Best 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 PC racing games do it best?
While it may have given way to the console scene in recent years, PC has still always been a hot bed for some of the top racing games across all of the different genres. Before your Gran Turismos and your Forza Motorsports started leading the way on console, there were a ton of old racing games for the PC that made it the go-to device for many budding petrolheads, with Geoff Crammond's F1 sims fondly remembered by some as the leaders of the pack. But with the arrive of Project Cars, we're now in a renaissance for the platform and it's where some of the best PC car games can be found.
The great thing, is they're also so varied. Whether it's rally games, simulation driving experiences, arcade or multiplayer racing games, or games that are connected with Formula 1, there's so much to choose from. And with power-house franchises like DiRT and Need for Speed still innovating and iterating, things will only improve in the future. So with that, here's the top 30 PC racing games of all-time.
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- Nintendo DS
- PS Vita
- PlayStation 2
Race Driver GRID on DS can't really compete with the ultra slick game of the same name released on 360, PS3 and PC, but it does still offer some fun arcade racing on a platform short on good racers. Codemasters' Race Driver GRID turned out to be one of the best Arcade racers... more
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. If you owned a Dreamcast and didn't love Hydro Thunder you are probably dead... more
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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. There's a lot to be said for offering something new. While Driver San... more
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If you're a racing fan ToCA Race Driver 3 is a no brainer. It's got game modes and racing disciplines bursting from every polygonal seam and it's smart enough to cater for beginners and novices alike. Codemasters certainly isn't afraid to go head-to-head with the big boys. The... more
Need for Speed: Most Wanted's greatest achievement is how it sets such a firm focus on racing. Criterion set out to make an open-world arcade racer where competition is king, and succeeded. Like the cold metal girders and sun-glinted glass panels that make up... more