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FlatOut (PlayStation 2)

75
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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.3
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5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

Back of Case - Playstation 2 (U.S.):

    RECKLESS DRIVERS WANTED!

    Ram through pile-ups and smash through your windshield as you push racing to the edge! FlatOut™ delivers more heart-stopping thrills than any sane driver can handle!

    • High-octane racing on 36 tracks set in FULLY destructible environments!
    • Customize and upgrade 16 awesome cars that taken real damage!
    • Smash it up in three demolition derby arenas!
    • Race online with up to 6 players or in 2-player split-screen mode!
    • Hurl your driver in 6 death-defying Bonus Games!

    Contributed by Big John WV (25282) on Feb 17, 2009.

uk.playstation.com:
    Wreak total havoc on the race circuit, in Empire's supremely destructive new racer.

    From Finnish developers Bugbear Entertainment and Empire comes FlatOut, one of the most spectacularly chaotic racing games ever created. Finally, you can throw your car around the track with wild abandon and actually cause massive amounts of devastation to the surrounding environment, your vehicle and even your driver!

    FlatOut's hyper-advanced physics system lets you shatter fences, send walls of tyres bouncing around the track, cause scaffolds to collapse and even your driver to fly through the windscreen, usually into the path of oncoming rival traffic. Amazingly, everything you destroy remains on the track for the entirety of the race, allowing stray objects to turn a race around in seconds. Each car also features 40 deformable pieces, which not only looks fantastic but also has an impact on your car's performance.

    The tracks themselves are huge, allowing you to take numerous shortcuts where other racing games would force you to grind to a halt. There's even a Stunt arena where the aim of the game is to deliberately send your poor driver flying into and over a variety of oversized objects - such as dartboards, long jump pits and bowling pins - all in the name of earning points.

    • Fully destructible driving environments - over 3000 items on each track to destroy


    • Split screen mode for seriously chaotic two-player racing


    • Full car damage model actually affects performance


    • 45 tracks to master over 5 different environments, including Stunt arena


    • Race in 16 cars, all customisable and fully upgradeable

    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Apr 03, 2008.

Press Release:
    FlatOut US release date set to June 14th 2005

    03rd of March, London & Helsinki: Empire Interactive and Bugbear Entertainment announced that FlatOut will ship to retail outlets in the U.S. on June 14, 2005. Vivendi Universal Games, will distribute the title in the U.S. Available for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft and the PC, FlatOut has already received critical acclaim from leading game press and consumers in the U.K. and other European markets.

    An over-the-top racing game, FlatOut features a unique all-encompassing physics engine that is set to define a new standard in racing games. With fully destructible driving environments, 40 deformable pieces on the cars and more than 3,000 items to smash, FlatOut is sure to bring carnage to unprecedented levels. Anything destroyed or altered stays a part of the race - broken fences, free rolling tires, and even mangled parts of cars are left scattered around the track, increasing the mayhem with every lap. Drivers will even be thrown from crashing cars!

    FlatOut lets players experience the drive of their life with 36 challenging tracks and 12 bonus events in one of 16 fully upgradeable cars. Mini-games maximize the fun, and include three destruction derby arenas, three head-on collision dirt tracks and six outrageous "Rag Doll Olympics" bonus games that utilize driver ejection to the fullest.

    Developed by Bugbear Entertainment, FlatOut will carry a suggested retail price of $49.99 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions and $39.99 for the PC version.

    For further information, please contact:

    Bugbear Entertainment
    Jussi Laakkonen
    www.bugbear.fi

    About Bugbear Entertainment:
    Bugbear Entertainment Ltd. is an award-winning Finnish game developer concentrating on immersive and advanced racing games. The company's first international breakthrough was the critically acclaimed title "Rally Trophy" in 2001. The company released Tough Trucks for PC in 2003. November 5th 2004 will see the worldwide launch of the innovative and much-awaited title "FlatOut" on Playstation 2 ®, Xbox ® and PC CD. For more information please visit www.bugbear.fi

    About Empire Interactive:
    Empire Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been established for 14 years. The company floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in July 2000. Headquartered in the UK, Empire Interactive also has offices in the US, Germany, Italy and Spain. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles across all platforms in the US, Europe and Asia. Further information about Empire Interactive and its products can be found at: www.empireinteractive.com

    This document is also available as English plain text, Finnish plain text

    Contributed by Xoleras (66253) on Aug 01, 2005.

Back of Keep Case - Xbox (UK):

    SEAT BELTS NOT INCLUDED



    DRIVERS THROWN ACROSS THE TRACK, SHATTERED FENCES, MANGLED CARS, EXPLODING TYRE WALLS, AND THAT'S JUST THE FIRST CORNER!
    USE EVERY TRICK, SHORTCUT AND JUMP AS YOU BATTLE 7 RIVALS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.


  • 36 DESTRUCTABLE TRACKS
  • 6 DEATH DEFYING MINIGAMES
  • 6 DESTRUCTION ARENAS AND DIRT TRACKS
  • SEND DRIVERS FLYING THROUGH THE WINDSCREEN INTO THE MAYHEM
  • 8-PLAYER ACTION ON XBOX LIVE

    "FLATOUT AND BURNOUT 3 ARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSOLE RACERS"
    5/5 - T3

    Contributed by Xoleras (66253) on Mar 25, 2005.

Back of Keep Case - Windows (UK):

    SEAT BELTS NOT INCLUDED



    DRIVERS THROWN ACROSS THE TRACK, SHATTERED FENCES, MANGLED CARS, EXPLODING TYRE WALLS, AND THAT'S JUST THE FIRST CORNER!
    USE EVERY TRICK, SHORTCUT AND JUMP AS YOU BATTLE 7 RIVALS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.


  • 36 DESTRUCTABLE TRACKS
  • 6 DEATH DEFYING MINIGAMES
  • 6 DESTRUCTION BOWLS AND DIRT TRACKS
  • SEND DRIVERS FLYING THROUGH THE WINDSCREEN INTO THE MAYHEM
  • 8-PLAYER LAN CARNAGE

    "FLATOUT AND BURNOUT 3 ARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSOLE RACERS"
    5/5 - T3

    Contributed by Xoleras (66253) on Mar 25, 2005.

Advertisement in PC Games, October 2004 (German):

    höher-schneller-weiter



    "In keinem anderen Rennspiel sehen Massenkarambolagen bombastischer aus."

    PC Games 08/2004

    "FlatOut verbindet hervorragend Realismus mit kompromissloser Rallye-Action."

    Gamestar 08/2004

    "FlatOut überzeugt durch erstklassige Physik-Engine und guter Steuerung."

    Play the Playstation

    "...rüttelt am Thron des Genrekönigs."

    Offizielles Xbox Magazin 08/2004

    Inklusive Crashtest-Dummy Weitfliegen


    Contributed by Xoleras (66253) on Mar 25, 2005.