As children, we raced toy cars across the living room floor; and as teens, we spent hours in front of gaming consoles, trying to beat our friends, the game’s AI, and our own speed records in various races. As adults, we may have revved up our engines a little too much as we waited for a red light to turn green while giving fellow motorists sidelong glances, as if waiting for their next move. The thrill of driving—and racing—have also probably earned us a speeding offence or two.
If you want to experience the thrill of driving along a speedway, it’s better and safer to do so using your computer, tablet, or a gaming console. We’ve compiled a list of the best and most entertaining driving games in history. When it comes to real-world experience, these are really the closest you can get to actually being on a racetrack. Rev up!
- F1 2013 Classic Edition – This game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 features classic racing cars from the Eighties and Nineties. It simulates Formula One Racing at its finest, and players can join different teams to vie for the world championship trophy.
- Real Racing 3 – No console? No problem! This mobile racing game is available for iOS and Android users, so you can race anywhere you want right from your smartphone or tablet. This app provides players with 50 supercars from popular brands such as Ferrari and Porsche.
- Forza Motorsport 5 – Xbox One owners will be glad to know that this simulator, regarded by many motorsport enthusiasts as the best-looking racing game in the world, is tailor-suited to their console. Players are provided with a wide range of sports cars and competition motors as well as top-notch racing circuits, including the track that Top Gear uses to test the newest automobiles in the market.
- Need for Speed Most Wanted – The game franchise that inspired many street races on film, Need for Speed proves to be a favourite among gamers. Racing on the open road with the police at their heels gives players that exhilarating adrenaline rush without actually being behind the wheel.
- F1 Race Stars – Relive your cartoon-filled childhood with this Formula One game with a twist. In this game, popular F1 racers are transformed into cartoon characters, and the renowned circuits are converted with shortcuts, loop-the-loops, and various jumps.
- Colin McRae Rally – First released in 1998 for the Sony PlayStation 1, this game now has an iOS version so you can play it on your iPad or iPhone. Controlling cars is done by touching or tilting the device, which can be challenging if you’re in a moving bus, but fun nonetheless. Players have to go through 30 rally stages in three different countries using the four available cars.
- NASCAR The Game: Inside Line – if you don’t have a gaming console and are hesitant to show fellow passengers you’re playing a racing game from your phone, then worry not because Inside Line could be the game for you. It’s available for PC download, and lets you select from a host of drivers or create your own NASCAR team. The tracks vary in difficulty, and you can also race against other players online.
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