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FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

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FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage cover
Bugbear Entertainment
Empire Interactive
Retail (Russia/CIS) Buka Entertainment
Retail (Poland) CD Projekt
Retail (Poland) Techland
Retail (Czech Republic) TopCD
Digital Strategy First
ROMU Engine
Release dates
Windows August 1, 2008
Metacritic 79
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Vehicle combat
Sports Mixed sports
Vehicles Street racing, Track racing, Automobile, Bus, Truck
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series FlatOut
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage on HowLongToBeat
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage on IGDB
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FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage on Wikipedia
FlatOut 2004
FlatOut 2 2006
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage 2008
FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction 2011
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity 2017


For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage is a racing game released in 2008. It is an enhanced port of FlatOut 2, featuring new gameplay modes, improved graphics as well as 4 new drivers (both character-wise and in each race) and at least 2 new cars.

The game was released for PC on retail on August 1, 2008 with Games for Windows Live functionality and DRM, gradually being released for Games for Windows Marketplace and Steam over the following years. In 2023, a DRM-free version was released on ZOOM Platform.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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SecuROM DRM disc check.
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Polish and Czech release.
Publisher website
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Fully offline installer. It does not come with a product key that activates online play through GFWL.[1]
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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ZOOM Platform
Super Digital Deluxe Edition. Singleplayer-only; multiplayer support may be added at a later date.
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Publisher website (unavailable)
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Russia, CIS. Bundled with FlatOut, FlatOut 2, Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction.
All versions except the ZOOM Platform release require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 1]


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to buy.


Type Notes
No microtransactions The game has no microtransactions.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename intro.bik[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\video.
  2. Delete or rename intro.bik.

Zolika1351's Trainer

Options to remove the 100 FPS cap, enable mouse camera control, change FOV, etc.
Crashes on the ZOOM Platform version after alt-tabbing.
Installing the trainer
  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the contents of the download and the appropriate "for" folder to <path-to-game> (replace the file(s) when prompted).

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\FlatOut Ultimate Carnage\Savegame\options.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12360/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\FlatOut Ultimate Carnage\Savegame\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12360/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Launcher settings.
Launcher settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
While FOV and in-game HUD are correct, menus are stretched.
Use ThirteenAG's fix to fix stretching. Requires disabling GFWL.
Use ThirteenAG's fix to fix stretching. Requires disabling GFWL.
4K Ultra HD
While FOV and in-game HUD are correct, menus are stretched.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Zolika1351's Trainer to add a FOV multiplier.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable windowed mode and use Zolika1351's Trainer to change window type to borderless.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced off through the graphics card control panel.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS. Use Zolika1351's Trainer to remove the cap outside of menus.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)


In-game keyboard settings.
In-game keyboard settings.
In-game controller settings.
In-game controller settings.
In-game Xbox controller mapping.
In-game Xbox controller mapping.
Free camera control is not natively available on the PC version, but can be restored with Zolika1351's Trainer.


The PC version has an audio distortion issue. Engine sounds are extremely distorted and often blown out, and maybe some other sound effects don't sound correct. A solution is not known yet.
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Licensed songs are used through the entirety of the game with no alternative option.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation – download.
Retail only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
Party mode only.
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus

Connection types


No port information; you can edit this page to add it.
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues fixed

The DVD will not install/uninstall due to missing privileges

Run autorun.exe as administrator[4]
When uninstalling the game, the same problem pops up, but the fix above will not work.
Run an uninstaller program

An example is Wise Program Uninstaller. In that case, open that, find FlatOut Ultimate Carnage in the list and select Safe Uninstall. Afterwards, the uninstaller attempts to remove related files and registries.

Game does not start after install

Install Games for Windows Live Marketplace Client

Juddery motion despite having a consistent frame rate

Use either 50 Hz or 100 Hz if the monitor is capable. If using G-Sync/FreeSync, use a third-party tool to cap the frame rate at 50 FPS or leave it uncapped for 100 FPS. Only leave it uncapped if the PC is capable of delivering 100 FPS consistently.

'Could not obtain native display resolution' error when using multiple monitors

Disconnect all secondary monitors and launch the game once. Close the game and reconnect monitors, all subsequent launches should work fine.

Stuttering, unstable FPS

Set launcher.exe and Fouc.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP3.[citation needed]

Other information

Play without Games for Windows - LIVE

Play without GFWL[5]
  1. Download a replacement xlive.dll.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.


Disables LIVE multi-player.
This is partially used in the ZOOM Platform release.[6]

Music from other FlatOut games (and Wreckfest) in Ultimate Carnage

Download mod[7]
  1. Download this file (or this file if you only wish to add music from FlatOut 2).
  2. Extract to the <path-to-game>.
This may cause issues with GFWL.[8]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.2 GHz
AMD 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.75 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7600
ATI Radeon X1800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Integrated graphics cards are not officially supported.


  1. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: Legacy activation, supports local profiles.
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/12360/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12360) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Tomomimi on 2021-07-02
    Confirmed by a user whom has purchased the game through the Publisher website. They provide three bin files containing game data, and a setup exe file that installs those bin files, as well as an outdated version of the GFWL redistributable that's required for the game to launch. No sign of an online key.
  2. Games You've Missed - Games for Windows - last accessed on 19 August 2022
  3. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2023-02-25
  4. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2023-02-25
  5. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2023-02-25
  6. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2023-02-25
    Once the game is installed, a xlive.dll file can be found. Though seems like the game has been modified further, as removing the file will cause the game to crash at launch.
  7. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2023-02-25
  8. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2023-02-25
    Achievement tracking and LIVE rankings may have issues when using this mod.