Excerpt: Developed by Bugbear Entertainment (Rally Trophy makers), FlatOut is an action-packed racing game that is using physics not just as a neat little feature but as an important part of the gameplay. Unlike the other racing games, FlatOut focuses on your ability during a race to crash your vehicle into other cars and affect the environment. Each track has many dynamic objects that you can crash into. Not only do these objects react individually (e.g.
Summary: No. Just no. At $29.99, this is a complete rip-off. It looks and plays like a $9.99 budget title, and even then, you would be paying too much. It’s bad, it’s broken and worst of all it has the FlatOut name. It’s an awful attempt at trying to cash in on the original’s fame by releasing a product of sub-par quality.
Conclusion: Looking at the specs for FlatOut 2 , though, it’s hard to ignore just how much Bugbear wants to emphasize the improvements planned for this game over the first one. In most areas, players can expect at least twice as much as was found in the first FlatOut: twice as many cars, twice as many Rag Doll mini-games, twice as many demolition derby arenas, and almost twice as many tracks.
Excerpt: Non-realistic racing games have really gotten a boost in the past few years - the recent tuner-oriented Need for Speed games, as well as the crash-heavy Burnout series have seen huge success even alongside the sims like Gran Turismo 4. While racing games have always been popular with independent game developers, the heat has been turned up, what with so many stellar racing titles on the market.
Excerpt: Every once in a while a relatively unknown developer will come up with a great idea and be able to turn that idea into a rather entertaining game. Developed by Bugbear Entertainment, Flatout (available on PC, PS2, and Xbox) is a surprisingly well done mixture consisting of both strategic racing and destructive driving elements.
there are other, more sophisticated racers on the market, FlatOut's simple
arcade-style play and violent crash mechanics definitely give it a unique
feel. The game's standard racing modes are fun and challenging, making for
an enjoyably untethered driving experience. Its exaggerated physics,
aggressive AI and intense crashes makes for an exciting game that's
accessible for newcomers, yet challenging and offers enough variety to
keep veterans interested.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Whilst it may not be as good as Burnout 3 in the long run, it is good fun in its own right and well worth a try even if you already own the Takedown king. The Bonus events are a very welcome highlight.