Flatout 3, falling flat?
"GIve it a chance"
That's how I described Flatout 3 to a gamer friend of mine when I saw it on sale on Steam over the past week for $9.99US (normally $29.99US on Steam)
In spite of its name, Flatout 3 is actually the fourth Flatout title. The actual third installment was Flatout: Ultimate Carnage, released in 2008. While it was a good looking game it was little more than a retextured Flatout 2 which may explain why this current incarnation has earned the number 3.
Flatout is a driving game with multiple modes including racing, stunt driving and demolition derby events. No matter what the game type, destructible environments and vehicles are central to the experience and there's no lack of opportunity to hurtle your embattled character through the windshield.
Speaking of hurtling, one thing that you must accept with any Flatout title is that your character will eventually fly out of your car in some undignified fashion.
There's neither blood nor gore, but the ragdoll physics are realistic enough to have caused the German government some discomfort when the original Flatout was released
Flatout 3 attempts to carry on the tradition of an irreverent driving experience while expanding game modes and updating the look of the game. There are a number of vehicles and driver character types to choose from. The choice of vehicles is limited by the game mode and player progress in the single player campaign but driving character choice is unrestricted. Multiplayer vehicle and event choices are less restrictive and configurable on the system acting as the game host. As in previous releases, multiplayer allows participants to experience maps they may not have unlocked in solo play.
Flatout 3 includes 9 gameplay modes including;
Race*, stunt man*, big battle*, battle arena*, monster trucks, speed*,nightshift*, offroad* and challenge. Modes with an asterisk by their name are also available in Multiplayer mode. Most game modes are variations on the race theme while the big battle and battle arena are demolition derby modes.Continued on the next page