TRAIL OUT system requirements
- Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows 7
- Processor: Intel Core i3 4310
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: GTX 760
- DirectX: Version 10
- Storage: 6 GB available space
- Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i5 3570
- Memory: 16 GB RAM
- Graphics: GTX 1050
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 6 GB available space
Racing, graphics, tracks, and dialog = Entertaining
AI = Ungodly faster than you'll ever be
Wait for a sale.
I hate to say I don't recommend, because I was quite enjoying this game at first. But now I get a UE4 crash immediately on trying to start. The dev has stopped responding on the Steam forums. If you look there, you will see I am not the only one with the problem. The dev recommended a few ineffective fixes and never followed up to even say he would look into it, or whether there is a fix on the way, or anything of the sort. So as of now, the game is money wasted for me. A shame, because like I said, it was good. If the dev ever fixes the game, I will change this review.
Sure this isn't a Wreckfest killer, but if you're a fan of the original FlatOut games, Trail Out is sure to provide you with a good amount of nostalgia.
Some reviews say bad physics and bad controls. But I'm here to tell you that the game is brilliant! Amazing fun - love everything about it.
pretty decent for the price. it is like a revamp of the flatout games with funny characters and an OK plot. The physics are not horrible but not very realistic either. I pretty much like everything about the game except for how the CPU drivers behave. I also think the devs should improve on the physics of the collisions seeing as they all feel the same and the damage dealt to others doesnt seem to change depending on where and how hard you hit them.
Trail Out… A true Flatout successor or a shameful parody?
Initially, when I saw Trail Out demo I was a bit sceptical but mostly excited about it. It felt like the story with the Driver series repeats: if the original developers do not make a new title, the fans do it themselves. Frankly speaking, I didn’t play the demo myself and just watched the videos on Youtube but I still like the game and waited for its release. Now, when the full version finally came out… it turned out my scepticism was justified but let’s talk one thing at a time.
Before we begin, I want to say that I totally understand that this game was made by the team of 4 people along several years but because Trail Out is screaming to be a Flatout-ish game I can’t help but compare it to the good old Flatout 2. Also, at the end of the day, the final consumer only cares about the quality of the product no matter whether it was made by 4 or 400 people.
Let’s start with the thing that is most important for any racing game – the gameplay. In Flatout 2 it was excellent, in Trail Out it is… ok. The choice of cars is good, the tracks are well-designed and have enough objects to destroy, even though some could be even better if they were simply longer, most of the game modes are similar to Flatout 2 and Ultimate Carnage but there are some original ones like Mono-Class (everyone drives the same car), Hunter (destroy cars during race) or Escape (the last racer is eliminated after a certain amount of time). The game also tries to copy a bit of Wreckfest by introducing races with pretty unorthodox vehicles. All of this is undoubtedly good and makes the game interesting but the main cornerstone which breaks all the fun is physics. Initially, I just wanted to say that it is mediocre and too arcade but after finishing the game I can certainly claim that it is bad. Cars either behave too arcade – crashing into tons of objects does no effect – too realistic – RWD cars start to drift uncontrollably on acceleration unless you apply it carefully – or simply unpredictably – crashing into a pole at a wrong angle launches your car straight into space. Moreover, all of the above can happen on the same track with the same car – there were many times when the one same trash bin was a weightless crap on one try but became a ton of steel on the next one. Summing all these things, you can understand that playing the game is usually pretty tedious and it is very difficult to enjoy the driving.
Another aspect of Flatout 2 that was widely acclaimed was it majestic soundtrack and, surprisingly, Trail Out managed to achieve the same. Even though the developers used copyright free music they managed to find tracks that not only fit the game perfectly but sort of manage to capture the tone that was in the good old Flatout 2. It’s great that through this game many people will find out about these pretty unknown bands. For me personally, the score was the only reason why I didn’t give up the game. Every time the idiotic physics made me butthurt and I wanted to quit Trail Out and never come back to it, some good song started to play on the background calming me down and I thought, “ok, let’s try one more time with this song.”
Speaking about the graphics, in Flatout 2 it was good for it's time but more importantly the overall design was bright and vivid. As for Trail Out, the developers followed the same way so the game looks really colorful, sometimes even too much when it becomes hard to distinguish the objects in the distance. As for the textures quality and things like that, well, they are good for an indie game but at the same time its hard to expect something else from Unreal Engine 4.
Unlike Flatout 2, a surprising thing about Trail Out is that it has full-fledged story, voice over and cutscenes. The characters sound and act mediocrely because the developers clearly didn’t have much budget to work on that but I was surprised that it was in the game at all. The plot even has a sort of
twist which is objectively cliche but works simply because you do not expect it to be there. In addition, apart from parodying Flatout 2, Trail Out also tried to copy Need For Speed Most Wanted by introducing black list and boss fights. The latter ones are mostly interesting cause they have unique maps but most of them are too short to really enjoy. The characters themselves are either direct references towards Flatout 2 racers, characters from other popular games or simply meme-ish ones. Even though each of them not only has a biography but a sort of personality I cannot say they are as memorable as in Flatout 2. However, maybe it is just me who played hundreds of hours of Flatout 2 back in the day.
Last but not least, the thing that truly disappointed me is the absence of multiplayer. Sure, it may be added with the later updates but I’m writing the review for the current version. The thing is, you can, not without effort, sort of get used to physics and simply enjoy the massacre and rampage on the track. It is impossible in the career because, well, you need prize medals to progress but it is possible in free races and would be totally possible in multiplayer. Just take some heavy SUVs with your friends and terrorise the other members by causing massive crashes – that is fun. However, the game doesn’t let you do that because there is simply no multiplayer. What was the problem to make at least local or peer-2-peer one if the developers didn’t want to bother with servers. Sure, writing a netcode (especially a good one) requires certain amount of skills and lots of testing but I think that it is justified for such a racing game. Yes, the game has a split-screen game mode but let’s be honest, what was the last time you used split screen apart from getting nostalgia?
All in all, what can I say about Trail Out? Unfortunately, it is not a successor of the legendary Flatout 2 because it is missing it’s core element – the joy of driving. However, I can neither call it a shameful parody because the developers really tried their best and put their heart and soul into the game. If we compare it to the recent Wreckfest, Trail Out is certainly more fun than Wreckfest, but if you ask me, I would still choose the latter one simply because I want to enjoy the driving experience. Plus, though I find it unusual that the developers added a plot they had better worked on their own physics engine for some years and made a decent driving experience that could compete with Flatout 2 or at least be similar to it. If somebody could combine the ideas of Trail Out and physics of Wreckfest that would be a true Flatout 3 but for now that’s not happened. As one of my friends said, Trail Out feels like a fanfiction on the popular racing titles of 2000s, and I totally agree with that. So, Trail Out is a mediocre but fun racing game and, considering that it costs just 20$ instead of usual 30$ or 60$, I think it is worth this amount. Sure, you will unlikely replay it unless some major updates come out but I personally would recommend finishing it once and then go back to good old Flatout 2 after all these years.
For the price, you can't beat it. Fun little game - though it has a few quirks. Again, for the price it's very good.
The Dartboard minigame however is very broken. The controls are not explained, and even once you "figure them out" it's incredibly hard to get the ragdoll to actually do anything proper, and getting anything other than last place is just a lot of "do it again stupid" restart restart restart garbage. This mode needs SERIOUS work, and currently is absolutely ZERO fun.
This game got released in 2022. How can you release a game in 2022 and don't allow please to change your keybinds? Besides that it's fun, but for me very hard to play with keybinds I don't use usually, so I won't play it very long and stick to Wreckfest. ^^
Well, its my first review (literally first) so uh... let's start with good sides of this game. First is graphics, for me this graphics is very cool and detailing and even on average settings that looks very nice. Second is gameplay. It's very simple and grounded (literally Flatout 1-2 gameplay) and it don't make game bad. Third is characters. One word. Zhenka is best character in entire game (cuz gas mask lol). Well, now for me good sides of this game ends, now let's say about bad sides. First is car handling and physics. Usually I don't have complaints in car handling but here... Imagine: you driving a BIG truck on like 100 KM/H you accidentally falling from SMALL bump and your truck doing thing what called *T R U C K D A N C I N G* and you need restart damn race, and ye don't forget timer, fortunately I won that race from 8-9 attempt on 2nd place.......
(I guess I have only 1 complain... so, let's end this review). Conclusion: If you like games like Flatout 2 or u just like games with Derby,Destruction,and humor. I highly recommending buy this game. P.S Sorry if I have grammatical errors.
At the time of this writing I haven't played this game much but I have played and seen enough of this game to conclude that :
This is a poor's man Flat Out or Wreckfest
I know that this game came from much smaller developers with lower budget than Bugbear games, but still those games exists and are better than this game.
To list several issues I encountered with this game :
1. Graphically it's outdated even with the inclusion of RTX effects, it looks worse than Wreckfest for sure, what's more, the soft body physics in this game is worse than the original 2 Flat Out games from the 2000s, and without impressing soft body physics, this game feels worse than it already is as a derby/destructive racing game.
2. Performance is also not that good, when you reload a race the fps can suddenly tank requiring you to pause it first before resuming the race.
3. The gameplay while closer to Flat Out series than Wreckfest has one major flaw : the car handling is pretty atrocious, cara feel pretty disconnected from the off-road terrain that you mostly drive in this game, the sensation of turning from your steering action is weird, it far worse than Flat Out 2 good arcade handling let alone the original Flat Our and Wreckfest more simulation handling.
4. I don't like the selection of the soundtracks.
5. UI is pretty poor designed in this game, somehow I can't start a new game or even delete my current career save, also for me the UI is not that pleasant to look at. Also it's pretty insane that you cannot access the game settings menu from the main menu of the game, absolute travesty for PC game UI design aspect.
6. Let's talk a bit about the gameplay itself other than the handling, the tracks design in this game is also atrocious visually, there are divergent paths on the tracks that are obfuscated by design, it's not clear when you can smash an object in front of your car or not, and also visually the tracks suffers from not having clear design, the old Flat Out series didn't suffer from this, in those games it's pretty clear on where you could go through the tracks... now couple this with the atrocious handling this game has then the 2 worsen the game even more...
7. Let's talk about the physics, as mentioned before the soft body physics in this game is visually unimpressive but the overall physics system is worse, impacts don't feel consistent, then in a particular circuit I saw an SUV fly unrealistically after hitting a "ramp", basically in general the physics system doesn't work that good and I kinda wonder why considering the game slapped Unreal Engine logo on startup. Maybe that's why games like this usually made with it's own physics engine?
8. AI, again it feels inconsistent, including their pathfinding sometimes they would not be able to see the terrain and the obstacles they're driving their cars into and would result in them having a figurative traunwrecks throughout the races...
So, in my conclusion Flat Out series at least until Ultimate Carnage and also the Wreckfest game are better games than this, if you haven't played any of them I would say play those games first than this one...
The only 2 saving points for this game is that 1. It's cheap and 2. It's probably made by a small team of semi pro developers...
What can i say about TRAIL OUT, I simply love it, I have got 100% completion already, This is just like the FLAT OUT games. It makes me feel like a kid again, I really hope more story content comes because i liked the story of this game. It has been a long time since i have played a racing game that i actually wanted to finish 100%
Really Fun Game, has alot of little details and memes. Even uses Systems, Sounds, Styling and Gameplay from other Racinggames which makes it interesting when u find them out.
Finnaly something Different, i really enjoy it.
Even has Splitscreen and the Devs Update alot which looks promising.
so far enjoying the game. they are updating the game every couple of days witch is really good to see
I've enjoyed my time with it, I was expecting an occasionally fun to play racing game but ended up enjoying it enough that I'm near the end. I liked that they took a shot at creating dialogue, cutscenes, etc. The music while racing continues to give me vibes of jamming out to songs on NFS Most Wanted on PS2, combine that with the destruction and overall great racing mechanics and it really feels like you've stepped back in time to when Burnout, Need For Speed and FlatOut were the top tier racing games.
As an avid Flatout 2/UC fan this game is the spiritual successor it finally needed!! This was not made by the same devs nor is in the same series but it however does what a Flatout game would of done best such as fun with proper chaos while racing in a destructible environment with a good car handling and car customization.
There is a few things should be improved however such as the damage model it is not good as wreckfest per say or the handling needing more tweaking
the stunt mode sadly is really deceiving vs flatout with only bowling and dart at time of review.
No rmore rings of fire sadly,of course this isn't a flatout game but having more stunt would be great than 2 choice.
I have good fate in these devs to fix and bring more as they clearly shown with free content such as a new car this week and new clothes for your driver and many fixes can't wait to see the future of the game!
I recommend Buying it if you want a new Flatout 2 like experience in a modern day game!
This is a VERY important game with the current state of the gaming industry. A well executed passion project for the "glory days" of racing games. No gimmicks, no micro-transactions, full of content from release day and more already on the way. The game needs a little bit of refinement but only in the aspects that don't affect gameplay. (voiceovers, cutscenes, etc...) 9/10 all day long. The only subjective con that I have is how tight and narrow some of the track layouts are. The game would benefit from less claustrophobic circuits.
Very good Flatout spiritual successor. Corny and with rough edges here and there, but still very good.
Family.....all I got is family. worth it. great arcade racer. better than destruction derby imo. still needs some polish but worth the time to climb the ranks. props to 4 man team of devs!
My gosh, I do not even know where to start.
Having derbies in the middle of a shopping mall.
First place Polaroid shot of my car running over spectators.
Driving with sweat dripping down my crack as a gunship shoots death missiles and kills everyone from last to first place.
Seeing my adversary limping on the side of the road after their car died and running them over.
this game is amazing. Jarring in the first few races, but once you progress, get used to the handling/physics and the different modes (which there are PLENTY) it becomes this beautiful feast.
SO MANY CARS.
Everything is unlocked through play, like when you were a kid.
You can see the love the developers had for this project, and the attention to detail. Too much detail for me to talk about. YOU JUST GO SEE
Everyone is talking about the dialogue being a crazy but I personally love that the subtitles and what is actually said are two different things. I also love the dialect. I hope they just leave it.
GAME OF THE YEAR MIHAYLICH STRAIGHT UP BUSTING IT DOWN WITH THE GANGNAM
GAME OF THE YEAR HANDS DOWN
This game is just great fun. Well worth it's price!
I like the mechanics. The driving feels predictable and the damage seems right. Overall car handling and crash mechanics have improved loads in the 2 or 3 weeks since I bought this game.
- nice linear progression
- nice variety in tracks and modes
- car models and upgrade system is nice, even tho once you get going you will just always take the top performance parts.
- Some cars, particular the compact cars, have terrible handeling
- the music sucks
- FPS drops on certain tracks
for 17 euro's is pretty fun. Get the game if you like the Flatout games and feel nostalgic for them
TRAIL-OUT is a very enjoyable and FUN game.
This can rightfully be considrede one of the closest successors to FlatOut (God bless) game series.
It really pays tribute to this great and revolutionary line of racing games, and also it's one of the few newly released games I was actuallylooking forward to.
The game flow, the redneckish atmosphere, memorable characters and huge car selection really mix well in this project.
Good graphics, music selection and design is very well crafted.
What I LOVE about this game:
- Car selection.
You can tell the Devs come from Eastern Europe. Being Russian myself, I had great fun with all the cars this game had to offer so far;
If you know - you know. All of these faces are familliar to a seasoned Flatout enjoyer (gamer);
I have a mid-tier PC, and on normal graphics settings the game still looks and runns pretty well;
You wouldn't expect lore to mix in well here, but it still does.
But I also have to point out some things that felt a little underwhelming:
- Sometimes level design feels cramped.
This especially floats up in boss events - races here feel too short and that stressful duel experience ends way too soon, not too enough to go on a roll. But Unique mechanics and detail make up for it fine enough;
- Most tracks feel too narrow.
There really isn't too much space to go around. Sometimes this leads to less chaos than desired, unless you like to drive carefully (come on, who would want to be careful in a FLATOUT game?);
As a player that can't imagine a Flatout game without scenic crashes, damage model felt a little impaired. I believe this was caused by the limits of the game engine (I'm in no way an expert, I apologize if I'm wrong) and car crashes while still looking grandioze, affect opponents cars very little.
So my final verict is follows:
Buy NOW. Don't wait for a discount.
It is absolutely worth it.
I made the mistake of filling my garage now i cant buy another car to progress or clear any from my garage.Also cannot create another save file or delete existing one?
The Flatout spiritual successor we absolutely needed. This a very quirky, but very fun arcade racer.
The racing itself is absolutely fun. Physics are fine for a Flatout inspired racer with a few quirks I encountered, but 90% of the time, the game seemed to work as intended. Tons of destructible objects on track with some major hazards that reminds me of Split/Second at times. Damage model is solid for a destruction-focused racer with cars capable of being smashed into hunks of twisted metal. Buggy, yes, but honestly, no more buggy than some AAA games I've played recently.
Definitely the worst aspect of this game, only saved by a rather decent soundtrack. It's all copyright free post-punk/metal rock music from what I can tell, but it works really well with this game... Exactly the kind of music the original Flatout games would've shipped with if they were forced to use copyright free music. The car sounds are horrendous, though, PS1 era sounding cars, even. The voice acting is just as bad, but at least amusing. Yes, there is a story.
The story would actually be okay if the voice acting was more polished. Really, this game never takes itself too seriously, though. Cutscenes are sometimes packed with references to movies or memes, resulting in hilarity with the bad voice acting and poor English translations. Still, the fact that there's animated cutscenes at all is pretty cool though and I still appreciate the effort put into them. Just plenty of little details are included in this game's presentation that are totally absent from bigger budget games, which gives this game a lot more soul as a result. In the end, I love it.
Think of this as a more goofy wreck fest with significantly more destruction in the environments/tracks. The physics aren't we "real" but they don't need to be for it to be a blast.
It has a goofy story and that's just part of the charm. The dev keeps updating and it has workshop support so hopefully we see mods there soon
Классная игра.. Душевная! Если когда-либо играли во FlatOut, то эта игра обязательно напомнит Вам о былых временах и к этому принесет еще множество классных эмоций, благодаря атмосфере, персонажам, и отсылкам, по моему, ко всему, что вообще существовало когда-либо. Разработчикам хочу сказать СПАСИБО за эту игру. Пожелать Вам успехов в дальнейших проектах.
UPD: игра полностью пройдена, только почему-то в стиме не дали ачивку за выигрыш вудса ;(
this game is fantastic, the amount of little details is insane! and the cutscenes are with out a doubt my favorite part of the game. they are incredible. this is what flatout 4 should of been! amazing job.
let me explain
this game ? my GOD is awesome
it has blacklist and its full of memes and most important of all its flatouts son
Probably the best game in 2022, it's full of memes, and the influence from other games especially FlatOut series created something special.
Trail out is indeed a spin off, but a great example that games can be successful at spinning off of another game's theme. In this case, that would be, Flatout. In many ways, this game brings back a lot of the nostalgia, gripping excitement, and chaos of the Bug Bear game. Most specifically pertaining to Flatout2 and following games. I'm happy they put some effort into putting "real world" cars into the game (just renaming and tweaking them for obvious reasons). Side note: I LOVE that you put some really unique models in the Mono-Class mode. The old vintage racer was a treat!!!
I enjoy that they added a story, not just a campaign. It is no Halo trilogy level of competent story telling, but its fun none the less. The destruction chaos truly shines in this game. Really feels like Flatout. I love there are traps that really alter the races. Like blowing up gas lines and trolleys that spew pressurised gas canisters like unguided rockets. It adds a dynamic that can either help you win, or work against you.
Good graphics, nothing ground breaking, but that's not entirely the point. I will say it feels a little dated, even with RTX. But I can over look it. Needs some serious optimisation in its current state, at the time of reviewing it. Frame rates hurt a little too much like a early access, even when there is little going on. My rig admittedly isn't TOP notch, but it can run many modern day games with a steady 60fps. Trail Out, not being the case.
The humour, above all, is on par with me. It's not for all, be warned. But I love the stereotyping and the dark humour. I wont spoil any of it. But when you get to meet the bosses, and see their personality, you're usually caught off guard. It has made me burst out laughing, wondering how they got away with some of it in the 2020's. Good show guys, really putting your neck out and just having fun. I love it. Wouldn't be the same game without it, imo.
Good maps, destructible, easy to learn, and not badly laid out. Good sound quality, good music. I do wish, on that note, you would allow to change independent volumes of: music, SFX, and ambience. I got the music tuned down to the second lowest setting, just so I can hear the SFX. Music, first time starting a race, over powered EVERYTHING. I like that you can also choose not to have Nitro installed, and just race with the power of your engine. The game won't cheat and use their nitro. Nice touch.
ABOVE ALL, I highly recommend giving this game a go. Very well done, with some work needed (see below.) For 22CAD, I feel I got my moneys worth, and look forward to completing the game.
While I do have mostly, if not overwhelmingly, positive things to say about this game, there does come some noticeable (some blatantly obvious, some more under wrap) things strange about this game.
1) Vehicle physics, while arcade feeling, manageable, and sometimes hilarious, are strange and wonky. I do appreciate it feels arcade, as it gives it a sense of personality and enjoyment. Not all games need real physics. But sometimes it gets a little off beat. At times, the vehicle feels unbalanced, too light, or too heavy. Hitting certain objects will put you in a spin, when it should just bounce of you. Hitting a lamp post? Barely notice it.
2) Controls. This is my biggest guff. Who in god's name doesn't allow for customised controls? Especially in 2020... Why is a manual gear box, Q and E for up and down shift? Don't like how its setup, you have to download AutoScript and do the dev's jobs and make your own script. I feel this choice of not allowing this kind of customisation, is very noobish, maybe even a bit arrogant. This needs to be updated. Otherwise, I don't have a problem with the control layout as it is. But don't plan on using manual gear box mode.
3) Segwaying to manual and auto gearboxes... manual mode is already, almost unusable. But the automatic for a racing game is very strange. Going into a bit of technical area, bare with me. When you do manage to use manual, you can use all your RPM range. Like racing should. I noticed the game becomes 100% easier to beat, because your car's potential, speed, and acceleration goes up. In automatic, your car from a dead stop will either bash the limiter, or will shift at strange times. IE: while racing the car will shift at 4000rpm, when you have a 6000rpm limited engine. The car will then sit in a high gear at an usually low speed, in this weird Eco mode like state.Full throttle in 5th gear, it bogs down and drives at 2000rpm, barely cracks 2500rpm. Like its trying to save gas. You severely notice the lack of power from the car, with a car going 130km/h in 5th gear, when you could be going over 200km/h. While this doesn't seem to be a big issue, it does make the car behave differently than it would if it was using all its power. I think it also adds the the frustration in some races as opponents over take you with little problem.
4) Voice acting, voicing, and character movement (English mode.) Alright, lets be honest, we didn't buy this game for the story line and cut scenes. Fair. But you cannot play this campaign and not be really off put by the voice acting, character movement, and most WITHOUT A DOUBT, mouth movement. I understand that tracking mouth movement requires special rigging, equipment, and above all_ money. But there is a full fledged conversation happening, and the mouth is opening and closing like some marionette, or not moving at all. The voice acting for English is hilariously (and not in a good way) TEEEERRRRIBLE. People with guns to their head, being forced to read lines is what I say. While I get this isn't a English based game_ if your going to have a story line, make it enjoyable and make it so I can understand the what is being said. Annunciation and mumbling happens once and a while, and its annoying. Subtitles... well, they don't match what is being said.
5) Working your way to upgrades. While its good to help the player get an edge in the race, car mods are almost too easy in this. Soon as you buy a car, almost immediately you can max it out. Maybe Flatout fans will get more of get what I mean. But working your way to better upgrades is satisfying and challenging. Giving them all to me with such ease it a bit underwhelming. On a side note, I wish that the upgrades for earlier cars would be more impactful, so I can race the VW bug in a race much later in the game. Old cars become useless, very quick.
6) AI. While I don't have a huge issue with the AI, infact, very little... I would have loved to see more personality spring from each driver. Flat Out had each driver character, unique in their own way. It really made you need to adapt to who was around you, and watch out for those who were most erratic. All the individual AI are basically the same person here. While it keeps chaos still in check, it could really make the AI more challenging and fun.
7) Small guff, read for laughs and maybe a "ah-ha" moment. The 3rd upgraded engine has two intakes... a turbo connected to.. some sort of throttle intake somewhere. then a carbourator intake on top with the flat round air filter. Last I checked_ that's not how that works. XDD
These are my biggest things to speak of. It sounds overwhelmingly negative, but I assure you, the game is worth the buy. It just REALLY needs some work done to make it polished and round. And, don't be a picky gear head like me haha.
Great graphics, good to see raytracing and deep learning support. Car handling is great, music is awesome and the choice of events is very good. Please fix the desktop icon, its hideous!
Generally a really good fun game, definitely worth buying/playing. Crossroad tracks are great, derbies are mostly great once I'd worked out how to score points without just wrecking my car, and I really like some of the longer tracks.
Few minor frustrations though. When using career mode, at first you get a load of different races to complete, and getting a podium position in a few of them is enough to unlock some more races. However, after the first six races, it seems I cannot progress without winning a single particular race (and spoiler alert, it's hard and I haven't managed it - it's just bitterly frustrating). If things were left instead such that one always has maybe 3 active races, then this would make it a whole bunch more enjoyable for me. As it is, I just can't be bothered with the career mode any more - I'd rather just keep unlocking new tracks and cars by winning races in free race mode.
Some of the mechanics of the game are not obvious. The most frustrating is the shortcuts - these will often involve smashing through a building (which is really cool). However, they are also very unobvious, and smashing into the wrong building or wrong part of it just breaks the car. Would really appreciate it if there were some obvious design cues to say 'this thing will yield when you drive into it' or 'this thing is solid'.
I find the post-race biopic screens odd. I don't know why they're there, there are only 8 of them, and it's not like they convey any useful information.
Finally, the 'stunt' tracks are rather odd. There are only two of them, and it seems a really odd concept for the stunts to start by crashing your car and being thrown out the windscreen - I expected these to be more a 'jump the car and hit the target' type.
Car physics can be a tad janky and the difficulty is a little all over the place but as someone who spent years playing flatout ultimate carnage its a great game and an awesome spiritual successor to the flatout series
also loved the story for how over the top and stupid it was XD its not gonna win awards but you can tell the devs just went ''we cant make a good story, lets just make it over the top as we can'' and I love it for it XD its bad, but its a fun kind of bad.
Not going to lie, I wanted to hate this game. But after giving it a chance and playing it for a few hours. Its probably one of my favorite racing games I have played. If you grew up in the Flatout and Flatout 2 era's, you will love this game. I do admit, the voice acting is pretty bad. But i feel like it makes the game even better IMO. From the stupid memes the game makes fun of, to the goofy cut scenes. The driving style is definitely something you'll have to get used to. The cars drive how you'd expect an arcade racer to drive. Clunky here and there. But an absolute blast to play. I give this game a solid 9/10. The graphics in game look beautiful. From the weather, to the mud on the ground. It brings me back to my childhood a little. I definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoyed Flatout 1 and 2. Give it a try. Plus its only $20. So that's a win win.
It's a pretty good amalgamation of the original FlatOut, Test Drive: Eve of Destruction/Driven To Destruction, and Forza Horizon. There's still some jankiness, but I believe the Good Boys will keep making it better with every patch!
(TLDR at the end) Aside from being a partially unfinished, kind of unpolished game this is a perfect spiritual successor to Flatout. It's good where it counts; The driving/handling takes like 30 minutes to get used to but is responsive and competent when you do(the only problem is that you spin out far too quickly but Flatout was the same iirc). The damage modeling and performance decrease is satisfying, moderate and done well (both aspects are better than Wreckfest imho). All in all I think it is a great game that is done well on an obviously tight budget and it deserves its price point. I just hope they make enough money and go on to release a much much better higher budget game of the same type. TLDR; It is competent and If you're into the idea you won't regret it.
- Car handling is good, simplistic but it feels smooth and the cars are weighty. It's definitely closer to Flatout rather than your typical "arcade" racer where every car drives like a freight train that can drift on command.
- Crashes are hard and chunky and the car damage looks great. The destruction in general is really good and easily this game's strongest point.
- It's not going to win any awards for it's art style as there's basically none, however the graphics are quite crisp and definitely up there with the AAA titles.
- Soundtrack is decent, if you like Onlap this is definitely the game for you.
- Split-screen multiplayer.
- Great amount and variety of cars and they all feel quite distinct to drive.
- Can't change the button mapping. Really guys? This is about as baseline as it gets.
- Career events are pretty bad, one of the first ones has you participating in a demo derby on a frozen lake in a Trabant, which is about as fun as it sounds. Also the career is padded out as hell, after beating the first boss the game told me I needed more score to unlock the next event, even though I had won every event up to that point.
- The game features what I like to call "Forza AI" meaning that 90% of your opponents will fall behind in the first 20 seconds of the race while the last one will rubber band so hard that they become nearly impossible to catch up with if you lose sight of them early on.
- The demo derby mode is garbage, it has the same problems Flatout did except it also features an illogical scoring system, on one hand things like head-on crashes and causing your opponent to roll over give you hardly any points but on the other hand you can pretty much beat any derby just by chaining drifts.
- Horrible interface, including the hud.
- No FSR support and no ray tracing for AMD cards.
- The track variety is pretty good but the tracks themselves are a mixed bag. They are very inconsistent, some are too long, others way too short, some are very well designed, others just throw intersections at you and force you to restart until you get lucky...
- The story is very bad even by indie... scratch that, it's terrible even by mod-scene standards, and frankly it's inclusion does more harm than good considering the game was probably made on a shoe-string budget.
TL:DR it's pretty good for what it costs.
Progress in the Singleplayer campaign is basicly blocked by gates which are very annyoing to overcome.
Overall I'm not a fan of the choosen graphics, even though RTX is working it's not good.
The minigames are okish the Destructions Races against the AI are bad because you have to choose a robust vehicle to come close to the top ranks but of course then the acceleration is really bad so the destruction races are super slow and boring.
Frankensteined Grid + Flatout
like burnout 3 but with car upgrades and Very Not Good Voice Acting And Cutscenes
handling model could use tweaking, seems like it's trying to go for realism while keeping the arcadey feel of burnout and it didn't work out
cutscenes and voice acting just
really aren't necessary either, this game would be fine if not better without them
subtitles don't match up to the lines either
Russian Flatout. handling is poor and cars feel real floaty especially with no working vibration. HOWEVER, its still fun as shit. the wonky physics make for some entertaining moments.
Already amazing, I saw it on Youtube a while ago, but playing it is even better. There is an amazing level of detail and i absolutely love it, despite being too young for the old Flatout games. The physics are a little bit too arcadey for me, but otherwise it is amazing, and great job to the devs for putting out this masterpeice
I will compare this to Flatout, for obvious reasons, of course it shouldnt be an exact copy but there are a number of things i think are not good enough
so heres a simple list:
-career is pretty long
-choice of music is just so fucking good, rock, metalcore you name it, its perfect
-lots of cool cars and tuning (some more for looks would be cool, like wheels bumpers whatever you know)
-lots of cool ideas like the fan stuff and all the modes
-dialogues (not synced with subtitles) and characters are cool, your garage bro is funny
-lots of effects like explosions etc
-you will fly through the windshield (hell yea)
-tracks have a special thing, like self driving containers on the harbor or boulders falling down the hills in the desert
-lots of shortcuts/different ways
-splitscreen is cool too
-considering crashing is part of the game, health is generally not alot, take that as you want
-you have to keep yourself out of the derby carnage because of that, if you try to ram everyone (which i like to do) youre gonna die soon
-crashing into enemies at high speed in derbys is bad, because the benefit being the attacker is not much, you have to wait for low health cars to take out
-most tracks are tight and short, the last ones are longer though, but this makes them harder to finish. Faster cars, more mistakes, more damage
-AI is still messed up, on 0.0 difficulty its pretty easy IF you dont crash, which is kinda the purpose too? (which is not too easy given the handling), if you set it that low the AI is so god damn slow, but the 1st and 2nd place are speeding away when you crash (or the others block you cuz theyre so slow) you can still get back at the first places at that difficulty tho, if you overtake any of them they will become super slow and you can even lap the last few places
-handling is kinda hard to get especially because most tracks are small
-stunts are meh, the obstacles sometimes make your car flip which is just annoying (they are pretty small too in comparison)
-bowling is super easy
-dart is mostly luck based, doesnt work like real dart (the scoring system,what i think would anyone expect) and the board is really small which makes it kinda hard to hit good points while the AI has lots
- no online multiplayer (yet?)
im gonna update this as i play or after updates
im recommending it becuase its still fun to play and a nice experience
Probably the best racing game released since FlatOut UC. Amazing soundtrack, fun gameplay, absolute carnage everywhere, tons of memes and hidden jokes, lovely graphics and a wide choice of cars to drive along side the ability to modify them to your liking. The game does have some problems in regards to physics sometimes and perhaps level design but it is all forgiven considering how much has been provided to us by only a few developers, some quirks like poor voice over can even be considered a certain charm of the game. Thank you Good Boys for this amazing game and for bringing me back into my childhood days! If you are a fan of FaltOut, Wreckfest or any of the older arcade racing games this is a must buy considering it's pricing.
I love the game, the tracks, the level of destruction and much more... but the physics of the cars are very very bad and for that you need to have a lot of patience, otherwise your keyboard/ controller may have injuries
I've only started this game but damn it seems to deliver. This game brings nostalgia, especially for FlatOut 2. The atmosphere, gamemodes and the soundtrack. The physics are a bit wonky and the AI is... Well, let's just say the AI is either stupid or very agressive. But like I said, for this price you seem to get a fun flashback to childhood and the feeling of the FlatOut series. The fps can be shitty and controls take time to get used to and like I said the physics are kinda off. Let's hope possible future updates will fix the fps and the physics at least. Otherwise I recommend this game if you like FlatOut
Actualy a very pleasant game. Lost of interesting tracks/cars. Good physics. Light but interesting storyline. The display settings screen with FPS counter is a great idea.
It's fantastic if the game freaking works! Physics and fun factors really make it stand out but the severe performance issues, useless graphics settings and random crashes currently make this game too frustrating to play. On a RTX 3070 Ti I cannot consistently get above even 50fps, no matter what settings I try. Please fix the performance issues, I really want to enjoy this game
Having played out the story content as of time of posting this review, short version: Very yes.
Ok, the dialog is cheesy af, the english subs don't even match the scripts the va's are playing out. The driving is very arcade, everything is a bit over the top but.. taking it for what it is, it was fun. No regrets. Considering the road map for the game is planning on multiplayer beta being active in a couple months, this will shine with friends, discord and drinks. Completely amusing BS.
this game is fantastic for such a small team, my only major issue besides the strange handling is the stability i have a good pc but getting this game to run stable at 60fps isnt easy in 1080p nevermind 2 or 4k, otherwise really good
This is what a "next-gen" FlatOut feels like with the passion of only 4 developers! It is truly incredible the work and detail put into this game with a price point of only $20! I feel this game can rival the likes of BugBear as well as any AAA racing titles out there given how high quality this game is. There are however some somewhat glaring issues that can effect your experience.
- Performance: I ran this game on a mid-range PC (Ryzen 5 3600, 1660 Super, running game on a SSD @1080p using W10 Home) with all relevant drivers up to date. I was averaging 70-90 fps (@ "Max Setting") depending on what's happening on screen. My load times were less than 10 seconds overall even in bigger, detailed environments. Your mileage may vary on performance and optimization.
- Maps: All races, derbies, and boss-specific unique races/arenas are simply stunning. They are filled to brim of props to destroy till everything is just rubble laying on the ground. Most of the time, I didn't have a noticeable drop in fps but some levels can really drop my frames even to 30 fps (Mainly the LA Streets track and the Snow derby arena). Also every time you load an event, there isn't a pre-race menu so the game will look low res and poly for the first 5 or so seconds with a low frame rate. The same applies to restarting.
- Progression: The game has the tried and true formula of a multiple mix of events culminating to a boss fight of one of the contestants with an unique boss race and derby for each boss. The game does force you to get medals in every event with getting the sufficient fan amount and cars to progress.
- Music: The music included really gives off vibes of nostalgia from FlatOut 2 and other games' soundtracks at the time with the combined help of Onlap, New Vegas, and Nick Eyra. All 3 artists can fill that need for high-octane music without causing a distraction to general gameplay with a mix of punk rock and hard rock.
- Vehicles: All vehicles look and sound amazing and perform essentially what you'd expect given each vehicle. However all cars can suffer from either being way too much weight without any grip, basically sliding everywhere, to overly grippy around corners, causing substantial time and position gains, in which the AI takes advantage of fully. This may be a bit of a nitpick and over-analyze on my part but it did cause some difficulties controlling the cars, especially in the end-game with the A-class cars, and in trying to first place every event.
- Stunts: There are less than 5 stunt activities in the game. Being at the mercy of RNG on whether or not you can achieve a first place is simply annoying. It is though a one and done kind of activity in the career mode and shouldn't take up more than 10 minutes of your time, hopefully. Those looking for more of what came in the past may want to stick to the early FlatOuts for now.
-Economy: The mix of needing money and fans for unlocks and purchases is an amazing, nicely executed idea but there are is one glaring issues I found. About the first 2/3 of the game it isn't an issue but when it come to the late game with the last 3 bosses to defeat it can be at most frustrating. Sonya Mass's boss event requires you to use an A-class car but every event before you can challenge her requires a B-class. This can cause a bit of frustration since you'll need to grind for fans and money to unlock her boss event as well as get A-class cars and upgrades for them. Thankfully you can grind through free race but hopefully this does get toned down a little in future patches.
-Difficulty: Most gameplay didn't really raise any red flags it terms of difficulty and thankfully there is no rubberbanding to really ruin the races. The only low point in difficulty can be the derby boss fights. All boss fights can range from either super easily done to absurdly impossible with the given conditions. I won't spoil anything but be ready for some difficulty spikes in the boss fights.
- Characters/Voice Acting: The characters can range from nods to FlatOut 2 to simply being stereotypes, nothing too noteworthy. The voice acting is simply bad. The lines being said is commonly out of sync and almost never in line with the subtitles. Try not to get too invested into it but it does have it's moments.
- Multiplayer: There is no online multiplayer at the time of writing and only offers split-screen multiplayer. I did not test it so your experience could vary.
-Bugs/Glitches/other: There were no game-breaking bugs or glitches that lessened the experience (aside from being launched at mach 5 when I sometimes collide with an opponent which is pretty funny tbh). The only issue I ran into is when the game was updated and it either removed or corrupted some game files and caused the game to crash when loading certain events in career. I was able to fix it by verifying the game files through steam but be wary when playing after an update has come out.
wanted to like this but i just cant.. terrible graphics, glitchy game play, dumb story line, no rewind, just a dumb driving game, period.
This game's physics are so wonky, that it's infuriating. also, the difficulty settings are a total joke. Adjusting the difficulty does nothing for the overall AI difficulty, but instead lowers the obvious rubber banding. The physics paired with the terrible AI and the joke of a difficulty setting, makes this game nearly unplayable later on. I would refund this game if it didn't decide to act up right after passing the eligibility of a refund. At first i was happy with my purchase, now I'm seriously regretting it. Until this game's stupidity is fixed (If that'll ever happen) I do not recommend purchasing it. This game had potential as a FlatOut successor, but that potential was lost with the terrible AI and physics. (Update: I got my refund. I'm satisfied now. This game is still doodoo)
If you used to play flatout or simply like to destroy cars is a really good game. I suggest to give it a try. For the price is really worthy
In the short time I have had it its been a blast, the destruction feels fun and chaotic. Although the story and voice acting is hilariously bad, what makes it even funnier is the subtitles that never even closely resemble what is being said, Overall I can tell there was passion put into this and its a great time.
Absolutely wonderful arcade racer focused primarily on spectacular moments of magnificent explosions, insane collisions, and large showpiece demolition shortcuts, this not a hardcore in cockpit manbual transmission tune and prune asnd practice kind of racing experience. The fact that I liked it (I absoilutely LOATHE almost all arcade racers) is pretty nuts. The graphics occasionally border on legitimately amazeballs, the physics are a little weird but you get used to them (getting the feel for the simulated snap-to-center steering wheel on the stick is hard), and if you want to play the 3D reincarnation of "Championship Sprint"-meets90's-era-"Off-Road," this is for you. 2 other things: 1: FANTASTIC soundtrack. 2: Love all the different event types and progression system and economy balance, especially early on. The different race types (which include using your car to launch yourself as a dart across a football field and other insane special rad absurdities) and event types combine with the unique campaign structure really well, and I had my most fun picking my favorite events with my best car and then amping the laps up to crazy levels. 25 hours of delicious, mindless, explodey demo-derby action movie arcade racing insanity.
I had absolutely no expectations going into this game, but I obviously compared it to the Flat Out 2 glory days. What can I say, it is the spiritual successor of FO2 and a very good one in that.
IF you have played FO2, you basicly have played this game. It is a good remake and a more modern version of FO2, but the cars, the maps (other routes, but exactly the same enmviroments), the events (some new modes, hast so be said)... everything is basicly 80% the same as FO2.
That said, its just lighthearted, arcady fun. They obviously wanted it to be like FO2 and I have waited for a game like this for years. It is one of the best remakes I have ever seen, because it is basicly the same as FO2, but offers enough new things to be entertaining and doesnt feel like you have bought the same game again.
EDIT: So, I have just learned that the team consists of no more than 4 people, and for that developer size they pulled of something absolutely amazing with this game, because its besicly better than every AAA racing game I have played over the last 10 years. Yes, the formula was already there, but they still somehow did this with 4. fucking. people.
Hats of to you, Good Boys. I am excited for your next games!
If you like Wreckfest, you'll like this one a lot. It's basically the same thing but with a story, which isn't half bad and isn't afraid to feature what in these troubled times is a "difficult" protagonist. Good Boys get extra points for that. Technically it's a bit of a mess with lots of pop in and inconsistent frame rate, but overall a good destruction derby style racer.
So far so good. The car drives very well and the graphics top notch. I think ppl give bad reviews way to fast. I get its good to tell the devs but maybe send them a pm or mail than give a bad review witch they fixed. I runs very very well.
Awesome racing derby game with nice car destruction and brutal races full of carnage. There are also several derby modes where you can absolutely destroy each other’s cars, a hunter mode where you try to kill candidates and eliminator mode where each 30 seconds a plane launches a rocked to destroy the last car. Race tracks are full of various destructible and explody objects to plow through making racing very fun. Game has a lot of cars to unlock through various methods. Game even has a plot revolving around your main character and other racers but voice acting sucks though. The game is full of amazing music and it goes very well with races full of carnage and explosions. Racing and derby track are very cool and even beautiful but I wish there were more. Unfortunately, game is badly optimized and older PCs will have fps problems on some races, but some racing tracks are absolutely ok.
Controls could be a lot better... Driving in the canyon and throwing the car into a corner should understeer, or oversteer, but there's none of that in here. It's pure grip boring easy.
excellent game if you like crash 'em ups. The plot is odd, and the dialog leaves something to be desired. This however doesn't take away from the game play or the visuals of the game.
really nice game that anyone who liked flatout will love.
Still needs some polish, but it already is really good and a lot of fun to play.
Driving physics are horrible and devs pretend theirs nothing wrong with them and instead of fixing them are working on a online mode. that online will be dead in a week because who would want to play online with horrible physics when we can just play wrekfest which is perfect.
Great game Wish it was compatible on the Steam DECK, GREAT MUSIC IN GAME!! fun to crash stuff up, controls are a bit strange But all in all well Worth the Price, Haven't tried it online vs. anyone else yet, But its a fun game all in all well worth the price, hope to see some more tracks as I level up.
Let me start by saying this, this game is great.
There a lot of people complaining about the handling of the cars, In my opinion the handling is fine, it's a physics based game trying to recreate real car crashes. If you're looking for an ARCADE style of driving like Need for Speed, Forza or even Wreck Fest I suggest you go back to those games because this game tries to be different then all of those.
So far I beat the first boss and it's not easy, especially if you're not used to the tracks and all the stuff you can smash into. I had to restart many times and every time i won a race I kept upgrading my car until I could win the races.
My conclusion is try the game if you don't like the handling of the car or any other aspect of it well return it before the two hour play time is over.
It has a good story line, a good variety of vehicles to choose from and what really matters it is fun.
-Price is very cheap for the amount of game.
-Game starts with graphics menu with real time FPS counter (I really liked this)
-No annoying rubber banding in races!
-Great soundtrack that suits the game
-Graphics are actually really decent
-Car damage, destruction and track object physics look and feel great
-Some aspects of the audio are surprisingly very good, like explosions for example.
-Story is funny and does add enjoyment and immersion
-Unique and interesting menu system
-Aggressive driving is rewarding and fun!
-Knocking the race leader off track can have them lost to the pack, never to catch up (this also applies to you though!)
-Eliminator race type is very fun. The loud boom of the last car being taken out adds tension, almost like a survival game
-Unlocks feel balanced and rewarding.
-Handling of early cars can be very annoying. Almost to the point where I considered refunding.
-Music is too loud by default, had to adjust volume
-Engines aren't loud enough or very throaty or exciting, nor are the crashes tbh.
-Some parts of the menu system can be annoying going back and forth.
-Some cars don't feel like they have weight to them.
-You can get lost on tracks very easily if you don't know the layout.
-Losing control of your car on last lap can almost always end up losing the race (but this also applies to the opponents) This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but can be frustrating.
Overall I'm enjoying playing this very much as a jump in jump out arcade racing game, with satisfying moments of destruction and tension. It does feel like a modern day Flatout, although I feel like the handling could be tweaked a little as I don't feel like I always have full control of the car (sometimes the car will spin unexpectedly)
I give it a 7/10!
i could put years of work into making a movie of this game just so i could watch it over and over again, 10/10
Looks promissing, but the physics are soooo bad. While I played this game, hat the thought all the time: I shoud play the good old FlatOut instead
While the game itself is fun and feels somewhat like flatout which i like, The boss fights are stupidly excessively hard. im currently on #4 which is joe, and im on my 15th try,
another game where all the advantage goes to the bots from the start and you have to grind to not have a chance to catch up since all the bots work against you at the worst times. trash game and not worth it even if they paid you to play.
Impressive visuals and funny references, alongside miriad of other things.
Many cars, new and old tracks with different looks.
Blacklist - for all you NFSMW fans.
The only massive downsides are uncomprehensible AI and scuffed physics - sticky walls and opponents, weight is all over the place, and wheels dont know what they want if they are off the ground or not on flat ground.
All and all - quite amazing game.
Oasis in the Wasteland of Modern Arcade Racers...
Might be somewhat cheap looking with a fair bit of that signature UE texture-popping, however, this here, dear reader is the nigh perfect simulacrum of a Flatout x Wreckfest x MadMax x DeathRace mashup (it even has some of that Burnout, Split/Second DNA and at least one flashback to the original NFS MW) with a bit of a Slavic flair peppered through. Is it slightly unpolished? Sure. Is it not fun? Heck no!
If you can overlook the wonky physics (although they do their job fine for the most part) and the sometimes egregious rubberbanding (in the sense of both being impossibly difficult and laughably easy– most likely depending on the “mood” of the AI…) this must truly be the budget racing game of the year. After all, wasn’t Flatout itself kind of trashy back in its day? Trail Out goes for that same essence and largely delivers on the promises. The fun factor is practically on par with Flatout UC and Wreckfest.
Also, in the hyperinflation of the 2020s the price is practically a steal (even at full price).
The music is only the icing on the cake. A flawless compilation of emo-punk hard rock trash; exactly the stuff a game of this theme and caliber needs. Might not be too memorable at a first listen, but the soundtrack perfectly complements the speed and overall vibe of the experience.
What this game IS:
-A good AA quality combat racing game heavily in the style of FlatOut
-Impressive in its environmental destruction and interactions
-Pretty decent on the graphics
-Somewhat customizeable in feel to how arcady the handling is via countersteer and recovery sliders in the controls settings
-Utterly over the top
-A good value
What this game is NOT:
-As detailed in vehicle physics or deformation as Wreckfest
-Well voice acted (but I think it's charming)
-Balanced (though you are expected to grind a little for better rides before actually winning, also there is an AI difficulty slider in the options)
-Safe for in-game spectators (you lose "fans" when you crush spectators with your car lmao)
Only about 10% through the campaign but I've had a genuinely good time, if you don't take it too seriously you can have a lot of replayable fun with it. Haven't had simple mindless fun like this in a while. If you like the genre, you can't beat the price!
There are some rough edges here and there but the game is fun, driving feels great and the spirit of flatout 2 is here. also love the black list members wish they had a bit more voice lines.
I've never played Flat Out, but loved the Death Rally games and Trail Out gave me similar vibes. Cars aren't equipped with weapons like DR, but plenty of racing carnage, car upgrades and different game modes made it a lot of fun and definitely worth the price.
Devs are very active and adding quality of life fixes, aswell as more content planned. I would recommend it Day 1 even without those.
Took me roughly 21 hours to fully complete career mode with gold stars, but could do it a bit quicker if doing the minimum. Still have a steam exploration achievement to complete, aswell as a few more hours of carnage to enjoy too.
Playing with mouse and keyboard too for reference.
This is what FlatOut 3 / FlatOut 4 should've been. TRAIL OUT is a great combination of fun and competitive racing, as well as memes.
Not an enjoyable game in its current state for any amount of money. This being released as a 'finished product' is an insult to people who buy. Its even more of an insult to people who have actually be waiting for this game with it on their steam wishlist.
The physics don't make a whole lot of sense. No matter what car you seem to drive, the AI cars will always be heavier than you. Theres also no good in trying to pit them because 90% of the time they end up smack dab in front of you and slow you down even more. The AI also have some of the fastest cars at the beginning stages of the game. Theres no reason a GMT400 should be able to keep up with you around half the corners, its almost like it rubber bands. The AI in the 2nd Gen Camaro seems to have a million horsepower car that never loses unless they mess up at the start of the race or get hit. The AI also seem to target you at the start of the race even making them more difficult than they already were. The AI slider its pretty useless as well. There is no change to or if there is it is very minimal. The AI also seem to never lose momentum. You can hit an AI going straight and they gain like a 30mph boost while you get slowed down to about 5 mph. If you land on a car/ai they dont lose momentum but you do. If you have an AI land on you, you lose momentum and they dont.
The point based derbys are disgusting as well. you can finish 1st but be 3rd last standing and the AI magically gain enough points for you to not gold medal the derby. I feel like upgrading the suspension should increase control but it doesnt. If you upgrade it and have a top heavy car, it seems to increase how much it rolls. If you upgrade it on a 'quick' vehicle there seems to be no functionality, it will handle like garbage unless you put the heavier body on, but that slows you down. You can slam an AI into a wall and they will take minimal damage, it seems most of the damage gets transferred to you which is annoying. Then resetting is both a blessing a curse, it really does help in regular races, but it goes away too quickly in the derbys. In the derbys your invincibility timer wears out after like 2 seconds make you susceptible to any incoming vehicle as you try to scoot away from them. The 'fun' game modes are still frustrating. The controls for them show up ONCE, you have to ask on the discord to find out what they are. Then the points the AI have on the leaderboard are near impossible to beat. The darts game mode is the most inconsistent with half the time you land in the water because the game just didnt give you enough momentum to make it to the dartboard.
The performance you are getting for the graphics is pretty abysmal, even for unreal engine standards. The characters in this game are pretty un-intuitive, copy and pasted and generic copies from other games. Voice acting is a solid 1/10 and the subtitles don't match with the dialogue.
If you miss Flatout, buy this game!
You want more info? Okay:
- It feels like a generic "blast from the past", that has great racing routes. (it feels good to play)
- Game features punk rock music made by less known artists, that bear feeling of Flatout series. (This is not coherent with music that our protagonist would listen, but some more hardbass music here and there would be more in climate of the presentation)
- Story mode takes about 11-12hours to complete at the 1st play through, with not much recycled content in it to prolong it.
- The story is simple, with a healthy dose of memes, that keeps us playing it, to see more. (this game shows the importance of the story in racing games)
-During Story mode we will get through 7 bosses, that each has a unique race and gimmick. (these are better than those in Forza Horizon 4 and 5, if you ask me)
- After the story there is not much more to do outside of secrets/easter egg hunting and completing achievements.
Overall, I say that it's a remarkable game made with passion, by a small indie team. Well spent 12 hours and $20. I recommend!
I've never played such a fun, exiting driving game. The handling is spot on. The other AI drivers make mistakes creating total destruction and devastation all around as you burst though the flames to get to the finish line. Lots of game modes to choose from. I like the Hunter game mode. Chase down and destroy cars. Nice and simple. Like the 'fans' system. The more fans you have, the more content is unlocked. Makes you want to do more stunts and crashing. Great game. Hope the devs keep putting new content in. Noticed they've been pushing updates already and have a clear road map ahead. Excellent work! In my opinion, I also think its a bargain. Especially as it's on sale too.
This is more of a Flatout 2 sequel than some of Flatout 2's actual sequels. The voice acting is terrible and the game isn't perfect, but it's a lot of fun. Well worth the $20 price tag, highly recommend it. Having a blast playing it.
I like how derpy and challenging it is. A variety of cars and race modes are also good.
Respect to developers!
Pretty much a spiritual successor to Flatout 2 (not Ultimate Carnage, not Wreckfest). The physics can be a bit wonky at times but other than that actually a really good game, especially for 16€.
It's more Flatout2, what else is there to say? Sure, it's not quite as refined but well worth the money
One of the best ways in this september to get gigalol and new memelogy grade. Try and fry ur ass baby.
Don't buy this trash, here's why you shouldn't:
There are some story missions in which you have to complete a track under a certain time and you can't choose your car. All fine there i guess. BUT, driving normally you will NOT win. Then how can you go faster? well with nitro! how do you obtain it? CRASH INTO OBJECTS! FUN! RIGHT?! HOWEVER Some STUPID objects will slow you the fuck down and you will fail the stupid arbitrary mission anyway. So... If you drive flawlessly you fail, if you crash into stuff you MIGHT win, unless some stupid object decides to stick to the front of your car and slow you forever, like those stupid palm trees in the L.A. Truck mission.
If you want a racing game with destruction play Wreckfest instead. This thing is BAD. Not because it's buggy or performs badly, it's just amateurishly made. Badly made.
Game did not start in English. Could not figure out how to change language to English after clicking all of the buttons in the menu once. Gave up and refunded.
Did not see mention on forums of anyone else having the same problem so maybe it's just me but whatever.
Flatout 2, now with a jank yet hilarious dystopian story kinda like Smash TV
I kinda like it?
A great game in the spirit of Flat Out and Wreckfest but with a slightly dark twist with the ability to eject drivers from cars, destroy them out right during races and having your driver appear beaten and bloodied after an intense race (This can be turned off in settings however).
The number of cars is next level, with a wide selection being unlocked while going through the career. At the moment, it may seem the customisation options are a little bit limited however this is a small part.
AI is decent with a good mixture of aggression and driving ability however some boss fights can be a little difficult without a certain car unlocked and upgraded but this is to be expected as the difficulty of the campaign ramps up.
Overall, the game can be a little bit buggy with certain achievements, camera placements in very particular places & a few soft lock locations that are known. None are game breaking however and the Devs are constantly dropping updates with fixes and more content. The game is so much fun and will give loads of replay time with all the cars and track available!
I'm not going to tell you what the game is like, I'll just tell you there's a boss in here who's Big Smoke from GTA.
TRAIL OUT is an enjoyable experience especially for Flatout/Wreckfest fans however I have experienced two crashes within 4 hours of play within loading screens. Another annoyance is the crashing physics feels random and unfair which discourages TRAIL OUT main selling points, crashing into opponents. I also feel rubber banding should be implemented in future patches as unavoidable pileup crashes at the beginning of races make podium finishes an impossibility. Despite TRAIL OUT’S several shortcomings it is apparent a lot of love went into the development of this title. TRAIL OUT feels like a game from a bygone era, where the primary focus is fun. I hope future patches address the aforementioned and more content in the near future.
if you loved flatout growing up youll love this.
Great spiritual successor to the Flatout series. So much better than the last two entries (Flatout 3 & 4), especially if you consider the small developer team and cheaper price.
-The game can be Janky sometimes, but a lot of fun.
-Story is cheesy (Voice acting and animations make it double the cheese), but since story in racing games is not important, that's not a real issue.
-Career mode is fun and not too short, (20h to 100%)
-Car list is great and quite large,
-Soundtrack is surprisingly good,
-Graphics are good but could be better optimised (hopefully improves with more patches)
Overral, great game for the cheap price. support it if you like mid 2000's racing games and/or the FlatOut Series
Gonna give this positive review so it doesnt become mostly positive again, since it deserves more than that
Variety in cars
Things that need work imo:
Cars weight sometimes feels off, either too light or too heavy
Some cars just handle worse than others
Optimisation is a bit unstable
Some animations are stiff
Voiceover is mid, lines are good, but actors don't sell them enough
Free Mode should be available outside of career
I require more content
Verdict: Not a Faltout 2 clone, but rather a love letter to arcade racesims and early 2000s game industry as a whole. I hope the game will get even better as the time goes on