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Review FLASHOUT 2
As close as we’ll get to F-Zero on our phones
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 10 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Extremely fast-paced racing, gorgeous graphics, nothing but speed!
Despite being a paid app there are still in-app purchases, a lot of the tracks look almost identical
I never played F-Zero much when I was a kid, but being a fan of Captain Falcon in Super Smash Bros, I made it a mission to play it sometime down the line. I’m glad I did too because there are currently no racing games that offer the same level of reflex racing on a system anymore. At least that’s what I thought until I picked up Flashout 2. This is a twitch racing game that’s all about high speed and tight controls.
My biggest complaint about the game is that there are no controls outside of the horrible tilt controls and that levels blend together because there really isn’t much variation between them in the looks department. There was one level where I could swear I honestly couldn’t tell that I had even progressed from the last because it was just so similar. Fortunately there are a ton of tracks in the game and it eventually branches out a bit.
Racing is really fun and dynamic simply because of how fast-paced the action is. You’ll steer from one boost to the next as you zip around each level, destroying anyone who gets in your path with mines, a machine gun, and missiles. The combat system is pretty dumbed down, though. Mines are laid out on the track and you almost can’t hit anything until you wait for your reticle to lock onto a target for the other two weapons.
Racing in a single race or playing through the career mode will net you some cash so you can upgrade your vehicle as well as buy others. Again, the upgrades are a bit dumbed down as well and I was able to max out each new vehicle in almost no time. The game is pretty generous with cash, as long as you’re winning.
Flashout 2 is a really fun game and a good spiritual successor to the F-Zero franchise, although it’s not really on par. It’s definitely a fun racing game to play regardless. The combat systems and upgrade progressions are a little shallow, too, but great for people who aren’t interested in grinding through hundreds of races to get the car they really want.