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  • Summary: Experience the drive of your life as you throw yourself around 45 challenging tracks in one of 16 fully upgradeable cars. Fences will shatter, tyre walls will explode, water tanks and barrels will fly across the track into other cars. Every time you lose control, you will truly feel the weight of the car as it collides with and destroys a barn, or smashes into the pack of cars ahead of you, and with 40 deformable pieces on every car sparks are guaranteed to fly! Anything you destroy or alter stays a part of the race, increasing the carnage to unprecedented levels! Broken fences, free rolling tyres, and even mangled parts of cars are left scattered around the track, increasing the mayhem with every lap. An extensive championship mode will keep you 'FlatOut' for months on end, as you battle through a huge variety of races, mini-games and the most outrageous arenas of destruction you could possibly imagine. Unparalleled realistic scenery and debris damage with fully destructible driving environments with 3000 + items on each track to smash. [Empire Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. The handling is remarkable, and the fact the tracks are littered with obstacles that bounce and crash realistically makes it all the more fun. Throw in excellent damage modelling and it's plain to see that this game has nailed the core mechanics of an addictive racer perfectly.
  2. I’d like to thank BugBear for finally spending the time to deliver a fantastic damage model in a racing game.
  3. The ‘instant gratification’ test from Flatout is very high which is always a good marker. Flatout does not profess to be anything but an out and out ‘revving foot on the pedal and try to waste the opposition’ game.
  4. It's a shame, because the action can be hugely entertaining, but without a satisfying structure to hold it all together, FlatOut is at best a fun diversion. [PC Zone]
  5. Fast, fun, and tasteless, but too many misfires to make it a winner. [Christmas 2004, p.108]
  6. 70
    Multiplayer is the business and the bonus modes will be played for months to come. Too bad full online isn't in this PC version.
  7. Unfortunately, when it comes to actual racing, FlatOut is about as interesting as a public service announcement for seatbelts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    FlatOut is easily one of my favorite racing games - ever. This includes everything between Midtown Madness to Forza 4. I love realistic racing games although going around the same track over and over just to shave half a second off to rise on the leadboard gets bland after a while. That being said, I don't really enjoy the arcade racers where you smash everything and sparks fly everywhere. FlatOut gets the best of both worlds, asking it's players to slow down and hit their corners good while still rewarding recklessness. The real winner is the physics where you can really feel every bump on the road and the difference between road and dirt and the destruction is very fun. One time I was racing with a pile of two by fours on my flaming engine (looked like a camp fire) another time I had one sticking through my windshield and out the back - hilarious! The AI is really hard and you won't see any artificial AI speed boosting when you're in first place. Comon, there must be some downsides! Yes, trash up your car too much and it will be slower than a tractor on a highway. Trash it up moderately and coming in first place will require you to smash other cars on the corners. Take one - three turns not too well and you might end up in fifth. One rough landing after a jump can send your car sideways and in last place. Can be a very frustrating game but at least you will remember the strife fondly. 8/10

    Did I mention you can smash your player out the car's window and send him flying into other cars?
  2. May 12, 2012
    Demolition derby style racing game. I've played countless hours of this on the XBOX and had a blast. The car handling on the PC version works well. Make sure you wear your seatbelt! Expand

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