Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic 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. The AI of the other drivers is extremely good and can almost have you believing that you are racing against other humans.
  3. I’d like to thank BugBear for finally spending the time to deliver a fantastic damage model in a racing game.
  4. A solid bit of destruction derby/road racing hybrid madness that’s well worth picking up. Bugbear has the tools and talent to make the next game even better and I’ll definitely be along for that ride.
  5. 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.
  6. I haven’t had this much fun with a driving game since the first "Driver" game was released for Playstation 1.
  7. The racing's solid, but the AI needs work and the lack of internet play is inexcusable.
  8. A fun racing title with excellent graphics, good music, and a novel use of rag-doll and environmental physics that work quite well during races and bonus games. Its tracks are challenging and varied.
  9. FlatOut doesn't have nearly enough variety in its tracks. Though the layouts will change (sometimes only slightly), there are only a few landscapes, and they do get repetitive. This minor complaint aside, FlatOut is a great arcade-style racer.
  10. For those who just want to race fast, wreck hard, and look good doing it, FlatOut fits the bill.
  11. 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]
  12. An unapologetic arcade smash-'em-up that gets the important stuff right. [Aug 2005, p.70]
  13. Fast, fun, and tasteless, but too many misfires to make it a winner. [Christmas 2004, p.108]
  14. This is a game that’s as riotously entertaining as it is viciously random... It’s gleeful automobile slapstick, but not for anyone who values skill and achievement more than taking a wrecking ball to their opponents’ racing lines. [Dec 2005, p.114]
  15. 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.
  16. Upgrades on the variety of cars gradually up the speeds and intensity. [Aug 2005, p.50]
  17. A respectable weekend time-waster. It's got enough going on to fill a late night or two, and not so much that many gamers will pine for it when it's gone.
  18. 60
    FlatOut basically feels like a slightly more frustrating successor to the original "Destruction Derby" series on the PlayStation 1 (well, the first two games).
  19. 60
    Like a miniature fashion model: short, quite pretty, and as insubstantial as it is fun.
  20. FlatOut has all the makings of a great budget games, except that it's not great and that it's not budget priced.
  21. Unfortunately, when it comes to actual racing, FlatOut is about as interesting as a public service announcement for seatbelts.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. CliftonM.
    May 1, 2007
    This is a very fun game to just screw around in and bust stuff up.
  2. meme
    Aug 4, 2005
    If you don't like this game you are its not your opinion you are a flaming homosexual if you do not like this game thast right Cheat Code Central you bunch of homos, noobs nubs you dont know shit about good games.. what is not entertaining about a ragdoll flying out of a window Maxim online you need to be pissed on. Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb shut the hell up in Tech tv you pieces of homo Full Review »
  3. 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?
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