Top PC Racing Games of All Time
Is there anything more satisfying than swinging the backend of a Lamborghini around a sweeping bend, putting your foot to the floor and racing past the rest of the pack with driving music pumping through the radio? Probably not. But which games do it best?
While it may have given way to the console scene in recent years, PC was once the home of racing games. Before your Gran Turismos and your Forza Motorsports started leading the way on console, it was the PC that was the go-to device for many budding petrolheads, with Geoff Crammond's F1 sims fondly remembered by some as the leaders of the pack.
And there have been loads of great racers in the years since, too, with Codemasters and Criterion creating some excellent arcade racers with DiRT and Need For Speed, and the simulation scene continuing in the shape of GTR and Assetto Corsa. Here's the top 30 racing games of all-time.
Need for Speed fans will be left wondering where all the fun has gone from the illegal, turned legal, street racing series.
Nail'd impresses in its opening moments and is fun to hop into for a quick burst, but once you've seen a few of the sights you're left with a game that struggles to excite where it really matters.
Other than the official WRC license all WRC 2 has going for it is a decent driving model. Everything else here feels dated and pales in comparison to numerous other games in the genre.
By no means perfect, but the handling and wet weather racing really makes Evolution GT stand out from the crowd.
Regardless of that feeling of déjà vu, Carbon is another solid racer from EA, and the Auto-Sculpt feature is absolutely fantastic.
At times it seems as though Eden tried to make the experience tedious, but it's possible to get hooked exploring the expansive island locations.
There's a scrappy little multiplayer brawler to be had with DiRT Showdown
There's just enough style in F1 Race Stars to make it stand on its own.
Autosport feels like a game made purely for the GRID fanbase. A great variety of racing disciplines and true wheel-to-wheel action, Autosport does a good job of returning the series to form.
Need For Speed: Most Wanted is not only the best Need For Speed title in some time, but also one of the best racers period.