Vehicular Combat is a Video Game
genre in which the action takes place inside motor vehicles (often armed
), whether they be cars, boats, or sci-fi craft. These games usually have one requirement; the destruction of all enemies. Some games add racing, escort
or other gameplay elements, while others are barely above the Shoot 'em Up
level. Generally, these games focus on fast-paced action, as opposed to Role-Playing Game
Generally, Vehicular Combat gameplay works in one of two ways: The player is the same individual throughout a career, and must upgrade and modify his/her vehicle with better weapons, parts and armor to beat back increasingly more difficult challenges, or the player may choose from a variety of different vehicles, each with its own unique skills and abilities. The Interstate76
is a good example of the first style, while the Twisted Metal
series is a good example of the second style. Some games use a mix of both aspects, allowing a player to choose a vehicle and then modify it accordingly.
Most of these will be Driving Games
. See also Mecha Game
, which is often similar, just with Humongous Mecha
Tropes common to the Vehicular Combat genre include:
- The tabletop combat game Car Wars and its RPG spinoff, GURPS Autoduel, can be considered a predecessor.
- GURPS Discworld Also has "Ecksian Cart Wars", a parody of the Autoduel setting, a reference to the Mad Max-like environment of The Last Continent, and an exercise in just how far you can push the GURPS vehicle rules.
- Origin Systems' Autoduel, based on Car Wars.
- For a while, Games Workshop put out a game set ostensibly in the 40k universe but in the 21st century called "Dark Future". It was specifically scaled to 20mm instead of 28mm so that Hot Wheels and Matchbox sized cars could be modified with sprues of weapons and used in the game.
- In addition, Games Workshop had "Gorkamorka," a vehicular combat game involving the Warhammer 40,000 Space Orks.
- The Tooniversal Tour Guide, a sourcebook for the Toon RPG, includes rules for "Car-Toon Wars", a parody of Car Wars. Weapons include toon-seeking pies, instant brick walls, and devices that drop bottomless pits behind your car.
- The 1975 Roger Corman flick Death Race 2000 and its 2008 remake, called simply Death Race. The latter may as well have been called Twisted Metal: The Movie — it even had the cars' weapons activated by driving over platforms on the track.
- Perhaps the closest Real Life example would be demolition derbies, often seen at state fairs and monster truck rallies. Not surprisingly, there have been video games based around this.
- Wreck-It Ralph features "Sugar Rush", an arcade racing game Expy of Mario Kart whose weapons include Cherry Bombs and Sweet Seekers.
- Subverted by Gottlieb's Victory — the playfield art and advertisements suggest a Blood Sport with cars covered in spikes and weapons, but there are no combat elements actually found in the game.