This explains how to play FlatOut 2 multiplayer again. Skip to "HOW TO" if you are not interested in the explanations.
First of all I'm in no way affiliated with Openspy. Also I do not condone piracy but since the original multiplayer doesn't work anymore I think it is acceptable to use this type of solution for recovering the normal game mechanics. I just want to get this out there so people know about this
As most of you should know Flatout 2 multiplayer used Gamespy which was shut down. Multiplayer can still be played through Tunngle and similar LAN network solutions. However for similar to the original multiplayer experience there is http://openspy.net
which provides an emulated Gamespy server that works exactly like the original one. Just start using Openspy and your Flatout 2 multiplayer works like it worked originally. Currently there are no players (at least I haven't seen any apart from me and my friends) since this doesn't seem to be a well known thing. (Also keep in mind this should work for most of the Gamespy games so it's not limited to FO2.)
1. Download http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quicksetdns.zip
and extract somewhere.
2. Open QuickSetDNS.exe
3. File, New DNS Server, Enter these details:
DNS Name: Openspy
DNS IP Addresses: 184.108.40.206,220.127.116.11
And click OK.
4. Select Openspy row and click the green button to set it as Active DNS
5. Change back to Automatic when you stop playing
Repeat steps 4. and 5. to play again.
HOW TO WITHOUT A PROGRAM (HARDER):
For Flatout 2 to connect to the correct servers you need to edit your DNS settings to Openspys IPs.
Go to http://openspy.net
, scroll down and check the DNS IP addresses which are currently:
Primary DNS IP to: 18.104.22.168
Secondary DNS IP to: 22.214.171.124
Check this guide on how to change DNS addresses on Windows 7 and apply these IP addresseshttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/change-tcp-ip-settings#1TC=windows-7
Normally open up Flatout 2 and go to multiplayer and online.
(If it says that multiplayer isn't available either you did something wrong or Openspy is offline.)
NOTICE: Remember to change your DNS addresses back to automatic after playing. When you have these addresses set all of your domain redirection is working through their service which isn't what you want.
If anyone needs more detailed explanation just ask.
Hopefully we'll see some players playing through this!