If you’re a fan of the car racing video game genre, chances are, you’re disappointed by the lack of originality of most car racing games. However, there are a few gems out there that are enjoyed by all lovers of the car racing games.
Here are five of the best car racing games on the market.
1. Forza Motorsport 4
If you’ve played the previous three iterations of the Forza series, you’ll notice new racing challenges have been added to the fourth game of the series. These new racing challenges prevent players from getting bored of the traditional racing format by introducing variety.
The graphics engine and handling has also improved substantially. This game also has great car customization and it also allows you to enjoy multiplayer racing game play with your buddies. Forza Motorsport 4 is available for the Xbox 360 only.
2. Burnout Paradise
If you like seeing explosions and completely wrecked cars, Burnout Paradise is definitely the car racing game for you. This game has an amazing open-world that you’re free to explore to your heart’s desire.
Rock Paradise City is made up of 250 miles of open road, and you’ll spend hours discovering all the shortcuts. Burnout Paradise is available on the PC, PS3, as well as the Xbox 360.
3. Gran Turismo 5
Like the idea of owning a collection of over 1000 cars? Then, Gran Turismo 5 is definitely the game for you. This game contains many real and fictional courses that you have to explore the world to find.
You can easily challenge friends with the new custom race lobby. There are also new and improved modes of this game, such as Photo Travel and Course Maker. Gran Turismo 5 is an exclusive game for the PS3.
4. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
In Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, you can choose to take part in high-speed pursuits as the police, or in high-speed escapes as the criminal running from the law. The great thing about this game is that it is a perfect mix of arcade racing elements and realism.
However, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is most famed for its Autolog. With this score tracking system, you will be notified immediately whenever your time is beaten by one of your friends. Autolog allows you to immediately play to win your spot back as #1. Other games have this score keeping system in place, but Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit will always be remembered as the first to nail it. This game is available for the Nintendo Wii, the PS3, the Xbox 360, as well as the PC.
5. Mario Kart Wii
This game is one of the few Wii games that manages to utilize the Wii motion controls without being the least bit annoying to the player. If you’ve played games in this franchise before, you’ll notice that the motorbikes are a new addition.
As you can see, no matter what your taste of car you’re into, from a Land Rover luxury sports suv to a low riding sports car, you’ll still manage to find a great, trend-setting game within the car racing genre.
Jack has been a mechanic for 10 years and is a complete rev head. He has 5 cars to his name, and his past time hobbies include redoing old cars, travelling, going to car shows and writing blogs about cars.