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Great Chases in Gaming

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Posted November 26, 2010 - By MonfetteG4


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In the tradition of quasi-70’s grindhouse flicks in which characters had non-existant names like “Cop” and “Killer,” Faster hits theaters this weekend with a healthy dose of gunplay and real, honest-to-goodness, non-CG car chases. Dwayne Johnson plays “Driver,” a muscle-bound protagonist in search of the men who murdered his brother and left him for dead, and along the way, audiences are guaranteed – if only by virtue of his name – an onslaught of high-speed pursuits and deadly, roll-over crashes.

All of which got us to thinking about some of our favorite vehicular chases in recent gaming memory. Not necessarily the top ten chases of all time, but some of the cooler, jaw-dropping moments of the next-gen era. Which of these did you enjoy most, and which chases do you think should have made the list? Check it out and let us know!

Be warned! Some of the following clips contain naughty language and extreme (...ly awesome) violence.


 


Grand Theft Auto: Anything

In what is essentially a make-our-own-car-chase simulator, the Grand Theft Auto series has continually offered up a million incredible pursuit possibilities simply by stepping foot into the game world. Hijack a car, pull a quick drive-by, mow down a few pedestrians and get the local police on your back. Engage a bit further and piss off the law with additional gunfire and find your wanted rating towering through the roof. Soon, helicopters, SWAT vans, FBI and local patrols are hot on your heels as you swerve through the city streets, race over bridges and clear a few open expanses by putting down the pedal against a well placed ramp. And depending upon your arsenal, a few finely aimed rockets or some expert gas-tank shooting can result in some very, very impressive explosions in your wake. Whether it’s Vice City, Liberty City or San Andreas, any GTA game will do for a great, pulse-pounding pursuit.


The Darkness

While not necessarily putting your driving skills to the test, the opening sequence to the otherwise lackluster adaptation of The Darkness found players in the back of a convertible navigating the Lincoln Tunnel. Cars pass and honk as you weave in and out of traffic, but it’s not long before you’ve got the entire NYPD on you back as the mobster in the passenger seat hands you a shotgun. Line up your shots correctly and keep the cops off your back, sending their squad cars barrel-rolling and spinning above your vehicle in a giant, metallic ball of fire. And the whole affair is made even cooler when said mobster is nearly torn in half when struck by an oncoming delivery truck. Simply push his lifeless body mercilessly into the street and start firing at the nearby cops…Sure, the whole affair ends in your death, but it’s a fun, tense sequence to sit through.


Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Less about action-packed explosions and traded gunfire, the Need for Speed series has always been about fast, strategic thinking in order to out-race and box-in your opponents. Regardless of on which side of the law each title places you, the end result is always the same: find your enemies and lead them to their ruin. In the most recent outing, Hot Pursuit, you play as Johnny Lawman, driving the sportiest damn police cruiser ever constructed against a slew of racers without much respect for the local constabulary. Day or night, you’ll have to know the terrain, manage resources such as spike strips and make sure that these misbehaving hooligans crash violently into the nearest pylons. Just make sure that you don’t do the same when taking turns at 100MPH.


Bayonetta

While it’s not so much a chase as it is a race to the finish line, the motorcycle sequence in Bayonetta – much like the game itself – is fast, violent and strangely arousing. Maybe it’s something about a smokin’ hot, long-haired, leather-clad witch mounting a motorcycle armed with giant guns and a passionate love of speed…That’d likely get anybody’s engines revving. But dodging traffic while shooting down demonic enemies, sliding effortlessly under closing gates and making some mind-blowing leaps from broken bridge to broken bridge – all preceded and followed by some badass animations – is maybe the perfect chase sequence ever.


Uncharted 2

The Uncharted series is certainly not without its fair share of first-rate action scenes, but the mountain pass in Uncharted 2 stands out as a real contender. A line of military jeeps cuts up the snowy road toward the top of a towering cliff. As Nathan Drake, it’s not likely that you’re driving one of the jeeps calmly uphill. No, you’re standing in the back of one, firing machine guns down at the other jeeps that are intent on killing you. Oh, and your vehicle is on fire. Just before it explodes, you put two bullets in the gunner of a nearby truck and leap dramatically into the open bed. Some more firing; somewhere a car explodes into another car, both twisting over the side of the pass; and dammit, now your new jeep is on fire. Rinse, wash, repeat until you’ve reached the top of the mountain and single-handledly taken down a convoy of mercenaries. Yeah, we’d call that a worthwhile chase.


Bad Company 2

The last two entries on this list offer up some hardcore, straight-up, on-rails shooter action, and this sequence from Bad Company 2 further proves that snow-covered environs are the perfect place to blow sh*t up. Firing from the back of a turreted humvee, you and your squad are attempting to outrace a few dozen cars and tanks that seemingly emerge out of nowhere along the roads leading down into the valley below. Just as one vehicle appears on your tail, waving off your gunfire, another slides down the icy embankment, crashing head-first into its ally as both careen over the side of the mountain. Floor it, firing wildly behind, taking cover beneath an mountainside underpass as a helicopter appears, ducking down into the pass itself as you lob grenades into its flank. Detonate the chopper to propel your jeep in a massive fireball from the mouth of tunnel and back out into safety.
 


Call of Duty: Black Ops

Nobody does FPS action quite like brains behind the Call of Duty franchise, delivering on the promise of intense, graphically stunning, adrenaline-pumping sequences. Such as the motorcycle chase from the latest chapter, Black Ops. Crash through the window of an industrial complex, drop down into the military zone below, race over a bridge – firing a shotgun into enemy drivers as you go – leap over a shallow river, gun it below an overpass as soldiers repel down from above, close in on an enemy truck while leaping from your cycle, hijack the turret as you blow up your pursuers and catch up to your target: a train cutting through the countryside. And all you have to do is survive long enough to leap from the moving truck directly onboard the train. Without dying. Yeah, folks, have fun.

 

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