Excerpt: FlatOut: Head On can be thought of as Burnout’s country cousin. It’s less sophisticated, but it doesn’t seem to care and in fact has a lot of fun with its more simple-minded pursuits. FlatOut brings you destruction derbies, races in which bumping the competition into a wall is as legitimate a way to win as driving the fastest, and twisted mini games that all rely on ejecting your driver through the windshield of your car.
Summary: FlatOut is all about grand scale destruction racing. Fans of the console versions will be able to take the instant jump-in-and-race gameplay mayhem with them wherever they go, including four-player wireless connectivity.
There's lots to like about this game, just not for long.
Cheat Code Central
1 June 2008
Conclusion: Head On seems to offer plenty of racing features, but the core racing experience is less than perfect. So what we've got here is a fun little arcade racer that will be a fun diversion for a few hours, but the novelty is likely to wear off quickly.
Excerpt: Destructive racing games have been popular since games like Destruction Derby on the original PlayStation. While Destruction Derby never managed to make it past its PlayStation glory days, we did end up with Burnout and Flatout. Flatout, in many ways, is Burnout's closest competitor, and with good reason. Flatout games tend to score well with gamers, and so the franchise is slowly making a name for itself.
Excerpt: After three console games in this series, here comes a handheld version specifically made for the PSP. FlatOut Head On is familiar to me and is basically FlatOut 2, but on the PSP instead. Three types of racing for the career mode exist: Derby, Race, and Street. There are different types of cars available for each type of racing mode. Packed along with that are 12 mini-games where you hurl your driver through the windshield and into the air.
Excerpt: There's something rather charming about the low-fi nature of FlatOut: Head On. With its Dukes of Hazzard -style vehicles and single-minded hunger for destruction, it definitely has a gritty charm--like Burnout on a budget, if you will. But what FlatOut lacks in refinement, it makes up for with a twisted sense of humour, an assortment of game modes, and some frankly outrageous stunts.
Pros: Multiplayer modes, Great physics and damage, Lots of varied game modes, Plenty of challenges
Cons: Not that different from FlatOut 2, Slightly too difficult
Excerpt: , most gamers had never heard of Bugbear Entertainment. The Finnish developer surprised just about everyone with a physics-heavy racer that did on- and off-road racing right, but added one very important extra: ragdoll physics for the drivers. Slam into something hard enough and your guy would go screaming through the windshield with a hilarious "aaaaaarrrrgh!" that would do Charlie Brown proud.
Excerpt: Wheeled racing may never get much better than FlatOut: Head On on the PlayStation Portable. With the lack of a promised entry in Sony?s watershed racing series Gran Turismo for the handheld, the market is wide open for entertaining racing action, and this game fills that open space perfectly. It?s not all just turning left and right that puts FlatOut on the map.