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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Spooky Ghost
1.9 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"

PS
'sim' racing games are nothing like a realistic driving model, and are just for masochistic ♥♥♥♥♥♥s.
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Drury
33.3 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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Hazzard
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
Don't waste your money here. Buy Wreckfest/Next Car Game
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anjing
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 17
there is snow stage, wow
I like snow stage

much hard to catch up
wow
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TYL3R_TH3_G4M3R
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 13
gg
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dannydangle.exe
18.0 hrs
Posted: August 10
intensely unique racer with interesting sling-shot boost mechanics / crashing the ♥♥♥♥ out of things
the arcadey sequels did this one a disservice
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Zoffix Znet
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 9
Game's not aged well. In 2016, it feels like one of 'em demos your kid whips up in a programming class.

*uninstall*
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Woi
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 7
great racing game :D
upgradable cars, sp, mp and can run on low end!
dis ♥♥♥♥ is worth your money
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joemcgowen45
6.0 hrs
Posted: August 5
Fun little racing game, if you love playing offroading games such as ATV games and what not you will love this game. And it runs on basically any computer since it's so small. For some fun when you don't have much free time, get this game you won't be disappointed.
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Cataclystic
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 4
Still better than FlatOut 3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Still better than FlatOut 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.3 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
The memories are strong 11/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Oh the childhood memories...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
i had this game years ago and it was a blast. I just found it here and bought it right away. Its a great game. Im glad to reconnect with it
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
One of the Best Destruction Racing Games I've Seen, Insanely Realistic Damage and Tracks. 5 Stars
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108 of 123 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 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!

LEGENDARY GAME 10/10
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65 of 69 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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60 of 63 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2015
MULTIPLAYER!!! READ THIS!! NO FLATOUTNET!!!

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:
-host=1.2.3.4
-join=1.2.3.4

And launch the game.

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

ENJOY ;)
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