Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. A rag-doll requiem of destruction, so gratuitous that it defies moral probity. Like all the best shock and awe titles, the vice is polished so sweetly you'll barely notice you've gone to hell. [Apr 2008, p.105]
  2. A stupendous game you really must own, even if you don't like cars. [Apr 2008, p.107]
  3. It's no racing revolution but this is solid, playable and highly entertaining. [Apr 2008, p.76]
  4. 85
    It's easily one of the better PSP racers out there, the potent mix of high-speed racing and spectacular crashes setting it apart from the more clean cut thrills found in WipeOut and Ridge Racer.
  5. FlatOut: Head On gives you a lot of enjoyable racing for a portable game.
  6. Yes, technically it’s a port of FlatOut 2, and a pretty belated one at that, but just because it’s the least visually impressive version of the game doesn’t make it the least technically accomplished.
  7. Between its buckets of content and excellent presentation, FlatOut offers more than enough reasons for extreme race fans to buckle-up for its PSP debut. [May 2008, p.82]
  8. It’s hard not to love a title that piles on all the game modes (including multiplayer) and makes the racing element actually fun.
  9. If you enjoy a taste of destruction and dirty moves in your races, then Head On is the perfect choice.
  10. Aside from the races in FlatOut mode, FlatOut: Head On is one of the most genuinely fun and entertaining racers I've picked up in a long time.
  11. 79
    Top visuals, and some lovely particle effects create the illusion of a triple-A title. [Issue#164, p.95]
  12. 77
    The PSP iteration of the franchise has issues with texture resolution, frame rate and, most importantly, the physics fidelity (which affects handling), but none of these issues keep the game from ultimately being a fun ride.
  13. 75
    FlatOut is fun and different enough that it manages to stand out.
  14. FlatOut: Head On follows the same basic formula as the rest of the series, but the PlayStation Portable version is the current definitive package.
  15. FlatOut manages to plow through wrecked cars and almost anything else in its way, but this problem remains as a last obstacle. [May 2008, p.99]
  16. If you like the idea of sending a small man through a windscreen in to a giant dartboard, this is worth a look. [Apr 2008, p.82]
  17. 70
    FlatOut: Head On basically takes FlatOut 2 and tweaks a few things, resulting in a solid game, with plenty of content. The racing isn't quite as good this time around, but the Carnage mode is pretty decent.
  18. A fun, cheeky, crash-tastic ride to the finish line.
  19. FlatOut Head On has some minor problems just like its big brother on the Xbox 360. Although the conversion to the handheld is a success, the game has some issues when it comes to framerate and unpredictable physics. The gameplay compared to FlatOut Ultimate Carnage stays the same and on top of that the game has variation and good visuals to make it even more attractive.
  20. FlatOut finds its natural home on PSP where the speedy events and abusing your driver gag don't outstay their welcome as much as on PlayStation 2. An instant pick-up-and-play winner.
  21. Flatout: Head On may not contain guns, but who needs guns when you get plenty of explosive destruction by simply crashing your ride into oblivion. [May 2008, p.65]
  22. FlatOut is a mix of the extreme racing seen in the Burnout series combined with the crazy stunts that you would see in Jackass. It's different, and offers something for both the speed freaks and crash-n-burn junkies.
  23. The controls start out accessible, but get a bit nutty with the faster cars, but if you can get used to them then you should find yourself enjoying the $20 you spent on this one.
  24. 65
    Technically the title is extremely impressive too, so if you're looking for a title to sell PSPs to your friends, this might do it.
  25. The overriding feeling is that Head On belongs on more powerful consoles. Without the added bells and whistles, its core racing mechanics and their shortcomings are bare, obvious, and will struggle in a genre that is stacked to the rafters on PSP.
  26. A fun little arcade racer that will be a fun diversion for a few hours, but the novelty is likely to wear off quickly.
  27. FlatOut: Head On looks a bit like a nice slice of cake, but in reality it's more of a biscuit. It's not even a particularly pleasant biscuit, either; the first bite or two is nice enough, but after an hour or so you'll begin to taste the bitter unfairness of the AI, or the stale mini-games, or the… well, you get the idea.
  28. What has four wheels, bad music, and lackluster graphics? Flatout: Head On! Save your money for one of the console version where this game can be better appreciated.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 12, 2012
    The game could have been a bit better. For me the killer point is frame rate. it is sluggish and jumps up and down. Damaging a car is not asThe game could have been a bit better. For me the killer point is frame rate. it is sluggish and jumps up and down. Damaging a car is not as ps2 or pc versions. It is simpified here but still good. Full Review »
  2. AlvaroOrtizMejia
    Mar 13, 2008
    this game is much better than burnout, I really liked. it is not a revolution in racing games but it is extremely fun and that's the mostthis game is much better than burnout, I really liked. it is not a revolution in racing games but it is extremely fun and that's the most important thing for me. I do not give it the 10 because at least my umd does not have on line mode. racing game for psp Full Review »