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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: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Flat Out's graphics are nothing short of outstanding, surpassing most other racers out there and with the detailed physics surrounding both the courses and the vehicles, the graphics gets a big thumbs up.
  2. 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.
  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. Undeniably fun and seriously pretty - it's just not as polished as a AAA game like "Burnout." [Aug 2005, p.82]
  5. 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]
  6. 65
    Like a late-night hookup with the town floozy, this game might look promising when you take it home, but trust us, the next morning you're going to wonder why this disc is snuggled up inside your Xbox. Rent.
  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: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. SanttuR.
    Jul 18, 2005
    Very Good!!!
  2. MattiS.
    Nov 8, 2004
    Ultimately the best race game on ps2 .. after burnout 3.
  3. MarkoE.
    May 17, 2005
    Perrkeleen kovaa menoa.. Kyllä me suomessakin osataan :D aright.. flatout rlz.
  4. MichaelR.
    Nov 9, 2004
    Suberb destruction derby, great fun.
  5. DragonKnightofFinalFantasy
    Aug 4, 2005
    The graphics are good I thought they looked nice. The sound was nice as well sounds pretty average so far.......now the gameplay thats were it fall flat on its face. Besides the mini-games and the demolition derby style stuff was okay the racing which is supposed to be the point of most driving games is frustrating and boring to get even close to your oppenents is to use Nitrus and to do that you have to hit stuff slowing you down taking you all the way to last place with everyone way ahead of you, you have to get to first. Oh yay. This was so annoying and the only way to get the mini-games is to race and its not worth it. Rent it if you fell like you need to but I wouldn't advise it. Collapse