Top 5 Best Racing Games

Racing games have always been one of the most popular genres in videogame consoles. The feel of riding one of those beasts (especially with a steering wheel) is just amazing.
But racing games have come a long way since the first ones made it into the scene. Which are the top 5 best racing games of all time? Which are the ones that defined and pushed the genre while being pure fun to play?

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ingiomar4957d ago (Edited 4957d ago )


nothing to see here

*Reads Article *..GT3 1st and Mario kart 2nd? ok whats going on here?

Yi-Long4957d ago

... No Rallisport Challenge 2, no GRID, no F-Zero GX.

It makes no sense.

-Alpha4957d ago (Edited 4957d ago )

No love for Burnout Paradise and Wipeout HD? The DLC support for both games was awesome too.

Hoping for a new Burnout game.

Danteh4957d ago

I remember the countless hours spent on Mario Kart haha :D

Yeah it's not a "serious racer" but it was indeed very influencial and fun, even today

mikeslemonade4957d ago

As much as I hate to admit it I agree GT3 was ahead of its time. When I think of games that were ahead of its time I think of GT3, Gears, Ocarina of Time, and Uncharted 2. Graphically these games just killed the competition for atleast one year after it released. Meaning the game that came out a year before still is beating all the games graphically a year later.

frostypants4956d ago

I like the list for what it is: best racing games in general, with no regard to TYPE of racing game. My only change would be to replace Super Mario Kart with Mario Kart 64.

If it was a top 10 I'd have Need for Speed III at 6 and Wipeout HD at 7.

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XRider4957d ago

Nothing tops Road Rash to me

frostypants4956d ago

Wipeout HD is awesome, but top 5? Come on man. It's a crowded genre...its absence from a top 5 list is hardly indefensible.

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NecrumSlavery4957d ago

Mario Kart
Twisted Metal
Project Gotham Racing
Ditty Kong Racing

Few of my favorites.

-Alpha4957d ago (Edited 4957d ago )

Twisted Metal isn't a racing game, it's in a genre of its own-- Car Combat.

Also, you should play Wipeout, it's great

NecrumSlavery4957d ago

Wipeout is nice especially in 3D.

I also dug POD Racing, the PC game not the Star Wars game.

Nivalis4957d ago

GT1 did more for the genre than GT3, lets be honest, before GT1 racing games were pretty basic

frostypants4956d ago (Edited 4956d ago )

Only on consoles.

The games that first brought true realism to the genre was IndyCar Racing and then NASCAR Racing on the PC (both by a now defunct developer called Papyrus). NASCAR Racing 4 is still the best NASCAR racing game ever made (the new EA ones suck).

The series lives on online as iRacing (they bought the NASCAR Racing code base). If you like racing sims like GT and you have a PC it's worth checking out.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of GT5 and iRacing. GT5 has iRacing beat on graphics, primarily lighting. But otherwise very similar.


But anyways...no, GT wasn't the first. Maybe the best, but not the first. And currently, word on the street is iRacing still beats *everything* in the physics department.