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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
Bugbear Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Retail (Europe) Empire Interactive
Retail (North America) Vivendi Universal Games
Retail (Russia/CIS) Buka Entertainment
Retail (Poland) CD Projekt
Retail (Poland) Techland
Retail (Italy/Spain) FX Interactive
Retail (Germany) Ak tronic Software & Services
Digital Strategy First
OS X Virtual Programming
ROMU Engine
Release dates
Windows June 30, 2006
macOS (OS X) October 3, 2008
Linux (Wine) July 24, 2014[1]
Metacritic 76
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 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, tricks and vehicle combat game in the FlatOut series.

General information

Remade as FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage in 2008. Community Discussions for game series 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]
Polish and Czech release. (Czech release v1.0)
Publisher website
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
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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
Super Digital Deluxe Edition. Pre-packaged with DxWrapper.
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.
Publisher website (unavailable)
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Russia, CIS. Bundled with FlatOut, FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage, Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction.
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


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


Removes forced VSync and the 100FPS cap, enables Multiplayer via OpenSpy, re-enables Split Screen mode and fixes widescreen scaling
Fixes the stretched HUD elements in widescreen resolutions
Applying ZolikaPatch[citation needed]
  1. Download the 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)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-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)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2990/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game cloud syncing


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.
Use ThirteenAG's fix or ZolikaPatch.
4K Ultra HD
Use ThirteenAG's fix or ZolikaPatch.
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.
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.


Use ZolikaPatch for borderless windowed mode
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
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
DualShock 4 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.
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.[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.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and Zoom Platform only.
Metric measurements
ZOOM Platform only
Retail and Zoom Platform only. Fan translation; download.
Retail, Buka Shop and ZOOM Platform only.


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

3D modes Native Notes
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


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
ExecutablePPC 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
Physics Havok
Audio DirectSound3D
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy has been shut down; use the patched FlatOut2.exe or ZolikaPatch.

System requirements

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. 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 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.


  1. 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. Update 1.1 - ZOOM Platform Discord - last accessed on 2023-04-06
    FlatOut 2:
    - Various bug fixes.
    - Added Russian language support. Special Thanks to @SRDLINE | ZOOM!
    - Added French, Italian and Spanish Manuals.
    - All languages are now contained within one installer.
  6. Update 1.2 - ZOOM Platform Discord - last accessed on 2023-04-06
    FlatOut 2:
    - Added Czech, Polish and Hungarian localizations, alongside some fixes.
  7. Update 1.3 - ZOOM Platform Discord - last accessed on 2023-04-06
    FlatOut 2:
    - Fixed Installer issues for some languages, added final localization fixes.
  8. Update 1.4 - ZOOM Platform Discord - last accessed on 2023-04-06
    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.
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  10. 10.0 10.1 Verified by User:Nessy on 2022-03-21
  11. FlatOut 2 with 3D spatial sound 🎧 (OpenAL Soft HRTF audio)