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Top 8 Cool Car Games for the PS4 This Year
Atari’s Space Race, released in 1973, marks the birth of racing video games. Sure, Space Race featured a spaceship rather than a car, but the idea of a vehicular race simulation was invented.
Since then, the racing game world has exploded, with new releases every year of cool car games that’ll put you right in the driver’s seat.
Whether you prefer slick cars on pro tracks or crazy rallies in digital forests, there are plenty of car games for you to choose from in 2018. Keep reading to find your next reason to head to GameStop.
1. GT Sport
Gran Turismo is the creme de la creme of cool car games. It consistently gets great reviews, thanks to the realistic driving experience that it offers gamers.
If you’re a fan of Gran Turismo, you have to check out GT Sport. That lifelike driving experience you’ve come to expect from the Gran Turismo franchise is enhanced in the 2018 game with 4K and HDR support. If you’ve got the system, this game’s got the juice.
There are a slew of new cars to pick from, plus plenty of new and creative tracks for racing. GT Sport also supports a multiplayer mode that’s supported by FIA.
It’s that element of community that takes cool car games from hot-right-now and turns them into a classic.
2. Project Cars 2
If you really want to feel like you’re in the thick of a race, Project Cars 2 is your game. The graphics are so lifelike that you can see dirt and mud caked on your racer and dead flies on the grill.
It’s a little less polished than GT Sport, but it makes up for it in car choices. In addition to slick new racers, you can race classic BMWs and Toyota GT Ones.
Like GT Sport, it’s also got an FIA-supported multiplayer mode and a bunch of sweet new tracks.
The one downside is that, despite being a multi-platform game, you won’t be able to play in multiplayer with your friends on an Xbox. The upside is that it’s fully equipped for a VR experience.
3. DiRT Rally
Ready to stray from the tarmac? DiRT Rally has got some seriously rugged new terrains for you to explore. It’s also got graphics to rival the new GT Sport, despite missing some new drivers and cars of this year’s WRC season.
Check out the reflection of the trees on your windshield as you spin out on rocky, piney roads in a BMW 3-series, a Lancia rally car, or a Focus RS. The perk of cool car games, especially rally games, versus real life is that you can choose from a slew of cool cars, despite their less-than-ideal design for rugged terrain IRL.
What’s cool about the tarmac in F1 2017 is how realistic it is. You’ll see all the red “Fly Emirates” ads and pop-up tents for pit stops along the rail that you’d see at a real race. If you want to feel like a real, modern racecar driver, this is your game.
If you’re wary about this year’s F1 game because of how disappointing the 2015 release was, you’re not alone. In F1 2017, Codemaster has stepped up a level. This is by far the best F1 to date, and you need to get your hands on it pronto.
Onrush is not like Codemaster’s classics like Gran Turismo and F1. This is a whole new breed of cool car games.
Rooted in a rally game, you can drive (and crash) ATVs on snowy landscapes. You can jump your drivers into the air, forcing them to hang on to the handles for dear life.
Unlike other racing games, Onrush incorporates missions into your track. You’ll need to land tricks and push your opponent off the course before you can be deemed the winner of a track. It’s not just about the finish line anymore.
Surprised by the innovation of Onrush? Consider that it was developed by the same geniuses behind Motorstorm. These two are quickly becoming forerunners in the cool car games category.
WRC7 is not for the faint of heart. It’s a rough rallying game with minimal assists to keep you on top of your game. If you consider yourself an expert rallier, try out this game and see how you fare.
WRC7 doesn’t concern itself with ornate special effects or a slew of side content. It focuses its energy on making the rally experience as lifelike as possible. In terms of gameplay, it’s as direct as can be.
Wanted to drive on the courses of this year’s World Rally Championships? Of course, you did. WRC7 features all 13 of this year’s landscapes to make you feel like the next great rally driver.
7. Danger Zone
Danger Zone has been tagged as “the art of ruin.” If you aren’t interested in racing or rallying and simply want to blow stuff up, look no further.
The explosions are scarily lifelike, and you can even drive a school bus in the crash zone to crush some metal!
It’ll satisfy your desire for chaos, keeping it contained to your TV. This is a great game to come home after a long hour in traffic and release your road rage on!
8. Assetto Corsa
It’s not the graphics that shine in Assetto Corsa, but the handling. This is the perfect game to use a steering wheel adaptor with since the game handles so much like a real racer. Check out a list of the best of the best on PerfectSimracer.
This game isn’t for the casual player of cool car games, just like a Lotus 72 isn’t for a casual driver. Assetto Corsa feels like you’re driving on a real track. The gameplay is straightforward and incredibly concerned with mechanics.
If you want to leave the bells and whistles at home and get behind the wheel, Assetto Corsa is the game for you.
Cool Car Games
Cool car games are a favorite among PS4 gamers. They’re easily accessible for all ages and they’re not super complicated like many first-person shooter games.
Car games provide the perfect outlet for unplugging from the stresses of daily life and just racing a car. It harkens back to our days as children playing with Hotwheels.
Now that you’ve read up on some of 2018’s best cool car games, check out some of our other reviews when you’ve played them all and need to pick something new!