Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
- You can destroy anything and everything, beautiful scenery
- Computer-controlled competitors are excessively aggressive and unforgiving
As long as you don't break your controller in the process, there's a lot of enjoyment to be had from Ultimate Carnage. Get past the frustrating difficulty and you'll find a beautiful, rewarding game that is easily the best yet in the series.
Price$ 89.95 (AUD)
Forget prim and proper race lines, slick paint jobs, and gyrating women -- FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage has just barrelled in and dragged them through the mud.
This gorgeous crash-and-bash racer dishes out plenty of action-packed gameplay, but it sadly isn't quite good enough to reach pole position.
Anything to win
It certainly comes close, though, delivering more than its share of adrenaline-pumping races. Ultimate Carnage plays like a honky-tonk version of Burnout, giving you free reign to destroy anything and everything on your way to the finish line. A lengthy set of circuit races in FlatOut mode serve as the main course, with a smattering of random events and mini-games providing a nice accompaniment, and online play for up to eight filling in as dessert.
On looks alone, Ultimate Carnage could easily take top prize as you tear across farmland at a hundred miles per hour, cut through wooden fencing and junkyard piles, all while slamming into the competition. It's a beautiful sight, indeed. From urban speed traps, to mountain bypasses, to destruction derby arenas -- everything looks phenomenal and runs smoothly without a single hitch.
What ultimately stalls the experience is an excessive level of difficulty. Computer-controlled competitors are aggressive and unforgiving, quick to leave you in the dust if you don't bring your A-game. This makes Ultimate Carnage extremely challenging and frequently frustrating. If you haven't made your way to the front of the pack within the first minute of a race, you're hard-pressed to win the event. It isn't uncommon to restart a race because a small mistake near the end of a race can drop you from first to last place in a heartbeat. Point-based events are thankfully more forgiving, as are online matches.
A series of quirky mini-games join the mix of events, offering a distraction from high-octane races and crash-tastic demolition derbies. All of the mini-games involve launching a rag doll driver through the windshield of your car by gaining as much speed as possible and then braking suddenly. Your objective differs from game to game, such as aiming for maximum altitude in high jump or knocking down pins in bowling. The hilarity isn't enough to counter the ridiculous hard nature of the mini-games, which honestly could justify chucking a controller across the room.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 2 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 3 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 4 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 5 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Watch us play Vanquish on PC
- Tannenberg expands Verdun's World War I horrors to the Eastern front
- MSI Wins Computex Best Choice Award 2017 for a Record-Breaking 5 Products
- Destiny 2: The 5 key things PC gamers need to know
- The Windows 10 Game Bar: What PC gamers need to know
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- MSI GE72 7RE Apache Pro gaming laptop review
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- CCData Migration AnalystQLD
- FTTechnology Project ManagerNSW
- TPICT Customer Support Officer - ForsterNSW
- FTAccounts and Office AdministratorNSW
- FTManager, DevOpsQLD
- CCSSIS / SSRS DeveloperNSW
- FTData Analyst - BIQLD
- CCUser ResearchACT
- CCDeployment Manager - TelcoVIC
- CCTesting Manager - Energy sectorVIC
- FTICT SpecialistNSW
- CCImplementation Manager/PlannerACT
- TPEOI - JAVA DeveloperACT
- FTSenior Business Analyst, Wealth ManagementNSW
- TPLevel 2/3 Technical Service AnalystOther
- FTAnalyst ProgrammerVIC
- FT.Net DeveloperVIC
- FTPrincipal Project ManagerVIC
- CCTechnical Specialist - Cloud ServicesVIC
- FTTechnical WriterVIC
- CCSQL Server Database Specialist l Bathurst LocationNSW
- CCDisaster Recovery SpecialistQLD
- CCJava DeveloperACT
- TPDelivery Coordinator - ProjectsQLD