Now, if you haven’t played any of the FlatOut games before, keep in mind, this franchise is different from other racing games. Similar to the Battlefield series, all the levels have destructible scenery. Everything from walls and fences to conveniently placed explosive drums, all of which can cause you damage, as well as any rival drivers.
As for game modes, FlatOut 4: Total Insanity comes with 10 different game modes out of the box, though unfortunately you’ll need to complete the “Career Mode.” which consists of 5 different race types to access all the locked content. This is where the real fun begins. You’ll unlock a large offering of mini games from beer pong, mini-golf, Soccer, Golf, Long Jump and many more outlandish events, 42 different challenges to be exact.
The gameplay in FlatOut 4: Total Insanity is fast, and i’m not kidding. This is thanks to the extremely ruthless AI opponents that won’t hesitate to ram into you at every opportunity they get. This aggressive approach will take some adjusting to. FlatOut 4 never once takes itself too serious, which is a breath of fresh air giving us a break from other racers that come out year in, year out. As for the tracks, there are 20 or so you play on, and each of them have shortcuts and alternative routes you’re able to take, similar to the Need For Speed series.
As for the cars, they all handle pretty well, and all have a nice amount of weight attributed to them. Pulling off drifts or slamming cars into walls is very satisfying. There’s also an upgrading system, so as you play and earn credits/points which you’ll be able to use that to unlock upgrades to your cars.
As for multiplayer, you can play offline local play, just not in split screen. FlatOut 4 local play is in the form of Party Mode. Party Mode lets 2-8 players take turns competing in 12 different crazy physics focused events and can be played individually or as part of a playlist. As for online multiplayer, it offers two primary modes, “Race” and “Arena” for up to 8 players. “Race” lets you choose from Racetrack, Assault Mode, and Carnage race types, and can be played on 20 different tracks. “Arena” lets you battle it out in Survivor, Keep the Flag, and Deathmatch in 4 different arenas.
So is FlatOut 4: Total Insanity worth your money? While the game is a little rough around the edges, it is a lot of fun. Kylotonn have done a great job at creating a fun looking arcade racer that long-time fans of the series will be happy with.