Compare open world driving games

This topic is locked from further discussion.

#1 Posted by tarsusc81 (4 posts) -
I'm looking for an open-world driving game for the 360, and I'm not interested in a racer like Burnout or Test Drive Unlimited. The games I'm listing here are more the kind I'm looking for: involving open-world driving, but also with on-foot elements. I'd like to know your thoughts on, specifically, the open-world driving component in the following games. That is, I want the driving to be satisfying, for there to be a diversity of driving objectives and chances for high-speed travel, for the environment to be diverse and interesting, and for there actually to be stuff to do while exploring. Mafia II - I like what I've seen in the demo, but I've read some comments that suggest that, while this is open-world, there really isn't anything to do in the world that's not story related. I also wonder if the period setting provides enough of a selection of vehicles. L.A. Noire - Same question about the vehicle selection given the setting. And since I know the main emphasis of this game is not driving, I'm not sure whether that component would be satisfying enough. Just Cause 2 - Read a lot of good things about this one. The only doubt I have is about the diversity of the environment. It strikes me as sparse and repetitive, as opposed to the more typical urban settings. Has anyone found this to be true? Mercenaries 2 - Exploration doesn't seem like this game's forte. Is there plenty of driving and plenty to do?
#2 Posted by tarsusc81 (4 posts) -
Oh, and I'm already well aware of the merits of GTA and Saints Row.
#3 Posted by Talldude80 (6321 posts) -

really i say download the demos of all the games you listed. You'd probably like Just Cause2 the most. but I honestly like Mafia II a lot too. The cars handle kinda poorly in Mafia II, but I think they handle somewhat realistic for the time. There are some faster cars, but they're never really very fast compared to GTA or Saints Row games. I havent played LA noir yet, but one of these days I'll rent it. oh and Just Cause2 has a TON of vehicles. You'll enjoy the demo, but the full game is HUGE and has a lot to do.

#4 Posted by Warablo13 (1289 posts) -

One word, Driver.. Seriously I haven't played the game but it looks sucky, but that is exactly what Driver is... Though to me, Midnight Club is the best open world driving game. There are no on-foot elements though.

#5 Posted by Bogmire (40 posts) -

The best part of L.A. Noire is the driving, thats the one I would choose, Mercs 2 is good but limited car choice.

#6 Posted by tarsusc81 (4 posts) -
Yeah, I've played all the demos that are available. It's just tough to get a feel for the open world with the demos. I am leaning toward Just Cause 2. Let me ask this: Are there any urban environments at all in the game, or is it all desert and mountains and tiny settlements? I'm surprised to hear someone say driving is the best part of L.A. Noire. I'm already enticed by the other core gameplay elements; now I'm going to have to consider that one more seriously. Haven't seen anyone mention yet whether they think there's enough to do in Mafia II, or whether it's just going from one story mission to the next. And I have considered Driver: San Francisco as well. But from what I can tell, there's no on-foot element at all. For some reason, that always just seems too limiting to me in terms of exploration.
#7 Posted by jetjetjaguar (191 posts) -
"L.A. Noire" the driving is wide open, you can cut across fields, cut down allies, drive along that cement wall river (as seen on FILM and TV!) and you don't have to play the game to unlock areas. Limitations: 1) it's the city area's of late 1940's L.A. only 2) old cars.
#8 Posted by Jacob1710 (1 posts) -
There are 4 types of scenery mountains, city, desert and tropical. There are lots of cars and planes and boats
#9 Posted by mariokart64fan (19650 posts) -

open world games not including saints row or gta are

driver sanfrancisco

just cause 1 and 2

mafia 2

crackdown 1 and 2

mercenaries 2=this ones pretty awful , but ya

the wheelman

#10 Posted by Venom_Raptor (6958 posts) -

I'm looking for an open-world driving game for the 360, and I'm not interested in a racer like Burnout or Test Drive Unlimited. The games I'm listing here are more the kind I'm looking for: involving open-world driving, but also with on-foot elements. I'd like to know your thoughts on, specifically, the open-world driving component in the following games. That is, I want the driving to be satisfying, for there to be a diversity of driving objectives and chances for high-speed travel, for the environment to be diverse and interesting, and for there actually to be stuff to do while exploring. Mafia II - I like what I've seen in the demo, but I've read some comments that suggest that, while this is open-world, there really isn't anything to do in the world that's not story related. I also wonder if the period setting provides enough of a selection of vehicles. L.A. Noire - Same question about the vehicle selection given the setting. And since I know the main emphasis of this game is not driving, I'm not sure whether that component would be satisfying enough. Just Cause 2 - Read a lot of good things about this one. The only doubt I have is about the diversity of the environment. It strikes me as sparse and repetitive, as opposed to the more typical urban settings. Has anyone found this to be true? Mercenaries 2 - Exploration doesn't seem like this game's forte. Is there plenty of driving and plenty to do?tarsusc81

Whether the driving is good or not, these games don't focus on chases, therefore it shouldn't matter if the driving is satisfying. So if someone said the driving in Just Cause 2 wasn't very good, you'd avoid it?

#11 Posted by needweed (418 posts) -
I would download gta san andreas from xbl, it has an amazing radio soundtrack, great hidden jumps and a huge map.