Console: Sega Master System
Outsourced to future Forsaken developer Probe Software, OutRun Europa packs precious few of the good-time holiday vibes of its namesake. Instead of a straight time-challenge racer, this traffic-combat battler offers thrills closer in tone to EA’s Road Rash or Taito’s Chase HQ.
Taking control of a variety of vehicles, you’re tasked with speeding across the Old World pursuing agents of some hazily defined enemy power, which in practice amounts to punching bikers at high speed and firing haphazardly into traffic. The games tunnels and pseudo-3D cityscapes must have dropped jaws upon release, and still look pretty eye-popping today.