20 greatest racing games
From Ridge Racer to Forza, we count down our 20 favourite racers of all time.
From gaming's earliest days, man has been obsessed with using them to recreate the real-life experience of driving a car really really fast.
As a genre, the racing game can be seen as a bit of a one-trick pony - where's the fun in driving around a circuit lap after lap after lap? But in reality they're a genre that have, if you'll pardon the pun, consistently driven innovation across the games industry.
From the real-world physics of Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix to the hyper-realistic open world of Grand Theft Auto's bustling metropolis, racing and driving games have opened up the technology for other developers to follow.
But which is the best? We all have our favourites, be they the pedestrian splatterthon of Carmageddon or the bone-crunching crashes of Burnout - but the only way to truly sort the Morris Minors from the Murciélagos is with a handy list. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines for the greatest racing games ever...
I don't know why F1 2010 is there i brought it and it's crap. 2 good games should be in the top 5 rfactor and NFS Most Wanted
No F-Zero then? Great to see Micro Machines and Road Rash in there though.
I was disappointed with the double omission of Daytona USA & Wildtrax. Rock & Roll Racing is one of the few games I have clocked and is also amazing... or it seemed it in 1995!
That would be funny.
But why is there no Blur or Trackmania? Blur had awesome, sort of realistic gameplay except for the power-ups which were also awesome.
Trackmania focused on, rather than awesome cars - how about awesome tracks. I love that feeling of doing a ramp that makes no literal sense but still occurs.
1. Tow Truck Simulator
2. Farming Simulator 2011
3. Digger Simulator 2011
4. German Truck Simulator
5. UK Truck Simulator
6. Bus Simulator 2
7. Demolition Simulator
8. Tanker Truck Simulator
9. Farming Simulator Gold
10. Fork Lift Truck Simulator
11. Euro Truck Simulator Gold
And I'll stop there because that's quite simply all the games anyone would ever possibly need.
I think driving is good. I think driving games are gooder. My dad says everyone is cruel to the man who wrote this. If i owned a games machine then i would probably agree to his fabulous list. Mr journalist you are mightier than the sword and have a nice photo.
1.gt3 2.mario kart64.pgr4.forza 4 5.f1 2010 6 sega rally 2 7.mario kart wii 8 gt 1 9.motgp07 10. need for speed pursuit. 8. ridge racer 9. wipeout 10.carzy taxi 11.midnight club 12.super hang on 14.driver 15.ayton senna f1 16.ferrari 355 challenge 17.dayton racing 18. road rash 19.toca 20 demolition derby a wild card number 1 has to be gran turismo nothing came close to that, mario kart because it made racing fun, then pgr cos it married the two together and side ways was the fastest on that game.
This list is poor!
It includes games that are not racing games, misses out some of the seminal racing games of their time, and appears to be compiled by some one who doesn't really understand what makes a good racing game!
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