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I don’t know that Flatout is supposed to be. Is it a racer? Is it a demolition derby? Something different? Whatever the answer is, I found the game to be lacking in direction and ambition.
In the Single Player race mode, you get six tracks, each with two races (you against three other AI drivers): one race going clockwise, the other counter clockwise. The tracks are okay, but there’s nothing memorable about any of them.
When you start off, only the first four of the twelve races are unlocked, and to unlock the rest, you have to avoid being last in those races. This will unlock four more races, and if you avoid finishing last in all of those races, you unlock the rest. The AI is a lousy driver - it took me about an hour to get through all 12 races - with a first place finish in all of them.
The makers of this game claim that it is over the top racing, but I found it bland and mundane. I like racers where you are asked to drive like a crazy person - but here if you take too much damage in collisions, you will fail to finish the race and end up in last place.
So I spent most of my time driving very slowly and carefully - which makes for a really tiring experience. But since the AI is so bad, I easily won the races.
There’s also some stunt mode, but there are no in game instructions on how to play those games.
There’s a car wrecking mode where you smash up a car with different weapons - but that got repetitive after three goes. And the controls are hard to understand.
There’s a demolition derby mode which could’ve been fun, but isn’t because it’s very short and confusing.
And there’s a multiplayer aspect to all these modes, but it’s nothing more than the single player version with human players taking control of the AI cars. And it only supports two player racing, not the four player that’s the standard for these types of games.
There are better racers out there than Flatout, a dull and boring game. SKIP IT.