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 (489 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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Perhaps the best racing game ever made
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A fun action-packed racing game, a little bland, but certainly enjoyable.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Game: FlatOut
Genre: Racing
Quote: “It’s Flatout Boring”
Learned: I learned not to play this game
Developer: Bugbear Entertainment
Release Date: July 2005

Intro:
It's a flatout bland racing game that I really tried to enjoy.

Good/Bad:
This game lacks personality. It is quite boring for me so I can't really say much about it. Perhaps this type or style of racing is just not my cup of tea or that I'm spoiled with the Gran Turismo Series? Either way, this was a game that I couldn’t waste my time on anymore.

Summary:
A personality-less game that doesn’t have any redeeming qualities.

Rating:
Flat game deserving of a Flat score: 1/5

Worth:
You won’t convince me to play it again even if you paid me.

Last Thoughts:
Give it a SHOT, but for me it is NOT.
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38.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
One word, amazing, absoultely.
Crash-Die-Repeat
Crash-Die-Repeat
Crash-Die-Repeat
Crash-Die-Repeat
Crash-Die-Repeat
Crash-Die-Repeat
Finish!!!
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6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
great game for people who enjoy this kind of racing would recommend it to lots of people
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10 of 12 people (83%) 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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11 of 15 people (73%) 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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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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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Classic among classics! The 2nd game is too! Recommended to buy it and have great fun!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Though the graphics are fairly dated, this is a wonderful gem of a game. Along with your standard racing, FlatOut goes a further step and gives you semi-fully destructible vehicles as well as often hilarious bonus activities, such as throwing your character at a dart board or bowling with the top of his skull. Aside from an engine that's on fire and is still somehow propelling you, the car physics are very believable and sometimes a pain in the ♥♥♥ (such as when your wheels are all ♥♥♥♥ed up and every time they rotate they make your car bounces).

The choice of music isn't something I care to listen to, but it suits the gameplay well enough.

Oh, your car is also fully customizable, to the frame to the tires to the engine that realistically improve your vehicle (as in, there's no "super tire" that never loses grip, and there's no "super engine" with a million horsepower). In fact, the wee bit of power the upgrades give you are sometimes the only thing that keeps you in 1st place.

This is a very nice game, and if you don't mind looking at low-poly characters, definately give this game a try.
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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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1 of 1 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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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
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
5.9 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
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
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Racing and crashing race cars at its finest.
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