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
  1. 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.
  2. The game is still brilliant and the second coming gives another chance to all those people who wished they'd played the first - but there's something a little too familiar about it, and if you were refreshed by my change in approach, then you might find the lack of change in FlatOut 2 somewhat repetitive.
  3. A solid and enjoyable racing game, with some nice quirky features, but one that falls short of greatness by lacking something really special.
  4. It may remind you of Burnout, but this is no wannabe or knock-off. It’s a solid racer with lots of destruction, good physics, and awesome online play.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. Flatout 2 is pretty much like the first "Flatout", which was pretty much like a poor man's "Burnout". [Sept. 2006, p.98]
  8. 80
    The striking visuals, the hard-driving licensed soundtrack, and the variety of events make for an appealing, fast-paced game that's perfect for venting a little steam.
  9. The game features all of the best aspects of all of the best racing games of our youth – all packaged in kick-ass visuals and audio, and with online play to boot. Racing fans rejoice; FlatOut 2 is a total blast, and well worth every penny.
  10. This game hasn't solved all of its pivot-based racing problems, so unfortunately that doesn't help matters, but at least it's better simply because the tracks are more interesting and the sense of speed is pretty good. [Sept. 2006, p.88]
  11. FlatOut 2 is a blast to play. Apart from some of the AI troubles, there is really nothing wrong with this game. It is a great title that has variety, character, and great graphics and gameplay to go along with it.
  12. 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.
  13. The additional bells and whistles of FlatOut 2 suggest enough difference to legitimise its existence, but ultimately there is nothing substantially new here.
  14. 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]
  15. 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.
  16. FlatOut 2 seems a little too slick for its own good in spots, but it still manages to provide plenty of destructive racing fun.
  17. 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.
  18. Don’t be turned off by the difficult controls right away. Once you get used to the steering and can take the corners, FlatOut 2 is an awesome racer with enough destruction and mayhem to last you awhile.
  19. FlatOut 2 is one of the most chaotic racing games ever made. Whether you’re playing on or offline, you’ll be lucky if you can last two minutes on the track without eating twisted metal.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  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.
  23. The graphics and audio couple together really well for a kick-ass experience, and the gameplay and driving controls are solid.
  24. A very enjoyable racer. It's not a game you'll still be playing in a few years, but in the meantime its destructible racing at its best.
  25. 83
    One hell of a fun racing game. Sure, many of its elements feel a tad generic, like the track and character design, but what it really comes down to is the racing itself and Bugbear has done a great job at drawing a line between control and complete chaos.
  26. There’s no getting away from the fact that FlatOut 2 is damned good fun, and will bring you back to the days of Destruction Derby and its ilk. However, as much as we appreciate the tweaks – and that’s really all they are – to the first game, there are still a few too many fundamental flaws which bring out a wail of frustration or a tut as you consider how easily certain annoyances could have been avoided.
  27. Even the Destruction Derby Arenas and Ragdoll Mini Games are all online playable for you!
  28. 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.
  29. Brilliantly chaotic, relentlessly quick and rammed with gaming modes to keep you at it. Fasten your seat belts. [July 2006, p.82]
  30. Features fun, arcadey action and an impressive amount of destruction - with a slightly irritating interface. [Sept 2006, p.76]
  31. 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.
  32. FlatOut 2, as a racing game, is competent, but marred by a poor sense of speed. [Aug 2006, p.63]
  33. 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]
  34. 81
    If FlatOut 2 proves anything it's that there's room for more than one type of racer that strongly encourages wreckage at every twist and turn, and it's refreshing to see that despite EA's undeniable might smaller developers are willing to have a go at competing, often showing them a thing or two about game design in the process.
  35. Long load times and a soundtrack that's annoying at best don't help either. Still, FlatOut 2 is a solid, fun game to play. [Oct 2006, p.85]
  36. A bigger, slightly better sequel that's more accessible and over-the-top but just as random in terms of its carnage. It'll drive you bonkers if you've no patience. [Aug 2006, p.56]
  37. It's not a radical departure from the original game, which is good, but thoughtful additions like hurling your crash-test dummies through the windscreen online and extra emphasis on exploring the many paths on offer in each track mean that FlatOut 2 is the perfect way to continue driving in high-speed wonky lines.
  38. 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."
  39. You'll instinctively reach for the seatbelt in this aggressive display of reckless racing.
  40. It should appeal to anyone who enjoyed the "Burnout" games, or people who want the closest thing to a 'spiritual' update of "Destruction Derby."
  41. It's quite honestly an astounding achievement in terms of the implementation of the physics, which should garner the franchise (and BugBear) further success. It's giant step forward from the original title of 2004.
  42. FlatOut 2 may not do much to improve the formula that the original created, but it refines it, deepens it, and adds so much stuff to do that you won't find yourself nearly as tired of things as soon as the first effort. It's not new, no, but it's a blast.
  43. The single-player Career won't take all that long to complete, but with a hugely entertaining multiplayer mode both on and offline, there's a good chance you'll continue playing for a while after.
  44. FlatOut 2 is fun, if only for a little while.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  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 are great! There should be more stunts, that is my only comment Full Review »
  2. 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 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 »
  3. Artgirl777
    Sep 11, 2006
    5
    I can't believe that a driving game doesn't utilize a steering wheel. First flatout used the logitech pro 900 degree wheel, and this one doesn't even use a wheel - what's up with that? Full Review »