Top PS3 Racing Games of All Time
With Gran Turismo continuing to become more of a snoozefest with every release, it’s been the job of other racers to fill the void for speed junkies. The rise of the Motorstorm series on PlayStation 3 saw a new type of racing game enter the fray, with less of a focus on apexes and more on making it to the finish line without setting your car ablaze.
WipEout went from strength to strength before the closure of Studio Liverpool in 2012, but not before the excellent HD Fury arrived and made its mark on everyone’s game library.
Fans of Little Big Planet AND racing games were in luck with the arrival of ModNation Racers, which offered great levels of customisation across the entire track plus a very cute line-up of racers.
But it was the Need for Speed series that went from strength to strength on PS3. With Criterion bringing us the incredible Most Wanted in 2012, a game that can arguably be considered the best in the series to date.
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For those that get to grips with the driving dynamics and can tolerate the bare-bones structure, SEGA Rally is a fine re-imagining of a classic racing series.
Colin McRae: Dirt is a solid and often spectacular effort from Codemasters. The core racing is thrilling yet accessible and the amount of content on offer will keep players enthralled for some time.
Cars Mater-National is a harmless and charming racing game that brings the movie successfully to video game form for the second time. Fans of the previous Cars game will enjoy this immensely.
In the end GT5 Prologue is pretty essential for GT fans but its enhanced demo nature is more than obvious in various parts of the package.
Some might see Pacific Rift as a safe follow-up, but with a brand new location, more tracks and more features, it's more or less exactly what fans wanted.
OutRun Online Arcade is unbelievably fun once you settle in to the drift-focussed arcade racing, but it's not the perfect version of the game we hoped it would be.
Need For Speed: Shift is a brilliant new start for the franchise and has clearly been built by a team that loves racing. Shift comes highly recommended to all racing game fans.
Whichever version of Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing you choose you're going to get a well produced, fun arcade racer, with enough tracks and unlockables to keep you playing for a long time.
ModNation Racers is good fun with mates and has a surprising amount of depth, but lacks the magic that would have elevated it to a must own title.
Despite feeling like a fusion of Need for Speed and Burnout, Hot Pursuit is still the most exciting title the franchise has seen in a long time.