously ex­cit­ing, then, to have four of the key mem­bers of the orig­i­nal Daytona USA team, in­clud­ing direc­tor, Toshi­hiro Nagoshi, who all give fan­tas­tic in­sights into how the racer was made.

And if for some rea­son you’re not a fan of Sega’s sub­lime racer, we’ve got plenty of more retro bril­liance for you, in­clud­ing two ar­ti­cles on R-type II, The Mak­ing Of Quake and The Ore­gon Trail as well as an en­ter­tain­ing in­ter­view with Ram­page cre­ator, Brian Colin. There re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

En­joy the magazine!

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