FlatOut 2

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FlatOut 2
FlatOut2 EU Box cover
Developer(s) Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher(s) Empire Interactive (Empire, Xplosiv)
Konami (PS2)
Valve Corporation (Steam)
Distributor(s) Vivendi Universal Games
Virtual Programming (Mac)
Series FlatOut
Platform(s) Windows
OS X
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Cloud (OnLive)
Linux
Release date(s) EU 20060630June 30, 2006
NA 20060801August 1, 2006
  • KO December 14, 2006 (PS2)[1]
  • JP January 25, 2007 (PS2)
Macintosh
  • NA January 1, 2008
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

FlatOut 2 is a racing video game developed by Bugbear Entertainment and published by Empire Interactive and Vivendi Universal Games. It is the sequel to the 2004 game FlatOut.

This game is themed more on the street racing/import tuner scene than its predecessor. A notable change is the tire grip; players can now take more control of their car, worrying less about skidding in tight turns. The game has three car classes: derby, race, and street.

It was first released in Russia on June 29, 2006, in Europe on June 30, 2006, and in North America on August 1, 2006.

In 2008, an OS X version of the game was released by Virtual Programming.

In 2014, a Linux version of the game was released on GOG.com as part of the launch of Linux support.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

Ragdoll physics[edit]

The ragdoll physics in the sequel have been greatly updated. During the race, the driver may be thrown out of the car if slammed into a wall at a high speed. In the numerous Stunt minigames the goal is to shoot yourself out of the car and complete objectives like knocking down a set of bowling pins, hitting the designated spots on a dartboard, score a field goal or fly through flaming hoops. Players must use 'aerobatics' to control the driver in-flight, but overusing it will increase drag, which will slow the driver down and possibly prevent him/her from reaching the designated target. If the driver falls short of the target, players can use the "nudge". This gives the driver a small upward boost and slightly reduces drag. In the Stone Skipping Stunt minigame, the players must use nudge just as the driver hits the surface of the water to skip the most efficiently and reach the furthest.

Censorship[edit]

The ragdoll physics have prompted the German software rating organization USK to rate FlatOut 2 18+, and Empire Interactive to publish a German version rated 12+ that replaces the human drivers with crash test dummies. That version is also produced for the Japanese market. There is also a demolition derby mode which has around 10 tracks.

Remake[edit]

In 2008, the game was re-released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable with additional features and a new soundtrack, under the new name FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage for the Xbox 360 and PC, and FlatOut: Head On for the PSP.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS2 Xbox
Edge 6/10[3] 6/10[3] 6/10[3]
EGM N/A 5.17/10[4] 5.17/10[4]
Eurogamer N/A N/A 8/10[5]
Game Informer N/A 7.5/10[6] 7.5/10[6]
GamePro N/A N/A 3/5 stars[7]
GameSpot 7.4/10[8] 7.4/10[9] 7.4/10[9]
GameTrailers 8/10[11] 8/10[11] 8/10[11]
GameZone N/A 7/10[12] N/A
IGN 8.3/10[13] 8.3/10[14] 8.3/10[14]
OPM (US) N/A 7.5/10[15] N/A
OXM N/A N/A 7/10[16]
PC Gamer (US) 80%[17] N/A N/A
The Sydney Morning Herald 3/5 stars[18] 3/5 stars[18] 3/5 stars[18]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 78.29%[19] 75.11%[20] 74.91%[21]
Metacritic 76/100[22] 73/100[23] 73/100[24]

FlatOut 2 was met with a bit more positive reception than the first game. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 78.29% and 76 out of 100 for the PC version;[19][22] 75.11% and 73 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[20][23] and 74.91% and 73 out of 100 for the Xbox version.[21][24]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FlatOut 2 Release Information for PlayStation 2". GameFAQs. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ "GOG.com now supports Linux!". GOG.com. August 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Edge staff (August 2006). "FlatOut 2". Edge (165): 89. 
  4. ^ a b EGM staff (September 2006). "FlatOut 2 (PS2, Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (207): 98. 
  5. ^ Whitehead, Dan (June 8, 2006). "FlatOut 2 (Xbox)". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on April 10, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "FlatOut 2 (PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer (161): 88. September 2006. 
  7. ^ Indignant Crab (August 1, 2006). "Review: FlatOut 2 (Xbox)". GamePro. Archived from the original on August 5, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ Navarro, Alex (August 11, 2006). "FlatOut 2 Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Navarro, Alex (August 1, 2006). "FlatOut 2 Review (PS2, Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ Turner, Benjamin (August 8, 2006). "GameSpy: FlatOut 2 (PS2, Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "Flatout 2 [sic] Review". GameTrailers. August 1, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ Bedigian, Louis (August 13, 2006). "FlatOut 2 - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ Roper, Chris (August 3, 2006). "FlatOut 2 Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Roper, Chris (July 31, 2006). "FlatOut 2 Review (PS2, Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ "FlatOut 2". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 76. September 2006. 
  16. ^ "FlatOut 2". Official Xbox Magazine: 80. September 2006. 
  17. ^ "FlatOut 2". PC Gamer: 118. November 2006. 
  18. ^ a b c Fish, Eliot (August 26, 2006). "FlatOut 2". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "FlatOut 2 for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "FlatOut 2 for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "FlatOut 2 for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "FlatOut 2 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "FlatOut 2 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "FlatOut 2 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 

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