If you're a fan of the racing genre, it would be fair to say that the PlayStation 4 hasn't had the greatest selection of games available over the course of this generation — especially when you compare the list of PS4 exclusive racing games to the heavy-hitting bi-annual Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon releases over on the Xbox One. Fortunately, there has been a steady stream of third-party racing games that have helped to fill the void between the likes of DRIVECLUB and Gran Turismo Sport.
To help you decide which racing games to get behind the wheel of next, we've used your community ratings to answer the burning question: what are the best PS4 racing games available right now?
If you've ever dreamed of being strapped into the seat of a Formula One car and racing around at frightening speeds, the latest iteration in Codemasters' officially licensed F1 series is a must. Continuing to improve each year with gameplay tweaks and adjustments, F1 2018 offers a detailed career mode that will see you take control of your driver's career both on and off the track, the latest cars, liveries and circuits, classic cars to relive the past, and a host of game modes to sink your teeth into.
Despite showing its age in places the purity and simplicity of Burnout's arcade racing is as refreshing now as it was when the title was first released back in 2008. Its world may not be as expansive or good looking as some of today's titles, but its racing experience is still up there with the best and is arguably superior to some of its modern-day counterparts. Burnout Paradise still has the ability to hook players in and keep them playing, making it difficult to put the controller down while promising yourself "just one more event." Everything is contrived to keep you moving and keep you racing. There's no fluff, filler or distractions, just high-adrenaline racing in it's purest form. If you're planning to visit Paradise City, then Burnout Paradise Remastered is clearly the best way to do it.
Another remaster makes the list, with the return of WipEout. Released on the PlayStation 4 in June 2017 this stunning little bundle brings together content from WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury and WipEout 2048, and even includes PSVR support for the ultimate WipEout experience. It might be the elder statesman of anti-gravity racers, but with a shiny new coat of paint, WipEout Omega Collection is a game that every racing fan should check out.
If you enjoyed Scalextric as a child, Tiny Trax will be right up your street. Using the PSVR, Tiny Trax transports you back to your childhood as you race cars around your body, jump them above your head, and drift around corners inches from your fast. It might be quite simplistic in terms of the game modes available and lacking content, but if your a PSVR owner looking for something new to showcase what the technology can do, Tiny Trax is a charming little title that is packed with fun.
Inevitably comparisons will be drawn with between DiRT 4 and Dirt Rally. When stacking one against the other, it feels like Dirt Rally is the elder, more scholastic, and slightly serious sibling. Dirt 4 on the other hand, is the younger, outgoing sibling who whilst not exactly bouncing off the walls, still knows how to have a little fun. It allows for an awesome and technical approach if you find yourself among those who crave the purest racing simulation worthy of Codemasters' reputation, but DiRT 4 now invites others less experienced to the table with alternate driving modes. Codemasters clearly listened to the critiques of their previous games and created a rally game that truly is for everyone.
In RIDE 3, Milestone has used its vast knowledge of motorcycling titles to build one of its best titles yet. The racing is as accessible as ever and remains welcoming to players of all levels. The growing confidence in the Unreal Engine brings with it improved presentation, graphics and physics, and when you throw into the mix that you now have more bikes, manufacturers, locations, and the new livery editor, it really feels like the most complete two-wheeled racing game we've seen in years.
It might have taken a while for us to see a release from Sony's flagship racing game during this generation, but the wait was certainly worth it. Gran Turismo Sport is visually stunning — especially if you own a PS4 Pro — and has some of the best handling and physics you'll find in any racer today. Since its release back in 2017, a steady stream of free updates has helped to improve the game further, with a new career mode, more tracks and a host of new cars being added to the title to help rectify some of the issues it had at launch. It might not be the strongest release from the series' illustrioius history, but Gran Turismo Sport is still well worth checking out if your a petrol-headed PS4 owner.
Project CARS 2 really does feel like Project CARS version 2.0 with virtually all aspects of the title having been polished and improved. All of the minus points and complaints from the previous title have been addressed, including the all-important playability with a standard controller. In single-player mode, Project CARS 2 has much more to offer than nearly every other title in the genre — though this can be undermined by the patchy and unpredictable multiplayer. The combination of weather and the new LiveTrack 3.0 engine is simply superb. Each track becomes so much more alive, shining most in less than optimal racing conditions and leaving other track implementations feeling horribly static. Those who only want to race two or three laps at a time will miss the amazing changing track conditions, so this is a title that is for racers — those more interested in the details of motorsport and a much more immersive experience. The title continues to push the genre forward where other series fail to innovate.
ONRUSH has a lot going for it. The high-octane action is constantly intense. It looks and sounds stunning, and it's easy to pick up and play initially but has an added layer of depth thanks to its class-based gameplay that will make it hard to truly master. If you're looking for a standard arcade racer to play alone, it's probably not for you, but if you're looking for something different and have a few friends willing to team up, ONRUSH feels wholly new and chaotically fun.
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