4 A tweaked version of the previous gamesUnzen74 | 20/09/2008 | See all Unzen74's reviews (14)Although I gave this game 4 stars - I would say that it earned that if you were completely new to the Flatout series. If you've got one or more of the previous games, then I would probably rate the game as a 3 star overall.Essentially, Flatout Carnage is pretty much that. Out and out carnage on chaotic racing tracks of fictional cars that looked glued and bolted together. The damage model is impressive. Doors hang off, bonnets fly into the air, every body panel appears to bend and twist under the impacts from other cars and objects.As a game, it is the complete opposite of the likes of GTR Evolution - and personally, I think it should be applauded for that. Whereas GTR requires plenty of skill, concentration and commitment in order to do well, Flatout Carnage is great for when you've got 30 minutes to kill and just fancy a quick racing blast.That's not to say that Flatout Carnage is without some driver input. Power slides are key to smooth progress through corners and if you get tapped by the opposition on a rear corner - be prepaired for some frentic opposite lock action.Graphically, every game in the Flatout series looks very pretty indeed - and Carnage is no exception. Having played the previous games, it's obvious to me where the developers have progressed with the graphics - in particular with the water and splash effects. Because of this, you do need a decent(ish) PC to run it well and as the other reviewer said, laptops are probably a no-go. For reference, my graphics card currently is an ATi 4870 and it plays perfectly smoothly on that.As another techincal 'fix' - I had horrendous noise clips and stuttering at random times on the previous games with my SoundBlaster X-Fi card. These issues seem to have been addressed now and the sound is flawless. Which is good news as the range of music tracks that accompany the game are really good indeed.Other changes include a bigger race pack to battle against - 12 cars now instead of the previous 6 or 8, if I remember correctly. And there's also the Carnage mode which centres around you causing as much damage to other cars and the environment before the clock runs out.As I said initially, if you're new to Flatout - then this is a great, fun and worthwhile blast of driving mayhem. If you're familiar to the Flatout games, then I'd only recommend it if you were a fan and simply want to buy the latest version.All in all - a good distraction for a driving fix. If your head is hurting from GTR Evolution.