Top Xbox 360 Racing Games of All Time
Chances are this list won’t feature racing classic PGR4 at the top. That more or less makes this entire article pointless, as everyone with any sense knows Bizarre Creations’ sublime city racer is the be all and end all when it comes to Xbox 360 racing titles.
So why is PGR4 not at the top? Well, yours truly only scored it a 9/10, a proper travesty of justice for a game that was so far ahead of the competition it’s not even funny. It had cars, it had bikes, it had weather effects, it had gorgeous real world cities, it had incredible online integration, and it handled like a dream.
While the PlayStation 3 is home to racing juggernaut, Gran Turismo, the now closed Bizarre Creations managed to produced a real gem - the kind of game that we’ll look back on and wonder how it wasn’t the huge hit it deserved to be.
So, this is a list of some great Xbox 360 racing games. Just remember that PGR4 should be sat at the top.
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.
1200 Microsoft Points might be seen as a lot by some people, but there's really a lot of content here, all wrapped up in some of the slickest presentation seen in an arcade-style XBLA release.
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.
Driver San Francisco could have been a one-trick pony but it has managed to use that trick in a variety of clever and interesting ways, ensuring the driving gameplay never becomes tiresome or generic.
The subtle improvements are almost invisible to an untrained eye, but F1 nuts will find immeasurable satisfaction in taming and tuning this year’s cars to performance perfection.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed mixes some wonderfully loving nostalgia and ambitious design to create a credible Mario Kart alternative.
Another quality racing game from Codemasters.
An accomplished racer, but one that needs some competition to really move forward.