5 of The Best Racing Videogames of All Time

5 – Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off Road

Released in 1989, Super Off Road was revolutionary as it was one of the first driving games to ever feature modified vehicles. First released as an arcade game, and then ported to NES and later to Saga Genesis and SNES, this game was hugely popular and addictive. The gameplay was simple – race against your competitors on a stadium-style offroad course, avoid colliding into objects, and collect money to modify your truck. One mistake could send you to last place.

4 – Super Mario Kart

Every driving game enthusiast has a soft spot for this classic, with its rudimentary charm and simple but highly entertaining premise: avoid wacky obstacles (like bananas and Koopa shells) released by your opponents and make it first to the finish line.

3 – Gran Turismo 3: A Spec

This was the definitive driving videogame of the early 21st Century. Boasting amazing graphics and a new rallying mode, Gran Turismo 3 was the foundation for a host of new true-to-life driving games and a high immersion factor. With a variety of visually stunning racetracks and cars to choose from as well as modification options, this game was immensely entertaining and set a new benchmark.

2 – Forza Motorsport 4

Forza Motorsport 4 is arguably one of the best racing games of the 21st century, with lavishly breathtaking design and realism as well as options to drive hundreds of cars from more than 80 manufacturers, this game is definitely groundbreaking. The physics and graphics of Forza 4 offer a unique and authentic gaming experience.

1 – WipEout HD

WipEout HD was released in 2008, and is a futuristic racing game with gorgeous visuals and incredibly smooth dynamics. The gameplay is fast, running with HD visuals of 60 frames per second, making this a game that is filled with adrenaline-pumping action and by no means easy. The game features 8 racing teams and a techno soundtrack to fuel the overall breakneck speed of the game.