After looking forward to reliving Psygnosis Demolition Derby, which was hinted at in the demo. I was very disappointed by this game. The flatout mode, is just a standard race game, where you have to avoid 'carnage' where at all possible. Which seems to be a bit pointless given the name of game, the actions of the other drivers and the level layout. These add up to making this mode a case of restarting each race until you fluke it through the chaotic mess at the start.
The other main mode is slightly better, but gets repetitive quite quickly. The races in this are also pretty badly setup, you win by causing damage...cept for most of the others AI cars are there to go fast.
The redeeming feature of the game are the demo derby arena's, these are excellent fun. Pity you can't play both types as standalone games (you can only play the single life, no powerup, one)
The mini games are fun for a bit...but are all basically the same concept...fling your driver at/through/over something. better in party mode.
Could have been far better, given the great game engine, sound effects and physics, you should feel more rewarded by creating carnage. But instead your actively trying to avoid it!
I would defo recommend renting/borrowing before purchase, just in case like me your expecting something other that whats delivered.