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Ships Ahoy - FlatOut

Empire Interactive announces that FlatOut, BugBear Entertainment's racing game, is now available in North America for PC, Xbox, and PS2:

SAN FRANCISCO – July 19, 2005 – Get ready to chuck everything you learned in driver’s ed out the window… Empire Interactive, a U.K. computer games developer and publisher, today announced that FlatOut is now available at retail outlets nationwide for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft and the PC.

FlatOut brings racing mayhem to a new level with 36 challenging tracks, fully destructible environments, 16 fully upgradeable cars and six death-defying bonus events. 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 carnage with every lap. Drivers will even be thrown from crashing cars!

The chaos continues off the classic track in 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, and distributed by Vivendi Universal Games in the U.S., FlatOut carries a suggested retail price of $49.99 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions and $39.99 for the PC version. For more information and to experience the rush of FlatOut first hand, visit: http://www.flatoutgame.com.

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19. No subject Jul 21, 2005, 01:36 Ouch
 
The no-eject option is in the full version. The full version also has professional mode, vehicle upgrades, other vehicle classes(and cooler looking cars), and a few other things.

Flatout was released in Europe months ago but only in the last few days in the U.S. The U.S. release made many improvements to the Xbox and PS2 version online mode but didn't do much to the PC version. The European Xbox live version patches itself to be like the U.S. version. I don't think that the old European PS2 version even had an online mode.

You have to use the arrow keys to move to the letters when creating a profile name. This may or may not be fixed in the U.S. version or the patch which comes out soon.

Hitting space acts the same as hitting enter in menu mode for some reason.

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18. Re: Wasn't this released already Jul 20, 2005, 19:54 Beamer
 
First impressions:


1) Why can't I enter my name with the keyboard?
2) Worst soundtrack I've ever heard in a game. It's like 1996. Everything is a terrible Creed ripoff or terrible RATM ripoff.

 
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17. Wasn't this released already Jul 20, 2005, 12:53 MrJonesPY
 
Was the Xbox or PC version relased already? In Europe or something?

 
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16. Re: Ejection turnoff option exists Jul 20, 2005, 11:46 doktor_tchock
 
I don't think it exists in the demo, which is all I have... or at least I can't find it... but the menus are pretty concise and I don't think I'm missing anything.

 
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15. Ejection turnoff option exists Jul 20, 2005, 04:03 Ouch
 
That buckle-up option exists. Look through the menus.

Empire wouldn't let Bugbear spend the time to code and test the more integrated multiplayer browser for the PC version. There are some good ones put out by the community and once the patch which evens up the U.S. and European versions comes out, more mp tools will come out. I'm guessing that Flatout2 which comes out next year will have better integrated pc version mp browsing.

There are plenty of mods out for this covering everything from physics to cameras to new car models.

 
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14. Re: No subject Jul 19, 2005, 22:43 The Half Elf
 
Actually if they would just release this game with a few destruction derby maps, and some multiplayer mini games ala flinging the driver through the dartboard for 30 bucks I'd buy a copy.

 
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13. No subject Jul 19, 2005, 18:27 f13
 
destruction derby, now that's teh shit

 
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12. Re: No subject Jul 19, 2005, 18:12 doktor_tchock
 
I wanted to like this game, but i wish there was a "buckle up" feature in the options. My driver flying out the windshield and costing me the race because i hit something moderately hard got annoying very quickly.

 
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11. Re: No subject Jul 19, 2005, 16:17 xXBatmanXx
 
I believe you can do direct ip.
But there is also some software out there and a nice sized community to support multiplayer.

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10. Re: No subject Jul 19, 2005, 15:48 The Half Elf
 
The only part that really interest me is the destruction derby part of the game, and while looking at the box yesterday, Only thing it listed for Multiplayer was Lan. Is there net MP as well?

 
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9. Re: No subject Jul 19, 2005, 15:01 7.62WorldOrder
 
so... how is this different than burnout?

The physics are completely different (and a lot more realistic), plus obstacles debris on the track can be a significant factor in the race (i.e. if you knock something over into the middle of the track, it will sit there the entire race until someone hits it). Burnout also doesn't have the bonus games, which are a lot of fun on their own (most of them involve smashing your car into something and catapulting the driver as far/high as you can).

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8. Re: No subject Jul 19, 2005, 14:38 bizarro
 
Completely different feel. The focus is definitely not on crashes but rather on the actual race. Also driving is mostly done in nature settings with no big cities

 
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7. No subject Jul 19, 2005, 14:20 aldo_14
 
What's drivers ed?

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6. Re: No subject Jul 19, 2005, 13:44 mrBallistic
 
so... how is this different than burnout?  
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5. Re: No subject Jul 19, 2005, 13:38 The Half Elf
 
Not really, I mean how many people do you know while in drivers ed talk on cell phones, eat, put on makeup, screw around with the radio, try to grab something from the back seat, and screw around with their kids?

 
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4. No subject Jul 19, 2005, 13:33 BubbleMage
 
everything you learned in driver’s ed

Which can probably be summed up in one sentence or less, if most people's driving skills are any indication.

 
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3. No subject Jul 19, 2005, 13:22 bizarro
 
Yup. Great Game. Played it around christmas in germany. If you like arcade style racing with great (but over the top) physics this is a must-have. Make sure to play it with a steering wheel though

 
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2. Re: No subject Jul 19, 2005, 13:13 nin
 

Saw this at Best Bi today at lunch, oddly enough...

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1. No subject Jul 19, 2005, 12:46 xXBatmanXx
 
ok wait....wasn't this already available?
I know it had an earlier release in Euro....but I thought we had read it was already out in US?

I dunno. I have missed a lot lately. But this is one of those games (if you like FUN racing) that is a must have. It is like Mario Kart without the powerups. Just plain fun. Cool replays also.

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