Excerpt: There just aren’t enough destruction derby games being made nowadays. I’ll admit, they’re a guilty pleasure of mine and I’ll stop at nothing to jump on a new one as soon as it comes out. The same amount of excitement was present as soon as I heard about Flatout and was anxious to get back into the world of overly aggressive and destructive racing. After all, it’s a genre that has done me no wrong or so I thought.
Excerpt: Most of FlatOut's gameplay is found in the career mode, which really has nothing to do with a career, it's just a bunch of races. You start by selecting a car from a small group of clunkers, and then you race to earn money to fix up your ride or buy new vehicles. There are over 30 races that take place in a variety of environments, like the woods, construction sites, and race tracks.
Conclusion: FlatOut would be a whole lot easier to recommend if certain aspects of its package were tightened up. The merely mediocre artificial intelligence, the weirdly sporadic multiplayer features across platforms, and the repetitive driver-launching mechanic are probably going to annoy the hell out of some people.
Pros: Cars and tracks that break and smash apart in wonderful ways, Excellent graphics engine that's downright brilliant on the PC, Minigames are a riot, if only for a short while, Online play is fantastic.
Cons: Opponent AI is overly aggressive and prone to rubber-banding, Middling soundtrack, No online on PC; no online demolition derby mode on Xbox, Launching your driver out of the windshield gets pretty old.
Conclusion: In terms of sound, FlatOut more or less gets of the job done. It isn’t the most defining feature, but it works. The sounds of the engines are beefy and throaty, though again, most sound alike. There are plenty of crunching and crushing sounds, and even the terrain-smashing sounds good with things like wood planks making proper reaction sounds when being destroyed. FlatOut ’s music selection doesn’t really stand out either (thanks to the European developer).
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.
Excerpt: I was lucky enough to receive a copy of FlatOut for review before itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s released in the US. Of course, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m British, so for a change to get a game before Americans is always a pleasant feeling. Although the game is not 100% original, it combines lots of elements from past and present games and brings them into one well presented game.
Summary: Many people probably haven't heard about this game, it's usually only the huge games like Fifa, Pro, GTA and Mario that get lots of publishing and advertising. You can't go into a shop without seeing some form of advertising showing them off, well we at BlokesOnly think that the smaller games should get a shout, and FlatOut is going to lead the way.
Conclusion: Das Spiel macht vor allem eins …. sehr viel Spaß. Das liegt zum einen an den interessanten Rennen. Hier wird sehr viel vom Spieler gefordert. Dafür sind die Rennen aber auch sehr interessant und abwechslungsreich. Ihr müsst andere Fahrzeuge rammen, durch Unfälle Eure Leiste aufbauen, Abkürzungen finden und den Wagen unter Kontrolle halten. Bastelfans können sich zusätzlich im Tuningbereich auslassen.
Conclusion: Die größte Stärke von Flat Out ist der optimale Multiplayermodus, der als Partykracher mit Freunden zusammen für jede Menge Spaß sorgt. Aber auch der Einzelspielermodus kann sich sehen lassen und hebt sich dank der besonderen Auslegung des Spiels von der Konkurrenz ab. Allerdings kommt das Spiel nicht ganz an solche Kracher wie Burnout 3 oder Need for Speed Underground 2 heran. Außerdem ist Flat Out kein Spiel für Anfänger.