Open-world gaming has become all the rage nowadays, with most titles striving to include quality sandboxes where players can genuinely get lost for hours on end. This is especially true in the case of games where a fair bit of driving is involved since there’s no better place to go all-out with a vehicle than a vast world where players can go anywhere they want at the fastest speeds.
Players who are serious about perfecting the art of driving in video games that allow for the same want to have total control over the vehicle they commandeer. This means that players would ideally want an in-depth vehicle customization system in these games to add to the immersion of driving around in these vast open worlds. Many games have received the memo and did a great job of incorporating the same.6 Mad Max
No one expected the Mad Max game to do as well as it did. Most people assumed it was just another throwaway title trying to market itself by using a well-established IP, only for the game to reveal some of the best vehicular combat ever seen in a modern video game. Given how rare this type of gameplay has become, Mad Max was a breath of fresh air in many ways, even if the game’s take on Arkham combat wasn’t all that revolutionary.
The vehicular customization in the game was another pleasant surprise, with fans loving the many ways in which the car of their choice could be altered. This led to vehicles looking and feeling different, focusing on speed, damage, or a combination of both in a great open-world game that is full to the brim with many neat ideas.5 Forza Horizon 5
The latest entry in the Forza Horizon series made for a monumentally successful launch, even if the fanbase had its fair share of issues with this title. However, no one could deny that it was just fun for players to get the luck of the draw and attain a powerful car that they could customize to their heart’s content, allowing them to zoom past racers in scintillating races.
Forza is a game where players should definitely upgrade and customize their cars to measure up to the rest of the pack. It helps that the wealth of customization options that players can enjoy is immense, allowing them to develop cars that are truly unique in every way and let players run rings around the open world with wide smiles on their faces.4 The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
Most people never expected Tears of the Kingdom to be such a massive improvement over Breath of the Wild in every department. The first game was already a mind-blowing title that revolutionized how open worlds could be approached from a design perspective, and it’s pretty much every other department that Tears of the Kingdom improved upon.
Tears of the Kingdom features a wealth of runes that are all extremely imaginative and useful in their own scenarios. Ultrahand is easily the biggest accomplishment of this game, letting players create amazing structures that help them do everything from solving puzzles to creating incredible vehicles. The manner in which players can customize their mode of transport is truly unique and makes for one of the most robust open-world sandboxes of all time.3 The Crew 2
Ubisoft has developed and released its fair share of racing titles, with The Crew 2 being their most impressive release to date. The game’s rendition of the United States allows players to explore a wealth of unique landscapes and get engrossed in these massive worlds as they win race after race in spectacular showdowns.
As is the case with most open-world racing games, The Crew 2 features a wealth of vehicles that can be customized to their heart’s content. The game doesn’t limit itself to cars, either — players can also drive planes or boats, allowing for fresh changes of pace that make each race and event a blast to explore.2 Need For Speed Heat
The new Need for Speed games have attained a bit of a mixed reception, with Unbound’s striking art style not protecting it from the hours of grind that players have to subject themselves to if they want to drive the car of their choice. However, amidst all these mixed opinions, there’s one game that was warmly received across the board — Need for Speed Heat.
The game’s driving mechanics are as great as ever, and the mechanic of racing in the day or night makes for a bold choice and a fresh change of pace whenever players want it. The grind in this game has been mellowed down with post-launch support, making it arguably the best modern Need for Speed game that fans can check out, especially if they want to customize the fastest cars in whatever manner they desire.1 Grand Theft Auto 5
Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the greatest open-world games of all time, featuring a wealth of gameplay loops that are so polished that players still can’t get enough of this game to this day. Granted, the majority of this popularity stems from the Online component of this title, but that doesn’t take away from just how well the core gameplay of this title is executed.
The driving physics and mechanics are so good that it puts many dedicated racing games to shame. It’s a testament to just how engaging this game really is that each and every car can be customized to a ridiculous extent, giving players another reason to spend hundreds of hours in this amazing game.