3D car games have definitely come a long way in recent years. We started with games like “Mariocart” on the Super Nintendo, which was pretty sweet for its day! But things have definitely progressed since them.
Another notable 3D car game to mention would be the official 1999 Nascar game released on the Nintendo 64, but that was not the only hot 3d car racing game title to come out for this platform.
3D Car Racing Games
Continuing the discussion of old-school car games, there was also “Need for Speed 2, Hot Pursuit” on the 64, which you could basically say changed car racing games forever.
Need For Speed has gone on to release several popular titles, including the more recent Need For Speed titles “Most Wanted”, “Underground”, and “Pro-Street”, in addition to other names such as Mayhem on PS3 and Asphalt 3D.
3d car games have also taken on pursuit oriented content instead of just car racing games. The concept of driving a car in a 3d environment to either get away from or catch another vehicle is very popular in games like “Most Wanted” and even in games like the “Grand Theft Auto” series.
There is no denying that 3d car games have gotten a lot better in terms of graphics, for both the online games and the console games.
They have gone from cars sporting a few pixels, to immaculately detailed 3D car games where you can create and customize your very own vehicles, from paint jobs to wheels to decals, even to engine statistics.
A good example of this can be seen in “Juiced 2, Hot Import Nights”. This is an example of a 3D car game that offers a huge variety of options when it comes to setting up your car, at least cosmetically, the way you want it.
This was also a game that made drifting a huge part of the gameplay. Drifting around corners was seen in some early games on the Nintendo 64, but only when games like “Juiced” came out did drifting really get realistic.