FlatOut 2 PlayStation 2

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
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  1. FlatOut 2 seems a little too slick for its own good in spots, but it still manages to provide plenty of destructive racing fun.
  2. Given the right direction, FlatOut could one day compete, maybe even overtake, the games that inspired its creation. But first it’s got a lot of growing up to do.
  3. If you were a fan of the first and are happy with the “more is great” attitude, then Flatout 2 is for you. Everyone else, this game is just a rental if just for the mini games and destruction derby arenas.
  4. 70
    FlatOut 2 drives a fine line, but manages to come out on the good side more often than not. It might be a good idea to tether that controller to your wrist, though, because it's possible you'll send it flying just as much as your driver.
  5. 60
    Like the original game, the best way to play FlatOut 2 is with a group of drunken buddies. No one's ever going to mistake it for anything more than it is: an adequate execution of a silly idea.
  6. games(TM)
    70
    An invigorating shot of speed and carnage that tops that of the original, even if it does fall short of the mighty "Burnout." [Aug 2006, p.121]
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    Where FlatOut felt like racing in a field, FlatOut 2 feels like racing on a film set. It has been reshaped into the archetype, competent arcade racer. [Aug 2006, p.89]
  8. Flat Out 2 brings the same gameplay to the table the second time around, although it just doesn’t seem to have the same vibe as the original did.
  9. Play Magazine
    65
    FlatOut 2, as a racing game, is competent, but marred by a poor sense of speed. [Aug 2006, p.63]
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    52
    Flatout 2 is pretty much like the first "Flatout", which was pretty much like a poor man's "Burnout". [Sept. 2006, p.98]
  11. 70
    FlatOut 2 is fun, if only for a little while.
  12. 70
    The handling is a little floaty and the game hasn’t really evolved, but when you’re having fun you’re unlikely to care all that much at all.
  13. Play UK
    69
    A classic 69. It's fun until you realise you're not getting enough out of it and that there are better games to play. Find something that allows for deeper penetration rather than the surface tickling provided by FlatOut 2. [Issue 142, p.86]
  14. There is a potentially interesting game here, but more often than not, its gimmicks lose their appeal and then you’re just left with a sub-standard and less enjoyable "Burnout."
  15. The game’s multiplayer and online modes would make it the perfect game for a group of friends to gather and bash each other for a while. If you can overcome the difficulty level of the single player campaign, and think that the demolition derby and quirky stunt modes would be your cup of tea, do not hesitate to pick this title up.
  16. A solid and enjoyable racing game, with some nice quirky features, but one that falls short of greatness by lacking something really special.
  17. Both more of the same and a little less. The challenges don’t hold their appeal for long and a lot of the problems from the first game have reappeared in this one, but anyone looking for a racing game that rewards you for knocking over fences and road signs will be hard pressed to find better.
  18. You'll instinctively reach for the seatbelt in this aggressive display of reckless racing.
  19. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    Brilliantly chaotic, relentlessly quick and rammed with gaming modes to keep you at it. Fasten your seat belts. [July 2006, p.82]
  20. 70
    With everything ultimately both bigger and better, with more destruction, and much more depth, Bugbear Entertainment are coming ever close to a winner. If the handling is tightened, and the rest of the game makes another healthy step forward, another sequel on the next generation of consoles could be the first certain winner.
  21. The additional bells and whistles of FlatOut 2 suggest enough difference to legitimise its existence, but ultimately there is nothing substantially new here.
  22. If you enjoy mindless destruction wrought by a bunch of maniacs driving at breakneck speeds through narrow, twisted tracks, then you may enjoy Flatout 2 as well.

Awards & Rankings

#87 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#88 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 20, 2011
    10
    My favourite racing game in 2006. BugBear rulez! Played money hours this game and also at LAN parties. Thumbs up. The Stunts and crashes areMy favourite racing game in 2006. BugBear rulez! Played money hours this game and also at LAN parties. Thumbs up. The Stunts and crashes are great! There should be more stunts, that is my only comment Full Review »
  2. Sep 22, 2015
    8
    3 words: the "ragdoll mini-games"! Some chips, a few beers and a friend is all you need to have the time of your life with this hilarious game3 words: the "ragdoll mini-games"! Some chips, a few beers and a friend is all you need to have the time of your life with this hilarious game mode. Drive your car fast to the launching point and press R1 to throw your driver through the front window and into a football goal, basketball hoop, darts board... it's so much (sadistic) fun. Imagine if the games Burnout and Pain had a lovechild and you'll get an idea how much fun this game mode actually is. Not all of the ragdoll mini-games are equally fun and i wish there were more than only 12. Full Review »
  3. KarlNordstrom
    Sep 21, 2007
    9
    Everyone has their own reasons for liking different games but this one is my favorite (though I haven't played Flatout 2 yet). I grew upEveryone has their own reasons for liking different games but this one is my favorite (though I haven't played Flatout 2 yet). I grew up on a farm driving these kinds of cars around the fields and this game takes me back there. I also love the physics in this game. I can feel each tire and the response of the suspension when a tire catches a ditch or other object. I like how there are consequences after crashes, leading to tangible changes in the suspension performance. The races are pretty crazy and fun to play multiplayer. The ragdoll mini-games are hilarious but it would be good to have the option of turning ragdoll off during races. It gets tedious. The two faults of this game are: not being able to drive multiplayer in the demolition derby and only being able to drive one car at a time. (When you switch cars, you lose the value of all the upgrades to your existing car.) I can understand, given a number of faults, why the game is rated lower but, in my opinion, it's still more fun than Burnout. That's why I gave it a 9. Full Review »