Originally slated to be a PS4 launch title, Driveclub was sadly delayed, for almost a year. But, finally, the team based online racer is here in all its next-gen glory. Boasting a fairly decent selection of European cars (there’s more to come via downloadable content), multiple locations and plenty of online content, Driveclub is one of the best racing games you can buy on the PS4 right now.
What our friends over at gamesradar.com said: ‘While too simplified to be a sim and too serious to be an arcade racer, Driveclub's online integration, beautiful environments and accessible handling make for a great new-gen racing package.’
3. Need for Speed: Rivals
While it’s nearly a year old, Need for Speed: Rivals is still a very impressive racing title, packing that classic arcade style we’ve come to expect from the series. There’s a great sense of speed in Rivals, pair that with the slick next-gen presentation, massive selection of cars and a variety of online and offline challenges and you’ve got a classy package.
What our friends over at gamesradar.com said: ‘Need for Speed: Rivals is a wholly enjoyable open-world racer. The driving is solid, its streets are a joy to explore, and its racing assignments--though a bit repetitive at times--are incentive enough to keep you coming back for more.’
4. Forza 5 (2013)
As one of the leading exclusive titles for Microsoft’s Xbox One, Forza 5 has definitely earned its place here.
Forza 5 takes full advantage of Microsoft’s Xbox One controller features, giving rumble feedback to your fingertips through the triggers. Players are able to feel the engine starting and the edge of the road underneath the tyres. It's also a real looker...
Gaming has never felt, or looked this good, putting this title in for the gold when it comes to celebrating the next generation of gaming.
Platform: Xbox One
5. Burnout 3: Takedown (2004)
The game that rewards players for driving recklessly, Burnout 3: Takedown introduces a new game feature that gives players bonus points for smashing up as many vehicles as possible. Hours of irresponsible fun to be had by all.
Platform: PS2, Xbox
6. Grand Theft Auto 5 (2013)
Ok, so, it’s not strictly a driving game… But Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 had a huge impact on gaming, and land marked record-breaking sales. A massive chunk of the game involves driving, and with GTA5’s world being so expansive, it’s a good thing too… The open-world map is absolutely huge, and beautifully crafted, pushing current gen consoles to the limits.
Rockstar have also introduced a new style of multiplayer for GTA5. GTA Online works as an open world for up to 16 players to cause havoc to innocent civilians and cops. Alternatively, players can give each other endless grief until someone decides to break into the US Army base, grab a tank and show everyone who’s boss.
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
7. Driver: San Francisco (2011)
Driver: San Francisco, as with other games of this style, involved the standard high-octane car chases, dodgy shortcuts and law enforcement there simply to ruin the fun. Unlike others though, Driver: SF let players take control of other NPC’s cars. This was done by essentially transferring the main character’s mind into that of any other body around him. This feature added a new dimension to the game, and allowed gamers to change the course of events during chases. It also left the civilians freaking out about how they ‘suddenly blacked out.’
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Mac
8. Real Racing 2 (2010)
Real Racing 2 made its name as one of the most popular driving games for a mobile platform, being released first for iOS, and Android shortly after. A fun game to play, using either accelerometer controls, or the touch-screen steering controls. Graphically, it stands as one of the best games available for mobile.
Platforms: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows Mobile