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post #1 of 27
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Any of you see or play this game? My nephews have it and it's fun to play if you're just going to drive around like a maniac, but if you're going to play it like you're supposed to, it's incredibly violent. At least DH and I think so. Do you know of any games that you drive around like Grand Theft Auto, but without the violence?
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by TTMom
Any of you see or play this game? My nephews have it and it's fun to play if you're just going to drive around like a maniac, but if you're going to play it like you're supposed to, it's incredibly violent. At least DH and I think so. Do you know of any games that you drive around like Grand Theft Auto, but without the violence?
Need for Speed Underground 1 and 2 are great driving games (. There are other ones out there also that are really decent. Goto to a local Electronics Boutique in your local mall and talk to the sales reps and they should point you in hte right direction.
post #3 of 27
ummm.. i forgot the name but i think its grandprix???
post #4 of 27
Mario Kart?
post #5 of 27
my brother has all of the GTA games... and... how old are your nephews? some of the things on there are not approiate(sp?) for younger kids.. probably under like.... 14, or so.. probably not even that
post #6 of 27
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They're 8 and 9. I wouldn't even let my kids play that if they were 16!
post #7 of 27
my brother is... 15, 16 in less than a month.. but, he doesnt do the nasty stuff.. he just does the missions.. like stealing a helicopter and stuff.. he likes it because he has to do certain tasks in order to move on...

there are some pretty awful things on there.. that an 8 or 9 year old shouldnt see
post #8 of 27
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Yeah, DH and I were stunned. We let our son play as long as he just drove around without doing the missions. He was fine with that. What he wanted was to drive. The realism is pretty darn cool for the driving bit, though. I couldn't drive worth a darn on it so I always got the police coming after me. I had fun doing things I would never ever do in reality.
post #9 of 27
Gran Turismo, (I think thats the right name) and the Need for Speed series are good.
post #10 of 27
the thing that i dont like about it is... the fact you can pick up a hooker.. thats just wrong..
the missions arent bad.. you just drive to a destination, then get a diff. car.. and take it to another place, its pretty much just a cycle of taking things and giving them to some1

please if this is wrong of me to put in a post some1 feel free to remove it.. or else tell me and i will..
post #11 of 27
Hey Ericka, I think you meant a game that was simliar in that you could drive around city type area without strictly racing. Is that right? What system are they playing on? There's a game called Midtown Madness that's great for driving around city blocks, but that was released on the PC and Xbox. I'm taking a guess that your nephews have a PS2.

As for the gta games, I think they are wrong and I don't play them.
post #12 of 27
For PS2 there's also Midnight Club II, which has lots of interesting city block driving with shortcuts etc. Here's a link to a review: http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/driving/...b2/review.html
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by TTMom
Any of you see or play this game? My nephews have it and it's fun to play if you're just going to drive around like a maniac, but if you're going to play it like you're supposed to, it's incredibly violent. At least DH and I think so. Do you know of any games that you drive around like Grand Theft Auto, but without the violence?

The Grand Turismo games are good.....there just car races...the cars dont even crash because car companies wouldnt allow there cars in the game if they crashed....you can win money to buy different cars and part for those cars...its challenging and takes forever to beat.........and its 100% non violent
post #14 of 27
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I think they have xbox, we have PC and my son wants something that will allow driving like GTA. The driving isn't the issue with GTA, it's the crimes. I think the kids like it so much because it's so realistic. I liked it because I was able to play around with the driving without hurting anyone. DH couldn't drive with it at all.
post #15 of 27
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I liked it because I was able to play around with the driving without hurting anyone. DH couldn't drive with it at all.
I enjoyed the bicycle ride all around the city! I got run over by Ballas car in the end. Haven't played GTA since!
post #16 of 27
aren't there missions on that where u have to run drugs and do hits and stuff? I wouldn't get my kid that--he would have to by it himself when he's 18.. Well then again I don't have kids and I would probably change my mind if i did but i'd say no younger than 14/15 at the earliest. I would just go to a site and look at the driving games and read the reviews.. pay attention to the parental warnings though because games like gta, for example driv3r, are just as bad.
post #17 of 27
As far as ratings go I would have a problem with anyone under sixteen or so playing a Mature rated game...especially GTA, the new one has some pretty racy stuff in it not including the violence. You could try the Simpson Hit and Run. I'm not sure what the rating it on it but you get to drive around it in too.
post #18 of 27
I agree GTA has too much violence for kids, as do a lot of the games out there today.

Midtown Madness is a great PC driving/racing game. You can just cruise around the city or you can enter races.
post #19 of 27
I'm not sure if Stuntman is available for PC but that is a great driving game on the PS2. You get sent on missions but they are races and crashes. One of the missions you have to drive off a bridge and cause 20 other cars to pile up. Its pretty neat. Not too violent from what I remember.
post #20 of 27
My kids like Crazy Taxi. The object of the game is to get the person to their destination in as little time as possible (I think-I don't play those games), but they crash into everything on the way. It's not too violent as far as I know.

My kids want Grand Theft Auto and my boyfriend has it for his PS2. Way too violent.
post #21 of 27
Try out the driver series of games. They're pretty fun, and the later ones do have some violence in them, but I don't think its as bad as GTA. NFS: UG2 is a good choice. You get to drive around everywhere and mod up your car. BTW GTA is junk...


Later,
Brandon
post #22 of 27
My husband rented the new Grand Theft Auto and I have NEVER laughed so hard in my entire life. Although the language and violence would not be appropriate for children it was too funny to watch my husband steal cars and bikes and basically kill everyone in his path.
post #23 of 27
LOLOL is that the one with the tank that you can dive off the bridge in?
post #24 of 27
Your kids might enjoy initial D... but I can't remember if that's arcade only?
post #25 of 27
I used to like Rage Racer for the PS1. It didn't have any violence in it, it was a racing game - you could set up how much damage the cars sustained if you hit anything (easy to hard). It was great - you could race around like a complete maniac!!!. All the things I couldn't do when I was really driving (I'm a cautious driver in real life).
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by TTMom
I think they have xbox, we have PC and my son wants something that will allow driving like GTA. The driving isn't the issue with GTA, it's the crimes. I think the kids like it so much because it's so realistic. I liked it because I was able to play around with the driving without hurting anyone. DH couldn't drive with it at all.
So are your nephews coming to visit with the Xbox or are you trying to find something specifically for your PC? For the Xbox there's:

Midnight Club II (lots of city block driving)
Midtown Madness 3 (lots of city block driving)
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (modeled after gta, so still has lots of violence)
Burnout 3: Takedown (track based racing, but really fast and crazy)
Crazy Taxi: High Roller (tons of city cab driving fun)

For the PC:

Midnight Club II
The Simpsons: Hit & Run

For both systems there are lots of good racing games, but they are track based. For more on either of them you can have a detailed look here: http://www.gamespot.com/user/advsear...lnav_advsearch
I recommend only selecting one year at a time (then pressing the back button to swithc years) and setting the gamespot score to 7. Anything less than a seven could be a stinker.
post #27 of 27
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Both. Something for PC for our home and something to take to the nephews this summer for xbox. I'll look at those xbox games.
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