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
  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. It may not be quite in the same league as Burnout, but it certainly has enough charm and variation to be considered a real contender, one that may begin to catch up with the market leader given a next generation sequel and a little more time to iron out the creases.
  3. FlatOut 2 is an above-average racing game, which means casual racing fans will feel satisfied with its features and gameplay. The more demanding hardcore racing fans -- those are the ones that mull "Forza Motorsport" in-depth -- won't be so happy.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. Flatout 2 is pretty much like the first "Flatout", which was pretty much like a poor man's "Burnout". [Sept. 2006, p.98]
  7. FlatOut 2 seems content to cement itself in the niche of Burnout's bratty redneck cousin, but it passes at least one basic quality test with flying colours: I couldn't help taking regular breaks during this review to creep back to the joypad for another go.
  8. Better then the original in everyway, which basically means it's awesome.
  9. 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.
  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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. FlatOut 2 is a big improvement over the original game, but it's not quite ready for primetime yet.
  15. Better than its predecessor, Flatout 2 is like a brasher but uglier brother to "Burnout." [Aug 2006, p.66]
  16. 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.
  17. 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]
  18. FlatOut 2 seems a little too slick for its own good in spots, but it still manages to provide plenty of destructive racing fun.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. It's not a game you'll still be playing in a few years, but in the meantime its destructible racing at its best.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. With its destructive, albeit a little unforgiving racing that is fast and of course very furious; players should have a fun time with the game, especially as the focus isn't on the usual high performance racing cars that don't take much damage from impacts.
  27. Even the Destruction Derby Arenas and Ragdoll Mini Games are all online playable for you!
  28. 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]
  29. FlatOut 2's a more interesting racer than most, one that's smooth, nice looking and as easy to get into as a really big hole. It's not exactly moved on in any way since the original FlatOut, but if you missed out on that one, or really loved it and want more of almost exactly the same arcade racing insanity, go for it.
  30. When all is said and done, the most important thing that can be said about FlatOut 2 is that it is fun.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 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 »