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 (735 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
35 of 41 people (85%) 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.
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Flatout, a completionist's review:

Never before in any racing game I've felt so vulnerable in my ride. At least on the highest 'professional handling' difficulty those ugly muscle cars are bound to flip and crash on the slightest impact with the semi-destructible environment and of course those other 7 suicidal maniacs you're up against. Even though this can lead to quite a bit of frustration, especially in end-game races, these physics will actually force you to drive cautiously. Seems logical but keeping control of your car is more important than speed, something unlike I've ever experienced in this genre, and it provides that extra thrill.

Except for the obvious races in different types of environment split into a carreer mode, quick race and time trial events, this game also offers a wide range of minigames. From tossing your driver out of your front window into a dartboard to classic Destruction Derby madness, it's a lot of fun to be had. If you want to race online you can find a patch on the web, also a Widescreen fix is available there which I highly recommend, wIth it's help the visuals still look nice after a decade. The music is mediocre at best (except for that great Sixer track) but provides suitable excitement, and giving unsigned artists some exposure is something I surely respect. Except for a small graphic glitch that appears sometimes (the GUI flips all over the screen) it runs stable, and luckily that glitch can easily be solved by the alt-tab combo.

If you like crazy destruction-type racing and a brutal challenge I highly recommend this one!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
MULTIPLAYER!!! READ THIS!! NO DOWNLOADS!!

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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
wow memories
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
200000000000/10 Better than Battlefield Hardline PC Games
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Really good game and I think personally the games experinence would be a little bit better if I could get my controller to work on it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I found this game when I was on holidays to the City, Looked at it, read the back of the game, fell in love. It also had a deal when I also bought another game and that was Stockcar racing by ratbag games which was another A+ title in my books.

come 10 years later, I bought this in a deal with all the flatout titles and I already back the Next Car Game.

<3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Great game, played it back when it came out on CR-ROM. For 75p I thought I'd buy it on Steam and play a bit for old times sake.

I forgot how bad PC games used to be with controller configuration. It's not quite as simple as plugging an Xbox controller in and playing like the newer games.

Once that it sorted though it is still fun doing the long jump with the driver of your car after chucking him through the front window.

9.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
You drive.
You crash.
You give up.
You start messing around.
You loose.
Then
You cry.

99/10 Would crash again
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
You will never yell this much at your screen like in this game.

Pros:
Anger
Dissappointment
Hateful deathwishes to the NPC drivers and their families.
Slightly joy at your rare wins

10/10 will yell again

Btw: It's not stated on the store page, but it has controller support and some kind of local coop play (2-4 players), but not for regular races.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Classic arcade racer
Great soundtrack
Great Physics
Great gameplay
HUD occasionally got possessed by satan
10/10
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
I've only played 10 minutes and already in love.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Right on the money.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
A good classic racer 9/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
♥♥♥♥king awesome game!
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101 of 112 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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60 of 64 people (94%) found this review helpful
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 78 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
Seat belts are too overrated. 10/10
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