It was back in 2006, maybe 2007. I was at a pretty big LAN party where a friend of mine passed me a copy of this game FlatOut, begging me to give it a try. I’d never heard of it, but exhausted of Unreal Tournament I decided to give it a go. It blew me away. I couldn’t work out how a game this great had gone completely under my radar until that point.
A decade later, FlatOut 4 appears on my console, bringing back hopeful memories of bright, bombastic racing, destruction derbies and goofy mini games. I’m sad to report that FlatOut 4: Total Insanity doesn’t live up the high standard of the earlier games, instead it’s a muted looking, frustrating misunderstanding of what made the originals great.