Evolution of Open World Driving Games

Evolution of Open World Driving Games

1986 Turbo Esprit
1989 Vette
1990 Test Drive III: The Passion
1994 Quarantine
1997 Carmageddon
1998 Auto Destruct
1999 Crazy Taxi
1999 Midtown Madness
1999 Driver
2000 Midnight Club: Street Racing
2001 World's Scariest Police Chases
2001 The Simpsons: Road Rage
2001 Grand Theft Auto III
2002 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
2002 The Getaway
2003 Midnight Club II
2003 The Simpsons: Hit & Run
2003 Need for Speed: Underground
2004 Driver 3
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
2004 Need for Speed: Underground 2
2005 Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
2005 L. A. Rush
2005 Need for Speed: Most Wanted
2006 Driver: Parallel Lines
2006 Test Drive Unlimited
2006 Need for Speed: Carbon
2008 Burnout Paradise
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV
2008 Midnight Club: Los Angeles
2009 The Godfather 2
2009 FUEL
2010 Mafia II
2010 Crash Time 4
2011 Test Drive Unlimited 2
2011 L.A. Noire
2011 Driver: San Francisco
2012 Sleeping Dogs
2012 Forza Horizon
2012 Need for Speed: Most Wanted
2013 BeamNG.drive
2013 Grand Theft Auto V
2014 Watch Dogs
2014 Forza Horizon 2
2014 The Crew
2015 Mad Max
2015 Need for Speed
2016 Forza Horizon 3
2016 City Car Driving
2016 Watch Dogs 2
2017 Need for Speed Payback
2018 The Crew 2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
2019 Days Gone
2019 Need For Speed Heat
2020 SnowRunner
2020 Cyberpunk 2077
2020 Watch Dogs: Legion
2021 Forza Horizon 5

Special thanks to World of Longplays ( longplays.org ) and RacingGameArchive ( www.youtube.com/c/RacingGameA... ) for providing the gameplay footage

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  1. The Roasting Stalker

    The Roasting Stalker

    28 mínútum síðan

    2025 you own neighborhood

  2. Dimitris Jk

    Dimitris Jk

    38 mínútum síðan

    The selection is a bit of a mess , not fully representative of each year's evolution. Not a good work here.. sorry..

  3. Vvvv Cccc

    Vvvv Cccc

    51 mínútu síðan


  4. Jishan Hasnat Jim

    Jishan Hasnat Jim

    Klukkustund síðan

    GTA 5 always best

  5. Basti Fantastic

    Basti Fantastic

    Klukkustund síðan

    True crime - 2005 :)

  6. Wei Shen

    Wei Shen

    Klukkustund síðan

    Wtf a fking chaos of this vedio.

  7. Lynne Mcvie

    Lynne Mcvie

    Klukkustund síðan

    What about Batman Arkham Knight and some Lego games that have open word drives

  8. Simon Harre

    Simon Harre

    Klukkustund síðan

    Some of the old games looks amazing 😮

  9. Suly M

    Suly M

    Klukkustund síðan

    forza horizon is the best looking, and it’s more open world than other games except for grand theft auto v.

  10. knightchallenger 2020

    knightchallenger 2020

    Klukkustund síðan

    I really like the " madmax" its reminds me of what California will look like soon "snowrunner " is definitely the best when its come down to realistic of the cars and environment 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻what no "crackdown"

  11. marshall matherss

    marshall matherss

    Klukkustund síðan

    Need for speed most wanted 2 It's revolutionary for a game released in 2012...

  12. shubhankit gautam

    shubhankit gautam

    Klukkustund síðan

    I don't like how this video disrespects GTA 5

  13. Shifu


    2 klukkustundum síðan

    Why would you include the shittiest of the burnout games instead of Revenge??

  14. Muhammad Abbas

    Muhammad Abbas

    2 klukkustundum síðan

    Wtf literally happed in 2001 1st game I mean 2000 were alot better

  15. Ivan Games

    Ivan Games

    2 klukkustundum síðan

    18 wheels of steel?!

  16. cool monkey

    cool monkey

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    3000 cars will ride us 😹😹

  17. cool monkey

    cool monkey

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    2022 🙄

  18. Alexander Hamilton

    Alexander Hamilton

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    My teenage crazy taxi cigarettes and Nissin cup noodles

  19. Windows 95

    Windows 95

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    You skipped gta 1 & 2

  20. The Butler

    The Butler

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    1756, Salzburg, January 27, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born 1761, at the age of five Amadeus begins composing 1773, he writes his first piano concerto 1782, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart marries Constance Weber 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart becomes a free mason 1791, Mozart composes "The Magic Flute" On December 5th of that same year, Mozart dies 1985, Austrian rock singer Falco records Rock Me Amadeus! (sorry... I guess you had to be there.... I was.... while playing Chequered Flag on my ZX)

  21. Igor Kuzniarski

    Igor Kuzniarski

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    Gta 3 is liberty city

  22. Unknown


    4 klukkustundum síðan

    1:50 Covid 1999

  23. Cyan Sus

    Cyan Sus

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    Imagine gamers in 1986 saying "oh my goddd this is so realistic" like thats the first car game, the first

  24. The Butler

    The Butler

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    Turbo Esprit... (on my ol Speccy) One of the 1st (if not THE first) player "game within a game".... 1: Race the car... 2: Try and hit those damn spritely pedestrians... (I'm not sure I EVER managed to hit one...) Then there was Dos - Indianapolis 500 1: Race the car... 2: Try and take the others out. (I managed to take out ALL the opposition in under 2 laps with a miracle crash I drove away from. (this is excluding all the games that actually had games within them like Sam & Max's "Whack a Rat" etc).

  25. Bike Riders

    Bike Riders

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    češi naše mafia :D

  26. Bretto


    4 klukkustundum síðan

    Mafia: The city of lost Heaven- the best

  27. N1NJ4M4573R v2

    N1NJ4M4573R v2

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    a like how all the people are talking about graphics when I am here thinking "he forgot to add in Rage and Rage 2"

  28. Adriancito GTZ

    Adriancito GTZ

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Why are the graphics in the video so much worse than they actually are in The games. Like forza and the crew 2 and Need for speed heat?

  29. bobbydeazy


    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Glad driver was in there was gonna get mad at you

  30. Anand Menon

    Anand Menon

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Mobile game ads: 16:51 Actual:game: 0:19

  31. hello there good guy!

    hello there good guy!

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    with the right adjustments via mods, GTA IV and V’s driving dynamics could actually be pretty damn realistic, but shame that they didn’t bother to tweak it properly on IV and deliberately made it arcadey on V ☹️

  32. Co G

    Co G

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    It is an insult to add nfs carbon but not nfs underground 2 to the list. Also, 11:06 why not calling out Sleeping Dogs?

  33. Bigaboo


    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Driver San Francisco might've had the coolest storyline out of any game Ive ever played. Not even just driving games.

  34. OfSe


    6 klukkustundum síðan

    1999 is the revolution year, i think.

  35. Nixerii


    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Any Watch Dogs Lovers?

  36. Asel The Kiruta

    Asel The Kiruta

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    I know a couple that you forgot: Cars for the Gamecube (2006) and Euro Truck Simulator (2008) Euro Truck Simulator 2 (2012) American Truck Simulator (2016)

  37. Señoritas Top's

    Señoritas Top's

    6 klukkustundum síðan


    • Shoaibali Ali

      Shoaibali Ali

      6 klukkustundum síðan


  38. Mick Nitch

    Mick Nitch

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Ki muo laria, potytsäk. Pöst sak!

  39. Urmila rawat

    Urmila rawat

    7 klukkustundum síðan


  40. BUT MUTA


    7 klukkustundum síðan

    How tf is Days Gone a driving game?? 🤣

  41. Callofdudes


    7 klukkustundum síðan

    You forgot NFS: Rivals

  42. Sebe Christian

    Sebe Christian

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    17:12 that is Mud Runner. Snow Runner has snow. Mud Runner was released in 2017 Snow Runner was released in 2020

  43. Pianist Sonu

    Pianist Sonu

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    Vice city changed the whole gaming experience for 20's kids 😌

  44. Emre Köksal

    Emre Köksal

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    6:45 the legend game :)

  45. Akmal Aminulloh

    Akmal Aminulloh

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Midnight club: china town Play with my bff but she is die in 2019

  46. LOUD KID


    9 klukkustundum síðan


  47. Aman Maurya

    Aman Maurya

    9 klukkustundum síðan


  48. Paid'nGames


    10 klukkustundum síðan

    driver was never open world it was a big map with linear gameplay, noone would ever just drive around in that game theres no point

  49. abdelhak driouch

    abdelhak driouch

    10 klukkustundum síðan

    What about rumble racing, Ford racing 1/2, wrc 1/2/3, sonic & Sega all star racing... Etc they are also part of the history of driving games :( especially wrc one of the best racing and driving games of all the time

  50. Abram b. gaming

    Abram b. gaming

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Is it just me or who else drifts around those corners with that car in Need For Speed Most Wanted

  51. handacsaba


    11 klukkustundum síðan

    where is fast and furious? with family?

  52. Kirah Ominiqué

    Kirah Ominiqué

    11 klukkustundum síðan


  53. Rajan Forever

    Rajan Forever

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    I just clicked to watch 1986 black and white car racing game

  54. Master Assassin Zuxio

    Master Assassin Zuxio

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    0:23 sounds like a windows error

  55. ҉K҉N҉I҉G҉H҉T҉F҉I҉R҉E҉6҉6҉


    12 klukkustundum síðan

    then stop playing gta online idiots. they make so much money. they dont need 6

  56. ҉K҉N҉I҉G҉H҉T҉F҉I҉R҉E҉6҉6҉


    12 klukkustundum síðan

    wow 99 to 2000 is sick...

  57. ҉K҉N҉I҉G҉H҉T҉F҉I҉R҉E҉6҉6҉


    12 klukkustundum síðan

    back then did they say something like "oh wooow this looks so realistic?" I mean today some people say this about gta V. but gtaV is bullshit and its 100% cartoon.

  58. Özgün DEMİR

    Özgün DEMİR

    13 klukkustundum síðan


  59. Nelson V

    Nelson V

    14 klukkustundum síðan

    Did I miss something? Thought I’d see 👀 “ Test Drive “ in here

  60. Dean Stirling

    Dean Stirling

    14 klukkustundum síðan

    Gta 3 was ahead of its time



    14 klukkustundum síðan

    isboths.info/zone/v-deo/paKKnJ6ln3-rfZk.html ETS2 gameplay

  62. TechDoc & Games

    TechDoc & Games

    15 klukkustundum síðan

    isboths.info/bin/YRQ5TKUKY_UPq5XrpkCK_Q.html another games channel

  63. Tumppi pelaa

    Tumppi pelaa

    15 klukkustundum síðan

    I have gta v, gta vice city, gta san andreas and need for speed most wanted

  64. Vinnisl a

    Vinnisl a

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Damn, vette sounds awful but those graphics are mindblowing for 89

  65. A_D krash

    A_D krash

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Кто из рашки

  66. featmyself


    17 klukkustundum síðan

    Oh god, I remember playing Crazy Taxi at arcades when I was a kid

  67. pumpkin golem

    pumpkin golem

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    i remember crazy taxi

  68. Moiz Knight

    Moiz Knight

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    IF GTA San andreas is my favourite game

  69. The lovely Fox

    The lovely Fox

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    Mafia 2 was not a Open World Game.

  70. Bhavan Preetham Chitteti

    Bhavan Preetham Chitteti

    17 klukkustundum síðan


  71. Canal Geraldo Pinheiro

    Canal Geraldo Pinheiro

    18 klukkustundum síðan

    driver e driver 2 sao os melhores ate hoje

  72. Евгений Буров

    Евгений Буров

    18 klukkustundum síðan

    to be honest graphics did not change dramatically since 1999

  73. FiveStar23


    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Driver better make the list. Loved that game on pc as a kid. Only i could only play at my friends house cause i was poor lol

    • FiveStar23


      18 klukkustundum síðan

      Nicely done lol

  74. Maxime Clermont

    Maxime Clermont

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    You forgot to include Streets of SimCity (1997) and Batman & Robin PS1 (1997)

  75. Ferocious Gamer

    Ferocious Gamer

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    You should've put beam.ng drive

  76. Web 21

    Web 21

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    San Andreas

  77. Web 21

    Web 21

    19 klukkustundum síðan


  78. Web 21

    Web 21

    19 klukkustundum síðan


  79. Sarvesh Sonawane

    Sarvesh Sonawane

    20 klukkustundum síðan

    1986 Me kisne socha hoga ki bhai ek din PUBG jasi game aayegi

  80. Nate Austin

    Nate Austin

    22 klukkustundum síðan

    These things always leave out Saints Row

  81. J_ack YT

    J_ack YT

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    3:28 this game doesn’t look that bad at all.

  82. Ahsan Habib

    Ahsan Habib

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    U forgot asphalt 9

  83. MoDesigns


    Degi Síðan síðan

    no ones mentioning how auto destruct has same audio as san andreas for cars lol

  84. Itzflowz


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Gta san andreas was the best gta before gta 4

  85. legend kr

    legend kr

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Mafia 3 ?

  86. Nikhil Sarkar

    Nikhil Sarkar

    Degi Síðan síðan

    So we moved from 0:23 to 18:26 That's how technology works

  87. Marios Boca

    Marios Boca

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Most wanted sick game....

  88. Subscribe Please

    Subscribe Please

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I wish they would make google street view into a game 😎

  89. PJ14 GAMING


    Degi Síðan síðan




    Degi Síðan síðan

    Mafia ll

  91. Alamsm


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Today also I can play midtown madness on 2021

  92. Kirian


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Still the most fun multiplayer was in The Crew 1

  93. Alone


    Degi Síðan síðan


  94. Paride *Non di Troia*

    Paride *Non di Troia*

    Degi Síðan síðan

    4:10 wow beautiful MR2

  95. Shino Daniel

    Shino Daniel

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Flat out ✨

  96. JohnnyH63


    Degi Síðan síðan

    For cyberpunk 2077 it probably took him 467 attempts to record it without a bug

  97. Usama Farrukh

    Usama Farrukh

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I think nfs has the fastest gameplay.. need quick reflexes..

  98. Nathan p Suresh

    Nathan p Suresh

    Degi Síðan síðan