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FlatOut 2 review

AT A GLANCE
  • Destroyable environments
  • Tons of tracks and mini-games
  • Online multiplayer
  • Frustrating handling
  • Laughable character bios
  • Lame soundtrack

The nail in the tire of FlatOut 2 is its steep learning curve. The steering is touchy and the roads seem to be coated with Vaseline, making the cars quick to spin out and skid off the course. When you combine the poor handling with hard-to-see obstacles and opponents constantly bashing your tailpipe in, some of the races can be damn irritating. The box recommends that you purchase a gamepad, but we found that the steering is no different with a gamepad than it is with the keyboard, so it’s up to personal preference.

That said, don’t be turned off by the difficult controls right away. Once you get used to the steering and can take the corners, FlatOut 2 is an awesome racer with enough destruction and mayhem to last you awhile. And if you do get frustrated, the game provides plenty of ways to relieve stress - like launching your helpless driver into really hard objects.

More Info

Available Platforms: PS2, PC, Xbox
Genre: Racing
Developed by: Bugbear Entertainment
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Strong Lyrics, Violence

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