FlatOut 2

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FlatOut 2
FlatOut 2 cover
Developers
Bugbear Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Publishers
Empire Interactive
Engines
ROMU Engine
Release dates
Windows December 21, 2006
macOS (OS X) October 3, 2008
Linux July 24, 2014[1]
FlatOut
FlatOut 2004
FlatOut 2 2006
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage 2007
FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction 2011
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity 2017

Key points

GameSpy online server browser no longer works due to GameSpy services being shut down.
Can use multiplayer with GameRanger.
Remade as FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
Has jittery motion when the frame-rate isn't consistently at 100 or a factor of 100, such as 50.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail de facto DRM free as it doesn't seem to check for anything (may only be valid for cut down German version)[citation needed]
Amazon.com
GamersGate DRM: Deliver2Mac
GOG.com
Green Man Gaming
Mac App Store No online play.[2]
Steam

Version differences[edit]

The Mac App Store version does not support online play.[2]
The Linux version found at GOG uses Wine wrapper to run the game.

Essential improvements[edit]

Opening the launcher[edit]

After the first time launching the game, the launcher won't show up again and you will be unable to configure the settings.

Launch parameter[citation needed]

Use the -setup command line argument.

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

Patches[edit]

The latest version is Patch 1.2 (US and EU)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Game launcher (access with -setup parameter).
Game launcher (access with -setup parameter).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Vsync seems to be always enabled.
60 FPS
60 fps doesn't appear as smooth as it should. There is noticeable jittering, as if the game is locked at 50 fps with 60Hz Vsync. Set monitor to 50Hz or 100Hz to maybe overcome this.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set FOVFactor[citation needed]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Edit Flatout2.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set FOVFactor to the desired value.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download d3d9hook.
  2. Extract d3d9.dll to <path-to-game>.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
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
Other
Touchscreen optimised
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.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound effects are independent.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Network[edit]

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
8
Online play
8 Use the patched FlatOut2.exe. Not available in the Mac App Store version.[2]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy has been shut down; use the patched FlatOut2.exe.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, 2000 SP4, Vista, 7 (no problems with 64-bit OS)
Processor (CPU) 1.5GHz Pentium 3 or AMD 2000+ 2 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 1024 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB (may run with 32 MB) of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 10.6.8 or higher
Processor (CPU) Any Intel CPU
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7300, ATI Radeon X1600 or Intel GMA X3100
128 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17
Processor (CPU) 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800GT, AMD Radeon HD 5770 or better (Intel cards are not supported)

References

  1. GOG.com Now Supports Linux! - July 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mac App Store - FlatOut 2