If you feel like burning virtual tires, then you should add some of the best racing video games for this 2020 to your collection. From ultra-realistic titles like Force, Gran Turismo and the series F1 Until caricature go-karts and acrobatic challenges that can cause a neck injury, we include examples of all kinds, both recent and classic and for different consoles.
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Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2, Xbox)
In terms of unbridled action, no game has outperformed Burnout 3: Takedown. This 2004 Criterion Gamers title for PS2 and Xbox elevated the massacre of the first two installments in the series to create a constantly fascinating experience. Clear, Burnout 3 He had traditional races, but instead of avoiding the other racers, the biggest fun came from crashing into his vehicles.
As damage accumulated, you could end up destroying their vehicles, increasing your chances of winning. This style of play was particularly exciting in Road Rage mode, where your mission was to destroy a number of cars within a time limit.
However, the best of Burnout 3 It was the multiplayer mode to recruit some friends and see who could finish with more opponents in a single race. With easy handling, spectacular crashes and a variety of single or multiplayer game modes, Burnout 3: Takedown it remains one of the best racing titles of all time.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe It is the brilliant culmination of 25 years of Nintendo racing games. Featuring an incredible collection of tracks, both new and classic, a wide selection of customizable characters and enough dirty tricks to put your friends to the test, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is without a doubt the best title of Mario Kart ever created.
Although Grand Prix mode offers you four levels of difficulty that you can conquer, Mario Kart It has always stood out in its multiplayer mode. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe It has local and online multiplayer mode, both for traditional races and for battle mode.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe It went on sale for Switch in 2017 and to date it is one of the best-selling titles for this console. In fact, almost 50 percent of those with Switch have the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. And we think that figure is low. If you have a Switch, you must have a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
Didy kong racing It was the best go-kart title on the Nintendo 64. Yes, even better than Mario Kart 64. At the time, Diddy Kong Racing offered a novel single player game. Set in an open world called Timber’s Island, you had to visit five different bioclimatic landscapes, completing four races and fighting a boss in each world.
Although the controls of the go-karts were not as good as those of Mario KartThe runways were more varied, including some designed for water hovercraft and small planes. Boss fights came in the form of obstacle courses where too much hitting while driving ended your career. But while the single player mode is what stood out the most, the multiplayer mode, especially the battle mode, was an amazing experience.
Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One, PC)
Forza Motorsport 7 is the best racing simulator created for the Xbox One. The Turn 10 Studios team surpassed itself with features that will surely delight everyone. With more than 700 vehicles and an infinity of customization options, it can be said that Forza Motorsport 7 It has the most impressive catalog of cars available in a racing game to date.
In addition to his car list, Motorsport 7 It has more than 30 stages from all over the world. What makes them even better is the dynamic weather system that affects track conditions in new and surprising ways. If you want a realistic racing game for Xbox One or PC, look no further.
Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One, PC)
The subseries Horizon offers a definitely different experience than the super serious main series Motorsport. Developed by Playground Games, Forza Horizon 4 Trade hyperrealism for an experience that’s halfway between simulation and classic gameplay.
Set in a beautiful UK version, Horizon 4 It features a stellar collection of over 400 vehicles and tons of racing-related activities. In the main online mode, each server welcomes 72 players with cars controlled by artificial intelligence pilots who base their strategies and racing style on real players.
Horizon 4 It also includes a dynamic climate system that tends to the extreme, such as frozen surfaces and torrential storms. The track editor lets users create and share their own careers online, significantly elevating replayability. Yes Motorsport 7 it’s too serious for you Horizon 4 offers a more relaxed atmosphere on Xbox One and PC.
Mario Kart: Double Dash (Game Cube)
Even if Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best title in the series, Mario Kart: Double Dash He earned a place on our list for his willingness to take inspired risks. This GameCubre title added a seat to each go-kart, creating the first cooperative game seen in the series (and the only one, thus far).
With one player at the wheel and one in charge of the items, Mario Kart: Double Dash It is the most interesting multiplayer game ever made, especially with the special items that each character had in their arsenal.
Despite the innovation, Double dash It could only be played conventionally, as a single player, in Grand Prix and multiplayer modes. We would love to see two-seat go-karts return to some title of Mario Kart in the future.
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2)
The Serie Gran Turismo Sony keeps burning tire but Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec it still represents a highlight in the world of racing simulators. Released during the first year of the PS2 life cycle, Gran Turismo 3 It was the most realistic racing game of its time. In Simulation mode, players progressed with different types of licenses, honing their skills, and unlocking new cars.
Gran Turismo 3 It was one of the first racing games that really got you thinking about the essence of the vehicles you controlled. The wide variety of event types, including some incredibly intimidating drag races, made Gran Turismo 3 It was a bit more complicated than most titles in its class, and mastering its controls took a little patience and time, but it was definitely worth it.
Blur (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Blur, released in 2010 by Activision, was the closest game we’ve seen to the franchise of Burnout. With cars taken from real life, racing Blur They revolved around stunts, pleasing fans and driving other riders out of the way. But Blur It also had something you normally only see in go-kart games: items.
During the race you could acquire power-ups that allowed you to do things like shoot at your opponents, and Blur He did this in fun ways. Going through certain icons forced you to take a specific action to gain a strong boost. Sometimes you had to perform an aerial trick; others, you tested your skills to oversteer.
The uncomplicated handling made Blur it was easy to play. The diversity and unexpectedness of the game offered the kind of excitement you normally find in Burnout and in games with go-karts.
Need for Speed Rivals (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
Need for SpeedThe most prolific racing game franchise of all time, has almost always been good, but few titles have been great. Need for Speed Rivals, a game that transcended two generations of consoles, proved to be the most impressive to date.
Set in an open world, Rivals perfected the chase mechanics of Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, implementing singular narratives that depended on the role you will adopt. A kind of role-playing game in which your driver levels up each time a goal is completed. Rivals It crossed the line between single player and multiplayer games by allowing you to join your friends without having to leave an instance of your game.
Burnout Paradise (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
Only three racing franchises have earned more than one place on this list. Burnout paradise It is the most recent installment in this series and took it to the open world. Set in Paradise City, Burnout paradise Leveraging the enhanced systems when it debuted on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2008. With a stunt and action gameplay similar to previous installments, its new freedom helped highlight the strengths of Burnout.
Although Paradise City was full of various events and objectives, much of the fun was created by the player himself. The new chase-style game mode was amazing to see how well the raucous formula worked. Burnout in the open world. In 2018 a remastered version was released for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
F1 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Codemasters has developed the series F1 for a decade, and it’s getting better. So it is no surprise that F1 For PS4, Xbox One and PC you have earned a place on our list.
F1 2018, an exact replica of the 2018 Formula One world championship, has the 21 circuits, 10 teams and 20 drivers that participated in the 2018 season. There is no better way to feel close to the Formula One action than with F1 2018. Its photorealistic graphics were particularly impressive.
With a collection of luxury F1 cars, including the McLaren M23, and a progressive system that forces you to make decisions related to improvements to the cars that will affect the rest of the season, F1 2018 It is a fascinating and very well done approach to Formula One racing that you should not miss.
Dirt Rally 2.0 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Codemasters is one of the leading racing game production companies of the modern era, and its success continues with Dirt Rally 2.0. This title includes more than 50 vehicles created for racing off-road and six different locations including New Zealand, Poland, Australia, and Argentina. Its controls and physics are some of the most realistic you’ll see in a racing game; This title is not for casual gamers, but is perfect for those looking for something beyond standard street and track racing.
Since this is the official game of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Dirt Rally 2.0 It includes several different racing series in legendary locations like Holjes and Barcelona, where riders can feel like they really are the best of the best.
Excite Truck (Wii)
Remember Excitebike on the NES? Great. And do you know Excite Truck, one of the first games for the Nintendo Wii and the third in the series? Even though it’s not that famous and was overshadowed by other early Wii titles (Wii Sports, Twilight princess), Excite Truck it took excellent advantage of the Wii’s motion controls, offering a racing game off-road fast and incredibly fun.
Featuring a star system that rewards speedy and swanky riders, this title always motivated you to head back onto the tracks to find new shortcuts and perform more tricks. Although Wiimote motion controls were new at the time, Excite Truck It was beautifully controlled, regardless of whether you were overstepping winding curves or performing stunts on the many jumps on the tracks.
Trackmania Turbo (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Trackmania Turbo For PS4, Xbox One and PC it is perfect for fast games, no matter if you want to play alone or in multiplayer. Unlike other games on this list, the tracks on Trackmania Turbo they are very short.
With over 200 total, your goal in many of the single player events is to beat the clock while doing tricks. It is a complicated task that forces you to quickly know each track.
A novel co-op mode puts two players in control of a car simultaneously, and unlike most current racing games, it also has a local multiplayer mode for up to four players. Also, it has a track editor with which you can create and share new tracks.
Wipeout Omega Collection (PS4)
Wipeout Omega Collection Combine two of the best games in this futuristic anti-gravity racing series: Wipeout HD (PS3) and Wipeout 2048 (Playstation Vita). Here speed matters most, and its 26 tracks have never looked better, with their high definition graphics and crisp 60fps.
Since it includes two games, Omega Collection It is full of content, from tournaments to time trials and battle variants that make it an electrifying action game. If you want to feel like you compete in the future, Wipeout Omega Collection for PS4 it’s definitely worth it.
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer (N64, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, PC, Mac)
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer was the best thing that came out of The Phantom Menace. This racing title for N64, Dreamcast and PC allows you to relive the best moments of the film across various planets. With 23 unlockable drivers and 25 tracks, Racer It had a lot of content to be a racing game released in 1999.
The vehicles were not too complicated to control and moved at breakneck speeds. Episode 1: Racer is one of the best Star Wars games, and that is no small feat, taking into account all that have been made.
Driver: San Francisco (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Mac)
Driver: San Francisco for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii it had more history than most of the games on this list. An action-adventure racing game set in an open world, with a campaign that included different events, although its outstanding feature was Shift.
In a switch from previous versions, the ability to get out of the vehicle was eliminated in favor of the ability of an instant change that made you bounce from one car to another. It worked as advertised and added to the versatility of the missions, injecting it with more layers of strategy.
Local and online multiplayer modes also stood out thanks to a lavish roster of around 20 different variants, from regular races to tagging vehicles, cops, and thieves.
F-Zero GX (GameCube)
While the F-Zero series has deteriorated over the years, we have fond memories of the approach to Captain Falcon in F-Zero GX, the 2003 GameCube title. Like other games F-zero, GX It stood out by offering one of the most exciting experiences in the genre. With 30 cars on winding, obstacle-filled tracks, reaching the top was always a challenge. F-Zero GX It was essentially a precision platform game. Memorizing track layouts was helpful, but being quick on the joystick and strategic with power-ups and power-ups made the difference between first and second place.
Out Run (Arcade)
The oldest game on this list, Out runIt appeared in arcade cabinets in 1986. So it was a visual marvel as the Ferrari Testarossa Spider was rendered in 3D. In a race against time, Out run it required players to maneuver turns, traffic and other obstacles to reach one of the five random points.
Out run It may seem boring today, but it is one of the most influential racing games of all time. If you want a nostalgic explosion, you can download Sega Ages: Out Run for Nintendo Switch.
* Article updated by Rodrigo Orellana on June 19, 2020.