FlatOut: Head On
FlatOut: Head On is the latest extreme
racing title to skid its way on the PlayStation Portable which feels
like an amalgam of Burnout meets Stunt Driver, offering the gamer a
variety of different gameplay modes, locations, tracks and cars in this
exhilarating racing destructing derby title.
Match that with a variety of great
multiplayer options and you have everything you need to keep you
entertained and get your racing fix for quite some time. With that said,
FlatOut: Head On is not your average car game... no it's far from it!
Carnage mode with
more than 36 quick play challenges
FlatOut championship career mode
9 Demolition Derby
arenas with Deathmatch and Last Man Standing modes
12 different Ragdoll
events mode including darts, bowling, and ring of fire
6 locations, 40
tracks and 45 unique car models including rigs and school bus
4 player wireless
racing, 8 player mini games and tournaments
So what exactly is FlatOut on the PSP? It's
basically a racing title that contains stunts, demolition derby and the
chance to create as much carnage as possible with your motor vehicles.
For instance, in the Demolition Derby arenas, players are rewarded
points for as much damage as they can inflict.
The gameplay is not static but more dynamic, offering the gamer 12 different ragdoll events
which has the gamer using the car to perform a variety of ridiculously
dangerous stunts with your avatar such as braking the car at high
speeds in order for your driver (their body) to get as much as height as
Other strange ragdoll events include
dartboard and bowling pins which has the player using their car to
through their drivers into the air to hit either a dartboard or bowling
pins. Needless to say, the gameplay is quite strange and sometimes over
the top but at the end of the day is entertaining and unique.
Graphically, FlatOut on the PSP is quite impressive on the console with
detailed cars, tracks and gaming environments, giving the gamer a full
racing and stunt experience. What really sets FlatOut apart from its
competitors in the racing genre is the realistic physics engine which
have been perfectly created on this title.
Add in a variety of moveable objects in the gaming world such as
shopping trolleys and car parts and you have one visually impressive
title with some great special effects from fire to lighting. Some of the
levels have this almost "Bronx/Mad Max" visual quality to them which also
assists in immersing the gamer into this interesting universe.
FlatOut features a great soundtrack which
suits the genre perfectly with its "Heavy Metal" scores. Match that with
a variety of realistic car sounds from crashes to the wild background
sounds and FlatOut is great in this development department. Ok... it's a
little clichéd but really suits the genre perfectly.
In conclusion, Flatout is a clichéd extreme sports car game that works
quite well on the console with over the top gameplay and exaggerated
stunts which are quite entertaining. It's fun and easy to pickup and
best of all, it's a little different from all those stock standard car
games currently on the market. Check it out... you may just enjoy it!