Previews// FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

Best Destruct-O-Racer Ever!

Posted 25 May 2007 17:55 by
SPOnG spent some time checking out FlatOut Ultimate Carnage over at Empire Interactive?s north London offices and studio recently and we can very gladly report that we were more than a little bit pleasantly surprised by the game we saw and played.

The first two outings in the FlatOut series have been decent ?destruct-O-racers? in their own right and it?s fair to say that they have been good, solid games, which have appealed to fans of games that involved virtually smashing up cars. Basically, they did pretty much what they claimed on the box ? deliver a smash-tastic arcade driving experience that involved lots of skidding about, crashing into both the other cars and the destructible buildings dotted around the tracks and, most satisfyingly of all, flinging your ragdoll driver out through the windscreen in a range of hilarious mini-games (ragdoll bowling, ragdoll darts and so on).

However, it?s also fair to say that those first two games hardly set the gaming world alight. While garnering decent-enough review scores and selling fairly well (the first one has already notched up over a million sales worldwide) they never quite appealed to those legions of casual gaming fans, who seem (via the power of multi-million dollar marketing) much more inclined to plump for a better known quantities' in the shape of Burnout or Need for Speed.

So, the good news, certainly for Empire, is that this could all change for the better following release of FlatOut Ultimate Carnage, an Xbox 360 exclusive due for release in the UK later in June. Why? Simply because this latest FlatOut wrecking ball shines brightly, where its predecessors merely ticked all the boxes on the Finnish developer?s sheets marked ?cars ?n? carnage ?n? redneck racing mayhem?.

With little in the way of messing about, I dived straight into a game, racing eleven other AI cars around disused Los Angeles canal track littered with debris, where it very quickly becomes clear just how much the guys at Helsinki-based developer Bugbear have improved upon FlatOut 2.

Firstly, that game only allowed for a maximum of eight cars battling it out on screen at any one time. Here there?s an impressive pack of twelve snarling metal monsters ready to do battle.

Secondly, the lush high definition graphics in Ultimate Carnage really impressed me the second I started careering into the crazy bastards in that fateful canal. These will no doubt be a result of the four-fold increase in polygons and the new texture maps and the other stuff the game?s producer was telling me about while I was too busy ramming into subway entrances.

Every track in the game also features an amazing 8,000 fully deformable objects for you to run-over and smash the hell out of: tyre stacks you can scatter across the track, cardboard boxes, lampposts inviting you to destroy them - so you can smash to smithereens pretty much anything and everything you see on and around the track. Which is of course immediately what I took great pleasure in doing when I first picked up the controller.
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Joji 24 Jun 2007 11:43
Good review Spong. Now I know I need this game, without mentioning Burnout (which is also a fave game). Think I'll hunt for the previous version of Flatout too
hollywooda 25 Jun 2007 10:20
Got this game on Friday it's the tits never played 1 before (but love burnout) but this for me knocks Burnout into the shadows, it soooo addictive the, one more go, factor will explain the bags under my eyes this morning. & i havent played it online or touched the party style games yet..... if u dont own this already get it!.....& send me an invite to some carnage!
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deleted 7 Jul 2007 13:31
this game looks awesome i love where you just wreck stuff, (blast corps anyone) and my 2 year son son laughs his head off when the driver flys through the window! as do i!
Spong VS Carnage 17 Dec 2010 21:55
Hey, Everyone!

The season finale of our Muay Thai show, Champions of Champions Elite is on TONIGHT (December 17th) on G4TV!

For the last one we're going to be showing the Tyrone Spong VS Nathan "Carnage" Corbett fight from last year. This fight was a pretty big deal! Mired in controversy from the start, Spong would only fight Corbett if he didn't use his elbows. A confusing referee call (made by Paulo Tocha of Bloodsport and Predator 2 fame) and two KO's later the entire audience was in an uproar on what the heck happened. Was the ref unclear? Did Nathan deserve to get disqualified after knocking Spong out twice (like Jaxx in Mortal Kombat)? We'll be showing the whole thing, including the craziness that ensued afterward (people from the audience rushing into the ring, the commentators getting into a fight, etc).

Here's a quick promo:

We also have a recent video interview (from last week!) with referee Paulo Tocha on the whole matter. If I get the chance, I'll try to put it up for you.

I know there were a lot of problems on December 5th, but we are still airing the 2010 Kings Cup tournament on PPV and Video On Demand for the rest of the month if you're interested. Just check your listings if you still want to check it out.

Also, if you liked our show at all, and want to see more Muay Thai on TV, just go to our website. We have lots of clips in the Community section. Plus the Official blog is updated twice a week.

Anyone planning to tune in?
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