Crossout is what you’d get if you combined the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max with the vehicle combat of Twisted Metal.
It’s an online action game in which you build your own custom ride and battle against other players. The goal is to survive and be the last man standing, much like a battle royale.
Damage models for each vehicle are extremely complex, and you can knock out specific systems/ parts of a vehicle with your weapon.
Talking of weapons, this game has everything from machine guns to missile launchers. And the vehicles you create are completely unique too, from tank-like tracked machines to hovercrafts equipped with anti-gravity fields.
If you like building stuff and battling in an arena against other players with your creation, I have made a list of 15 games like Crossout. Some of these focus more on the post apocalyptic world-setting and RPG mechanics instead of pure combat. But I’m sure you’ll have fun with them, nonetheless.
So you’ve probably heard about World of Tanks, right? It’s a game in which you drive a bunch of World War 2 and cold war era tanks in a massive battlefield. World of Tanks is highly tactical and realistic.
ExoTanks is like World of Tanks, but with more arcade-like gameplay. It prioritizes fun over realism. Oh, and you are driving these ultra-futuristic tanks equipped with lasers and plasma weaponry.
And all of this mayhem takes place in space, on alien planets. Isn’t that cool? Each tank has their own unique special abilities, and can be upgraded in the middle of battle.
Imagine Rocket League, but you build your own vehicles from little building blocks. And instead of knocking footballs around, you shoot stuff. With rotary cannons, missiles, and lasers.
That’s Robocraft in a nutshell. You can build robot-like vehicles loaded to the gills with advanced weaponry and sci-fi armor technology. Plus, you aren’t limited to land combat.
You can build Robocraft that rolls on tracks, drives on wheels, or flies in the air. You can fight against other players in PvP or test your designs against AI before taking them out into the battlefield.
Designs can also be shared with the community, and you can join clans of up to 50 players.
3. Not My Car
It’s like PUBG but with cars, and the cars are all copies of real-life exotics. In this game you’ll drive various classes of vehicles, each with its own armor, speed, and health. There are tanks on wheels that can tackle the toughest of terrain.
You also have nimble and light yet extremely fast exotics that can set the tarmac ablaze. The goal of this game is extremely simple, like any other battle royale- be the last person standing.
Customizing the appearance of your ride is also very easy thanks to all of the horns, skins, flags, etc.
4. Gear Up
Will it be caterpillar tracks or spider legs? No matter which means of locomotion you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a blast of a time playing this online tank battle game.
Gear Up lets you build your dream machine for fighting against other players in arena-style combat.
You can create a wide variety of vehicles using tracks, wheels, jetpacks, fans, etc. Weapons include miniguns, flamethrowers, tesla coils, old-school cannons, and more.
And you can even camouflage your vehicle with stealth generators, this adds a new layer of tactical complexity to an already incredible experience.
In this sandbox game, the focus isn’t on combat. Rather, it’s about building the vehicle you want and exploring every corner of the vast game world.
You can even organize rally races since there are so many different terrain types- sand, mud, asphalt, water, etc.
You can build cars, planes, boats, and even stuff that is a mix of all 3. If you’re really creative, you can make something that flies, swims, and runs on land. There are various game modes in Trailblazers, including both single and multiplayer.
6. Brick Rigs
Build an ambulance, fire engine, locomotive, SUV, semi-trailer truck, or something that’s a combination of everything. Brick Rigs is a game that lets you construct any vehicle you can think of by combining little blocks. These look similar to Lego, but trust me- they aren’t Lego.
If you used Lego, you wouldn’t get the realistic destruction models that Brick Rigs has. Every time a vehicle crashes, tumbles down a hillside, or explodes, you get this wonderful effect in which individual components peel off the frame.
The driving mechanics feel smooth and responsive, so even if you aren’t doing weird destruction stuff you’ll enjoy simply driving around the roads in this game.
7. From The Depths
Even though the primary gameplay component is creating your own battleships and boats, you can also design spacecraft and hot air balloons.
From The Depths is part simulation game and part ship-building game. You go up against AI combatants, using communication and strategy with your fellow human players to beat the enemy.
You have map editors and thousands of community-made vehicle blueprints that are downloadable. The physics in this game feel realistic. Things like mass, wind, fluids, etc. work in a very believable fashion.
8. Diesel Guns
It’s an arcade vehicle combat game with fast-paced action. There’s guns, missiles, explosives, and more.
You can shoot your opponents or ram into them; the goal is to disable their vehicles using any means possible.
There are hidden paths, collectibles, and power ups distributed across each map. Ramps are built into the arenas so you can fly over your rivals and grab essential powerups. You can drive ATVs, sports cars, and trucks- just to name a few.
9. Scraps: Modular Vehicle Combat
Scraps is an extremely fun game for kids and adults alike. It’s like Lego, but with people making crazy vehicles that fail in spectacular fashion.
After all, watching your creation fall apart in totally unexpected ways is half the reason anyone even plays this game.
It has decent physics. Not on the level of more accomplished AAA games, but enough to keep you entertained for an hour or two.
You can upgrade vehicles in gauntlet mode and fight against AI or human opponents in arenas.
10. Space Engineers
It’s part Minecraft, part space survival. Space Engineers lets you design, construct, and deploy your very own space ships to the farthest reaches of space.
Exploring different planetary systems and galaxies is easier with better ships, and to construct better ships you need more materials.
How do you get materials? It’s quite simple in theory, you just go to some alien planet and mine some ores.
But in practice, things are a lot more complicated since you’ve got a bunch of players competing with you for resources.
A sandbox adventure where you search for parts and resources to craft your personal high-tech exploration machine. You can even scavenge parts from broken or old machines to create something new.
If you aren’t too interested in fighting other players and their creations, that’s fine.
Just moving around observing the scenery is a very soothing experience. You’ll often run into new biomes that feel and look completely different from any other area within the world.
There are mountains, grasslands, snow-covered plains, deserts, etc. and you can battle it out against other players in various game modes.
12. Rocket League
A simple yet extremely fun sports game that has been around for more than half a decade.
It’s soccer mixed with vehicles, resulting in some pretty insane gameplay and totally unpredictable matches that feel more interesting than actual football. There are various game modes so everyone has a fun time in Rocket League.
You’ve got online multiplayer- both casual and ranked (it even has an esports scene).
For people who want to goof around with friends, there is split-screen local co-op. The cars themselves can do neat little tricks like sidesteps and 360° flips.
13. Mad Max
An action-adventure role playing game in which you are Mad Max. If you’ve seen any of the Mad Max movies, you know what it’s all about.
This game is tons of fun no matter what you’re doing- raiding enemy bases or building your dream vehicle.
The massive post-apocalyptic world is filled with quests, interesting NPCs, and hidden areas that provide rare items/ weapons. Melee combat is lifted straight from the Arkham Knight games, so it feels quite satisfying.
There’s a ton of variety in weapons and vehicles, plus you can upgrade Max himself by learning new skills.
There’s something about looking at a minivan with a tank turret mounted on top and dozer blades in the front that feels hilarious and awesome at the same time.
Wrecked doesn’t have the prettiest graphics, in fact it looks like a cheaply made mobile game at times. And there is no single-player, so PvP is all you have.
Finding matches can take a while since player counts have dwindled quite a lot since launch. But the game still has a very dedicated community.
And you’ll find tons of guides made by other players on how to create the best vehicle for combat.
15. MechWarrior Online
Unlike other games on this list, MechWarrior Online doesn’t have cars or tanks.
Instead, it has got mechs- giant humanoid robots outfitted with weapons of war. Designed for one sole purpose- destroying other mechs.
With a rich lore behind the world and each faction, MechWarrior Online is a game that will entertain anyone who is a fan of mechs.
If you’re looking for Titanfall-style action but with a lot more tactical depth and strategy- this is the game for you.
So, what did you think of my list? I know, there are certainly more games out there that deserve to be on here but I chose the best 15.
Of course, this is all my opinion and you might have some game in mind that you feel deserves a spot over here.
If you want mechs instead of cars- MechWarrior Online is perfect for you. Granted, you can’t build any mech you desire out of building blocks like in Crossout. But upgrading and unlocking new mechs is still a lot of fun.
Want to focus more on exploration and RPG mechanics? Mad Max does that better than any other game on this list.
Or perhaps you want a kid-friendly game featuring cars that play football instead of shooting at each other? Rocket League might be what you’re looking for.