FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

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FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
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Developer(s) Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher(s)
Distributor(s) Vivendi Universal Games (retail)
Series FlatOut
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) Xbox 360
  • EU: July 22, 2007
  • AUS: August 1, 2007
  • NA: October 2, 2007
  • JP: June 19, 2008
PlayStation Portable
  • AUS: March 12, 2008
  • EU: March 14, 2008
  • NA: April 4, 2008
Windows
  • EU: August 1, 2008
  • NA: September 2, 2008
Genre(s) action, racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage is the third game in the FlatOut demolition racing series, known earlier as FlatOut: Total Carnage. FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage was officially announced February 1, 2007, and was released on July 22, 2007 in Europe, on August 1, 2007 in Australia, and on October 2, 2007 in North America for the Xbox 360. The game is an enhanced port of FlatOut 2 featuring new gameplay modes and graphics as well as at least two new cars.

A demo for the Xbox 360 version was released on Xbox Live Marketplace on July 19, 2007. The Microsoft Windows version was released through the Steam network on August 26, 2008, and then in game stores on September 2. There is also a handheld version of the game for the PlayStation Portable called FlatOut: Head On, which was released in Australia on March 12, 2008, in Europe two days later, and in North America on April 4, 2008.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Ultimate Carnage introduces a brand new series of tracks which are based anywhere from busy streets to storm water drains.

The cars are more detailed than previous games in the series, employing the latest in dynamic lighting and shadow technology, and a greatly enhanced damage and physics engine where each car is made of up to 40 separate destructible parts. The single player game supports up to 11 other AI-controlled cars in each race.

A new multiplayer format is also included; this runs on the Games for Windows - Live system which requires you to either sign in to your Xbox LIVE or Games for Windows LIVE Gamertag, or sign up for one for free. The LAN function is not available in FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage, unlike the previous two FlatOut games for Windows.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PSP Xbox 360
Edge N/A N/A 7/10[2]
EGM N/A N/A 8.17/10[3]
Eurogamer 7/10[4] 6/10[5] 8/10[6]
Game Informer N/A 7.5/10[7] 7.5/10[8]
GamePro N/A N/A 4/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution N/A N/A B[10]
GameSpot N/A 7.5/10[11] 7.5/10[12]
GameSpy N/A N/A 4/5 stars[13]
GameZone N/A 8/10[14] 8.7/10[15]
IGN 7.8/10[16] 7.7/10[17] 8.5/10[18]
OXM N/A N/A 7.5/10[19]
PC Gamer (UK) 82%[20] N/A N/A
PSM N/A 4/5 stars[21] N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 78.80%[22] 74.46%[23] 79.79%[24]
Metacritic 79/100[25] 74/100[26] 80/100[27]

The game was met with positive reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 79.79% and 80 out of 100 for the Xbox 360 version;[24][27] 78.80% and 79 out of 100 for the PC version;[22][25] and 74.46% and 74 out of 100 for the Head On version.[23][26]

Hyper's Maurice Branscombe commended the Xbox 360 version for "looking and playing better than ever before". However, he did not like the soundtracks and stated that "the games load times are too long".[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Edge staff (August 2007). "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (X360)". Edge (178): 91. 
  3. ^ EGM staff (November 2007). "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (X360)". Electronic Gaming Monthly: 111. 
  4. ^ Allen, Darren (September 8, 2008). "PC Roundup (FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage)". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ Purchese, Robert (March 17, 2008). "FlatOut: Head On". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ Fahey, Rob (June 22, 2007). "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (X360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "FlatOut: Head On". Game Informer (181): 99. May 2008. 
  8. ^ Kato, Matthew (November 2007). "FlatOut Ultimate Carnage (X360)". Game Informer (175). Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ Erikson, Tracy (October 8, 2007). "Review: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (X360)". GamePro. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Hurh, JP (November 8, 2007). "Flatout Ultimate Carnage [sic] Review (X360)". Game Revolution. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ Cocker, Guy (March 18, 2008). "FlatOut: Head On Review". GameSpot. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ Navarro, Alex (October 8, 2007). "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review (X360)". GameSpot. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ Goble, Gord (October 25, 2007). "GameSpy: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (X360)". GameSpy. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ Sandoval, Angelina (April 6, 2008). "FlatOut: Head On - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ Valentino, Nick (October 23, 2007). "FlatOut Ultimate Carnage - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  16. ^ Thang, Jimmy (September 12, 2008). "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  17. ^ Roper, Chris (March 13, 2008). "FlatOut: Head On Review". IGN. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  18. ^ Craddock, David (October 1, 2007). "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review (X360)". IGN. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage". Official Xbox Magazine: 84. November 2007. 
  20. ^ "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage". PC Gamer UK: 82. October 2008. 
  21. ^ "FlatOut: Head On". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 82. May 2008. 
  22. ^ a b "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "FlatOut: Head On for PSP". GameRankings. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "FlatOut: Head On for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  27. ^ a b "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  28. ^ Branscombe, Maurice (September 2007). "FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (X360)". Hyper. Next Media (167): 64. ISSN 1320-7458. 

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