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FlatOut 2

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Not to be confused with Flashout 2 or Fallout 2.

FlatOut 2
FlatOut 2 cover
Developers
Bugbear Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Publishers
Retail (Europe) Empire Interactive
Retail (North America) Vivendi Universal Games
Retail (Russia/CIS) Buka Entertainment
Digital Strategy First
OS X Virtual Programming
Engines
ROMU Engine
Release dates
Windows June 30, 2006
macOS (OS X) October 3, 2008
Linux (Wine) July 24, 2014[1]
Reception
Metacritic 76
IGDB 83
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Racing, Tricks, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Automobile, Off-roading, Track racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series FlatOut
FlatOut 2 on HowLongToBeat
FlatOut 2 on IGDB
FlatOut 2 on MobyGames
FlatOut 2 on Wikipedia
FlatOut
FlatOut 2004
FlatOut 2 2006
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage 2008
FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction 2011
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity 2017

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

FlatOut 2 is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person and third-person action, racing, tricks and vehicle combat game in the FlatOut series.

General information

Remade as FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage in 2008.
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
US: SecuROM 7 DRM And is 5 CD's.
Europe: StarForce 4 DRM[Note 1] And is 1 DVD.
Windows
Retail
DRM-free
Polish and Czech release. (Czech release v1.0)
Windows
Publisher website
DRM-free
Windows
Amazon.com
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Mac App Store
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No online play [4]
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
ZOOM Platform
DRM-free
Super Digital Deluxe Edition. Pre-packaged with DxWrapper.
Windows
GamersGate (unavailable)
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DRM: Deliver2Mac
macOS (OS X)
Publisher website (unavailable)
Requires online activation
Russia, CIS. The site states that the game does not support Windows 8 and higher. But the game works fine.
Windows
Publisher website (unavailable)
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Russia, CIS. Bundled with FlatOut, FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage, Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction.
Windows
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).
The Retail version requires SecuROM 7 DRM for US release, StarForce 4 DRM[Note 2] for EU release. Retail Czech and Polish versions of this game, Epic Games Store, GOG and Steam versions was released without anti-piracy protection SecuROM v7 and StarForce v4.

Version differences

The Mac App Store version does not support online play.[4]
The Linux version found at GOG uses Wine wrapper to run the game.
Super Digital Deluxe Edition: ZOOM Platform version, has several fixes that other versions don't have. It also has more supported languages.[5][6][7][8][9]

Essential improvements

Patches

The latest version for Windows is patch 1.2, available from Patches-Scrolls.
The latest version for OS X is patch 1.0.7, available from Patches-Scrolls.

Opening the launcher

After the first time launching the game, the launcher will not show up again, rendering the player unable to reconfigure the settings.
Run the game with the -setup command line argument.[10]
Delete Device configuration file[citation needed]

Locate <path-to-game>\Savefile or in %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore and delete/remove device.cfg.

Skip intro videos

Use ZolikaPatch
Use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix[10]
Skip intro fix[citation needed]
  1. Download BFS file and place it in the installation folder.
  2. Open the filesystem file with a text editor.
  3. Add this new line at the bottom: mcz-fo2noint.bfs

ZolikaPatch

Removes forced VSync and the 100FPS cap, enables Multiplayer via OpenSpy, has an option to enable Split Screen mode.
Fixes the zoomed in FOV, stretched HUD elements and scaling in widescreen resolutions.
Option to skip intro videos and the 5 second wait on copyright screen.
Option for borderless windowed mode.
  • Uncapping the framerate can cause car engine sounds to be silent.
Applying ZolikaPatch
  1. Download the ZPatchFO2_v#.#.zip file.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>; replace the file(s) when prompted.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\[Note 3]
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2990/pfx/[Note 4]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\[Note 3]
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2990/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game cloud syncing

Video

Game launcher (access with -setup parameter).
Game launcher (access with -setup parameter).
Ingame video options
Ingame video options

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native support in patch version 1.2, but the HUD and menu are stretched. Use ThirteenAG's fix or ZolikaPatch (fixes stretched HUD).
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Use ThirteenAG's fix or ZolikaPatch.
4K Ultra HD
Use ThirteenAG's fix or ZolikaPatch.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use ZolikaPatch to disable it.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS. Use ZolikaPatch to remove the cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)

Set FOVFactor[citation needed]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Edit Flatout2.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set FOVFactor to the desired value.

Windowed

Use ZolikaPatch for borderless windowed mode
Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download d3d9hook.
  2. Extract d3d9.dll to <path-to-game>.

Input

Input options
Input options
Remapping options
Remapping options

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No mouse support in-game.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Must be enabled in options and plugged in before launching; default controls are unintuitive but can be rebound in options.
Full controller support
Requires user to press Enter on the keyboard to begin a race. No controller support in menus.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts
Not functioning on more recent controllers; prompts do not match required input.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
For XInput controllers see XInput force feedback vibration in DirectInput games.
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio

Audio options
Audio options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
DirectSound3D.[11] Select Hardware 3D in launcher.
Royalty free audio
The game uses licensed songs with no option to change to other songs
During development, FlatOut 2 lost several songs; AFI - Rabbits Are Roadkill On Rt. 37; Nine Black Alps - Cosmopolitan; Papa Roach - Blood Brothers (race mode); Nine Black Alps - Cosmopolitan (stunt mode); Yellowcard - Breathing (stunt mode).
Songs Papa Roach - Blood Brothers (race mode) and Yellowcard - Breathing (stunt mode) returned in Zoom Platform release.
All of the soundtracks can be restored using FO2 Musicplus

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Czech
Retail and Zoom Platform only.
English
Metric measurements
French
German
Hungarian
ZOOM Platform only
Italian
Polish
Retail and Zoom Platform only. Fan translation; download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation – download.
Russian
Retail, Buka Shop and ZOOM Platform only.
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
Rag Doll mini-games (Party Mode). See also FlatOut 2 Splitscreen Mod.
LAN play
8
Online play
8 Either use the patched FlatOut2.exe or ZolikaPatch or OpenSpy Client. Not available in the Mac App Store version.[4]

VR support

3D modes State Notes
vorpX
G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

Juddery motion despite having a consistent frame rate

Use either 50 Hz or 100 Hz if your 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.[citation needed]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.
Linux

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio DirectSound3D, FMOD
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy has been shut down; use OpenSpy or ZolikaPatch.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.5 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5xxx
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7300
ATI Radeon X1600
Intel GMA X3100
128 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 5770
Intel GPUs are not supported.


Notes

  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or Windows 11.[2][3] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or Windows 11.[2][3] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. 3.0 3.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:

References

  1. GOG.com Now Supports Linux! - July 24, 2014 - last accessed on May 2023
  2. 2.0 2.1 Windows 8.1 support - StarForce Support
  3. 3.0 3.1 Windows 10 support - StarForce Support
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mac App Store - FlatOut 2
  5. New Updates - 2023-01-31 - last accessed on 2023-06-05
    "
    FlatOut 2:
    - Various bug fixes.
    - Added Russian language support. Special Thanks to SRDLINE!
    - Added French, Italian and Spanish Manuals.
    - All languages are now contained within one installer.
    "
  6. New Titles and Updates - 2023-02-03 - last accessed on 2023-06-05
    "
    FlatOut 2:
    - Added Czech, Polish and Hungarian localizations, alongside some fixes.
    "
  7. New Updates - 2023-02-07 - last accessed on 2023-06-05
    "
    FlatOut 2:
    - Fixed Installer issues for some languages, added final localization fixes.
    "
  8. New Updates - 2023-03-26 - last accessed on 2023-06-05
    "
    FlatOut 2:
    - Updated to ZOOM Version 1.4.
    - Fixed an issue where Alt-Tabbing/Minimizing would sometimes cause a white screen error.
    - Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause sound stuttering.
    "
  9. New Updates - 2023-04-06 - last accessed on 2023-06-05
    "
    FlatOut 2: Super Digital Deluxe Edition
    - Updated to ZOOM Version 1.5.
    - Improved 16:9 support for cutscene videos and cameras.
    - Improved surround sound.
    - All languages besides Russian are now selectable via the launcher. Russian uses its own executable.
    "
  10. 10.0 10.1 Verified by User:Nessy on 2022-03-21
  11. FlatOut 2 with 3D spatial sound 🎧 (OpenAL Soft HRTF audio) - last accessed on 9 June 2023