Anyone know of any interesting Arcade-y/Action Driving games?

Hey all

I am in the process of prototyping a new game idea (still way too early to show) and am looking for some inspiration/references. I am looking for games that have really great arcade/action driving, not necessarily racing, more like a 3D isometric view. I have come across some that look really cool but the more the merrier.
So far I have found a few interesting games that I am going to try to check out (after payday :P):

PAKO 2 (http://store.steampowered.com/app/612370/PAKO_2/):
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Absolute Drift (http://store.steampowered.com/app/320140/Absolute_Drift/):
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Mugsters (http://store.steampowered.com/app/712180/Mugsters/)
Not strictly a driving game but looks cool...
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Also along these lines, does anyone have opinions on what makes a driving game feel good? What should someone focus on? I want the game to be semi-physics driven and will happily trade out realistic physics for something more forgiving that will allow the player to feel like a badass.

Thoughts/resources/ideas are very welcome!
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Comments

  • The old classics come to mind - Ironman Offroad Challenge: It was amazing the amount of liveliness they squeezed out of so few pixels in the arcade:

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    Micromachines the game was rad:

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    Then there's our very own Paul @Asbestos's game Clutch Fighter, of which I can only find this one solitary screenshot in all of the internet lol

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    Seems like top-down racers have become something that relies on nostalgia, I haven't played one in recent years that I can remember or recommend. The ones you linked looks interesting but I've not even heard of them.
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    Wow, @Tuism, where did you dig that up, I played two of the ones you mentioned to death, Ironman has the best "progression" system ever, it just keeps you hooked replaying the levels and getting upgrades, Micromachines on the other hand is amazing in 4 player mode with two friends sharing the controller.
  • Thanks for the suggestions @Tuism ! I will definitely have a look at them!

    @Asbestos I would love to see more of Clutch Fighter! Any chance there is a build that you would be willing to post? It looks rad :D
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    Wow, @Tuism, where did you dig that up, I played two of the ones you mentioned to death, Ironman has the best "progression" system ever, it just keeps you hooked replaying the levels and getting upgrades, Micromachines on the other hand is amazing in 4 player mode with two friends sharing the controller.
    Our generation :)
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  • Check outout BlazeRush on Steam. Got it for cheap a while back and it's pretty fun.
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/302710/BlazeRush/
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