ESSENTIAL BUYER'S GUIDE

Best racing games on PS4 & PS5

Rev your engine for our fast-track rundown of racing games available for your inner speed demon

Kart racers

Put your foot down and powerslide to victory in lively fantasy worlds.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

ESRB Everyone 10+: Comic Mischief, Cartoon Violence / In-Game Purchases
Developer: Beenox
The speedy summary: Family friendly fun
Players: 1-4 offline, 2-8 online

A karting classic remastered for PS4, if you’re after instantly accessible, devil-may-care racing, Crash is the only madcap marsupial you need. Featuring a colourful range of whacky characters from Crash’s cheerful sister Coco Bandicoot to the nefarious Doctor Neo Cortex, there are plenty of power-ups, personality, and powerslides for up to eight online players to enjoy.

Team Sonic Racing

ESRB Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence / Users Interact
Developer: Sumo Digital
The speedy summary: Cartoony racing with a video game favourite
Players: 1-4 offline, 2-12 online

The iconic blue blur isn’t averse to giving his speedy feet a rest, so why not join him and 14 of his friends on the raceways? Taking the kart racing template and adding a Sonic spin with colourful power-ups and themed tracks, this isn’t just a game for fans of Sega’s spikey mascot – families unfamiliar with Sonic will feel welcome too, thanks to easy to learn controls and customizable options to tailor your fun.

Realistic simulators

Know the difference between brake fade and torque? Then these are the games for you. 

Gran Turismo Sport

ESRB Everyone: Use of Alcohol and Tobacco
Developer: Polyphony Digital
The speedy summary: The Real Driving Simulator
Players: 1-2 offline, 2-20 online

The latest iteration of Polyphony Digital’s record-breaking franchise has proven to be an ever-present fan favourite since its launch. Stunning visuals – enhanced on PS4 Pro – a variety of modes and regular free content updates have kept it as a front runner in the genre for anyone who likes their driving to be as close to the real thing as possible.

F1® 2021

ESRB Everyone: In-Game Purchases, Users Interact
Developer: Codemasters
The speedy summary: The official F1 experience
Players: 1-2 offline, 2-20 online

Enjoy the stunning new features of F1® 2021, including the intense story experience ‘Braking Point’, two-player Career mode and get even closer to the grid with ‘Real-Season Start’. Take your team to the top in the acclaimed ten-year ‘My Team’ Career mode, or race head-to-head in split-screen and multiplayer.

DIRT 5

ESRB Everyone: In-Game Purchases
Developer: Codemasters
The speedy summary: A bold and amplified off-road racer?
Players: 1 offline, 2-8 online

Let loose in DIRT 5 with a star-studded Career, four-player split-screen, Playgrounds creator mode and more. Blaze your trail on global tracks, covering gravel, ice, snow and sand with cars ranging from rally icons to trucks and GT heroes. Race on over 70 routes across 10 global locations - from New York's frozen East River, to the glimmer of Norway's Northern Lights.

Project CARS 3

ESRB Everyone: Alcohol reference
Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
The speedy summary: Fine-tuned by professional racing drivers
Players: 1 offline, 2-20 online

The third instalment of Slighty Mad Studios driving sim adds more tracks and cars to the ever-growing roster alongside 120 track layouts from a worldwide array of locations. Project CARS 3 also adds a brand new and deeply rewarding career mode, innovative new tyre modelling for more responsive and realistic handling and an expanded online multiplayer experience.

Assetto Corsa

ESRB Everyone: Mild Language
Developer: 505 Games / Kunos Simulazioni
The speedy summary: Driven by detail
Players: 1 offline, 2-16 online

For car enthusiasts who like to pour over a level of detail including tyre flat spots, heat cycles, graining, and blistering, Assetto Corsa has you covered. Over 100 powerful supercars from world renown manufacturers await – so whether you love Pagani, McLaren, Lamborghini, or any of the other big names, you’ll have your pick of the best. And thanks to laser scanning technology, 24 configurations from 15 legendary circuits, including Silverstone, Nordschleife, and Spa Francorchamps, are all recreated with staggering realism.

Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 2

ESRB Teen: Lyrics / Users Interact
Developer: Milestone S.r.I.
The speedy summary: Live the Supercross fantasy
Players: 1 offline, 2-12 online

Your dreams of becoming a Supercross champion get a little closer in this adaption of America’s fastest growing motorsport, which lets you build a high speed career full of intense training, glamorous sponsors, and fiercely competitive rivals. Customize your rider and bike, then start from 250SX and make your way to the star-studded 450SX series where it’s all or nothing. 2018 champion Jason Anderson and a number of Supercross superstars are waiting – so put your foot down.

Open world racing

Break free and travel wherever you want in these liberating racers.

Need for Speed™ Heat

ESRB Teen: Mild Violence, Language
Developer: EA Gothenburg
The speedy summary: Blockbuster action driving
Players: 1 offline, 2-16 online

Hustle by day and risk it all at night. Need for Speed Heat is a white-knuckle street racer where the rule of the law fades as the sun starts to set. By day, Palm City hosts the Speedhunter Showdown, a sanctioned competition where you earn Bank to customize and upgrade your high-performance cars. At night, ramp up the intensity in illicit street races that build your reputation, getting you access to bigger races and better parts.

The Crew 2

ESRB Teen: Lyrics
Developer: Ubisoft Ivory Tower
The speedy summary: Exhilarating vehicle switching racing
Players: 1 offline, 2-8 online

Don’t limit yourself to just four wheels in American motorsports. The Crew 2 gives you the chance to dominate the land, air, and sea with a massive variety of exotic cars, bikes, boats, and planes to race with. You have to master them all in an adrenaline-pumping competition across the United States, where you must pledge your loyalties to one of four different families to determine your racing approach: street and pro racers, off-road experts, and freestylers.

Arcade fun

Fast, furious, and frantic – these games don’t let up on the action.

Tiny Trax

ESRB Everyone
Developer: Futurlab
The speedy summary: Little cars on larger-than-life VR tracks
Players: 1 offline, 2-8 online

If you’ve ever played with toy cars around the house, this is right up your street. Using PS VR, Tiny Trax immerses you in 12 varied courses where the little vehicles race around you. Twists, turns, loops, and drifts are just inches from your face as they speed around volcanoes, tropical islands, and even outer-space. You’ve never experienced slot-car racing like this.

Onrush

ESRB Everyone 10+: Mild Violence
Developer: Codemasters
The speedy summary: Explosive, thrill-a-minute racing
Players: 1 offline, 2-12 online

While many other racers focus on realism, Onrush is all about the crazy feeling of spectacular, over-the-top thrills that only video games can provide. Coming from the creators of hit PS3 racing series MotorStorm, Onrush straps you into a gravity-defying, off-road joyride where it’s not just about finishing first – taking down your rivals, exploiting outrageous turbo boosts, and looking as stylish as possible while doing it are all equally important.

WipEout Omega Collection

ESRB Everyone 10+: Fantasy Violence
Developer: Sony XDev, Clever Beans & EPOS Game Studios
The speedy summary: Flying into the future
Players: 1-2 offline, 2-8 online

Few futuristic racing games have reached the thrill-a-minute heights of the WipEout series, and Omega Collection truly fired the critically acclaimed PlayStation mainstay into a shiny new age. Bringing back 26 reversible tracks, 46 unique ships, and nine game modes from WipEout HD, WipEout Fury, and WipEout 2048, this PS4 remaster offers a face-melting sensation of speed with 60 frames per second visuals and a PlayStation VR mode to put you directly in the cockpit of a top of the range anti-gravity machine.

Trackmania Turbo

ESRB Everyone
Developer: Nadeo
The speedy summary: Outlandish full throttle fun 
Players: 1-16 offline, 2-16 online

Not many games in the genre can boast of having over 200 different tracks, but Nadeo’s arcade racer doesn’t stop there, giving you traditional canyons to drift through one second, before launching you into high-flying, rollercoaster style magnetic courses the next. And thanks to a versatile track editor, you can customize Trackmania Turbo to be as wild as you want. There’s even the option to race using PlayStation VR if you want to get up close and personal. 

Trials Rising

ESRB Teen: Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence / In-Game Purchases, Users Interact
Developer:
 RedLynx
The speedy summary: Motocross madness fantasy
Players: 1-4 offline, 2-4 online

Bike racing doesn’t have to be realistic, as the physics-bending Trials Rising proves with outrageous flair. Perform madcap stunts such as backflipping off the Eiffel Tower, speed through snowstorms on Mount Everest, and blitz around the Great Wall of China – just make sure you look more stylish than your opponents. And if you want to wind down (or get wound up), the hilarious Tandem Bike option lets you and a friend try to control one bike with two riders.

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