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.
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: , 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: FlatOut is a mix of the extreme racing seen in the Burnout series combined with the crazy stunts that you would see in Jackass. It's different, and offers something for both the speed freaks and crash-n-burn junkies.
Pros: Looks just as good on the handheld screen as it did on consoles, from the big explosions to the weird physics of the driver being tossed around. It also has a fair amount of challenges, mixing both pure racing and pure destruction.
Cons: Some of the challenges seem a little repetitive and some seem near impossible at times.