FlatOut 2

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FlatOut 2
FlatOut 2 cover
Bugbear Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Retail (Europe) Empire Interactive
Retail (North America) Vivendi Universal Games
Russia/CIS Buka Entertainment
Digital Strategy First
ROMU Engine
Release dates
Windows June 30, 2006
macOS (OS X) October 3, 2008
Linux (Wine) July 24, 2014[1]
Metacritic 76
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Racing, Tricks
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 2004
FlatOut 2 2006
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage 2008
FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction 2011
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity 2017


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 and tricks game in the FlatOut series.

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Europe: StarForce 4 DRM[Note 1]
Poland: DRM-free
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
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Green Man Gaming
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Mac App Store
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No online play [4]
macOS (OS X)
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ZOOM Platform
GamersGate (unavailable)
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DRM: Deliver2Mac
macOS (OS X)
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

The Mac App Store version does not support online play.[4]
The Linux version found at GOG uses Wine wrapper to run the game.

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest version is Patch 1.2 (US and EU)

Opening the launcher[edit]

After the first time launching the game, the launcher won't show up again rendering the player unable to reconfigure the settings.

Launch parameter[5]

Use the -setup command line argument.

Delete Device configuration file[citation needed]

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

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix[5]
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>
  3. Open the filesystem file with a text editor.
  4. Add this new line at the bottom: combinedsoundtrack.bfs or combinedsoundtrack_wreckfest.bfs respectively


Removes forced VSync and the 100FPS cap, enables Multiplayer via OpenSpy and re-enables Split Screen mode
Applying ZolikaPatch[citation needed]
  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[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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 and GOG version, but the HUD and menu are stretched. Use ThirteenAG's fix for retail or to optimize the digital versions further.
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
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.

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.


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


Input options
Input options
Remapping options
Remapping options

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No mouse support in-game.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
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 options
Audio options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
DirectSound3D.[6] 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 although it can be restored using this mod FO2 MusicPlus


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


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
Online play
8 Use the patched FlatOut2.exe or ZolikaPatch. Not available in the Mac App Store version.[4]

VR support[edit]

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

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.[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


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

System requirements[edit]

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)
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
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.


  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. 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.