Top Ten Favourite Racing Games of All Time
This past week, I’ve been fortunate enough to play a promo version of Microsoft’s new Xbox One racing game Forza Horizon 2. Now, I’ve never been a petrol head, or someone who thinks of himself as a “car person” at all. But when I think back over the past twenty-odd years of gaming that I have under my belt, there are loads of racing games that I’ve just absolutely adored.
So, to celebrate the frankly excellent Horizon 2, here are my ten favourite racing games. I found it very hard to pick my favourite Mario Kart game, so I’ve decided to lump the whole series under one banner. Deal with it - it’s my list.
- Mario Kart series (Nintendo platforms, 1992 onwards)
- Project Gotham Racing (Microsoft, Xbox, 2001)
- Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft, Xbox One, 2014)
- Super Skidmarks (Acid Software, Amiga, 1995)
- Midtown Madness (Microsoft, PC, 1999)
- Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 (Gremlin, Amiga, 1991)
- Jaguar XJ220 (Core Design, Amiga, 1992)
- Carmageddon (SCi, PC, 1997)
- Monster Truck Madness (Microsoft, PC, 1996)
- Burnout 2: Point of Impact (Acclaim, GameCube, 2003)
I’ve picked the platforms that I played the games on, in case you’re wondering. Also, as should be apparent, I favour silly arcade-type racers over proper, serious ones. Gran Turismo can do one.
Also, Motorcross Madness nearly made the list, but I think of that more as a stunt game than a racer. Road Rash, too, was just edged out by Burnout. Sorry, fellas!