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.

Want to know which racing games are the best the PS3 has to offer? Check out our list

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  • 30.

    Cars Mater-National

    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. You might have noticed that this... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 29.

    Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

    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. I must have poured hundreds of hours into Gran Turismo 3. Released during the summer... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 28.

    MotorStorm: Pacific Rift

    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. MotorStorm dazzled on its release, but the rush to get the game out... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 27.

    SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection

    SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection is well worth your money. Gamers brought up on the likes of Halo and Call of Duty might struggle to see what's so great here, but that's their loss. Were you a SEGA or Nintendo kid? I don't... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 26.

    OutRun Online Arcade

    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. Once again in the hands of the supremely capable Sumo Digital,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 25.

    Need for Speed Shift

    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. When EA announced that it would be giving its... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 24.

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

    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. It's true that Sonic and SEGA... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 23.

    ModNation Racers

    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. Who doesn't love Mario Kart? Well, OK, some people can't stand the way the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 22.

    Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

    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. It was always going to be hard for Criterion's Need for Speed to break free... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 21.

    Gran Turismo 5

    If you're a hardcore GT fan this game will cater to your needs; everyone else will find a game that's often tedious to work through, and missing essential functionality. The actual driving in Gran Turismo 5 is brilliant.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 20.

    MotorStorm: Apocalypse

    MotorStorm Apocalypse is a relentless assault on the senses, with grandiose set pieces that would make Michael Bay gush with delight. The skyline is a mess of collapsing architecture. The smoky heavens rain down slabs of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 19.

    Driver: San Francisco

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 18.

    F1 2012

    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. Motorsport can deliver incredible drama. So... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 17.

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed mixes some wonderfully loving nostalgia and ambitious design to create a credible Mario Kart alternative. A worrying and terrifying fact I realised the other day is that those of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 16.

    GRID 2

    Another quality racing game from Codemasters. When it comes to racing games, there are two camps. There are the uber-serious car people, the types that buy steering wheels for their racing games and spend hours getting anal... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 15.

    F1 2013

    An accomplished racer, but one that needs some competition to really move forward. Much like Sebastian Vettel's unchallenged run of victories, Codemasters' F1 series is beginning to take it easy through a lack of competition.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 14.

    Project CARS

    It's been a long road to release, but Project Cars delivers. Update: With Project Cars having now having been out for two weeks, we've finally played it enough to update our review and put a score on it. Well, Brett has.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 13.

    Burnout Paradise

    For true next-gen arcade racing thrills Burnout Paradise is most definitely your best option. Criterion has delivered a game that every gamer should have in their collection. Don't want to read the review? Head over to the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 12.

    Race Driver: GRID

    With a new found freedom to take risks GRID sits up there with the mighty Project Gotham Racing 4 as a leader in the arcade-style racing genre. Codemasters is well known as one of the leaders in the racing game market, but... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 11.

    WipEout HD

    At £12 you've probably already made your mind up about WipEout HD, but in case you're on the fence we whole heartedly recommend you download it as soon as it hits the PlayStation Store. We can't help but get excited about... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 10.

    Midnight Club: Los Angeles

    Midnight Club L.A. is slick, well designed and gives a more real sense of being in a crowded city. Even with Burnout Paradise on the market, you shouldn't miss Rockstar's latest. If there's something Rockstar does better... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 9.

    WipEout HD Fury

    WipEout HD Fury seems a snip at just £8. The new tracks are excellent, but it's the game modes that offer the real value for money here. Expansion packs never get me too excited. Even if they're for games I love, I'd much... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 8.

    Colin McRae: DiRT 2

    Wrap up an enjoyable rally experience with the best racing game visuals we've ever seen and DIRT 2 becomes a must-buy game. If review scores were handed out for slickness alone Codemasters' Colin McRae: DIRT 2 would be an... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 7.


    Blur is a modern take on the Mario Kart formula, done in a way that feels incredibly cool and refreshing. I didn't like the idea of Blur. Ever since I was told about Bizarre Creations' first game for Activision, I couldn't... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 6.

    F1 2010

    F1 2010 is one of the most comprehensive and complete Formula 1 offerings to date, and has everything we’ve come to expect from the genre over the years. The roar of an engine and the smell of petrol will forever remind me... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 5.

    Shift 2: Unleashed

    If you're a serious fan of the genre, know that Shift 2 does several things better than anything else on the market right now, which makes it an essential purchase. My advice? Don't bother with any of the exterior cameras... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 4.

    DiRT 3

    DiRT 3 is hard to pick fault with. It's got the looks, the style, the superb sense of speed, and spot-on handling model that blurs the line between sim and arcade. Codemasters undoubtedly has one of the best racing game development... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 3.

    F1 2011

    While casual players might question whether much is different a year down the road after 2010, those in the know will agree that F1 2011 is the most complete representation of the sport to date. You're screaming towards a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 2.

    MotorStorm RC

    Thanks to the excellent leaderboard integration RC offers a greater sense of competition than many standard racing games, and will tug at you time and time again. MotorStorm RC is my favourite Vita game. It's also the cheapest... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3, PS Vita

  • 1.

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC