FlatOut Ultimate Carnage

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FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage, Code of Honor, Overspeed, Sniper: Art of Victory, Beauty Factory.

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

Publisher: Empire

Developer: Bugbear Entertainment

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Juiced 2 and FlatOut 360 demos

Jostling for attention.

Do you have an Xbox 360? Do you like racing around in cars? Then you've come to the right place! Well, you've come to a news item talking about the right place. Because the right place is Xbox Live Marketplace, where demos of Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights and FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage await.

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

Feeling burnt out?

It's not exactly a new or innovative phrase, but there's one line that springs inevitably to mind every time I try to think of a way to describe FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage. The series - now in its third incarnation - has been called "Burnout's Redneck Cousin" before, and will undoubtedly be called that many more times over the coming weeks.

Not only does this description have the benefit of being entirely true; it also seems likely that that's exactly what the developer was aiming for. Where Burnout has you racing through gleaming cityscapes and exotic global locations in a progression of increasingly shiny and improbable racing machines, FlatOut is all about ripping through rough tracks and hillbilly back-yards, weaving a trail of astonishing destruction in muddied, roaring old rustbuckets.

If you're thinking, "well, that actually sounds like more fun" - you're not wrong. Feature for feature, second for second, crash for crash; FlatOut is, quite simply, a better game than any of the recent incarnations of Burnout. It's a gleeful, wanton rampage of a racing game, an orgy of vehicular destruction and high speed which makes Criterion's well-loved series look sedate and old-fashioned. That, alone, is recommendation enough to turn the heads of any arcade racing fan - and we give that recommendation with only one caveat.

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FlatOut Ultimate Carnage

Harness your road rage.

I don't drive. I've had a couple of near-misses with driving, mostly interrupted by moving to a car-unfriendly metropolis in the nick of time, but the bottom line is: I don't drive.

FlatOut Ultimate Carnage revealed

For Xbox 360 in June.

Following the success of previous games in the series, Empire Interactive has announced a new FlatOut game for Xbox 360, which is due for release in June.