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BeamNG.drive for Windows

  • Paid
  • In English
  • V 0.23.5
  • 4.2
  • (4991)

Open-world vehicle simulation game

BeamNG GmbH is the developer for this open-world vehicle driving game, which saw an initial release in 2013 before entering Early Access in 2015. It followed the success of the off-road truck simulator Rigs of Rods. There are several soft-body physics components at play, delivering greater control over car crashes and design dynamics.

Vehicle simulation long in the making

Development of BeamNG.Drive began in 2011 when a few Rigs of Rods developers moved onto a new project. They were looking to build a new drive physics engine that could handle collisions. 

While they started working on the game with CryEngine 3, it eventually moved over to Torque. The latter was better equipped to handle the soft-body physics that were unique to BeamNG.Drive. The cars’ internal design resembled ‘beams’, where the team derived the name from, followed by ‘NG’ for New Generation.

In 2013, the car driving simulator had a soft release with some Alpha testing, followed by an Early Access launch in 2015, that contained additional features for a new platform. The year 2018 saw a new partnership with Camshaft Software whereby players could export vehicles crafted in the tycoon game Automation to BeamNG.Drive

BeamNG.Drive gameplay mechanics

Several modes are available in BeamNG.Drive, most notably Campaign and Time Trial. You’ll find various scenarios to play in the former whereby you need to complete different objectives for rewards. Time Trial lets you select a map route, vehicle, and level, testing you against the best and personal times. 

Free roam is also available for players who want to experience the feeling of crashing their cars into anything and everything that comes in their way. The soft-body physics doesn’t only apply to your vehicle but also to any unfortunate object you happen to collide with during your chaotic adventures. Furthermore, free roam lets you manipulate items and change weather conditions.

While BeamNG.Drive was designed to be a single-player experience, with mods to enable multiplayer modes. For example, you can install BeamMP to join with friends and online gamers. There’s also support in case you need assistance with any issues. 

While these extra modifications may be free, you’ll still need to buy BeamNG.Drive before you can download and install any of them.

Top features of BeamNG.Drive 

One of the top features of BeamNG.Drive is that any players who signed up for Alpha and Beta testing will receive the vehicle simulator game free during and after Early Access. Furthermore, you’ll also receive all the latest items and cars if you already own the title. 

Whether you prefer playing on a keyboard or gamepad, both are possible. At the moment, fourteen vehicles are available to crash and drive anywhere on the map, with more to come through further development. There’s also an option to set your alert preferences for the messaging app.

With more than ten terrains for you to explore, BeamNG.Drive allows modding so that you can create new maps, vehicles, or scripted gameplay. You’ll also have access to an advanced editing tool where you can refine or adapt any of the design details. The options include 3D modeling, as well as terrain, image, and text editing.

The base game’s single-player mode doesn’t require authentication or an internet connection. You can drive around and cause as much offline chaos as you wish. However, you’ll need the internet if you installed any multiplayer mods and want to play online with your friends.

Comparison with similar games

Many gamers compare BeamNG.Drive with the original game that featured the soft-body physics, Rigs of Rods. On the one hand, players love that Rigs is free, whereas, for Beam, you need to pay. Furthermore, Rigs has better handling and mechanics for trucks with BeamNG.Drive’s design catering to lighter cars.

Another fan favorite is Wreckfest. The top advantage of this racing game is that there’s an online multiplayer without the addition of modifications. BeamNG.Drive, however, takes the win here for its physics engine, massive maps, and thrilling car chases.

Finally, you may want to try out SPINTIRES. It has a broader focus on off-road vehicles, with linear objectives that expect you to carry cargo from Point A to B. The game also employs soft-body physics.

What specs do I need for BeamNG.Drive?

Determining the specifications for games is crucial. You want as much detail as possible without the software eating at your computer’s resources, specifically the memory and storage space. It helps if you have a good PC for BeamNG.Drive, but you can play it on lower specs or a laptop

The main effect is lower performance and unsatisfactory graphical detail. Even the soft-body physics won’t appear as realistic, and you’ll feel somewhat disappointed. The minimum requirement is Windows 7. However, for the ultimate experience, you'll want to play BeamNG.Drive on Window 10.

Here are the recommended specifications for BeamNG.Drive on Windows 10 based on a resolution of 1080p:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.0Ghz or Intel Core i7-6700 3.4Ghz
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD R9 290  or Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
  • Storage: 20 GB

If you plan on installing mods, you’ll need more resources. Also, the developer recommends using a gamepad.

Drive and crash to your heart’s content

Many players enjoy the exhilarating experience that BeamNG.Drive offers. The soft-body physics gives off a sense of realism as you watch body parts fly everywhere around you. While there are several alternatives to the vehicle simulation game, this one delivers in a way that few others can match.

A dynamic soft-body physics vehicle simulator

BeamNG.drive is a realistic, immersive driving game offering near-limitless possibilities. Our soft-body physics engine simulates every component of a vehicle in real time, resulting in realistic, dynamic behavior.
The driving feel is authentic and visceral, and crashes are realistic and violent; yet the physics are accessible enough to drive with a keyboard or gamepad while still being authentic with a full racing wheel with uncompromising realism.

Environments and vehicles in BeamNG.drive are hand-crafted with passionate attention to detail. With years of meticulous design, research, and experience, we authentically recreate the feeling and excitement of real world driving.

We are a small team from around the world with no obligations to publishers or outside interests. Our users and modding community are our first priority. Help us make BeamNG.drive the ultimate driving experience and discover what an open and uncompromising soft-body vehicle simulator can be.

Why is BeamNG.drive the game for you?

As an open world vehicle simulator, BeamNG.drive will cover a large array of vehicular disciplines - everything from a delivery mission in a box truck to a high speed rally race or a destruction derby. The vehicle customization and detail will allow you to make your car or truck all your own - fix it up, upgrade it, or strip away body panels to reduce weight. There are a lot of different types of gameplay we want to implement beyond just racing and crashing, such as police chases, stunt challenges, and other specialized minigames. Eventually we would like to have some kind of single player open world career mode, with persistent vehicle ownership and procedurally generated used vehicles to buy and events to run them in.

In some ways, BeamNG.drive is about doing anything you want with a car or truck - the stuff other games don't let you do. You can go off-roading in a family sedan or hurl a delivery truck around a racing circuit, all with beautiful soft-body simulation physics. You can mod those same vehicles to be racing beasts, derby monsters, or off-road behemoths - or just thrash them stock. At the end of the day, BeamNG.drive gives you the gameplay you want, and doesn't force you to do anything that you don't think is fun or interesting.

The future of the game and our physics engine

As we optimize our game and computer technology improves, the amount of vehicles which can be simultaneously simulated at a smooth framerate will increase. Right now you can run 4 to 6 cars at one time on a high end quad-core processor. Each vehicle has around 400 nodes and 4000 beams, all being simulated 2000 times per second. We hope to expand the number of simultaneous vehicles possible to at least 8 with a mid-range processor.

We will also look towards having multiplayer in the future, but it may be some time before we can create the multiplayer experience everyone is expecting. We are well aware of the demand for multiplayer and we want it just as much as you, but for the short term we are focusing on the single player career mode, various driving events, fixing bugs, and creating more content. It is feasible that we could implement local and/or same PC multiplayer in the interim.


Also, the possibilities extend beyond land vehicles. Users in our community have already made planes and helicopters that fly purely with the existing vehicle aerodynamic physics, with no cheating whatsoever. BeamNG can simulate aircraft in a very authentic way due to its soft-body physics. All the flex that happens to a real plane's airframe arises naturally in BeamNG, and the consequences of excessive stress are also modeled. Fly too fast and your wings will start to bend and rip off. The potential for the BeamNG physics engine is huge.

PROS

  • Enhanced graphical detail
  • Regular updates with new items
  • Free for testers
  • Massive maps with several game modes

CONS

  • Requires mods for multiplayer modes

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BeamNG.drive for PC

  • Paid
  • In English
  • V 0.23.5
  • 4.2
  • (4991)

User reviews about BeamNG.drive

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  • Kieson Green

    by Kieson Green

    I recommend BeamNG.drive because it has great pisics and is a really fun game and everyone should play it.

  • Doge Beast49 FORTNITE

    by Doge Beast49 FORTNITE

    it works for me!!!!! I have so much fun playing this game. thank you for this game

  • Terrance Mcleod

    by Terrance Mcleod

    I love the game! Thanks for putting your time in the game. Good luck on your next good game1 (:

  • Susan McCuller

    by Susan McCuller

    great! It's a fun game for all of the family. We all enjoy the game. We have contests of who an score the highest score.

  • Asmit Sadhukhan

    by Asmit Sadhukhan

    i really recommend it
    it has a barrel of physics
    it has lots of funky mods and etc


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