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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...