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Top 8 Must-Play PS4 Racing Games
Racing games have come a pretty tremendous distance in the last few decades. Just a few decades ago, Namco’s arcade classic, Poll Position was considered state-of-the-art.
While Poll Position is still fun (if not a little infuriating) to play, racing games have truly benefited from new technology.
Most gamers may associate racing games with Microsoft’s Xbox One. While the console does have exclusives like Forza, Sony fans aren’t left eating the Xbox’s dust.
Sony’s gorgeous PS4 has some pretty fantastic racing games, too! Want to know which games are worth racing to the store to buy?
Then keep reading, because we’re listing 8 of the best PS4 racing games on the market!
1. Wipeout: Omega Collection
If you were a PlayStation fan in the 1990s, you no doubt have great memories about the Wipeout franchise. The futuristic racing series was essentially Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s popular F-Zero franchise.
Featuring a smattering of awesome electronic tunes, Wipeout was about one thing and one thing only: going as fast as gravity would let you.
While there hasn’t been a ton of entries in the series, gamers should be sure to pick up the Omega Collection.
This set of games includes Wipeout HD, Wipeout HD Fury, and Wipeout 2048. Needless to say, racing fans are getting a lot for their money here.
Whether you have a nostalgic affinity for the franchise or just want some high-octane action, Wipeout: Omega Collection is an absolute must for PS4 owners.
2. DiRT 4
Of course, maybe supersonic racing isn’t your speed. Perhaps you’re after PS4 racing games that take place here on earth.
If that’s the case, be sure to check out the DiRT franchise, specifically DiRT 4, the latest entry in the series.
Technology may have progressed, but DiRT has always stayed pretty true to its roots. The core of the action is still off-road rally racing, with players competing for the best times.
What makes DiRT 4 stand out from the other games on this list is its amazing weather effects. Watch this E3 trailer and tell us spraying mud all over your opponent’s car doesn’t seem fun!
3. Gran Turismo Sport
PS4 racing games don’t always have to be so carefree and flippant. Some games, like the Gran Turismo games, shun wackiness for pinpoint accuracy.
The latest entry in the franchise, Gran Turismo Sport, is no exception.
Players can drift and drive in a variety of real-world environments fighting for the #1 time. Make no mistake, GT Sport is probably THE best-looking game on the PS4 right now.
The only caveat here being that Sport is a bit on the tough side. Newcomers may have a tough time getting into the game’s physics. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to not-so-patiently wait for Gran Turismo 7.
4. TrackMania Turbo
Remember how much fun you had as a kid playing with your Hot Wheels toys? Now imagine creating those exact same wacky tracks — loops and all — and racing your car with a hundred or so of your closest friends.
That’s more or less the premise behind TrackMania Turbo, from Nadeo games. This isn’t the first time the TrackMania series has made a console appearance (we’re still trying to forget TrackMania Wii) but it’s certainly the best.
Flip, fly and finish first in this fun-filled ridiculous racing game. Best of all, you may already own it for free. Turbo was included with Games With Gold last month, free to Xbox Live subscribers.
5. Rocket League
Okay, sure, Rocket League isn’t your run of the mill racing game. But hey, Metacritic classifies it as one of the top PS4 racing games, and we’re happy to have an excuse to spread the word of Rocket League.
If you’re one of the dozen or so people unfamiliar with Rocket League, the premise is pretty simple. It’s soccer…with cars.
If that sounds ridiculous to you, you’re definitely not alone. However, there’s no denying what a blast Rocket League is to play.
And while the game was released over two years ago, it’s still updated pretty regularly. Plus, there’s a big competitive scene online, so there’s always someone to play with.
6. Grand Theft Auto V
One of the highest-grossing games of all time, GTA V, and its subsequent online mode are still going strong. In fact, Rockstar recently added a pretty great racing feature.
So take a break from committing crimes and race through Los Santos’ streets. Best of all, no need to worry about the cops! It’s like the game gives you your very own Rocky Mountain Radar The Judge Detector!
There are even a few stunt races scattered about the game if you want to get even crazier.
7. Assassin’s Creed Origins
Like GTA V, Assassin’s Creed isn’t exactly a franchise known for its racing. So why are we including AC: Origins if it isn’t even a “real” racing game?
The latest entry, Origins, features a racing mini-game that’s downright addictive. Origins’ racing mode is so good that it’s got us sidetracked from the rest of the game.
Once you’re a few hours into the story, you’ll gain access to the Hippodrome, a Greek racing coliseum.
After players complete the accompanying quest, they’ll have the option to race in any number of tournaments at the arena. And of course, you’re rewarded pretty handsomely for winning.
Last but certainly not least on our list of great PS4 racing games is Driveclub. You may remember the game’s initial announcement, where Sony stated that it would release alongside the PS4. Best of all, it’d be free!
If you’re a frequent visitor to the site, you know that that wasn’t exactly the case.
Regardless, when Driveclub finally came out, fans were treated to a pretty solid game.
It’s more socially-oriented than most driving games. So if you’re in the mood for dominating the globe, hop on PSN, start a club, and gain a reputation.
Last Thoughts On The Top PS4 Racing Games
There you have it, 8 of Leviathyn’s favorite PS4 racing games. Did your favorite make the cut?
Be sure to let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to keep checking out Leviathyn for all things gaming and pop culture.