free roam driving game

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#1 Posted by onetimeoffer5 (1 posts) -
This is my first post so you'll have to bear with me...I'm a FPS kinda guy, but recently bought a steering wheel at the goodwill that works great. I'm looking for suggestions of driving games that aren't just the "run around a track and try to place 1st". I'm looking for a good driving game that you can just drive anywhere without getting reset cuz you went off course. I have a 5 yr-old that just wants to drive. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#2 Posted by artur79 (4679 posts) -

Test Drive Unlimited

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (don't know if you want your 5 year old learn how to piss off cops in games though)

#3 Posted by JReefer1 (898 posts) -
"Trackmania" , you can make custom tracks, but not quite free-roam.
#4 Posted by crazymonkey092 (974 posts) -
Need for Speed Underground 2. Sorta old I guess, but a good free roaming driving game none the less.
#5 Posted by themovi3nut (946 posts) -
I would say Need for Speed Underground to Prostreet aswell as Test Drive Unlimited. TDU really sets the bar for free roaming!
#6 Posted by Buffalo_Soulja (13151 posts) -

Welcome. I suggest Midnight Club 2. Tracks have no barriers and there's even a complete free roam mode. Street racing is probably not the sort of thing you want to expose your kid to, but once you see the single player and the horrid characterisation of the drivers then few people would be motivated to become one of them.

Oh wait there was Midtown Madness 2 by the same developer. I don't remember if there were cops but it's rated for 7+ so it's pretty tame.

Both these games are a bit arcadey for steering wheels however.

#7 Posted by Makari (15250 posts) -
Test Drive Unlimited is exactly what you want. It basically dumps you on.. Oahu, I think? And you drive all over the island to find events, do races, but they're all on the city streets and freeways. Most Wanted is my second favorite game of that style, despite being two NFS games old. It's a mostly free roam inside a city.
#8 Posted by GV-Dalton (34 posts) -

GTA4 is a good one but I dont think you would like your 5 year old to learn some "new words" ;)

#9 Posted by Renevent42 (5346 posts) -

I play 1nsane with my 4 year old all the time...she loves it and it's a damn good game to boot. Has very good force feedback, all sorts of vehicles and crazy open tracks, all sorts of different race types (rally, checkpoint, king of the hill), and great camera views (cockpit, hood, ect).

http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/1nsane

$10 on good old games for a digital copy :)

I really recommend the game...it's nice for what you are looking to do. You can just mess around on the maps driving, rock climbing, hill jumping...all sorts of stuff. My and the 4 year old really like playing it together.

The graphics do look a little dated, but it does have wide screen support (I play 1680X1050) and it's really smooth.

#10 Posted by pzoranni (103 posts) -

fuel?

#11 Posted by gamer620 (3367 posts) -

There was a racing game with VW Beetles that was pretty much just that... It was like Beetle Adventure Racing or something...

wait no... it was Midtown Madness... BAR is for the N64 :P

#12 Posted by felixiration (433 posts) -

Need For Speed and Burnout games games come to mind. I think NFS:Most Wanted and Burnout: Paradise are the most recent.

#13 Posted by somegtalover (2696 posts) -

Just Cause 2 is coming out

#14 Posted by Rahnyc4 (6597 posts) -
need for speed undercover, though its a bit glitchy on weaker set ups.
#15 Posted by Seemples (41 posts) -

Need For Speed and Burnout games games come to mind. I think NFS:Most Wanted and Burnout: Paradise are the most recent.

felixiration

Agree with Burnout Paradise, sounds just like what your wanting.

#16 Posted by sportsfanatic21 (420 posts) -

What your looking for is exactly Test Drive Unlimited. While there are plenty of races to do, after being led through a brief tutorial which includes a race, you are free to drive around the (very large) map at your own will.

#17 Posted by archerus (241 posts) -

Burnout Paradise is exactly what you're looking for

#18 Posted by DanielDust (15402 posts) -
I keep seeing new posts added to this thread but I really doubt that the TC is looking for something, not today at least, not in 2010.
#19 Posted by Renevent42 (5346 posts) -
Haha...I didn't even notice the date on the original post.
#20 Posted by akbar13 (2186 posts) -

Burnout Paradise.

#22 Posted by xxninja666xx (585 posts) -
Nice necro, dude.
#24 Posted by djjohnjones (3 posts) -
Jun 7, 2012 11:24 pm GMT You cold get gta Iv which is a good free roam game and you can even drive fast cars on the game but cant use a steering wheel or might not be able to but i know you use a steering wheel on gta vice cityfact but you might not be able to use a steering wheel on it but on gta vice city
#25 Posted by danygo1996 (372 posts) -

Midnight club 3... if you have a ps2

#26 Posted by Sleepyz (3787 posts) -

Guys noticed the first post to this is in 2008.

#28 Posted by shooter557 (3 posts) -
Need for speed world is the best for free roaming and racing with a ton of cars and events to choose from
#29 Posted by shooter557 (3 posts) -
Need for speed world is the best for free roaming and racing with a ton of cars and events to choose from
#30 Posted by chrisrooR (9027 posts) -
A thread from 2008?
#31 Posted by chrisrooR (9027 posts) -
A thread from 2008?