Car Stars: Which Games Let You Drive Famous Vehicles?


Posted October 15, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

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If you're anything like me, driving exotic cars has become passe. My everyday car is a Bugatti Veyron, and on weekends I drive a 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton. They're okay and all, but seriously, there have to be dozens of other people on the planet driving those cars. I long for something special. Something one-of-a-kind. I long to drive the kind of hero cars you can only find in Hollywood movies... and video games.

Unless you're lucky enough to work as a performer at Universal Studios, you'll probably never drive the Ghostbusters' Ecto1, but at least you can pretend in games. Below please find my highly personal list of movie and TV super-cars, and the best games in which to drive them.

KITT from Knight Rider -- If you've ever wanted to sit inside a poncy British butler, KITT. is the vehicle for you. Filled with personality and an Old World fussiness, KITT was always a bigger star than that poser David Hasselhoff. The best place to drive KITT is in Knight Rider: The Game, a forgettable, mission-based driving game where all you do is tool around in the black, super-teched out Trans Am. But don't take my word for it: Check out this ancient review from Extended Play. Nice hair, Adam Sessler!

The 1968 Mustang GT 390 from Bullitt: Bullit's car doesn't have a name in this movie, but Bullit is the single best car-focused film that has ever been made (except, maybe, Vanishing Point), and if you've never wanted to be Steve McQueen, you're probably not human. Anyway, you can find an approximation of Bullit's car in a number of video games, but your best bet is to drive it in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, where the car has been named the "Bullet." When you pick up a Bullet in GTA, you're required to paint it yellow with a black, hood racing stripe. Here's how to find one, right in the beginning of the game:

1970 Dodge Challenger from Vanishing Point:  The hero car from one of the best films in the golden age of car movies, Vanishing Point's Challenger can be played in a lot of games, but you should really try it out in Gran Turismo 2. The game's simulation style mechanics are perfect for really feeling the handling of this muscle car. Plus, nostalgia is totally rad.

Car Stars: Which Games Let You Drive Famous Vehicles?

Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo-- Mystery Machine Motor Madness is little flash game that is half engaging and half annoying, but it's all free, and you can't beat that price. Besides, it's the only game on the list that's named after the hero car, and I've always wanted to be Shaggy. (Okay, Velma.) Here's a link to try it out now.

Bumblebee, 2008 Chevy Camaro From Transformers: You can't deny the power and sleekness of a Camaro. Long the favorite car of suburban loadies, Shia LeBouf and middle-aged men having mid-life crises, the Camaro can only be improved by the ability to turn into a powerful robot. Play as Bumblebee in Transformers: War for Cybertron, but under no circumstances play Transformers: The Game, as anything. Ever.

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The 1958 Plymouth Fury from Christine: I have a thing for 80s horror movies and classic cars, so I loved Christine. Stephen King's story of a haunted Fury is cheesy and stupid as all hell, but you can't beat the car that gave it its name. If you really want the magic of driving Christine, you need to set her/it in context, so I suggest you hop into Mafia 2 and steal up a blood-red Quicksilver Windsor. It's not an exact match to Christine, but it's close enough, and the jazz on the radio will add a suitably creepy mood to your driving.


DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future:

This wasn't on Steve's list so pardon the interruption, but a famous car in games list just isn't complete without us showcasing the amazing Crysis Back to the Future mod that integrates the best working example of a time-travelling DeLorean yet. Especially impressive is when the car itself teleports back in, with a sheen of inter-dimensional time frost coated all over it and the nuclear exhaust shooting from the tail. See it in person below:

But what about you? What famous movie or TV car appearance in videogames have you enjoyed? Which do you wish you could drive in a game?

Car Stars: Which Games Let You Drive Famous Vehicles?


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