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Vehicular combat (also known as car combat) games are typically video or computer games where the primary focus of play concerns automobiles or other motor vehicles, normally armed with guns or other weaponry, attempting to destroy vehicles controlled by the CPU or by opposing players. The genre normally features a variety of different vehicles available for play, each with its own strengths, weaknesses, and special attack abilities. Players may also unlock hidden vehicles by completing certain in-game tasks. Traditionally, vehicular combat games focus on fast-paced action inside the vehicle, rarely, if ever, concerning themselves with role-playing or other elements. Games may include racing themes, but they are generally secondary to the action.



Vehicular combat games normally follow a simple play pattern; the player must defeat increasing numbers of increasingly skilled enemies, often in increasingly complex battlefields, before facing off against a final, super-powerful, boss character. Vehicular combat games differ from traditional racing games both in the combat aspect and in the general lack of any set path for players to follow, instead allowing them to explore each level at their leisure. The complexity and strategy required to complete games vary, from the careful resource maintenance and intense story-driven plotlines of the Interstate '76 series to straight-forward smashups like World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Crush Hour. Often the primary plot will involve a contest or competition of some sort, encouraging the various characters to fight and destroy one another to obtain a reward. The Twisted Metal series is especially well known for the black humor found in its ending sequences.



Car Combat

Futuristic Race Combat

Motorcycle Combat

Tank Combat

Boat Combat

Space Vehicle Combat


(List of games in which use more than one vehicle during gameplay)

Mecha Combat

This sub-genre of vehicular combat involves Mech robots, or Mecha, as the vehicle for combat. For most mech games, they are played in either first-person or third-person view style. Other games are based on popular Anime TV shows such as the various Gundam series, Robotech, and Evangelion. Also, games with a mech theme are featured in RPG games such as Xenosaga and the Front Mission series.

Freeware mech games:

Kart racers with battle modes

Battle modes for kart racing games are deathmatch battles influenced by the characters, karts and weapons used in the mode. The Mario Kart series demonstrates this kind of mode in its previous installments.

Mario Kart Series

Crash Kart Series

Generic Go-Kart Racing

  • Go-Kart
  • Go-Kart Challenge
  • Go-Kart Racing
  • Kart Racer
  • Professional Go-Kart Simulator

Other Kart racers with battle modes

Notes and references


Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Vehicular combat games are games that involve vehicles - whether they be cars, boats, or sometimes hot air balloons - that focus more on destroying each other with weapons. They are different from racing games because the main goal is not necessarily to reach the end of the track - it's to destroy everyone on an open course.

They can be seen as highly exaggerated Destruction Derbies. Some racing games, like Mario Kart 64, feature a "battle" mode that can be seen as having elements of vehicular combat, but ultimately, the main draw of that game is the racing.

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