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.

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    Driver: San Francisco Review

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    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,Xbox 360

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    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Burnout Paradise Review

    Burnout Paradise

    For true next-gen arcade racing thrills Burnout Paradise is most definitely your best option. Don't want to read the review? Head over to the video player... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,Xbox 360

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    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Blur Review


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    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Forza Horizon isn't a game that needs tedious cut-scenes to force a narrative; the road will do that on its own. The effortless quality of the Forza Motorsport series has never found itself... more

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