FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review
Xbox 360 | PC
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage box art
System: 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: Oct. 2, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 (Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Ultimate Carnage will also allow players to compete online. You can participate in race, destruction derby, and stunt events over Xbox Live. While the game supports up to eight players for each event, almost every one I played in had only the four players that were required to start the match. Several times it took me upwards of fifteen minutes to even get that. While this isn't really the game's fault, it was still incredibly frustrating to find and start most matches.

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Another frustrating aspect of online play is that players have to choose their cars before the event starts. There is no timer so some people will take over five minutes to select their vehicle. You are then forced to either wait them out or chance leaving, which can result in waiting another twenty minutes for the next match to fill and begin. These problems aside however, Ultimate Carnage is a blast to play online. If anything in this game will keep you coming back for more, it is definitely the online play. Playing against the game's often-cheap A.I. will certainly make you long for human opponents.


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While this is one of the best last-generation updates yet on the Xbox 360, I can't help but feel a little cheated. With all of the upgrades in graphics, gameplay, and play modes, I don't understand why the core of this game remained FlatOut 2. If Bugbear had just changed some of the tracks, vehicles, and added some new ragdoll minigames, this could have easily been FlatOut 3. Although much has improved in this title, I still don't believe this game is a must buy. If you already own or have played FlatOut 2, I don't really think it is deserving of the asking price. If you haven't, however, I would definitely say that this game is fun and well worth checking out.

By Adam Brown
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Arcade destruction racing at its best and most extreme: FlatOut's peerless real world physics engine combines vehicles built from 40 plus deformable parts with over 8000 destructible objects per track - more than any other 360 game!
  • 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 racing against 12 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 Xbox Live: Up to eight driver online multiplayer including all single player modes plus exclusive Deathmatch Derbies and Head On race modes. High score tables for all game modes for you to check just how destructive you are.
  • Crazy 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. Dynamic shadow maps for every 3D object on the track including buildings, scenery, and cars making all movement exceptionally smooth. Improved particle effects e.g. Dust, dirt, smoke, water splashes, and bouncing sparks. Don't get distracted!
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080i (Standard HDTV, Widescreen).

    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.0
    Graphics
    Not the best we've seen on the Xbox 360 but they are still quite beautiful and a vast improvement over FlatOut 2.
    3.8
    Control
    Driving is slightly better this time around but all of the vehicles handle virtually the same.
    3.8
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Ultimate Carnage is host to a good mix of various rock music and the sound effects are all crisp and accurate.
    4.2
    Play Value
    With a plethora of online and offline modes to compete in, you will find yourself enjoying this game for quite some time to come.
    3.9
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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