We all love a good race. Whether it's watching the F1, going to the athletics or just running around the park with your nephew, racing is big. And in gaming it's no different. There are many different titles to choose from, which cater for a whole host of different racing tastes. So what's out there, and what's the best?
Sometimes you just want your racing games straight. Real cars, real tracks and an authentic-feeling driving experience. Your dream is probably to have the whole simulation set up with a bucket seat, steering wheel and pedals, all with a surround screen. However, that might be a little bit out of your price range - at the moment. So which games deliver this best? Well if you like to drive your favourite tracks with recognisable cars, you can't go wrong with Project Cars 2. Available on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows, this racing game features 140 tracks from 60 different locations. And for all you motorheads, there are 189 cars from manufacturers like Lamborghini, Porsche and Ferrari. And whilst those cars may be out of your price range in real life, owning them in digital fashion won't cost, especially thanks to sites like https://www.myfavouritevouchercodes.co.uk They have a whole host of discount codes from retailers such as Amazon and Argos, meaning you can make good savings whilst getting your hands on the biggest and best titles.
Another title you might want to consider that has real cars and a realistic feel is Forza Horizon 4. With over 450 licensed cars, the game has a huge open-world map which resembles the UK, in which you can race on a number of different circuits as well as creating your own. Also recently at E3, an expansion was announced for the game, based on LEGO Speed Champions. It lets you drive around on a LEGO map using models of real-life cars. It really has to be seen to be believed, and [[gamer BlackPanthaa has reviewed it http://youtube.com/watch?v=Yt3W5Q4JbR0]]
If you're looking at Project Cars and Forza and going 'no', then maybe you like the idea of racing, but don't like all the seriousness. You're not into traction control, tight racing lines or hitting the apex, you just want to have a crash 'em, smash 'em, dash 'em kind of experience. Well thankfully, there are a good number of options out there. The classic is, of course, Mario Kart, which is currently into its ninth incarnation with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
Mario Kart is a classic, but it has always been the way that the karting series has been a Nintendo exclusive, so what is available on the other consoles? Well you have two options, both follow in a similar vein to Mario Kart in taking an existing franchise and racifying it. Both released in 2019, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled and Team Sonic Racing (based on Crash Bandicoot and Sonic the Hedgehog respectively), are available on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as the Nintendo Switch. If you enjoy any of the previous games in those series' and enjoy racing, these will be right up your street.
But what if you want to go quick? Really quick? Well there are two good options for you. F1 is seen as the pinnacle of motorsport racing, with the cars in real life reaching up to 200mph. F1 2019, available on all major consoles, allows you to take your favourite cars and race as your favourite drivers on your favourite Formula 1 circuits. So how well will you do when you have a go at trying to win the Driver's Championship? However, if you prefer two wheels to four, then maybe something like MotoGP 19 would be more up your street.
Maybe something new isn't for you, and to move forward, you like to go back. There is a huge back catalogue of racing titles available to you to choose from, but some of the best include Project Gotham Racing 3, one of the first racing games to be released on the Xbox 360, and if you want to go really far back, the original Mario Kart.
So there are plenty of titles to choose from, so there's absolutely no excuse for you to go out and find your new favourite racing game. So what are you waiting for? Ready, set, go.