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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  • 30.

    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

  • 29.

    Hydro Thunder Hurricane

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 28.

    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

  • 27.

    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

  • 26.


    While Spelunky is a fine addition to the growing library of masochistic titles it doesn't always quite manage to elicit the right response from its players. Most platformers are won or lost by memorisation. Learn the controls... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 25.

    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

  • 24.

    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

  • 23.

    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

  • 22.

    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

  • 21.

    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

  • 20.

    Project Gotham Racing 3

    Project Gotham Racing 3 is a stunning game and a truly next-gen package. The fact that there will be better to come is very exciting indeed. Project Gotham Racing stood in the shadow of Halo at the launch of the original... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 19.

    Forza Motorsport 2

    Forza 2 is the premier Xbox 360 racer and the new king of the genre. If you love cars and own an Xbox 360, this absolutely must be in your collection. Some games seem so polished that they make others in their genre seem... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 18.

    Project Gotham Racing 4

    Whoever steps into Bizarre's shoes for PGR5 has an almost impossible task as PGR4 could well be the best racer you'll play this gen. Until last week PGR2 was sat, barely challenged, at the top of my all-time favourite racers.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 17.

    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

  • 16.

    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

  • 15.

    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

  • 14.

    Trials HD

    Trials HD is a game that seems tailor made for Xbox LIVE Arcade and we can't recommend it highly enough. We've probably said it a million times before, but we know a game's got something special when it attracts everyone... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 13.

    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

  • 12.


    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

  • 11.

    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

  • 10.

    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

  • 9.

    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

  • 8.

    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

  • 7.

    Forza Motorsport 4

    Alongside manifold technical improvements, Forza 4 brings a noticeable spark of excitement to the series. Everyone will have their own Forza Motorsport 4 story, and while many might have similar tales, much of my journey... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 6.

    Joe Danger Special Edition

    Joe Danger: Special Edition is a charming triumph, an absolute joy to play, and a fresh modern title that effortlessly manages to play the same notes as the best video games of the 90s. As a child, I always used to doodle... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 5.

    Joe Danger 2: The Movie

    Joe Danger 2 can be an incredibly tricky game, but it’s one that always puts a smile on my face. You can go a long way with a smile. When determined stuntman Joe Danger popped his first wheelie on PlayStation 3 in 2010, it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 4.

    Forza Horizon

    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 wanting for much, but if there's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 3.

    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

  • 2.

    Trials Fusion

    A melding of the established template and something just new enough, RedLynx’s creation is a wonderful thing. The Trials series increasingly faces a common creative challenge. Just how should it innovate when it has established... more

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

  • 1.

    Forza Motorsport 3

    Never before has there been such a content-packed racing game, playable for people of all skill levels, that feels this good. What would make the ultimate racing game? It's hard to put a finger on the exact ingredients that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360