Car combat racing games were once a very popular genre indeed, fusing the fast paced nature of racing games with the tactical gunplay of shooters. This generation saw a swift decline in the release of car combat games until the PS3 revival of Twisted Metal, which spawned a slew of imitators. One such title last year was Gas Guzzlers, an under-looked PC car combat racer from indie developer Gamepires. While not exactly revolutionary, it was a blast to play, offering good chaotic fun at a modest price.
A sequel has now been released on Steam called Gas Guzzlers: Extreme. A playable demo has been released to give you a taste of the carnage, containing two cars, two weapons and three modes: Battle Race, Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.
The full game boasts a hefty single player campaign, 350+ miles of road across 40 tracks, eight arenas and seven different environments, 12 unique weapons and 18 customisable cars. Of course, Gas Guzzlers: Extreme was principly designed to obliterate opponents online, which is catered for in seven multiplayer tournament modes: classic race, power race, battle race, knockout, deathmatch, last man standing and capture the flag.
Like Twisted Metal, Gas Guzzlers: Extreme seems to have a warped sense of humour – in the posted screenshot you can make out a Monster Energy-inspired livery that reads "Monster Cock."
PC car combat racers are in surprisingly short supply on PC, so the added exposure on Steam could allow Gas Guzzlers to find success and carve out its own niche.