10 Car-Based Vehicular Combat Games: Part 1

Though not made very much anymore, vehicular combat racing games used to be made quite a bit, especially in the 1990s. The games feature either a demolition derby style contest or races where you can try and destroy your other racers’s cars before they have a chance to cross the finish line. This is a list of ten such games.

1. “Twisted Metal” (1995)

Twisted Metal Screen Cap (1995)
Twisted Metal Screen Cap (1995)

The very first game in the series featuring Calypso’s vehicular based combat tournament. This game allows you to use different weapons to battle your opponents.

2. “Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense” (1999)

Released the very next year after the first “Viglante 8” game, this game is almost the same as the first, but added in is a two-player cooperative mode and Grand Melee Deathmatch mode. The game introduced a Salvage Points system that allows players to collect points from the cars they have destroyed to be able to upgrade their vehicles for the next race. The cars, when fully upgraded will have a completely different outer appearance.

3. “Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012” (1998)

Rogue Trip Vacation Screen Cap -1998
Rogue Trip Vacation Screen Cap -1998

A demo derby game that allows the use of ballistics weapons. This game is just like “Twisted Metal” (it uses the same engine and concept). You hijack different tourists and show them the sights. You can also make money by destroying different parts of the scenery, which can be spent on upgrading health and weapons.

4. “Twisted Metal: Black” (2001)

In this, the fifth installment in the series, you have the ability to use ballistic projectiles. You can choose the vehicle and the arena that you want to use to do battle with your other competitors. Throughout the stage, there are different weapons and upgrades that you can pick up throughout the level to help you. The winner is the one who is able to be the last one standing throughout the level. Calypso is running another contest with it’s same first prize of whatever the winner wants. This game is set in a city called Midtown, and most of the competitors coming from the local mental asylum known as “Blackfield”.

5. “Wipeout” (1995)

The first game in the series, “Wipeout” is set in the year of 2052, racers compete in the F3600 anti-gravity racing league where you pilot a craft that you get to choose on different tracks around the world. At the time, the game was unique for it’s futuristic setting, and the weapons used to slow down or destroy your opponents.