Racing Car games are a favourite among consoles these days. There’s no doubt that it’s far easier to play a racing car game on a console than it is to play it on a PC. Plus, most of the best racing car games are on consoles exclusively. We decided to have a look-back and decide which of the racing cars over the years we thought were truly the best. Either for being the most realistic, having the best features or just being the most fun we’ve had in a car game. These games aren’t in any order and we would love to hear if you have any more suggestions in the comments below.
Project Gotham Racing 4 (Oct 2007)
The PGR series was one of the best racing car games on previous generation consoles. PGR had you racing around different streets with super powered cars that you could customise like few other cars have allowed you to do today. The PGR series was one of the first series to get car customization done right and had players investing many hours into the classic title.
Forza Motorsport 3 (Oct 2009)
Forza Motorsport 3 is said to be the best Forza game ever made which is saying a lot in such a high-quality series of six titles now. Forza Motorsport 3 introduced online racing, drivatars that learned your moves and the most realistic car driving simulation the world had ever seen. It was the first Forza game where people solidly admitted it was now better and more fun than Playstation’s offering, Gran Tourismo.
Forza Horizon 2 (Sept 2014)
Turn10, the company behind Forza then went on to create Forza Horizon, a driving game that brought you the beautiful presentation and driving simulation of the other Forza games but into the open world and with a summer vibe. The first was brilliant but the second was even better and is probably one of the best open-world car simulations to date!
Forza Motorsport 6 (Sept 2015)
Forza Motorsport 6 is the latest and greatest Forza game from Turn10. The game features the best physics, the most beautiful graphics, the most realistic gameplay, the most comprehensive car list and now night and rain weather conditions too. It takes everything great about the Forza series and takes it up one notch in all areas.
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 (Sept 2009)
Off-road racing isn’t something a lot of racing games tackle as it is often seen as a slower type of race that requires a lot more work on the physics and gameplay front to make interesting. However, this is certainly something the Colin McRae games did and the second installment was the best of the series.
Blur (May 2010)
Made by the masters behind the Project Gotham Racing team, Blur looked to take what Mario Kart has made famous with power-ups and action racing and mould it with the realistic driving of PGR. The game was an absolute hoot and was one of the most fun physics-based racing games out there to play with friends and online.
Mario Kart 8 (May 2014)
How can you mention racing car games without mentioning the simply incredible Mario Kart series? Mario Kart 8 has come out and beaten all the other Mario Karts by improving upon the beautiful world, bringing back some classic races and course and introducing some new characters and bikes. What a Mario Kart this is and maybe one of the last Wii-exclusive Mario Kart titles.
Wipeout HD (Sept 2008)
Wipeout was one of those racing games that took the action feeling of Mario Kart and took it futuristic. Wipeout HD was an absolutely brilliant game that had you racing at high speeds on high-intensity race courses. Wipeout HD obviously brought the game to full 1080p HD and gave it a solid 60 frames per second making the game even more immersive and draw-droppingly fun.
Project Cars (May 2015)
Project Cars was one of those games that was released recently which had a lot of hype around it. The game came out and was actually a really solid car game that felt similar to the likes of Forza but offered up arguably more beautiful-looking cars. Add in an interesting Career in which you can race multiple levels of vehicles early on and you’ve got a game that could definitely appeal to those who just want to race behind their favourite car.
Need for Speed Shift
The Need for Speed series is one of the more famous among racing car fans. The Need for Speed series has always centered on the idea of being a criminal who’s racing to escape the police or racing other drivers. The customization has always been a strong point in these games and Need for Speed Shift kept all these points and added in a cockpit view like no game before it and the most realistic crash-simulation in a car game too.