FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage box art
System: PC, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Bugbear 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Empire Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Aug. 28, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Carnage is heartily encouraged. It's a demolition game for crying out loud. In the HeadOn mode, you are forced to turn around after each lap and drive in the opposite direction - directly into oncoming traffic.

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Although, the traffic could be coming at you if you're in last place. To further the carnage theme, a series of mini-games lets you launch the driver from your vehicle into the air, hopefully aimed at an intended target. After reaching top speed, you will abruptly brake, allowing inertia to do its job and catapult the driver from the vehicle. You'll attempt to have him hit a variety of items and even try to get him to fly through a burning ring of fire. The rag-doll physics are excellent. It's a brutal and hilarious scene.

With no LAN play or split-screen mode, replay value is going to be limited. Up to eight players can be accommodated online and there are enough modes to keep the average player entertained. To keep the pace steady, you no longer have to wait for other players to take their turn in the stunt and mini-games modes. Everyone plays at the same time with only faint, ghost outlines of the other vehicles visible onscreen.

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It's difficult not to be impressed with the graphics. Although not photo-realistic, they have a style that is perfectly suited for such arcade games. The particle effects are magical, and the water is some of the best I've ever seen in a game. The camera angles are well behaved and the draw distance is perfect. Even with the resolution lowered, the game still looks great with nary a hiccup in the mechanics. The tunes are hard-driving rock and really serve to get your revs up. Sound effects are loud, well recorded, and triggered without a niggle.

This is one solidly designed game, but it should be, since it's been built on a pre-existing game. The upgrades to this game aren't enough to make me recommend it if you own FlatOut 2, but, for everyone else, it's a green light. Remember how I said I was going to help you acquire more than a million dollars? Well, all you have to do is find at least 50,000 reviews of mine that tell you not to purchase specific games. This will save you a fortune in the long run. You are welcome.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
Great looking vehicles and environments. Excellent damage modeling.
4.8
Control
Arcade-easy control configuration. Feels like you're playing on a console controller.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Good, rocking tunes. Sound effects are varied.
4.5
Play Value
Lots of arcade fun with realistic A.I. Multiplayer components adds more dynamics.
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Arcade destruction racing at its best: FlatOut's peerless real world physics engine combines vehicles built from 40 plus deformable parts with over 8000 destructible objects per track.
  • Huge number of race styles to suit your mood and preferences: Career racing - Compete in progressively tougher championship wrecking your way through three classes to become the ultimate FlatOut champion. Arcade racing - Deathmatch Destruction Derbies, time trials, and crash-filled challenges.
  • Highly competitive FlatOut racing action: Compete against 11 other drivers in single-player modes from a choice of 48 cars on 39 tracks in six different environments. Wreck your way across parched deserts, massive storm drains, and narrow city streets.
  • Fully supports Games For Windows live: Up to eight-player simultaneous LIVE play including Races, Derbies, and Stunts, plus the all-new Deathmatch Derbies and the excusive Head-On race mode.
  • Ragdoll characters catapulted in-race and in 12 crunching mini-games: The Ragdoll is unique to FlatOut, which is catapulted through your windscreen or, even better, the other driver's windscreen as they are wrecked out of the race. Additionally, there are the 12 Ragdoll events which take some beating for their sheer body abuse (e.g. High Jump, Stone Skipping, Ring of Fire, Field Goal, and Free Kick).
  • Cars look stunning: See every scratch and dent all with real-time environment mapping to create a grittier realistic appearance.


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