FlatOut is adrenaline-filled muscle car racing game packed with explosive physics, spectacular effects and graphics, innovative game play mechanics and good old fun! Eight players or AI cars on track for close pack racing Single player Career, Quick race and Time trial modes Multiplayer mayhem with up to 8 players 16 different fully...
User reviews: Very Positive (545 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 12, 2005

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About This Game

FlatOut is adrenaline-filled muscle car racing game packed with explosive physics, spectacular effects and graphics, innovative game play mechanics and good old fun!

  • Eight players or AI cars on track for close pack racing
  • Single player Career, Quick race and Time trial modes
  • Multiplayer mayhem with up to 8 players
  • 16 different fully upgradeable cars
  • 48 tracks including stunt arenas and destruction bowls
  • Wacky and funny ragdoll mini-games
  • Open environments for taking your own shortcuts
  • Convincing car handling and impressive damage modeling

System Requirements

    Minimum: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or AMD Equivalent, 256 MB RAM, 64 MB Graphics Card,DirectX Compatible Sound Card, 1.1 GB of free Hard Drive Space, Win 98/ME/2000/XP, DirectX9.0c

    Recommended: 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or AMD 2000+, 512 MB RAM, 128 MB GraphicsCard, DirectX Compatible Sound Card, Gamepad or Steering Wheel, Windows XP SP2

Helpful customer reviews
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
FlatOut was released on November 5, 2004 for both Windows and Consoles. My first impressions of the game were also back then. The game was fun. But now, it can only be played for nostalgia. I suggest you pick it up on a sale.

I said that the game was fun because there are better games out there that you can buy. This game made a good start for the derby racing game and started a future for FlatOut series. I still find it amazing how the driver just flies out of the window during big crash. The gave is hilarious especially if you play with friends. But I am not too sure if the game servers are even running. I know you can play with friends via some LAN programs or even HOTSEAT. It's a good game to have fun with.

As in any racing game there must be music in this one. It has a decent soundtrack for the time of release, but I have personally never heard those bands in my life before or after. I do not dislike the soundtrack but I think it could have been much better. The rest of the sound effects seem fine and nothing particular caught my eye( or more like ear).

2004 was a big year for very good looking games. This game didn't do too bad compared to big fish around that time. Car detail is good. The detail of the maps is good as well. Human rag dolls are a bit on the low side, but they are not that important. Overall, I am still very happy with the graphics to the current time.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=349808821
Controls and overall steering is a bit funny. I take it that's because the game was made for consoles too. There are not many buttons to press, but powerful steering can ruin your race.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=350923568
There are a few things, of course, that I quite hate about FlatOut. First thing is AI. It's so straight forward that it's actually not fun playing against computer. All it wants is to reach the finish line. I can also add that AI drives in the best possible way and will not crash. All other reasons add up to the first one. Because the AI drives really well, one mistake on the map could mean that you have lost your lead, quite probably for the rest of the match. And the last thing is that in my opinion the cars get damaged way too fast even without actually crashing into anything. But the end of the match you will end up having engine on fire, 2 car seats with human and skeleton of the car.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=350923322
Re-playability is low in my opinion, because you can just play other better games with the same name.

So in overall, I think this game (without considering the rest of the series at least) is quite good. I would recommend it simply because it's really fun. Not everywhere you can send the driver flying out.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I had some problems rebinding my controller so I was trying a test race. Then my HUD got possessed by the devil and I got too scared to continue playing. 10/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
A classic title from Bugbear Entertainment, FlatOut 1 is a racing game where you race scrapped-up derby cars around some tracks, to win, like any other racing game. However, unlike more realistic titles on Steam, this game seems to play more around dirty racing, such as slamming into your opponents, ramming them or pushing them into telephone poles.
Flatout doesn't take itself seriously, however, with the special events. I won't spoil them all, but they include such things as darts and a high jump. With your driver's body. Yeah, it was one of the first racing games to incoporate ragdoll physics and it plays this for laughs, especially when, if faced with a hard enough impact, your driver just FLIES out of the car.
Xbox controller support is okay, and it's a title that feels like it should be played with one. It's hardly taxing on modern hardware, and it runs pretty smooothly on laptops.
Honestly, give it a try, it's pretty enjoyable for the price!
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Classic old school crazy game, that's what I call the real race is
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Flatout, an adrenaline fueled destruction derby arcade racing experience.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
A classic arcade racing game! Whilst the music was not quite my taste, the rest of the game was quite enjoyable. It's an old game, so don't expect any flash graphics. What this does mean, though, is that it will run on pretty much every modern system flawlessly (though I did have the occassional minor audio glitch where the music would disapper for half a second). The game boasts environmental destruction as well as car destruction and ragdoll physics (for when your character flies out of your car!!). The career contains 36 different tracks as well as some bonus material (e.g. Destruction Derby), and the variety of cars and upgrades for those cars is a nice addition too. Overall, the game is worth getting if you're a fan of arcade racing games. You'll have a lot of fun! Enjoy! :D
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
More crashes than unity.

Hehe, crashes, get it? Hahahha so funny... funny... hahaha... ha... ha... ha... h... a... okay fine

10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
i think this game is insanely awesome and realistic. if you really want to win use the blockhead hatchback and customize is with as many pieces and attatchments as possible.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
My childhoods best car game. Nice looking, well handling cars, stuff breaks, those minigames... What more could game like this need?
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
seatbelt is too mainstream
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This game is amazing. Sure, there are flaws, but it is a classic and should be treated understandably. The minigames are awesome, the races are challenging, and the music is pretty nice...until you're on your xth time listening to it straight.

Now, this would not be a good review if I didn't list the flaws, so sadly, I'll list them here:
~The game will glitch sometimes. This will happen at random, and is likely due to when this game originally came out compared to the current software of 2010 (note: This is the rough age of my computer's equipment)
~The music repeats until you go to a different gamemode, so if you restart too many times, you'll be listening to the same thing for hours.

I would highly recommend this game to anyone and everyone! Especially if they need to de-stress.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Great physics
Great gameplay
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Theres not much to say here. I mean, if you enjoy smashing cars, driving fast, and causing Road Rage amongst your peers, how can you pass this one up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Great game, one of the best wreck-race game. The music under the game is quite good, and the phisics is too. But also I have a huge problem with this game adv. I bought this game becasue i want play with my friends via online, so in the original'cause 100% is good for us. I was too naive. Steam said: ofc it has multiplayer. I and my friend are bought this game. And? Its for only Lan!!! Are u serius????? So the game is awsome, but only single...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
the single most under-rated racing games ever made. the racing uses a fairly realistic physics system but it is a good blent between sim and arcade racing. add to it the damage models are amazing, the tracks are varied in so many ways...

the game awards you boost (nitro) for hitting things like signs, cones, other cars... so the racing is fast and a little crazy but its all good fun.

then the minigames... like high jump, how high can you launch the driver out of the car...

ALL of this was on the ps2, this is what a true "stupid fun" game should be

oh and on a side note, Next Car Game is made by the same people that made this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I remember playing this on my classic Xbox. (When the Xbox was litterly a giant X. This game was my childhood and I love it for the aspect of ragdoll and soooo much more.

I HIGHLY recommend getting the game if your wanting to see funny ragdoll moments and a lot more.

(Warning: The yellow and black car in the Demo Durby is a monster)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I love this game, it is a classic. The graphics are still brilliant and the AI is even able to compete with Forza 5. The PS2 version of this was better, I remember being a little kid, about 7 years old and playing this for hours everyday with my dad. This is game is a lot better on the PS2 as I remember it. The Steam version of this game is good too but it won't give you as much fun as the PS2 version. The Steam version is filled with glitches and annoying bugs. I have noticed some even after playing for just under 30 minutes. This game is absolutely incredible for it's age.

PS2 Version: 8/10
Steam Version: 5/10

"Girls just want to beat the boys"
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
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Still not bad for an old game, would be cooler to be able to map controller settings though. I suggest getting the bundle of all of the flatout series while it's on sale. I payed $17 for all of them and so far am o.k. with the purchase after playing flatout and flatout3...


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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Perhaps the best racing game ever made
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