As we enter a new era of gaming marked by next generation consoles and games pushing the video game industry to new limits, we find a new way to test our limits on the track. Whether you’re just interested in driving around with different cars and exploring a city or prefer to put your racing skills to the test, there are so many adrenaline-pumping car games at your disposal. Here are 10 of the most popular racing and car games, overall, for you to check out this year. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
Forza Motorsport 5
It’s no surprise that one if video gaming’s biggest racing titles is at the top of this list, but for good reason: the Forza series has for years maintained a reputation as being one of the best racing titles out there, and that’s because it’s not just a video game, but a racing simulator. From choosing from hundreds of cars to famous tracks around the world, it’s the next best thing after actually being behind the wheel.
For Top Gear fans, you’ll be happy to hear that the narrations of the game come from James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond. It just goes to show you how spot on Forza 5 is! The Xbox One console did an amazing job publishing and releasing Forza Motorsport 5 this past summer and you’ll be impressed at the amount of detail that has been put into each of the 200 cars (from over 50 different manufacturers). With a range of beautiful circuits, you’ll be busy for some time to come!
Gran Turismo 6
Since gran Turismo 5, many of the gamer issues have been resolved. While the graphics remains top notch as always, the menu screens have become a lot more easier on the eyes, the car assortment (premium/standard) has been improved greatly, and when you crash – there will be a much more realistic and cool sound If you’re looking to race, GT6 is one of the best racing simulators out there (available on Playstation). It comes packed with 1,200 different vehicles, 37 locations, 100 different track layouts. Plus, you can get further into detail with 70 types of wheel design … per car!
Unique to GT6, it also features a festival called “Vision Gran Turismo,” which featured concept cars designed specifically for the game. Don’t miss this inspiring feature.
For PC Gamers, iRacing is considered definitely one of the very top racing games available online. What makes this game stand out apart from the others is its unique racing community of players and 3rd party sites and developers. Trading Paints, which hosts custom paint deals, for example, helps to provide customizable features to the cars in the game and members create their own “league” (for $10/year) and organize their own online sessions and races.
Not surprisingly, iRacing caters mostly to real-world racers and serious enthusiasts because of its realistic simulation and third party involvement. The only downside is that there is a subscription fee for members and upgrading cars does cost money as well.
If you’re looking to try out new cars (including concept cars), some of the best games are available on consoles, online, or even on your mobile device. Testing out cars and getting behind the wheel has never felt more realistic and the technology promises to continue to advance.