Flat out is basically a destruction game. Throughout the races cars will attempt to run one another off the road in the hope of knocking their opponents out of the race to lessen the competition.
There aren't just races in this game though. There is a destruction derby which is where you attempt to keep your car running longer than all of the other cars whilst everyone smashes into one another. There are other games too such as darts, high jump, long jump etc.
The steering is somewhat shoddy and takes a while to get used to, initially it's like trying to drive on ice.
I didn't think I was going to like this game but it's a decent time waster. The graphics and sound are nothing to write home about but it doesn't pain you to play it. However if you have to pick just one go with Flat Out 2, the environment is improved as is the steering.
FlatOut is an adrenaline-inducing racing game with an exciting story line, spectacular crashes and a not-too-serious attitude in the best movie-like fashion. The thrill and terror of racing light, cheap and often very dented cars in constant close proximity and contact with other cars brings out the white-knuckled racing spirit as the player faces rapidly changing situations. In third-person mode, the player can rummage around the pit area eyeing out competitors cars, stop by at a bar for the latest gossip, fix and tune his car and interact with the other in-game characters, carrying out short missions related to the story behind the players character.