FlatOut 2

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FlatOut 2
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FlatOut 2 European cover art
Developer(s) Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher(s) Empire Interactive (Empire, Xplosiv)
Konami (PS2)
Strategy First (Steam)
Distributor(s) Vivendi Universal Games
Virtual Programming (Mac)
Series FlatOut
Platform(s) Windows
OS X
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Linux
Release
  • EU: June 30, 2006
  • NA: August 1, 2006
  • WW: December 21, 2006 (Steam)
  • JP: January 25, 2007 (PS2)
OS X
  • 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. 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 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 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.[1]

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.

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[2] 6/10[2] 6/10[2]
EGM N/A 5.17/10[3] 5.17/10[3]
Eurogamer N/A N/A 8/10[4]
Famitsu N/A 28/40[5] N/A
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 (US) 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 score
Metacritic 76/100[19] 73/100[20] 73/100[21]

The PC version of FlatOut 2 received "generally favorable reviews", while the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions received "average" reviews, according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[19][20][21] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PS2 version a score of all four sevens for a total of 28 out of 40.[5]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GOG.com now supports Linux!". GOG.com. August 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Edge staff (August 2006). "FlatOut 2". Edge (165): 89. 
  3. ^ a b EGM staff (September 2006). "FlatOut 2 (PS2, Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (207): 98. 
  4. ^ Whitehead, Dan (June 8, 2006). "FlatOut 2 (Xbox)". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on April 10, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Weekly Japanese Magazine Dirty News (Squeenix loves PSP, EGM was right!)". NeoGAF. January 17, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  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. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  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 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "FlatOut 2 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "FlatOut 2 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 

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