From realistic sim racers to classic karting games, this is a golden era of gaming. Driving games are fast, exciting and immersive, and you can even play them on your phone.
With so many driving games out there, it’s hard to choose which one to get. Here are some of the best ones for gamers of all stripes, including some that are free to play. So, let’s fire up the engine.
Best PC racing game
Forza Horizon 4 ticks all of the boxes you’d hope for. It’s speedy, spine-tingling fun. The graphics are incredible. But, even better, it’s set in the British Isles, so it feels like home. You can race around Edinburgh, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, through quaint villages… Its open-world environment means you’re not restricted to a specific track. And you’ll have to adapt your driving to changing seasons.
There’s also a number of vehicles to choose from. In addition to the selection of sports cars, you can rip around in a transit van or a Peel P50. You can even download a James Bond cars pack for added Britishness.
RRP: You can pick it up for £20-25 by shopping around
Also available on: Xbox One
Runner up: F1 2019
Best Android racing game
Asphalt 9: Legends is a lot of fun. Favouring speed, stunts and thrills over realism, you can rip around over 70 tracks in seven locations - including foggy Scotland. The graphics are ace, and the gameplay is smooth and high-octane.
Although you can customise how you control the car, it’s best to start in ‘TouchDrive’ mode. You swipe to steer, and acceleration is handled for you - making it easy to pick up for beginners.
RRP: Free, with in-app purchases
Also available on: iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC
Runner up: Real Racing 3
Best iOS racing game
For iPhones and iPads, Need for Speed: No Limits is guaranteed to get your heart racing. It’s fast and fun. You race in the underworld against rival crews, while hopefully also outrunning the police.
There’s a huge choice of real-world sports cars, which you can then personalise at the Mod Shop or Black Market. With 1,000 races and 2.5 million custom combinations for your car, there are almost no limits.
RRP: Free, with in-app purchases
Also available on: iOS, Switch, PC
Runner up: GRID Autosport
Most fun karting game
Kart racing games aren’t supposed to mimic real cars. They’re made for fun, tend to be a bit quirky, and feature unusual courses. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch is the undoubted pinnacle of these games. There’s a huge selection of tracks, including popular courses from previous iterations of this well-loved franchise.
Runner up: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Most realistic driving game
Whether you prefer driving simulators or arcade-style racers, Assetto Corsa shows it’s possible to have the best of both. Specifically designed with realism in mind, this might well make you feel the G-force in your face.
A favourite among real-world driving experts, it comes with VR support, and is completely customisable. It has a huge fanbase and you can download mods and customisations that other players have created.
RRP: £20 - although keep an eye out for reductions on Steam
Available on: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Runner up: Project CARS 2
Take your pick from these choices and you’ll have many hours of high-speed fun ahead of you.