As you’ve noticed, each of the top video game cars of all time have a series of desirable elements. Speed, handling and style are just a few of these. Fragging one’s enemies is also nice. CLICK HERE if you missed the beginning of this article.
Top video game cars No. 6 – Convertible Taxi from ‘Crazy Taxi’
Speaking of driver amusement, there are few things as amusing as a taxi ride from hell, so long as that hell is virtual and your lunatic fringe joy ride doesn’t result in life in prison. You play the taxi driver, and your ride is a top-down convertible that bears a strong resemblance to a Cadillac. Pick up fares and get them to their desire destination by hook or by crook. Catch air on hills and don’t even worry about passenger ejection – this is a video game, you know.
Top video game cars No. 7 – G-1655 Interceptor from ‘Spy Hunter’
The debut of the “Spy Hunter” arcade series marked the point at which the James Bond fantasies of countless video game-playing youth were at least partially fulfilled. The G-1655 Interceptor’s cannons, heat-seeking missiles and environmental adaptability (from car to speedboat to motorcycle, and back) made it something any virtual James Bond could want. After 25 cents of gratuitous vehicular homicide against dark forces, your martini was shaken, but also stirred.
Top video game cars No. 8 – Devastator VI from ‘Cruis’n USA’
A ubiquitous racer from the early 1990s, “Cruis’n USA” enabled arcade-goers to lock the steering wheel after a half-turn. Then there was that 4-speed manual transmission with strangely shaped gating for the shifter. But the Devastator VI was unquestionably the best car in this game – it literally devastated the competition from start to finish. A twin-turbo V6 with 394 horses was a big deal back in 1994, virtual or not. In a four-speed, that’s some massive punch and acceleration.
Top video game cars No. 9 – GTbyCITROËN from ‘Gran Turismo 5’
Another monster of a car from a monster of an auto racing game is the GtbyCITROËN. Three versions of this supercar exist in the game, maxing with a hydrogen fuel cell power plant in the top-of-the-line model. It’s good for almost 800 horsepower. A concept model of this beast once appeared at the Paris Auto Show. In 2009, Citroën predicted a production run, but scrapped the idea of trying to sell a $2.1 million car.
Top video game cars No. 10 – M12 FAV Warthog from ‘Halo’
Perhaps the ultimate in video game supercars that double as killing machines, the M12 FAV Warthog war buggy features all-wheel steering; a major-caliber machine gun with infinite bullets (quite a money-saver); tires that are impervious to all destructive forces; an instantaneous water-to-hydrogen converter; and the ability to stop the second you jump out to perform reconnaissance. If you’re driving it alone in “Halo,” however, you’re missing out on much of the action and increasing the chances of being turned into molten slag. But aside from that, the Warthog can really burrow into your virtual enemies.