FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage by Bugbear Entertainment and Strategy First. I purchased this game a long time ago so this review is for fun/practice.
Ultimate Carnage is the third game in the long running FlatOut franchise of destruction based racing games. It’s also among my all-time favorite racing games as well. It’s actually a remaster of FlatOut 2 with better graphics and new events. It does remove many of the crazier events that were present in FlatOut 2 and replaces them with time trials and demolition derbies.
The game features a wide range of courses, many of them having appeared in the second game. Each area in the game has different courses set in them and they’re named Timberland 1-3, for example. Each event has 3-5 courses that you’ll need to beat to move on to the next round. You also obtain money at the end of each race based on what place you came in at. You also get bonus cash if you got an award during the race.
There’s also 3 different vehicle types that you’ll be able to purchase and upgrade. Your vehicle choice is limited to the events for the vehicle type. The vehicle classes are Derby, Race and Street. Derby vehicles are the slowest while Street cars are the fastest and nicest looking.
Each vehicle class has a lot of different vehicles that you can purchase and then upgrade. There are 10 Derby and Race vehicles and 14 Street vehicles to choose from. You can upgrade your vehicles in 6 areas including engine, body, suspension, muffler, transmission and tires. New upgrades unlock with each new vehicle that unlocks allowing your vehicles to get that much faster.
There are a lot of reasons why I enjoy this game so much, the destruction racing is fun is one, I mean, who doesn’t love slamming an opponent into a pole, making them explode as their health runs out. I find the game to be quite addicting as well. I easily lose hours to the game if I’m not careful.
The only downside to the game is it still uses Games for Windows Live, which is no longer in use. To play it you need a modified DLL file that was originally created for Bulletstorm but thankfully it works with other Games for Windows Live based games as well. You can find the required file here: https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/576-bulletstorm-xlivedll/
To use the file, simply copy and paste the DLL file to the game’s main folder where it’s installed, Example: E:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\FlatOut Ultimate Carnage
Another downside that I’ve encountered numerous times is, it doesn’t like to keep your saved games very well so if you reinstall windows, I highly recommend backing up your saved game. I’ve lost numerous saved games for this game.
Outside of those issues, I love the game quite a bit and I’ll definitely continue to play it as long as I’m able. It’s a pretty epic racing game so I highly recommend giving it a shot if you haven’t already.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage$19.99
Game Quality/Bugginess8.8 /10
Features of Interest
- Fun Destruction Racing
- Lots of Vehicles to Choose From
- Quite A Bit of Replayability
- Fun Courses to Race On
- Good Sountrack
- Uses Games For Windows Live
- Image is Stretched
- AI Could Be Better