FlatOut 2 Xbox

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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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. FlatOut 2 is a big improvement over the original game, but it's not quite ready for primetime yet.
  3. 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]
  4. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    The track design is hit-and-miss, usually featuring aggravating blind curves that can quickly turn a comfy lead into a last-place finish. [Sept 2006, p.80]
  5. 70
    FlatOut 2 is fun, if only for a little while.
  6. 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.
  7. It may be a little too chaotic for its own good. The difficulty is all over the road, and the car handling leaves much to be desired. The lack of a custom soundtrack feature hurts as well, leaving you with the option to listen to the game's repetitive rock selections.
  8. If the game controlled better, and didn't fall victim to one of the most annoying problems that racing games can face, it might be worth it. For me, however, I'll be going elsewhere.
  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. 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.
  11. 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]
  12. 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.
  13. You'll instinctively reach for the seatbelt in this aggressive display of reckless racing.
  14. 60
    Amp up the speed and iron out the physics and perhaps FlatOut 2 could give EA a run for its money but for now, it's simply eating "Burnout"'s dust.
  15. 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.
  16. 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]

Awards & Rankings

#33 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
#9 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2006
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. BatteryHEAT
    Jan 3, 2008
    9
    EXCELLENT STUFF! Ignore the naysayers, this really is one of the better racers on Xbox - and probably the ONLY "offroad" racer worth your EXCELLENT STUFF! Ignore the naysayers, this really is one of the better racers on Xbox - and probably the ONLY "offroad" racer worth your time. What you need to know is that it will take some time to get to the good stuff. Things will seem slow and difficult at first but once you get money enough for a better car things pick up nicely. HINT: buy a bulky 4WD truck and wreak havoc on your opponents (ignoring your race standings) to build up money fast! It seems to me that many people just dont get the fact that the cars in this game come in three drive varieties: RWD, FWD and 4WD. Contrary to intuition the forward drive cars usually are the easiest to drive in Flatout2 instead of 4WD. This game would benefit from a larger selection of tracks. I'd especially like a few more pure street tracks. The three racing classes aren't really all that different as it is. Framerate is (a rock steady) 30fps which works fine most of the time but of course 60fps would be much, much better... Combined with the low graphics resolution of the original Xbox it sometimes feels like youre practically driving blind - you just can't see where you are going! There are some badly lit tracks where this is a real problem. So there definitely is room for improvement for the next sequel. Full Review »
  2. Andyman
    Aug 16, 2006
    10
    This is not Burnout, nor is it trying to be. It's not about the prettiest takedown or making the perfect lap. FlatOut 2 is all about This is not Burnout, nor is it trying to be. It's not about the prettiest takedown or making the perfect lap. FlatOut 2 is all about having a down-n-dirty romp through the most destructible environments imaginable. The car (and crash) physics are finely tuned... but they're not something you'll gain mastery of immediately, and that is the beauty of FlatOut 2. The finesse required to navigate the sheer carnage of each race quickly separates those with skill (like myself) from those without (like Spartan 234). It's a complete blast from start to finish, and the hard rock soundtrack is the best I've heard in a game. Absolutely outstanding, and it surpasses the first game in every way possible. Full Review »
  3. GloX
    Aug 11, 2006
    9
    I for one totally do NOT agree with Spartan 234 and think that this game is again GREAT fun. Thank you again Bugbear for this. Like enjoyed I for one totally do NOT agree with Spartan 234 and think that this game is again GREAT fun. Thank you again Bugbear for this. Like enjoyed playing the first Flatout very much I love playing the sequel which is even better than the original. My humble opinion is that this game tops even the Burnout series although I have played only 8% of this game so far. The physics and AI seem very natural to me and very suitable for a funracer like this. The dirt and gravel races are my favourite and I have to admit I havent played the minigames much yet as my main interest is in the races itself... good job Bugbear! Full Review »