In FlatOut Mode (the main Career events) there's a heavy rotation of similar tracks and while the cars can be upgraded, you can't help but feel that the customisation options - especially given FlatOut's admirable and extensive Live integration - could have been expanded. Handling is spot-on and when you get through the gears, blasting through circuits and combo-ing your nitrous bursts of speeds together, it's as pure and genuine a thrill as you'll experience in any racer. Yet the irritating crash model and occasional random bit of breaking scenery that leaves you hurtling stupidly out of contention sells the rest of the game short and will leave a terribly bitter taste in your mouth.
Our conclusion? A good racer, at an appealing price, that runs out of gas just before it hits top gear.