Excerpt: Since the beginning of video games there have always been racing games. And in the modern day they continue to be one of the most popular genres in gaming, although the genre has sprouted some sub categories. Destruction Racers have become one of the most popular sub-genres, if you will, on the gaming horizon. One such franchise is Flatout from Bugbear Entertainment, this year Bugbear has released its sophomore installment to the series, Flatout 2.
Excerpt: FlatOut 2 is a sequel to the 2004 sleeper hit, which sold over 800,000 copies worldwide. Released in the shadow of games such as Need for Speed Underground 2 and Burnout 3: Takedown , FlatOut was a like a cross between Destruction Derby and Burnout with the emphasis on it’s wonderful physics and a series of mini-games which involved launching your rag-doll driver through a range of bizarre courses.
Summary: FlatOut 2 is fun. Yes, I Joshua Richey, hater of all racing games, just said that FlatOut 2 is fun. Is it fun enough to buy? No. Is it as good as the Burnout series? No. But what it is - is a racing game that isn’t afraid to try something new. I had a blast playing the Mini-Games, despite how pissed off that they made me. I enjoyed the Demolition Derby, because of its simplicity.
Conclusion: FlatOut 2 may not do much to improve the formula that the original created, but it refines it, deepens it, and adds so much stuff to do that you won't find yourself nearly as tired of things as soon as the first effort. It's not new, no, but it's a blast.