10 Greatest Driving Games Of All Time
Over the years, gamers have been treated to a number of incredible racing car games. Whether they have been released on the PlayStation or mobile phone devices, there have been plenty of excellent games that have kept racing fans entertained and even had the power to inspire new generations to learn the rules of the road and get driving themselves.
Here we take a look at ten of the best racing games of all-time.
One of the first ‘mission-based’ action games to hit the gaming world. Since the series began in 1999, more than 16 million units have been sold. There have been eight different versions of the game, all with various features and gameplay modes. While the graphics left a lot to be desired when looked at from 2015, it was an incredibly fun game to play and remains popular to this day.
Gran Turismo 6
The Gran Turismo franchise is one of the greatest series’ in motor racing video game history. Gran Turismo 6 is, by all accounts, the most complete version of the game and topped numerous charts across the world. It is incredibly realistic and Formula One drivers Sebastian Vettel and Bruno Senna were test drivers for the series – both provided positive feedback on the game.
Grand Theft Auto V
Arguably the greatest chain of computer games in history, the original Grand Theft Auto had a number of key faults but attracted enough attention to warrant future editions that built on that early promise to deliver classic gaming. By V, they had mastered the gameplay. While many have criticised the developers for the extreme levels of violence in the game, it continues to be one of the most popular games in the world and millions of people still play Grand Theft Auto V on a daily basis.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
In this game, you take to the streets as you bid to become the greatest street racer on the planet – honing your skills to beat your opponents in the fastest time possible. This is ideal for gamers who prefer their driving action away from the track.
Forza Motorsport 6
Forza Motorsport 6 is simply sensational. The latest version of the series has various new gameplay features, including weather driving and ‘Stories of Motorsport’ mode. Avid Forza fans will notice an immediate difference as the game offers more than 450 cars, which is over twice the amount available on the fifth edition of the game. If you love your racing games, it’s an absolute must purchase.
Midnight Club: Los Angeles
On this game, you can race around the streets of Los Angeles and compete in more than 40 different motor vehicles. It was released on various platforms, including PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and attracted plenty of attention, largely due to the unique concept of the game. With one single game mode, it could be called limited but there are enough races to keep you occupied and entertained.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Widely regarded as the greatest game of all-time, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is immense. You are able to drive around and take part in missions, helping to set up businesses and interact with pedestrians in an open world environment. With the remastered version, users can compete against other places from all over the world – a truly sensational addition to an already fantastic driving game.
Need for Speed: Underground
The second of this franchise to make our list, and this is a classic. While previous Need for Speed games were successful, Underground went completely against all of their previous principles and general plot outline. In this game, users were able to take part in a career mode that offered a structured storyline, rather than simply entering random races over the city. Furthermore, the garage mode was also appealing to those players who enjoy customising and designing cars to play against their friends.
One of the originals, Crazy Taxi is one of the oldest yet most popular racing games in history. There have been numerous versions in recent years – which is testament to just how great the original version was. The user controls one of a series of taxi drivers in a fictional city, looking for fares and taking their customers to their destination in the fastest possible time. With the opportunity to win bonus funds, there were always new options and different ways to enhance your gameplay.
Mario Kart Wii
Last, but by no means least, is Mario Kart – the über fun kart racing phenomenon that features your favourite characters from the Super Mario franchise competing across weird and wonderful tracks, armed with an array of ‘weapons’. Great for parties, effortlessly addictive for individuals, this is the driving game that even non driving game fans can learn to love. Each Nintendo console has its version, but we reckon the Wii version is as close to perfection as it gets.