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...
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Release Date: Jul 12, 2005

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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

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2.5 hrs
Posted: September 23
One of my all time favorite games
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Drunken Man
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 21
Childhood :)
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Spooky Ghost
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
This game has aged amazingly well.
It is easy to set up a XBOX controller, and play.
The driving model is very nice. A good mix of arcade and "sim"

'sim' racing games are nothing like a realistic driving model, and are just for masochistic ♥♥♥♥♥♥s.
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35.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
A lot of people seem to be writing nostalgia reviews (to the point where "nostalgia" is not only the main theme, but also the only noun present in the whole review). So here's a newcomer's take for a change.

Flatout is many things, but firstly and foremostly it's a racing game. You buy a car, you race AI opponents, get money to buy upgrades, or better cars. Complimenting that you have various ridiculous - but apparently quite iconic - events, which range from demolition derby to a variant of darts where you crash your car into a solid obstacle at speed to hurl yourself through the windshield and onto a gigantic net which serves as the dartboard.

The events, as popular among the fans as they seem, didn't really catch my attention - there's not really enough substance or strategy to any of them to please this Nofun McGee. No, I'm looking for nothing but pure driving, and flying through the windshield doesn't count as driving in my book.

That's why I found Flatout really grating at first, even in the race mode. The game just loves putting a ton of heavy obstacles specifically where they belong the least, and this is not helped by the fact that you never wear your seatbelt, and that most tracks take place on very slippery surfaces, usually dirt, but if the game hears you complaining it will gladly offer some snow instead. Stomp your foot in despair and get ice. Little did it know, I'm not the type to get easily discouraged, but that didn't prevent it from keeping screwing me over. Once you learn how to powerslide slippery turns, it will "admit defeat" and give you asphalt tracks, where you have so much grip it feels weird, and makes you crash like never before. And then it goes urban, where against all racing game logic you crash into curbs as you try to navigate twisting streets at a speed, absolutely blocked from cutting any corners, and then it mixes it up with dirt roads so you have to switch between dirt thinking to asphalt thinking on the fly.

If this all sounds kinda like a rally game, that's because Flatout kinda is a rally game. A rally game crossed with Burnout, where you have a boost gauge that increases by crashing into stuff, and opponents to crash into. The weird thing is that unlike Burnout, obstacles in Flatout aren't made of crepe paper. They are very solid, and as I said, you wear no seatbelt. At the same time, just like Burnout, you get boost from demolishing them. This might seem counter-productive at first, but in practice it means you can afford to screw up every now and then since it gives you a little bit of boost to compensate a little bit of lost time, unlike Burnout where screwing up isn't a big deal, boost is essentially free and is used to stay ahead of rubberbanding AI just before the finish line. Speaking of which, Flatout AI does not rubberband, and yet is still competitive. I know, right?

Speaking of your opponents, in order to keep ahead of them you have to keep souping your car up. However, while the game does allow you to do some modifications that some other developers who aren't really into cars would never think of implementing, such as upgrading the exhaust for actual performance purposes rather than cosmetic, or the engine's flywheel to make it linger at high revs for longer, generally there's no real depth to the whole upgrade system. You just buy the upgrades one after another as they come, and the end result is basically a faster and more responsive car. There's no way to screw anything up. Can't say it doesn't do wonders for mass appeal, but I'd prefer a little bit more involved system, just adjusting suspension tightness with sliders and such would do, just to make my car really mine. That could also be helped with better cosmetic options than just 5 crappy paintjobs for each car, then again you're basically racing rustbuckets on dirt roads, not shiny chrome monsters in the streets of Tokyo.

Towards the end of the game I was already mastering the roads, perfectly cornering in tandem with AI, never crashing and generally having a blast, much of which is credited to the options menu and it's cooperation in turning the music down. However, there came an overwhelming feeling of joyful sadness, like when you're done watching a really good movie and you're like "man I wish I could watch that again," when you remember that you can, except this is even better, because for your second run the game has an optional realistic mode that makes physics a lot more challenging.

I was never happier flying through windshields before.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
Don't waste your money here. Buy Wreckfest/Next Car Game
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5.0 hrs
Posted: August 17
there is snow stage, wow
I like snow stage

much hard to catch up
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Good old game. Still nice and fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
This game may be old, but that does not take away from the fact that it's one of the best racing games.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This game was good, but could also be very frustrating. To everyone who buys this game and does not already know what I'm about to tell you, remember these words well: THE HEAVIER THE CAR, THE MORE CONTROL YOU WILL HAVE ON THE ROAD, WHICH WILL BE THE ONLY WAY TO WIN IN THE SILVER AND GOLD TRACKS. This game is just one long sliding fest. I would recommend this game because it is challenging. The fun factor, well, its there, but just barely.

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108 of 123 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Maybe one of the most under-rated racing game series. This game is made by Finnish studio called "Bugbear Entertaiment" known as of Flatout Series (expect Flatout 3 chaos & destruction which was awful game made by some studio from Czech) Rally Trophy, Ridge Racer Unbounded and future release "Next Car Game" what is upcoming game to new generation consoles and pc (people voted from greenlight for steam). Even Though game is from 2005 this game have "heavenly" physics motor and driving response system when it is considered its racing game era back to that time. Simple & very challenging single player career. 8 player AI-races, 16 different cars what you can customise, 48 different tracks including Demolition derbys, Bonus and stunt tracks and all tracks contains hundreds of destructible pieces. Multiplayer is closed but still working with downloadable patch from net. Sorry for my bad english!

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67 of 71 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
Don't get decieved by a relatively low score on Metacritic, that's unfortunately a result of reviewers comparing FlatOut to Need For Speed (most popular racing game of mid-2000's). Although they belong to the same main genre, racing, they are completely different games with completely different perception of racing.

I played this game for the first time when it was released in 2005 but I was not able to get pass through the first stage of three as I was not that good in PC games back then. I grew up, saw this game on discount and I was determined to complete this after all those years and finally managed to complete the game in 15 hours.

During 15 hours, I completely lost my s**t, I leaned right or left on my chair while I was simply pressing left and right buttons on my cheap keyboard, I looked for a brake pedal under the desk, I felt like I won a real race after each race. This is probably one of the most underrated games of all times as it's gaming mechanics, AI, graphics are better than current era of arcade racing games.

FlatOut reminded me why I loved racing genre. 10/10.
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61 of 64 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2015

If you want to play MultiPlayer (with hamachi) edit the launch settings like this:

The Hoster types:
-host="your ip"

The Joiners type:
-join="your ip"

For example:

And launch the game.

(make sure you are in the same hamachi network as the host)

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82 of 97 people (85%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
69 of 88 people (78%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
64.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
Seat belts are too overrated. 10/10
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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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