Driving games are one of the most addictive and popular types of computer games on the planet.
Almost every gamer has at least one no matter what console they are prefer; you can even get driving games for your phone these days!
Because they are so popular, there have been thousands of driving and racing style games produced. Some are serious, realistic affairs with real cars and real racetracks. Others are amazingly over-the-top sci-fi experiences, with space ships and hoverboards. You can even get family friendly, cartoonish versions that your grandmother could play.
Even though there are so many out there, there’s a lot of bad games that you shouldn’t waste your hard earned money on. We play quite a lot of driving games around here and in our opinion, these are the best ten ever produced.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit gives you the option of being either a cop or a racer. Both game options are tons of fun with decent graphics and enough options and modes to keep you busy for ages.
Crazy Taxi is a classic. Originally an arcade game that allowed you to drive a taxi at incredibly high speeds, the game was so popular that SEGA moved it to Dreamcast in 2000. The game is not only addictive but allows you to drive pretty much anywhere in a fast paced, arcade type driving game. Sadly, Crazy Taxi is something of an oldie, so you’ll need one of the older consoles (GameCube, Xbox or PS2) to play it.
Burnout has everything a good driving game should. Fast cars, the ability to destroy things and hundreds of ways to play the game! Play online, offline, in road rage mode or just a race against the game. Often the game sounds overly simple but can be quite fun and challenging to actually pull off with style.
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo was one of the originators of truly realistic driving games. The most recent version is an example of a near-perfect game. Stunning visuals, 100 cars to choose from and a clever new system to ensure that your car takes “realistic damage” coupled with real-life tracks to race on and glorious HD graphics make this title one for those who really take their gaming seriously. As realistic as it is, don’t go trying to replicate your Gran Turismo moves during adriving lesson.
This one offers a fun twist on family-friendly, kart-based racing games; players use tools to create and edit the cars they use. Featuring high speed races across eye-catching animated landscapes, 12 player online gaming, split and a screen dual racing game option and you have a great game that caters to both classic and modern driving gameplay. Plus, it’s lightweight enough to sit down and play with the family.
Shift 2: Unleashed
Neither a wacky arcade racer nor a hyper-realistic simulator, Shift 2 is an odd hybrid of a game. The cars are reasonably realistic, but the physics lacks the realism of Gran Turismo. The fun part of this game is abandoning the actual gameplay and competing with your friends for the most unrealistic and outrageous crash possible.
Driver: San Francisco
Driver is the sequel to the 1999 hit, Driver. The game features stunning graphics, cool classic cars and all of the action you could ever want. It also has a great plot and well thought-out characters that will keep you interested. Oh, and it has tons of driving!
Blur is a combat racing game with extraordinary out of this world graphics and amazing cars. While gameplay could be compared to a toned down and sexified version of Mario Kart, its still tons of fun and considerably more macho than Nintendo’s classic!
F1 2011 gives you all of the thrills, considerations and skill of racing with a real F1 car. From adjusting the weights of your vehicle to handling your baby on turns, the F1 is realistic and very fun. The game features multiple gameplay options, 29 tracks and plenty of challenges to keep you interested.
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart is the best racing game series ever conceived. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it features fun and easily-recognisable characters, simple but insanely addictive gameplay, wacky weapons and now, in its newest incarnation, the ability to play online. There’s nothing quite like crossing the finish line after blasting your little sister off the road with a red turtle shell missile, overtaking your dear old grandmother and lapping your best friend.
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