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- 16 different cars to race, customize and upgrade
- Realistic, full car damage modeling that also affects the performance of the car
- 45 tracks to master over 5 different environments including the challenge of snow-covered terrain
- Well-tuned car physics to give a truly realistic feel to each car
- Don't lose control of your car -- you'll feel the weight of it as it collides with barns, cars and walls
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Flat Out is fast racing with more danger than you'd face on typical tracks. Race your car around a track where every bit of damage stays on the track. Free-rolling tires, broken fences, mangled car parts increase the potential for mayhem on every pass. Take every shortcut, jump and by-road you can find to get past these obstacles, cross the finish line first and show the world your driving skills are supreme. Extensive championship gaming with a huge variety of races, mini-games and the most outrageous arenas of destruction you can imagine Fun enhancing mini-games including 'Figure of 8' and 'Demolition Bowl' Two-player split screen mode for a AAA racing experience with friends
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It's mayhem with muscle cars! FlatOut delivers a thrilling combination of high-octane racing, smash-em-up demolition derby action, and death defying stunts propelling the driver through the windshield!
- Wreak havoc as you race on 36 tracks in fully destructible environments.
- Supe it up! Choose among 16 different customizable and upgradeable cars that take realistic damage, affecting their appearance and drivability.
- Take on your rivals! Race online with up to eight players--or in two-player split-screen mode--as you battle for the championship.
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I opened the package to see the cheesy 2000's cover art. As a 5 year old i thought everything looked cool so i took out the disc and plopped it into my system and i was astounded!
The first thing you will notice is the graphics and HOLY CRAP are the graphics good! for the time it was increadable!
Shortly after booting up the game and selecting a car you will notice that the cars and the map is destructible. This was a big deal for 2004 as physics models in games where just catching on especially breakable physics models. Speaking of damage you will probably suck at it when you first start out. The races are CRAZILY hard and i still have a hard time getting atleast 2nd place to this day. But this isn't a bad thing! it ads intensive to the game to improve and get that gold trophy! Also about the gameplay WOW this game has flawless gameplay. The controlls are tight and well adjusted, The physics models and props ad some fun into driving and the graphics depict the epicness of the game!
You might have your doubts from this game,
Really, most reviews, videos etc. dont really do this game justice but i would encourage you to get over the bad reviews and bad videos and just try it out for yourself!
FlatOut is a amazing and fun game. The game play is even better if you invite a friend over and get competitive.
Overall the game has good "staying power" meaning that the game has aged well. The graphics are still passable today, and the multiplier split screen on a modern tv is something to really enjoy. Give it a try!
I found the extra games like bowling and darts funny in a macarbe sort of way, but their appeal doesn't last. Camera angles, especially from the dash is lacking, and upgrading cars seems more of a natural progression rather than requiring any strategy. Keeping a garage of cars would have been great. On the otherhand, the graphics are fair, but the atmosphere and design is excellent. Tracks are true to their locale being littered with junk cars, tractor trailers for ramps, and roads that wind through rural landscapes reminiscent of the south or the northwest.
There are flaws to be sure, but if you like slim odds and aggressive racing, don't count this one out entirely.
FlatOut incorporates an interesting combination of arcade and simulator racing. Nitro boost and comical crashes combined with the over-the-top map designs will make this a hit with arcade racing enthusiasts. However, the vehicle dynamics and car performance might attract the true racing simulator fans. These racing purists may be put off by the fact that the "vehicle tuning" area is limited to only add-on parts rather than actual performance tuning of each individual part, but this does make it easier for the novice to play. On the other hand, purchasing lower class cars will provide a unique challenge as a horsepower underdog in any race can often be lapped. The single-player game is shorter than most and experienced racers can finish this game in a long weekend.
Elements that are unique to the FlatOut game include:
- The "rag doll physics" of your driver flying out of the vehicle upon high-speed impacts.
- Bonus games where you compete in demolition derbies, or measure how far/high you can throw your driver in the air after a crash. (NOTE: Some of these games are more "luck" than skill, since there's no way to accurately aim your driver.)
- Crashed into objects become debris on the road that can affect your vehicle path and gates that are "slammed open" by other cars can bounce back closed and hit your vehicle on certain tracks.
- The aforementioned drebis will stay on the track where you crashed into it and cause a hazzard for other vehicles and even you, as you return in subsequent laps.
- Secret shortcuts on some maps that will provide a strategic shortcut, or a deadly distraction.
With the many exciting features of this game, there also come some negatives. There's only one camera angle (3rd person, just above vehicle) which might frustrate players that prefer the in-car view or a higher angle to see over hills. Also, when you stray off track (either by poor driving or the "nudge" of another player), you must return near the point where you exited. This is often extremely frustrating since a high-speed crash, a ride on the wrong side of the guard rail or a hard hit from another vehicle can put you considerably off the path. In addition the "vehicle reset" feature not only brings you back at a dead stop, but also often resets your vehicle a considerable distance back on the track, even around corners you have already successfully navigated. Moreover, your car almost always returns behind "the pack" even if you were in first.
Finally, the unforgivable sin is that -although the game supports online multiplayer on Xbox Live- none of the bonus competitions (throwing your driver for distance, bowling, darts, etc.) are multiplayer. This, in my opinion, is a rediculous oversight on their part since the PS2 version includes this feature, and Xbox Live is a much more "multiplayer oriented" service. Plus, since the game is so short, the developers should have provided more online entertainment. And, since the bonus games are a refreshing change from your standard racing game, it would have been nice to have something more than "just another online racing game" on Xbox Live.
But, for the incredible amount of unique features in this game and the crazy antics of your lifeless body begin flung out and contorting as it hits various objects on the track make this game enjoyable and fun. This game is perfect when you have friends over and want to sit back and laugh than having a fierce Halo 2 competition.