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 (812 reviews)
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

Helpful customer reviews
21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
FlatOut 1 physics *ARE* much more realistic than FlatOut 2!

Problem is, most kiddies (and adults) don't have a clue of how a powerful RWD car handles, and then stupidly trash this game physics.

I grew up driving a powerful rear-wheel drive muscle car - Chevrolet Opala 250 - about the same as one of a mid line 70's camaro, and I can tell that the handling in this game is very realistic and similar, in sand and on asphault (no real experience on snow driving, though)

But yeah, Bugbear introduced a few arcade elements, using the engine of their previous RACING SIMULATOR game... Arcade elements: All objects are somewhat light and the car tends to stay wheels down.

Writing this to counter-act so many arcade kiddos trashing this. Give something closer to a simulator to an arcade kiddie, he won't even be able finish the race after the first stage hahaha
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
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 normally.

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

ENJOY!!!! ;DD
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
wow memories
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
FlatOut is a fast and fun racing game released in 2005.

Since it's almost 10 years old, the graphics obviously show it's age personally I did not mind a bit. However, without controller support, steam achievements and online players, you probably want to look somewhere else and If you own one of the new FlatOut games you don't really need this one.

The only reason for you to get this game is if you are low on cash and want to pick this one up in a Steam sale (atm it's 1,75 euro).

I will still recommend this game because it was pretty good when it launched.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Personal rating: "Very Good" = 4/5

PROS:
+ great racing experience
+ awesome soundtrack
+ lots of race tracks
+ many crazy modes of play (bowling, highjump, etc.)
+ whacky car crashes
+ decent car selection & customization
+ fun multiplayer

CONS:
- LAN only multiplayer
- car customization could be a bit more polished
- some repetitive challenge types
- weird AI difficulty balance

Comment:
Ah, the original FlatOut. This game was great back then and time has not taken anything away. I used to play this game with my friends at dorm LAN parties and we loved it. It is simple but hits that racing sweet spot of really fun gameplay. FlatOut doesn't take itself seriously like other racing games but instead opts for solid racing levels and whacky exibition courses. Even today it looks great and gives you that raw destruction derby racing feel. Oh yeah, it also has ACTUAL destruction derby in the exhibition courses. The AI feels sometimes strange, ranging from stupid to godly. Therefore you will enjoy the game mostly in multiplayer where it is loads of fun! The downside is that there is only LAN play and so you either have to simulate LAN or actually have real physical friends in your location. Overall a fantastic old game that is worthwhile and I recommend it!
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