In terms of prevalence and popularity, racing games occupy one of the first lines of the rating of games in general and have a large army of fans among gamers. There are quite a few racing franchises and individual representatives of the genre, the most popular of them can be identified based on sales surveys and player reviews. At the same time, it is impossible to say unequivocally that one of these games is the best, all are good in their own way.
Electronic Arts - racing hits publisher
The Need for Speed racing franchise from publisher Electronic Arts is itself one of the most popular and most successful gaming racing franchises in the world. At the moment, 20 games in this series have been released, but the most popular, according to user polls, is the part of the series called Most Wanted, released in 2005.
Most Wanted has absorbed all the best. In this part of the series, the creators returned the police chases, the tuning possibilities were significantly reduced, but were still present, and for the first time in the history of the franchise, computer special effects were combined with the game of live actors. In addition, Most Wanted has an exciting career mode, presented in the form of a "blacklist" consisting of 15 racers to be defeated, excellent soundtrack and critical acclaim.
It is also worth noting that in addition to Most Wanted, the franchise has other parts that are in no way inferior to their chosen relative.
In 2012, Electronic Arts entered into a multi-year partnership with racing driver Ken Block, who will be the racing consultant for the Need for Speed media franchise.
Another undisputed racing hit from the same publisher, Electronic Arts, is Burnout Paradise. This arcade racing game is the 7th game in the Burnout series, radically different from all its predecessors. The game takes place in a world where there are no people called Paradise City, there are only dizzying races, mega-stunts, many tracks, jumps and crashes. During the game, you can ride pickups, SUVs, muscle cars, sports cars, vans, formula cars, and even motorcycles. Excellent graphics, day and night change, brain-blowing damage system, many additional missions, well-designed multiplayer - all this, of course, makes Burnout Paradise one of the best races.
Decent contenders for the title of the best
The FlatOut series from Finnish developers from Bugbear Entertainment brought a sea of madness, deliberate car crashes and masterly stunt stunts to the world of arcade racing. The most popular game in this series is its 2nd part, FlatOut 2. Hard ramming rivals, pushing into a ditch and complete destruction, stunt tricks and bowling with the driver's body, all of this is the gameplay of these races. FlatOut 2 is a spectacular road madness simulator that deserves the attention of all arcade racing fans.
The first road racing game is Atari's Speed Race, released in 1974.
Test Drive Unlimited is a racing game, the main feature of which is the presence of more than 125 licensed sports cars and motorcycles and a game world that repeats the Hawaiian island of Oahu with an accuracy of one meter. In this game, which has a completely open world, you can drive wherever a car or motorcycle passes, competing with any oncoming racer. In addition, between races, the player can buy real estate, fashionable designer clothes, new cars in his garage or tune old ones.
Colin McRae: DiRT, the 6th installment of the Colin McRae Rally series and the last game released before the death of famed racer Colin McRae, is definitely a rally fan's dream. This game is an arcade rally racing simulator. Crazy turns at breakneck speeds, sand and clods of mud flying from under the wheels, a navigator sitting next to you and accurate physics of cars are the main features of this game.
In addition to the above racing games, one can also note such representatives of the genre as: F1 2010, Split / Second, Blur, ModNation Racers, Gran Turismo series-exclusive for PlayStation, Race Driver: Grid.