Excerpt: Most of you’ll probably remember the previous version of this game, the first real hit from the Bugbear development team. In that game, you were supposed to race against a few opponents and while doing so the goal was to wreck the environment and the opposition as much as possible.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Although it’s pretty much the first title with a much smarter paintjob, it’s difficult to not recommend FlatOut 2. The driving model might not be to everyone’s tastes and the opposition AI can be a touch too aggressive.
Pros: Carnage on tap, enjoyable gameplay, graphics
Cons: It’s pretty much the first title with a much smarter paintjob