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FlatOut 2 Reviewed
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Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of FlatOut 2, a racing title from Bugbear Entertainment and Virtual Programming. The game focuses on reckless driving and destruction, allowing players to ram enemy vehicles, smash objects in the environment, and engage in a variety mini-game stunts. The Game Room gave the game a score of 4.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

FlatOut 2 features ragdoll physics. Occasionally, you and the other drivers will have a particularly bad crash and will get ejected out the windshield like a spitball in a school lunch straw. It’s always grim comic relief when it happens (especially with the accompanying scream), but FlatOut 2 takes this concept a step further by offering you a whole host of stunt races that play out like vicious, Death Race versions of real sports. Bowling, for example, has you plummeting down a track in a jet-powered car, where you wait until the last possible moment before ejecting your driver out the front. You must nudge and push his limp body as it sails in the air, crashing into a giant tenpin array located yards away. The High Jumping stunt race is about what you’d expect. As for the Dartboard stunt race...well, the less said the better. You catch my drift. It’s hilarious, sickening fun. Amazingly, though the ragdoll physics and crunching noises when bodies hit pavement may make you wince, there’s no blood-that’s probably why the ESRB gave FlatOut 2 a Teen rating (PEGI, the European equivalent of the ESRB, rated FlatOut 2 12+).

FlatOut 2 deserves credit for having very realistic graphics, straight down to lens flare from the setting sun and damage modeling. None of the cars you see are real world models, so you can knock doors off, destroy hoods and tailgates and the rest. Eventually, if you’re lucky, you’ll be barreling down the track in little more than a rollcage and a motor, and, hopefully, four wobbly wheels still attached to axles.
Check out the full review at the link below.

Macworld's Game Room: FlatOut 2 Review
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FlatOut 2

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