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What is Flatout 4 Total Insanity?

Flatout 4 Total Insanity is just the latest installment in the popular franchise of racing video games. Kylotonn was hard-pressed to come up with something new after dwelling on the same concepts for many years. Luckily for them, the fans accepted the fact that they couldn’t reinvent the wheel when developing racing videogames. Since 2011, technology made giant leaps forward and that’s why the new installment looks much better than FlatOut 3 Chaos & Destruction.

Its predecessor was bashed by the critics for its repetitive gameplay, a mistake the developers didn’t repeat. The fans who worried that the franchise was in danger of becoming a major train wreck can breathe easily. Flatout 4 Total Insanity looks great and has a chance of attracting even non-racing fans.

Key facts about Flatout 4 Total Insanity

  • Flatout 4 Total Insanity is the best looking game in the series and the most competitive.
  • The game pays a lot of attention to details and both circuits and cars look very satisfying.
  • Flatout 4 Total Insanity is easier to play than its predecessor and much more entertaining.
  • The career mode can be a bit long and tedious, even for the fans of the genre.
  • Flatout 4 Total Insanity has very few stunt mini-games and they lack replay-ability.

Gameplay of Flatout 4 Total Insanity

Flatout 4 Total Insanity gameplay was changed radically compared to the previous installment in the series. Kylotonn drew some powerful conclusions after the third game in the franchise was bashed by the critics. The style has remained the same and the presentation hasn’t changed too much but the gameplay was transformed. The goal was to make it easier for newcomers to pick up the rules and master the game. For the savvy players who know the franchise inside out, it holds many secrets and surprises.

The menu screens and the stunt arena visuals were overhauled, brilliantly capturing the very essence of the franchise. New players and veterans alike have a lot of fun performing these stunts and signing up for side quests. Flatout 4 Total Insanity gameplay is enhanced by the addition of driver-tossing minigames. They have very little to do with the main single player story and they are even less used in multiplayer. To some extent they are supposed to provide the much-needed variety after completing many races.

The mini-games are fun and relatively easy to complete, but require strategy to score big points. Each has its own plot and objective, so players need to get creative to ace every round. Wacky Races are some of the most amusing events in Flatout 4 Total Insanity and use special game mechanics. They also happen to be the best looking, thanks to the lightning effects that make each race a memorable experience. There is also a perfect synergy between the sound of the roaring engines and the way the car responds.

The complexity of the Flatout 4 Total Insanity gameplay was downtown, but overall performance was improved. Players can check their skills in tests races before jumping headfirst into competitive races.

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Plot of Flatout 4 Total Insanity

Flatout 4 Total Insanity narrative is rather shallow, which casts a long shadow over the single player campaign. The goal is obviously to make the transition as soon as possible to the competitive multiplayer. The career mode is divided into three distinct tiers, starting with the derby class. Players have to move to the top one step at a time and this ascent can get really tedious at some point. Given the low quality of the cars and their poor performances, it can take quite a while to make the transition to the next stage.

Another flaw in the plot of Flatout 4 Total Insanity is that there are no convincing characters for players to get immersed. There is also a clear shortage of tracks and cars, which makes the experience less exciting. Repetition hurts the racing video game really bad and there’s a good chance for some players to lose interest. The challenges themselves are pretty difficult to compete especially on higher difficulty. Even so, many players are more likely to give up than double their efforts and persevere.

There are occasional twists on various races which are supposed to provide the needed variety. Players also have to make difficult decisions, such as the one of buying new cars or sticking to the old ones. Sadly, there are very few incentives for operating the vehicle, since everything is temporary. It can take a lot of time to earn the cash needed to buy a new car, which is only replaced shortly after. Under these circumstances, most players prefer to upgrade their car and deprive themselves of new experiences.

Screenshot of Flatout 4 Total Insanity Chase

Development of Flatout 4 Total Insanity

FlatOut 4 Total Insanity development started in 2016, five years after the release of the previous game in the series. Given the poor performance of FlatOut 3 Chaos & Destruction and the sharp criticism coming from players and experts, developers were extra careful. Even so, they managed to respect the deadline for the release and the game was unveiled in March 2017. It was initially made available for Xbox One and PlayStation4 consoles. Since April 2017 the game can also be played on Windows devices.

FlatOut 4 Total Insanity graphics are a significant improvement, making the game the best in the series. It is also head and shoulders above its predecessors in terms of sound effects. Some races provide more than the adrenaline rush sought after by players and feel like a unique experience. The game didn’t require too many patches and was good to go right from the start.

Where can I download Flatout 4 Total Insanity?

FlatOut 4 Total Insanity is just one of the many racing video games, but also one of the newest. It can be downloaded from the Kylotonn website, alongside its predecessor. Given the low review scores received by the aforementioned game, it’s likely that players who prefer other games belonging to this genre. Need for Speed 2015, Rocket League, WRC 6 and Forza Horizon 3 are all worthy options. Their gameplay is slightly different but they complement each other’s nicely and are exciting for players.

Screenshot of Flatout 4 Total Insanity Adrenaline Rush

What are others saying about Flatout 4 Total Insanity?

FlatOut 4 Total Insanity reviews were a mixed bag, but still exceeded expectations. The poor performance of the previous game in the series pushed the bar significantly lower. That’s why the players were pleasantly surprised to discover a much better standalone expansion. The new title scored higher ratings in terms of gameplay, sounds and visuals, but was criticized for its shallow single player. Overall the average review scores was mixed and players showed a preference for the Xbox One version.

FlatOut 4 Total Insanity has the merit of bringing back players who haven’t played the last two expansions. Those who loved the original were the most enthusiastic about the new game even if they were unaware of those released in between. Some were surprised to see that the tracks looked so familiar, albeit enhanced by the new technologies. Not all players appreciated this decision to stick to the classics and criticized the game for being too repetitive.

My Rating of Flatout 4 Total Insanity

FlatOut 4 Total Insanity is so much better than its predecessor that it’s difficult not to recommend. In the great scheme of things, it is just slightly above average and behind other racing video games. It all comes down to how much time you spent playing the previous games in the series. If you are disappointed by its predecessor then you should definitely check it out, just to lift your spirits. Kylotonn made the necessary amendments to change the poor impression left by FlatOut 3 Chaos & Destruction.

Even though I’m not the biggest fan of the genre, this game has a soothing effect on my psyche. I was less interested in how quick I could finish the race and really enjoyed the experience. Players who have a keen eye for beauty and the time to enjoy the surroundings will like FlatOut 4 Total Insanity. In a nutshell, there are better games out there and plenty of better alternatives for racing video game fans. A review score of 6.5 out of 10 is fair enough and accurately reflects its position in the huge ecosystem.