FlatOut 2 has everything you want in a top-notch arcade racing game. It runs fast, delivering a superb sensation of speed. It looks terrific, running at high frame rates even at high resolutions. It has a large amount of content, with plenty of tracks, a bizarre stunt mode, online multiplayer, and a full-blown career mode. And it has crashes. Lots of crashes. Cars break into pieces, debris litters the tracks, and you can take out most parts of a city. If you hit something hard enough, you can even launch your driver through the windshield.
22What FlatOut 2 doesn’t have is the feel of some of the better racing games. There’s no sense of connection with your vehicle and the ground, because the physics is too slick, as if you’re driving on freshly polished linoleum. It’s not like you expect Papyrus-level physics here; there’s no feeling of weight transfer or momentum. Whether you’re driving on asphalt, grass or dirt, your car has about the same tire grip, and some of the lighter cars suffer from a serious case of lunar physics – something to be expected out of an arcade racer, but still annoying when you were just about to win a race if not for a final split-second screw up.