Top 10 Best Racing Video Games Of All Time
Everyone loves a good racer, both casuals and hardcore gamers. Sometimes it’s tough finding a fun racing game to play, whether you want to pore over countless infinitesimal details of car-tuning or just grab a special pick-up and have some arcade-style fun with friends. No worries, here’s a quick list of the top 10 racing games you’ll most certainly want to play or at least check out… assuming you’re in the mood to rev-up some engines and enjoy a laid back time burning rubber on the pavement, or rushing through the digital wind at unimaginably high speeds.
No need to mince your time with wasted words, it’s time to get right to it. Check out Thegamefreakshow list of the top 10 racing games. There’s bound to be something in here for everyone.
10. Wipeout HD/Fury
One of the last Wipeout games to come from Studio Liverpool before its untimely closure, Wipeout HD is still a breathtaking and spectacular racing game. Running at 1080p and 60fps, its futuristic hovercraft races are brought to life in crystal clarity and even in 3D if you have a fancy TV.
Everything about this game screams ‘class’, from the soundtrack, to the weapons, to the auto-accelerating Zone mode (which remains one of gaming’s most captivating combinations of aesthetic appeal and classic ‘increasing challenge’ score attack). It’s also worth checking the games out on PS Vita (available as DLC for the also-great Wipeout 2048), because it also just so happens to suit handheld play beautifully.
9. Daytona USA HD
The oldest game on this list, Daytona USA is still available to download on Xbox 360 (but not Xbox One yet) and PS3 in beautiful HD. Originating as one of the first texture-mapped 3D arcade games in 1993, Daytona USA was ported to Saturn twice and Dreamcast once before it finally got the home conversion it deserved on Xbox 360 and PS3. It’s arcade-perfect in terms of colours, textures and handling, but in HD and with vastly-reduced pop-in.
And what a game it still is. There are only three tracks to play, but you could play for 20 years and still not feel you’d mastered them. I know this because I have done exactly that. It’s a shame the online servers are empty because there’s so little scope for griefing in Daytona. This is that famous arcade game one of the most successful arcade games of all time in your house. It’s still one of the best games you can buy.
8. Need For Speed Most Wanted
Greatest Need For Speed ever made! Add the thrilling chases of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit to the sandbox elements of Burnout: Paradise and you get Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Putting players behind the wheel in the gorgeously detailed city of Fairhaven and offering them instant access – provided you can locate them – to a roster of 31 cars, as well as 10 additional cars, which can be unlocked by beating challenges.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted’s greatest strength is its variety of challenge types, races and freeroam objectives to complete. You can spend hours drifting, speeding or crashing through Fairhaven without having to do the same type of challenge twice. Moreover, the versatility of Most Wanted’s driving mechanics allow for newcomers to feel immediately at home, despite the surprising amount of depth and precision that can be found after a spending a considerable amount of time with the game.
7. Burnout Paradise
All of the core Burnout games are great, perhaps with the exception of the original which is merely very good. But Burnout Paradise remains one of the most ambitious racing games ever made and yet somehow also one of the slickest. It’s a sprawling offline single-player game, but also a seamless online MMO with the tap of a button. Granted, the server isn’t always available these days, but that doesn’t detract from the solo experience, which is more than worth the entry fee on its own.
Today, that single-player mode is still gorgeous. After numerous updates, the game is very different to the vanilla version, but that 60fps update, super-scary speed and impeccable summertime atmosphere are still intact. And the crashes? Still the best crashes in any console racing game. Current-gen needs to do better.
6. F1 2013
Formula One cars require technical knowledge of racing lines and braking techniques to drive well, and I would even argue you should race with manual gears too. When you do, F1 2013 is a superb racer. The fourth game in Codemasters’ series, this represents the pinnacle of its evolution, especially as it features a ‘classic’ mode that F1 2014 and current-gen’s F1 2015 do not.
The standard, modern F1 season is deep and engaging here, along with some shorter, rival-based game modes, but the package is elevated above the competition with the inclusion of some of the biggest fan-pleasing content in any racing game ever, namely 1980s and 1990s cars and drivers. No single season’s grid is fully replicated (and McLaren is conspicuously absent), though 1988 is closest. But as a modern video game of the kind of racing that got a lot of people into motorsport in the first place, this is wonderful.
5. GRID Autosport
By going against the sprawling career modes of most modern racing sims, GRID Autosport provides a focused, honed experience that lets you enjoy the parts of the game you like the most. The multi-disciplined event roster includes single-seaters, touring cars and V8 Supercars, lending the gameplay plenty of variety. But all that is peripheral to the fact the racing itself, which is some of the best you’ll ever experience outside of racing against real people.
The key to this lies in its AI. When you race a computer-controlled car in GRID Autosport, you really race it. Lap after lap of cut and thrust competition, full of defensive lines, wide-in-narrow-out passes on corner exits you have to work hard to win, but damn, does it feel good when you do. The handling is grounded in reality, but has been tuned to allow for maximum risk/reward payback. You can probably buy this game very cheap now, so do it. You won’t regret it.
4. Mario Kart 7
The best local multiplayer racing experience you can get remains the 3DS’ Mario Kart 7. Everything from the handling of the karts, the upgrades you can select, the track/air/water transformations (and alternative routes) and weapon system is tuned as close to perfection as you’re ever likely to see.
The tracks are more memorable than Wii U’s Mario Kart 8, and the multiplayer modes are superior too. There are very few games that could be recommended to absolutely anyone, child or adult, and have them practically guaranteed a good time. This is one of those games.
3. Gran Turismo 6
The best ‘serious’ racer may only be on PS3, but Gran Turismo 6 feels every bit as convincing as its new-gen competition, to the point where side-by-side comparisons are entirely plausible. The simulation is beautifully-weighted, combining the real-world physics calculations you’d expect from a sim with responsive steering, making this far more accessible than its main rivals, Forza and Project CARS.
There are day and night transitions, wet weather racing, an incredibly long list of real-world and fictional tracks, all of which could sustain weeks of play alone if you’re chasing best times and track mastery. It’s a shame the AI isn’t as good as it could be, and the car damage is frankly pitiful, but everything else is top-drawer.
2. DiRT 2
Arcade racers may have died out, but DiRT 2 remains as close as you can get to that pick-up-and-play gameplay of yesteryear. The ‘dudebro’ presentation caused a lot of very vocal protestations from a small section of the community, which is a shame because no subsequent racer from Codemasters has had anywhere near as much personality, almost certainly as a result.
But the soundtrack is unforgettable and the festival vibe in the off-track scenes carries into the action. The AI racers call you by name when they pass, allowing you to form organic rivalries (mainly with Katie Justice, admittedly), the handling is superb, the detail in the environments and the physics of destructible trackside scenery is frankly better than it has any right to be on 2005’s hardware this is simply a phenomenally good racing game. Dude.
F1 2015 is the seventh Formula 1 racing game developed by Codemasters. It was released in July 2015 and is available on three platforms namely Windows PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4. The game incorporates all the drivers and circuits from the 2014 season. Despite having mixed reviews, the game topped the UK sales charts and enjoyed a stay in the top five for 5 weeks.
The game features a new Pro-season mode that is more complex than normal gameplay. In this mode players have no HUD or assists. Additionally, the game is compatible with PS4 and XBox One voice recognition software allowing players to communicate to their engineers at the pit stops.
1. Forza Motorsports 6
Forza Motorsport 6 is another highly anticipated game that is scheduled for September 2015 release on XBox One. New to the game is the wet-weather racing. To make this as realistic as possible the developers visited real world tracks to identify where water puddles are formed.
Forza 6 launches with a record breaking 450 cars and 26 tracks. Over 60 car makes have been confirmed so far, and race cars from leading series such as FIA WEC, WTCC, BTCC, V8 Supercars, F1 and Formula E are also included in Forza 6. New tracks include COTA, Brands Hatch, Lime Rock Park, Daytona Speedway, Monza and Watkins Glen.
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