Evolution of Open World Driving Games

Evolution of Open World Driving Games

1986 Turbo Esprit
1989 Vette
1990 Test Drive III: The Passion
1994 Quarantine
1997 Carmageddon
1998 Auto Destruct
1999 Crazy Taxi
1999 Midtown Madness
1999 Driver
2000 Midnight Club: Street Racing
2001 World's Scariest Police Chases
2001 The Simpsons: Road Rage
2001 Grand Theft Auto III
2002 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
2002 The Getaway
2003 Midnight Club II
2003 The Simpsons: Hit & Run
2003 Need for Speed: Underground
2004 Driver 3
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
2004 Need for Speed: Underground 2
2005 Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
2005 L. A. Rush
2005 Need for Speed: Most Wanted
2006 Driver: Parallel Lines
2006 Test Drive Unlimited
2006 Need for Speed: Carbon
2008 Burnout Paradise
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV
2008 Midnight Club: Los Angeles
2009 The Godfather 2
2009 FUEL
2010 Mafia II
2010 Crash Time 4
2011 Test Drive Unlimited 2
2011 L.A. Noire
2011 Driver: San Francisco
2012 Sleeping Dogs
2012 Forza Horizon
2012 Need for Speed: Most Wanted
2013 BeamNG.drive
2013 Grand Theft Auto V
2014 Watch Dogs
2014 Forza Horizon 2
2014 The Crew
2015 Mad Max
2015 Need for Speed
2016 Forza Horizon 3
2016 City Car Driving
2016 Watch Dogs 2
2017 Need for Speed Payback
2018 The Crew 2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
2019 Days Gone
2019 Need For Speed Heat
2020 SnowRunner
2020 Cyberpunk 2077
2020 Watch Dogs: Legion
2021 Forza Horizon 5

Special thanks to World of Longplays ( longplays.org ) and RacingGameArchive ( www.youtube.com/c/RacingGameA... ) for providing the gameplay footage

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We’re lifelong video game enthusiasts with a passion for showing the world how our favorite hobby has grown with us, from individual series to industry-wide retrospectives.

We put significant time and creative effort into each one of our videos, including research, digging into archives, recording voiceovers, and editing. Every video takes as many as 10 hours to produce, because we strive to give our fans consistent, high-quality content.

Our popular “Evolution of...” series goes far beyond simply presenting gameplay footage. We take the time to show how a video game property - its gameplay, character designs, graphics, sound direction, etc. - have evolved over time. We include unique voiceover work on each video to enhance the viewing experience.

People have been playing video games for decades. In that time, we’ve gone from moving a white line up and down to block a moving pixel, to participating in full-fledged, painstakingly rendered real-time battles with people all over the world. We help older gamers look back on how these experiences have changed throughout their lives, and new gamers to understand the broader context of the series they’re playing for the first time today.
The video game medium never stops growing, and we’ll never stop chronicling its evolution.
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  • Crazy taxi was one of my favourite games to play after school back in the day as well as road trip adventure on ps2

    Dan BrainDan Brain47 minuten geleden
  • Skipping over Smuggler's Run = Fail

    CoordmanCoordman55 minuten geleden
  • Midnight Club editions was just🔥🔥

    racer390racer3903 uur geleden
  • Missing Mafia 3 The Saboteur. Awesome WW2 game driving military cars

    na maika tina maika ti3 uur geleden
  • 3.5k PS fanboys didnt like this video 🤣

    luchix komorovskiluchix komorovski5 uur geleden
  • From Auto Destruct to Crazy Taxi.. what a big leap 😶

  • 2020 game Nam bro

    You TobeYou Tobe7 uur geleden
  • "2012 - Sleeping Dogs" y'all forgot to say it lol

    Julian ColasJulian Colas7 uur geleden
    • "2016 - City Car Driving" this is messing with me 😅

      Julian ColasJulian Colas7 uur geleden
  • "Everywhere"❤

    Gleni MowlGleni Mowl8 uur geleden
  • omg, I was never watch too many NLflow ads in just one video.

    Ryan S.Ryan S.10 uur geleden
  • 3:48 gta vice city ?

    Presiden CraftPresiden Craft11 uur geleden
  • Gta heat and payback got better graphics then this. The dudes tv/camera or whatever is ass.

    LatinKustomz505*LatinKustomz505*13 uur geleden
  • 🇮🇳

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  • GTA 4 was so ahead of its time! 2008 and the graphics still look so good!

    Daniel ShoesmithDaniel Shoesmith14 uur geleden
  • Left out GTA 1 and 2 huh?

    William McDowellWilliam McDowell14 uur geleden
  • Crash time 4 is first realistic one

    YASHWANTH SYASHWANTH S14 uur geleden
  • No one is realistic yet.

    USA POWERUSA POWER15 uur geleden
  • Its midtown madness, midnight club, midnight club 3, NFS carbon, GTA 3-5, and FH2-4 for me

    Kyle StevensonKyle Stevenson18 uur geleden

    Pierre Terrail de BayardPierre Terrail de Bayard22 uur geleden
  • You forgot about Trucks for MS Dos

    Mr. LambdaMr. LambdaDag geleden
  • Espirit is pronounced "Es-pree" :P Also you missed Miami Vice afterwards on the list!

    Larry Bundy JrLarry Bundy JrDag geleden
    • Hello

      Mao ChengMao Cheng21 uur geleden
  • Funny and Hot game 🔥🔥🎉😉 - nlflow.info/white/0GetmMqje4qQsWo/video

    Transformers Earth Wars sceeneTransformers Earth Wars sceeneDag geleden
  • Word driving

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  • just cause

    Nihar YadavNihar YadavDag geleden
  • NLflow Channel

    Games 7567Games 7567Dag geleden
  • Forza Horizon series best from beginning to latest version 👍

    That Hidden GuyThat Hidden GuyDag geleden
  • I can never get over nfs underground 2.

    Anthropologist Ma-PHDAnthropologist Ma-PHDDag geleden
  • cyberpunk ?

    Berkant YueBerkant YueDag geleden
  • wheres Asphalt

    NishaantNishaantDag geleden
  • Crazy Taxi is a throwback. Was obssessed on PS2

    Davidoff ProductionsDavidoff ProductionsDag geleden
    • Same with Hit & Run, Driv3r & San Andreas

      Davidoff ProductionsDavidoff ProductionsDag geleden
  • Where is Asphalt??

    Krishna SinghKrishna SinghDag geleden
  • No Halo? Driving the warthog was crazy

    AndreaAndreaDag geleden
  • DR. DRIVING ❤️

    Surbandita VermaSurbandita VermaDag geleden
  • Gran Turismo: Am I a joke to you?

    EmuBenchEmuBenchDag geleden
  • 1999 crazy Taxi ฉันเล่นบ่อย มาก จน ตอนนี้ อายุ 27 เเล้ว

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  • 2002 : Legendary game was born 🔥🔥🔥

    Akash JBAkash JBDag geleden
  • What are deluco doing there in first game

    rdevrdevDag geleden
  • where is need for speed underground 1

    FlacoDRTVFlacoDRTVDag geleden
  • You forgot Gran Turismo 1-6 (Play Station), Ridge Racer (Play Station), Stunts (90's PC game).

    Modus OperandiModus OperandiDag geleden
  • Bro, mafia is just the best trilogy ever

    Rodrigo Madeira AfonsoRodrigo Madeira Afonso2 dagen geleden
  • 2020 - Quarantine II.

    Владица АлексићВладица Алексић2 dagen geleden
  • I miss Driver 2, Midtown Madness 2, GTA 2 and Cars (2006). But nonetheless this video had some moments were I for really nostalgic. Exactly on games like Driver, GTA III, GTA VC, GTA SA, Need For Speed Underground 2, NFS Most Wanted, Midtown Madness, Midnight Club II, The Simpsons Hit & Run to name few Games i played on my childhood.

    Nils GeierNils Geier2 dagen geleden
  • The 2021 graphics on a distant flat screen would also look lame in 2050 when we would be actually inside the car and interacting naturally with the environment.

    KetanKetan2 dagen geleden
  • بدأت ب مجال اليوتيوب# قناة العاب أتمنا أن تنال أعجابكم 🔥👊 العاب 🎮#Red Dead Redemtion 2#Grand Theft Auto“# APEX LEGENDS. #FORTUNE

    MR A7XMR A7X2 dagen geleden
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    mohammadmohammad2 dagen geleden
  • BeamNG.drive

    Asher ArguellesAsher Arguelles2 dagen geleden
  • Driver and midnight club Comeback?.........please ? 😢

    DovahkiinDovahkiin2 dagen geleden
  • For mobile

    NOOB GAMERNOOB GAMER2 dagen geleden
  • Omfg first game i played of these was Midtown Madness. Can't describe the memories of that legendary game 😍

    Martin CxrrxscoMartin Cxrrxsco2 dagen geleden
  • Waitting for gta 6

    MONICAMONICA2 dagen geleden
  • Forza - bad phisics

    Артур БасарабовАртур Басарабов2 dagen geleden
  • Hey what about wheel man by vin disel

    Ishika KonarIshika Konar2 dagen geleden
  • 6:25 Mi favorite game of ps2

    Ivan MogroIvan Mogro2 dagen geleden
  • red dead redemption 2 ???

    GG MoreiraGG Moreira2 dagen geleden
  • we need nfs underground 2 remake!!

    nbhan juliannbhan julian2 dagen geleden
  • I was about to be totally disappointed when you missed out on City Car Driving only to see it later on in the video under 2016?? I bought that game at the end of 2014 if I remember correctly and it was on patch 3 or 4 back then, and I also bought a Oculus Rift DK2 and tweeked it to run ingame, good times good times. Also, Jesus Christ the nostalgia from that 2002 Mafia game, almost makes me wanna reinstall it, if only I have time for it xD

    thegr8frazthegr8fraz2 dagen geleden
  • why gta4 is lag on core i5 4gb why>?

    wolve of movieswolve of movies3 dagen geleden
  • Driver and midtown madness was one of the 1st racing games I played, i still remember how amazed I was the sandbox feature

    Shaheen SinghShaheen Singh3 dagen geleden
    • Couldn't agree more. I had the exact same experience with both games when I was a kid. Both games are classics.

      Nils GeierNils Geier2 dagen geleden
  • кто знает трек гта 3 в видео играет ?

    Александр ФотеевАлександр Фотеев3 dagen geleden
  • I love forza horizon

    Noah CarrNoah Carr3 dagen geleden
  • Forza horizon is legend from frist one to 5th, but i didn't ever played any of forza games (╥﹏╥)

    ANF 001ANF 0013 dagen geleden
  • 🔥Need for speed most wanted🔥 always king

    Raj SharmaRaj Sharma3 dagen geleden
  • It’s strange how graphic quality varied in games back in the 2000’s. Some games such as NFS Underground were ahead of it’s time, then you had games that were not smooth at all.

    Xavier Rosado SotoXavier Rosado Soto3 dagen geleden
  • Im surprised gta 1,2 and london wasnt on here

    David LeeDavid Lee3 dagen geleden
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    GM Gaming GM Gaming 3 dagen geleden
  • This is why everyone loves you 😂😌

    Mallu BoyMallu Boy3 dagen geleden
  • Why no car parking multiplayer😭😭😭😭😭😭

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  • Forza and watchdogs,what a gold mine of games

    Eric CollinsEric Collins3 dagen geleden
  • All are waiting for gta v in this video 🙂🔥🤩

    RED EYE FFRED EYE FF3 dagen geleden
  • its been 16 years,nfs mw graph is still lit

    Yan.Yan.3 dagen geleden
  • Nice

    Soim HossenSoim Hossen3 dagen geleden
  • Where is Far Cry?!

    Ahmad آلمصنعي JUVEAhmad آلمصنعي JUVE3 dagen geleden
  • Vette like gta -1

    LVPD Las Venturas Police departmentLVPD Las Venturas Police department3 dagen geleden
  • Think Ubisoft should buy out rockstar I reckon they will do a better job of GTA 6

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    الشمس المشرقة_ 2001الشمس المشرقة_ 20014 dagen geleden
  • ong some of these games still look hard in 2k21 😂

    vibraciónvibración4 dagen geleden
  • where is ETS 2 ???

    Yass SighsYass Sighs4 dagen geleden
  • idk why but looking at deacon riding his bike reminded me of daryl from twd come to think of it they are pretty similiar

    VoltrexVoltrex4 dagen geleden
  • It feels like NFS Most wanted games were always ahead of their time in terms of graphics (and also gameplay but I didn't play them all so can't say that for sure)

    AstyuteChickAstyuteChick4 dagen geleden
    • Its just nfs,most wanted is a specific title to 2 games but i understand the mistake since mw 2005 is the best racing game ever

      UwUciferUwUcifer4 uur geleden
  • Which computer u used for this video ?

    Tesla ModelSTesla ModelS4 dagen geleden
  • That's nice Sir, new subscriber here 😃😄

    AN241 GamerAN241 Gamer4 dagen geleden
  • Nfsmw 2005 had the best graphics that time. It even stands today

    DewdlesharkDewdleshark4 dagen geleden
  • Your forgetting or missing 1996 RidgeRacer Revolution Playstation 1.

    Rideshare Safety GuideRideshare Safety Guide4 dagen geleden
  • احب جيتا سان اندريس ❤

    قبل 12 سنواتقبل 12 سنوات4 dagen geleden
  • Missed die hard

    CliftonClifton4 dagen geleden
  • NFS underground 2 sounds real lmao

    Aaron Da BluestonerAaron Da Bluestoner4 dagen geleden
  • Where is Twisted Metal.. that game is absolutely the best..

    alif HAFEZEEalif HAFEZEE4 dagen geleden
  • Where is juste cause ?

    lotfi mossablotfi mossab5 dagen geleden
  • Love how straightforward this channel is. More channels should take notes from this

    Ευθύμης ΣπαταλάςΕυθύμης Σπαταλάς5 dagen geleden
  • LA rush looks alot older than I remember

    Wyatt PowellWyatt Powell5 dagen geleden
  • Evergreen Vicecity😌✨

    Navin SatheeshNavin Satheesh5 dagen geleden
  • I played need for speed underground 2 long time ago like I was younger😁👍🏻👍🏻

    Athan John PanesAthan John Panes5 dagen geleden
  • Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed???

    Arena of ValorArena of Valor5 dagen geleden
  • 2000-2004 was the time games got big boot in graphics compared to previous years. 2016 City Car Driving seem to be a good simulation tool for learners.

    Sub80Sub805 dagen geleden
  • Midtown madness crazy taxi and driver best games

    DivraDivra5 dagen geleden
  • I was hoping you would include Mafia: Definitive Edition

    AkhnatenAkhnaten5 dagen geleden
  • All Need for speed and Forza horizon 5 is best 👍

    Subrat DasSubrat Das5 dagen geleden
  • wow this made me remember alot of the games i played growing up that i completly lost memory of prior to watching this 😭

    justin pearsonjustin pearson5 dagen geleden