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PSP Fanboy review: FlatOut: Head On

It might look like Burnout, and even play like Burnout. But, Burnout it ain't. Head On lacks the refinement, speed and fun of Criterion's critically acclaimed franchise. Instead of solidifying its core gameplay, Head On relies on gimmicky mini-games that offer a thin veil to distract the game's ultimate shortcomings.

At first, we were impressed by the trailers released for the title. However, we're sad to admit that Head On falls short of the visual fidelity found in its initial videos. Textures and environments are muddy, but even worse: the framerate suffers quite a bit through the experience. For a racing game, this is rather unacceptable. The questionable physics and grip of the cars does little but detract from a game that touts its destructible environments.

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FlatOut demo arriving on February 22nd

Eurogamer has learned that a demo version of FlatOut: Head On will be released on February 22nd. The racing game takes clear inspiration from the Burnout series, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The demo will consist of three levels from the Carnage mode - one Race, one Destruction Derby and one Ragdoll Stunt.

The full game features around 40 different cars, nine gameplay modes, and four-player multiplayer. We can't wait to give the game a test drive.

[Thanks, Joe!]

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FlatOut still looks good in new video

FlatOut: Head On may have missed its original January release date, but it still looks good. IGN has a few new videos that showcase the beautiful graphics of the upcoming racer. Yes, it might look a lot like Burnout, but that's never a bad thing. We're pretty psyched for it, and can't wait to see it in PSP's incredible March line-up.

FlatOut: Head On gets new March release

Originally scheduled for a January release, this upcoming PSP racer features some stunning graphics and high velocity racing gameplay. We were psyched for this release, but when it mysteriously didn't show up on its release date, we wer bummed.

Empire Interactive announced today the title will be making a March release. In America, you'll see it on March 11th. In Europe, you'll see in on March 14th. Stay tuned for more.

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FlatOut: Head On features some intense graphics

Wait, this is a PSP game? That question crosses the mind when looking at this brand new gameplay video. The quality looks akin to a console Burnout game, and the emphasis on bodies flying out of crashed vehicles certainly gives it a more ... visceral feel. Color us surprised.

The first PSP images of FlatOut: Head On

Here are the first images of Empire Interactive's upcoming FlatOut: Head On. The racer seems to draw some heavy inspiration from EA's prized Burnout franchise -- but is that such a bad thing? It's been a while since we've seen a high octane racer on the system, so maybe this will help satiate the thirst of racing fans. Maybe.

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