FlatOut 2

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FlatOut 2
FlatOut 2 cover
Developers
Bugbear Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Publishers
Empire Interactive
Russia/CIS Buka Entertainment
Digital Strategy First
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
FlatOut 2 on HowLongToBeat
FlatOut 2 on IGDB
FlatOut 2 on MobyGames
FlatOut 2 on Wikipedia

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
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.
FlatOut
FlatOut 2004
FlatOut 2 2006
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage 2008
FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction 2011
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity 2017

Key points

Can use multiplayer with OpenSpy.
Remade as FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage in 2008.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
US: SecuROM 7 DRM
Europe: StarForce 3.0 DRM[Note 1]
Poland: DRM-free
Windows
Amazon.com
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate (unavailable)
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DRM: Deliver2Mac
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate
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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 [6]
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

The Mac App Store version does not support online play.[6]
The Linux version found at GOG uses Wine wrapper to run the game.

Essential improvements[edit]

Opening the launcher[edit]

After the first time launching the game, the launcher won't show up again and you will be unable to configure the settings.

Launch parameter[citation needed]

Use the -setup command line argument.

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

Music from other FlatOut's (and Wreckfest) in FlatOut 2[edit]

Download mod[citation needed]
  1. Download this file or this file if you don't want music from Wreckfest.
  2. Extract to the <path-to-game>

ZolikaPatch[edit]

Removes forced VSync and the 100FPS cap, enables Multiplayer via OpenSpy
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).

Patches[edit]

The latest version is Patch 1.2 (US and EU)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2990/pfx/[Note 3]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2990/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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 for Steam version Use ThirteenAG's fix for retail.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
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)
Forced on by default, use ZolikaPatch to disable it.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS. Use ZolikaPatch to remove the cap.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

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

Windowed[edit]

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

Input settings[edit]

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
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.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

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.[7] Select Hardware 3D in launcher.
Missing two songs only present in the Xbox release, Nine Black Alps - Cosmopolitan, and AFI - Rabbits Are Roadkill On Rt. 37.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Russian
Russian/CIS retail release only, patch for digital releases can be found here
Polish
2 versions - Polish retail and fan translation. Download this file to use the fan translation.

VR support[edit]

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

Network[edit]

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 Use the patched FlatOut2.exe or ZolikaPatch. Not available in the Mac App Store version.[6]

Issues fixed[edit]

Juddery motion despite having a consistent frame rate[edit]

Use either 50Hz or 100Hz 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 your PC is capable of delivering 100 fps consistently.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 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.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound3D
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy has been shut down; use the patched FlatOut2.exe or ZolikaPatch.

System requirements[edit]

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 Vista or later.[2][3][4][5] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/2990/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2990) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References